Lake Fork Fishing Report – June 10, 2019

We are a third of the way through June, and Lake Fork is in great shape. I would rate the bass fishing as good to very good most days. The water level is a little above full pool at 403.18 (+.18), and our water temps are in the low 80s. We still have a ton of fish in shallow water, but the deep bite has really picked up the last few weeks.

I love to fish deep offshore structure, and there is no way I’d rather catch them than on a Santone Lures Football Jig. My favorite size and color is a 3/4 oz in Pinto Beans and Carrots. Pair it with a Strike King Rage Craw, and you have a combo that is hard for these fish to ignore!!!

Another bait that you will almost always see tied onto one of my rods is a Carolina rigged Chartreuse Pepper Hyper Stick by Lake Fork Trophy Trophy Lures. I rig my Carolina rig with a 1 oz egg sinker and about a 5 to 6 ft leader.

The deep crankbait bite has been good many days as well with Strike King’s 6XD, 8XD, and 10XD getting the work done in my boat. Two of my favorite colors are Citrus Shad and Powder Blue Back Chartreuse. I always try to make my crankbaits deflect off of something (i.e. bottom or timber) if possible. If i get one hung up, I pull out my trusty lure retriever from Daiwa. It has saved me a TON of money the last couple of years!!!

Right now, most of the fish I am catching are in 17 to 21 feet of water. I might catch some a little shallower and some a little deeper, but that depth range has been where I’m doing most of my damage. Main lake points, humps, ridges, road beds, and pond dams are great places to look, and my new Livescope from Garmin makes it really difficult for these bass to hide from us!!! If you haven’t seen it yet, I’d encourage you to check out some of the videos on YouTube. It’s absolutely amazing. If you decide you want to add one to your boat, get with Fred over at Diamond Sports Marine, and he will get you hooked up. He sells all the Garmin Marine units and transducers, and he does a great job of installing them.

I hope that gives you a start on how and where to catch these big ‘ol bass here on Lake Fork. If you’re looking for a guided trip on Lake Fork, please shoot me an email or a text, or give me a call in the evenings.

Here are a few fish that we have caught the past few weeks:

Lake Fork Fishing Report | May 4, 2014

May is here, and the fishing on Lake Fork is nothing short of fantastic. My clients have caught a lot of big fish the past few weeks with several fish over 9 pounds (including one that weighed in at 12.31 pounds), and more 7+ pound fish than I can count. Our big fish have come on a variety of baits including a Santone Piglet Shaky head, an umbrella rig, a swimbait, a Santone Swim Jig, an LFT Magic Shad, and a Strike King Sexy Dawg topwater.

This is the time of year that you can fish with just about anything you like to fish with and get bit. There are tons of fish in less than 6 feet of water right now. Some are still on spawning beds, others are making there way in to spawn, and others have spawned and have started feeding back up. Water temps are in the upper 60s and lower 70s as of this writing. Water level is at 399.36 or 3.64 ft below full pool. A year ago today, we were 4.53 ft below full pool.

If you like to fish topwaters, May is about as good as it gets. Topwater poppers like the LFT Magic Popper or the Strike King HC KVD Splash Popper will catch fish off the nest, but it is especially effective at catching those fish that are guarding fry. You can throw them all day under any conditions right now and catch fish. For those fish that are chasing shad, it’s hard to beat a Strike King Sexy Dawg. I have thrown just about every walking topwater bait you can name, and the Sexy Dawg ranks right up there with the best. It is very easy to walk and it gets some of the most vicious strikes you have ever seen.

If dragging plastics is your thing, a Carolina rigged LFT Magic shad in Green Pumpkin will get you bit when fished around main lake and secondary points. You can catch them super shallow, and now you can catch some deep too. A drop shot is also a good choice in the 6-14′ range. We have caught some really nice fish on both of these techniques over the past couple of weeks.

The deep bite is starting to shape up, and June, July, and August look to be really good again this year. If you have ever wanted to catch fish in deep water, these are great months to do it. I am booking summer trips right now, so if you’d like to get a date(s) on the books, please shoot me an email and we will get you set up.

For those of you who would like to see daily pics and get a little more info, you can “Like” my Facebook page at I try to post 4 or 5 nights per week, so you can keep up a little easier with how the lake is fishing on a daily basis.

