September 16, 2013

Lake Fork has been pretty stingy the past couple of weeks. We have had a couple of good days here and there, but for the most part, it’s really tough. The lake is falling (currently 6.20 ft low), and water temps are in the 88-91 degree range. This is the time of year when the fish are suspended and more scattered out than any other time of year. We are still catching fish in the 6-7 pound range, but our overall numbers aren’t what we’d like for them to be. That will change once we start to get some consistent cooler weather.

For those of you who are coming in this week to fish the McDonald’s Big Bass Splash, here are a few ways that we’ve been catching fish the past few days.

My best pattern for catching numbers and size has been to throw a Strike King 5XD (in any of the shad patterns) in 10-15 feet of water. I’m concentrating most of my efforts on timbered points, but some fish can be found on humps and treelines in the same depth range. Be sure to bring a “plug knocker” or lots of crankbaits, because in order to catch these fish, you need to be banging your crankbait off of the wood. I’m throwing mine on 15 lb Seaguar Invizx and making as long of a cast as possible.

There are some fish starting to show back up on some of the deep structure spots. Road beds, humps, and points in 25-30 feet of water are the place to look for these fish. A 1 oz Santone football jig (Pinto Beans and Carrots color) will get you bit when the fish are on or close to the bottom. If they are up off the bottom several feet, I will throw a LFT Flutter Spoon and rip or reel it off the bottom – trying to get it above the fish’s head.

Wherever you are, be on the lookout for schooling fish. This is a great way to catch a big, fat under (under the slot) for your tournament. A Strike King Sexy Dawg, Santone Got Five spinnerbait, Strike King Red Eye Shad, and a LFT Magic Shad/Live Magic Shad are great choices for these schooling fish.

For those of you who would like to concentrate on grass, there is a lot of good hydrilla in Birch, Coffee, Glade, and Running Creeks. A LFT Lake Fork Frog, Santone Swim Jig, Strike King Red Eye Shad, and a Santone Got Five spinnerbait are very good choices for the grass.

Lake Fork Marina and Oak Ridge Marina both have great selections of tackle in their shops, and their prices are far better than what you’d expect to pay at the lake. Don’t hesitate to stop in and see them while you’re here.

I hope this helps put more fish in the boat while you’re here. I am booking dates for October, November, December, January, and Spring of 2014 if you’d like to come get in on some of the action. If you have any questions, please feel free to use the comments section below or you can email or text me.

Here are just a few fish from the past few weeks:

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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!

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Lake Fork Fishing Report – 9/13/2012

Lake Fork is still turning over, and the fishing remains tough (for the most part). The best bite seems to be shallow, and if you can find some submerged vegetation, you will find some fish.

The lake is sitting at 399.36 or 3.64 ft below normal pool. Water temps have been in the mid-80s, but those will continue to fall with the cooler weather and shorter days. With the end of the turnover and the cooler water temps, the fishing will pick up.

Look for shad in the backs of pockets just off of the main lake and in the backs of major creeks as the month progresses. Just about any bait will work when these fish are actively feeding, but some of my favorites are a Santone Get Five spinnerbait, a Chatterbait with 3.5″ Lake Fork Trophy Lures Live Magic Shad, a squarebill crankbait, a lipless crankbait, and a frog.

The McDonald’s Big Bass Splash is coming up September 21-23, so the lake will be jam packed for that. If you don’t have a room yet, I hear that there are a few rooms at some of the hotels in Sulphur Springs. From what I understand, there is nothing available around the lake.

Best of luck to all of those competing in the coming weeks. October looks to be a great month to get out on Lake Fork. It is historically one of my favorite months to fish Lake Fork. If you’re looking for a guide, please give me a shout.

April 21, 2012

My apologies for the lack of reports lately. The honest truth is that the lake has been kicking my butt lately. We’re catching 15-20 each day, but it hasn’t been easy. I wish I could point you in the right direction as far as a solid pattern goes, but I’ve basically been “junk fishing” for the past week and a half. I was waiting to post a report after I had things figured out and I could give you more specific information. I’ve got them figured out now, but there’s not one “best” way to catch the big fish right now!!!

There are a lot of post spawn fish right now, but there are still a few prespawn and spawners. I have been trying my best to pattern the bigger fish as I believe that’s what most of my clients come to Lake Fork for. These big fish have been next to impossible to zero in on and that’s the main reason why I’ve been trying different depths, areas, and presentations, and that has lead to fewer fish in the boat than what I am accustomed to catching most days for this time of year. I could catch far more numbers each day if I (clients) really wanted to, but most of them would be of the smaller “fry guarding” male variety.

