Lake Fork Fishing Report – 3/03/2017

March is here, and the fishing on Lake Fork continues to get better. Lake Fork is currently 2.06 ft belown normal pool, and the water temps in the back of the creeks and pockets are in the 61-65 degree range. Water clarity ranges from muddy in the far upper ends to fairly clear as you get closer to the dam.

We had a little bit of an up and down week. Yesterday was our best day for numbers with 15 bass in the boat, and our big fish of the week came on Wednesday with a beautiful, fat female weighing 8.31 lbs.


Our best producer has been a white bladed jig with a 3.5″ LFT Live Magic Shad as a trailer.
LFT Live Magic Shad
I have said it before and I’ll continue to say it. If you are not using the Live Magic Shad on the back of your chatterbait, you are costing yourself some fish.

We are fishing this bait from the bank out to about 4 feet of water. Thoroughly fishing the available cover is key, and we are catching fish around both wood and vegetation.

The other pattern that is working well for us is a drop shot using a 5″ Strike King KVD Finesse Worm. Green Pumpkin and Junebug are both very good produces. We are pitching stumps in 2-12 ft of water. Bites are very subtle, so work the bait slowly and pay close attention to what your bait is doing.

I hope that helps you on your next trip to Lake Fork. These are also great techniques to try on you home lake!!! Be sure to follow me on Facebook and Instagram where I will post pics of our catches.

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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May 28, 2012

The bite has gotten better the last couple of days and should continue to get better. We are graphing a lot more fish on the deep structure spots than we were just last week. It’s time to come to Fork for some summertime fishing.

Santone football jigs, drop shots, Carolina rigged LFT Hypersticks are all working on these spots.

May 9, 2012

The deep bite continues to produce good fish for us. The last couple of days, we have caught fish a deep as 29 ft of water on Santone Football jigs, drop shots, swimbaits, umbrella rigs, and heavy spinnerbaits with a 5.5″ LFT Live Magic Shad Swimbait.

March 29, 2012

The fishing on Fork is still pretty good if you’re in the right place and doing the right thing. There were a lot of fish that made their move to the banks over the weekend to spawn, so I have a feeling that we are dealing with a lot of post-spawn females right now. Don’t get me wrong, there are still tons of fish that have yet to “do the deal”, and those are the fish that we are trying to catch.

The drop shot continues to be a mainstay in my boat, but the shaky head bite has come on strong the last couple of days. I’m using a 3/16 oz Santone piglet jig head and an LFT Zig Zag in any shade of green. We are working our baits through the stump-filled spawning flats in the 2-6 ft range.

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 22, 2012

The lake is up 2.3 ft so far after the rains, and the lake now sits at 400.91 as of this writing (a little over 2 ft below normal pool).

The fish seem to have scattered some, but we managed to put an even 20 in the boat yesterday and 18 in the boat today. Both days we lost a few in the standing timber, and yesterday, we lost an 8+ that broke my client’s line a few feet from the boat. That was a real heartbreaker for us both!!!

We caught fish both days from 4-10 ft of water with the 8 ft range producing the most bites/fish. Drop shots and shaky heads have been the ticket in these depths. Concentrate on points with standing timber at the mouth of small creeks and spawning pockets.

Water temps are averaging about 63 degrees and the water is slightly stained on the south end and muddy in the upper ends.

March 18, 2012

Today we boated 34 and lost another 8-10 that we couldn’t get out of the timber. Same patterns and areas are producing, and most of our fish are fat, prespawn females. Here’s Jeff with his new personal best (7.31) and a couple more from our day that included 3 more over 6 lbs.

March 17, 2012

Much of the same today on Lake Fork, although we did add a few swimbait fish to the mix including a 7.81 caught by Hank. We also a added a 7.31 and a bunch of nice slot fish. The swimbait fish were in 2-6 ft and the soft plastics fish were in 5-12 ft.

March 16, 2012

Just about the same results as yesterday. We finished the day with 23 in the boat with several nice slot fish. Same depth and same patterns worked today as they did yesterday. There were more fish that moved shallow, but I still feel like the best bite is in that 6-10 ft range.