Here are a few pics from the past couple of weeks!!!





Lake Fork Fishing Report – August 7, 2013

It’s been a little bit of a roller coaster ride the last couple of weeks, but we have had more good days than tough days. Most days the difference in having a good day versus a bad day is one or two schools of fish. On the good days, we are finding at least one school that yields 6-10 fish, and if you’re fortunate, you find two schools like that, and have a really good day. When you don’t find a big group of fish, you are working hard to scratch out 8 or 10 fish in a full day. The average size of our fish is very good, and most days, we will have at least one fish over 7 pounds.

I’m starting my mornings fishing a frog and buzzbaits around the hydrilla. Most mornings, you can expect 5-8 blowups, but some mornings, you’ll only get 3 or 4.

At about 7:30 or so, I’m moving to deeper water and picking up my Strike King 6XD. I’m covering quite a bit of water with it, and once I catch one, I slow down and work the area with the 6XD, a Santone Football jig, and a Carolina rigged LFT Hyper Stick and Ring Fry.

I’m still finding most of these fish in 18-21 ft of water, but there are some schools a little shallower and some quite a bit deeper (27-31′). Use your electronics and move around until you find fish on your screen. I’ll post a screen shot at the bottom to give you an idea of what some schools will look like. For those fish in the 27-31′ range, the football jig, Carolina rig, Santone Slamma rig, Strike King 10XD, and a flutter spoon are the best choices.

I hope this helps you catch more fish on your next trip out. I still have a handful of August dates available, and I am booking September-November dates as well. If I can help you on your best trip to Lake Fork, please contact me. Best of luck!!!











Lake Fork Fishing Report – July 25, 2013

It’s been a good week for us here on Lake Fork with several fish over 6 pounds caught by my clients and me. We are still finding most of our fish in deeper water, and 18-21 feet seems to be the best depth for me.

As far as baits and presentations go, a drop shot, Carolina rigged LFT Hyper Stick and Baby Ring Fry, and a Strike King 6XD are putting the majority of our fish in the boat.

On some days, we are seeing some schooling fish busting big shad on the surface. When we see them, we are throwing a Strike King Sexy Dawg on top of them and the strikes are VIOLENT!!! Keep your eyes open while you’re fishing offshore structure and you might see them blowing up!

As always, thank you for taking the time to read my report. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to use the Comments section below or send me a text or email.

Good luck!











Lake Fork Fishing Report – July 4, 2013

Happy Independence Day everyone! The fishing on Lake Fork has been very good in my boat the last few days. We have had a couple of slow days after this cold front where we had a hard time locating a school of fish that wanted to bite, but that’s not totally unusual for this time of year.

This year, I’m not finding as many schools of fish, but the schools of fish I am finding seem to be bigger than ever. Tuesday, we caught 22 out of one school, and yesterday we caught 16 in each of two different schools.

Learning to read and trust your electronics is of the utmost importance when fishing deep structure. My new Z521 Ranger is rigged with a Lowrance HDS-9 with Structure Scan at both my bow and my console. These units are incredible. I’ll show a few pics at the bottom of this report.

There are some schooling fish in some areas, but for the most part, I am catching all of my fish relating to the bottom in 20-22 ft and also in 28-30 ft of water. This time of year, you will always find a Carolina rig with LFT Hyperstick, 1 oz Santone Football jig in Pinto Beans or Mexican Heather, Strike King 10XD or 6XD crankbait in Sexy Shad, Santone Slamma rig (umbrella rig), and a flutter spoon. Depending on the day, one bait/presentation will outperform all others. Even after we have figured out what that presentation is, we will still throw another bait at them just to see if we can pick up an extra bite or two.

For the schooling fish, I’ve been throwing a Strike King Sexy Dawg topwater, the Santone Slamma rig, and an LFT Magic Shad. The schooling fish I’ve found aren’t very big (2-3 lbs), but the explosions on the Sexy Dawg have been a ton of fun.

I still have a few open dates in July if you’re interested in coming out and getting in on some of the action. Here are a few pics from the past few days. As always, if you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to use the comments section below this report.

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Lake Fork Fishing Report – 10/12/2012

Water temps are falling and the fishing seems to be picking up a little bit here on Lake Fork. Water temps are in the 70-73 degree range in most parts of the lake and fish can be caught both shallow and deep.