For me, the best time of the day for numbers of solid fish (with the occasional big fish) has been the first hour or two of the day. The topwater bite has been good most mornings and very good to excellent other mornings. The trick is being on the right point at the right time, and that’s not always easy. We are bouncing around from point to point hoping to find the school of fish that we’re looking for before our window of opportunity closes. Walking baits have been best most days, but it’s always a good idea to have a popping bait ready just in case. Squarebilled crankbaits can be highly effective in the right areas on days when the fish don’t seem to want to come up on a topwater. And lastly, a Carolina rigged LFT Hyperstick will put some big fish in the boat in the same areas once the topwater bite ends.

After that ends, I’ve been trying lots of different things. Some days, my best bite is on a LFT Magic Shad in the flooded grass. Other days, I’ve had good success pitching a LFT Flipper to shallow timber. While other days, we can get them to bite a topwater or frog all day long. The best thing to do right now is to pick your favorite way to catch fish and cover lots of water. There are fish in the backs of creeks, on the main lake, and everywhere in between right now. I can’t honestly tell you that one bait or one location is much better than the other.

The good news is that we have had an incredibly good spawn this year. I have seen A LOT of fry from one end of the lake to the other, and with the higher water levels, there is plenty of shoreline cover for these youngsters to hide in.

Also, the deep bite will be picking up soon, and that makes for some fantastic fishing on Lake Fork.

April 4, 2012

Overall, today was a pretty tough day for me. We started out catching some good fish on a crankbait, but once the sun came out around 9 a.m., that bite ended.

We caught a couple on a Santone Piglet shaky head with LFT Zig Zag, but we couldn’t get much going until later in the afternoon when Ronnie turned me on to a pattern that was working for him. That’s the great thing about having guides that work together and share information with each other. It benefits our clients, and that’s what it’s all about.

We tied on a Santone swim jig and went to work. We covered a ton of water and caught a few more, but i think we will be able to expand on this pattern tomorrow. I have the same clients tomorrow, and I’m looking for them to have a big day.

April 2, 2012

The last two days have been mirror images of each other – good early bite and then it slows down to a crawl.

I fished two half day trips yesterday, so I got a chance to fish the late evening bite, and it definitely picked back up after 5:00. In fact, my client lost one (broke his line) at the boat yesterday that was an easy 9+. I felt terrible for him, but hopefully, we’ll get him a big one next time. That fish bit the same Santone Piglet shaky head that I pictured in my last report. It will put some really big fish in the boat if you will slow down enough.

My client yesterday morning was able to break his personal best with an 8-00. She was a really beautiful fish and I was really happy for him. Couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy, and the fact that he got to share the moment with his dad made it that much better.

March 23, 2012

Finished the day with 24 in the boat, with some good quality fish, but no top end fish. That was disappointing, but from talking to others, it was a pretty tough day overall. I feel pretty good about what we were able to catch. We did lose a couple of fish that might have made a difference, but that is Lake Fork – lots of timber for them to wrap you up in.

We caught fish from 3-11 ft of water, but 4 ft seemed to be where our better fish came from. Drop shots worked best, and we caught a couple of crankbait fish as well.

March 19, 2012

We only got to fish until noon today due to the high winds. We still managed to boat 13 bass up to 8.69 lbs. Most of our fish today were caught on squarebill crankbaits (Jackall Aska 60 SR and Jackall Bling 55), but we did catch a few on a drop shot before the wind got too bad to fish effectively. I’m still fishing for staging fish even though I know there are lots of fish shallower. These fish are typically less pressured this time of year and they tend to run a little bigger as far as average size.

They are predicting 6-7″ of rain for us over the next couple of days, and as saturated as our ground is, we will get a lot of run-off. We won’t be 4.5′ low for long. We should see a major rise if what they predict comes true.

March 1, 2012

Well, due to the 38 degree night that we had here last night, the water temp fell about 7 or 8 degrees and we lost a lot of the momentum that we had built yesterday afternoon.  To say that it was a struggle this morning would be an understatement.  Luckily, we got dialed in a little bit this afternoon and we were able to salvage the day.

My best bite today was in 6 ft of water.  It didn’t matter whether I was in the back half of a creek or on the main lake, darn near every fish we caught today was in 6 ft of water.

A Jackall Bling 55 was easily the bait of choice today.  We threw a few other squarebills during the day, but nothing produced like the Bling 55.

Water temp this morning was 54, but warmed up late this afternoon t0 59.  With the warm night tonight, I’m hoping to see more fish make a move.  We’ll find out tomorrow and I’ll be sure to post another update tomorrow to let you know!

February 27, 2012

Fished a half day this afternoon. The lake is sitting at 397.5 (5.5 ft below full pool). Water temp at the 515 East public ramp was 56.0. Warmest water I found this afternoon was 59.2, and that’s where we caught the majority of our fish. Finished the afternoon with 14 in the boat, with 2 or 3 more quick releases. Not a bad afternoon numbers wise, but I couldn’t find the big bite today. They’re somewhere close by, and I’ll get them dialed in before long.

Shallow crankbaits accounted for most of our fish today, and we caught them in 2-6 ft of water. Chartreuse was tough to beat, but we did catch a few on Sexy Shad.