The best shallow bite seems to be in the far northern ends of the lake around the shoreline hydrilla. The fish in these areas are fairly concentrated, so when you catch one, you should catch several in a short stretch. These fish are fairly aggressive and will bite a variety of baits. A 1/4 oz Santone buzzbait in White is tough to beat and a lot of fun both early and late and on days with cloud cover. Small poppers, Santone “Got Five” spinnerbaits, chatterbaits with a LFT Live Swim’n Slug trailer, and lipless crankbaits will also put lots of Lake Fork bass in the boat. Most of the shallow fish are small, but there are some good fish to be caught up there as well.

For the deeper fish, I’m looking in 15-30 ft of water (depending on the day) on main lake structure such as ridges, points, creek channel swings, and road beds. My best bait lately has been a Carolina rigged Lake Fork Trophy Lures Baby Ring Fry in chartreuse pepper. I’m rigging it with a 1 oz sinker and a 4-5 ft leader. A Lake Fork Trophy Lures Magic Shad in watermelon red or green pumpkin will also produce on the back of your Carolina rig. Other baits for the deep fish include a tailkicker, jigging spoon, and flutter spoon. The bite on these baits will continue to improve as the water temps drop.

Lake Fork’s water level sits at 399.06 or 3.94 ft below normal pool and there are more and more stumps starting to show up. Please be careful when running the lake as there are a few of these that are near the boat lane. Try to stay as close to the buoy markers as possible when running.

If you’d like to get in on some of the fall action here on Lake Fork, please shoot me an email or give me a call. I have also started booking a good number of trips for the spring of 2013, so if you’re thinking about a spring trip, you might want to get it on the books. Also, we are getting close to the time of year when the fishing really takes off on Lake Welsh and Lake Monticello. These lakes can be a lot of fun with good numbers and good quality. As always, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Lake Fork Fishing Report – July 15, 2012

Lake Fork Fishing Report – The deep bite continues to produce quality bites, and that’s where I’m spending 100% of my time. I’m starting the mornings in 20-21 ft of water using a Carolina rigged LFT Hyperstick in Chartreuse Pepper and Watermelon Chartreuse. We’ll also throw a C-rigged LFT Baby Ring Fry in the same colors if the bite is a little slower.

As the sun gets higher in the sky, the schools of fish go a little deeper and you can find them most days in 24-31 ft of water. Use your electronics to find the schools of fish and don’t stop until you see what you’re looking for. I’m staying with the C-rig throughout the day and mixing in a 1 oz Santone Football jig in Pinto Beans and Carrots with a LFT Hyper Freak as well.

We’re averaging about 15 fish per day and those numbers have been pretty consistent. We’ve also set a few new personal bests over the last couple of weeks. Here are a few pics of the fish we’ve been catching:

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June 29, 2012

Here’s 11 year old Evan with his new personal best of 7.63 lbs that was caught with me this morning. You should see the hook set this young guy has!!! He caught a 4.25 pounder to go with her, and both fish came on a Carolina rigged Hyperstick.

His brother Ryan got into the act as well on a Carolina rig and added a couple more on the Slamma Rig. We caught our fish in 21-24 ft of water today.




June 17, 2012

Happy Father’s Day to all of you dads out there.

Not much new to report since my last post. Fishing has been up and down recently, with more slow days (10-14 fish) days than good days. I suspect that these little fronts that are moving through on a daily basis are at least partly to blame for the erratic bite.

We are still catching most of our fish from deep structure in the 21-31 ft range. It varies from hour to hour and day to day, so having good electronics that you can trust is a must. If you don’t mark ’em, you typically won’t catch ’em.

Carolina rigged LFT Hypersticks, Ring Fries, and Baby Ring Fries in chartreuse pepper have been working best most days, but a 3/4 or 1 oz Santone Football Jig in Pinto Beans and Carrots and Mexican Heather will put a bunch of good fish in your boat as well.

The morning bite is much better for me than the afternoon bite.




June 3, 2012

The deep bite is pretty darn good right now. As always, it’s about timing. We are getting quality bites in 22-28 ft of water on Santone football jigs and Carolina rigged LFT Hypersticks.