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:

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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 – 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!!!

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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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May 30, 2013 – Lake Fork Fishing Report

We just wrapped up an incredible month of fishing here on Lake Fork. The topwater bite continues to be good early in the morning and all day when we have cloud cover. A Super Spook and a Yellow Magic are both great choices.

I am still catching the majority of my fish on a Carolina rigged LFT Magic Shad in less than 3 ft of water. Watermelon Red and Golden Bream are both producing very well. The wind really helps keep this bite going all day, and we haven’t had a shortage of wind this month.

I have been checking on the deep fish just about everyday, and there are more and more of them showing up out there. We are catching a few each afternoon on a 1 oz Santone football jig, and that bite will only get better in June and July. My favorite colors for Lake Fork are Pinto Beans and Carrots, and Mexican Heather. Trail these jigs with a LFT Hyper Freak or Baby Hyper Freak, and you will catch some deep fish. This technique is one of my favorite ways to catch fish.

The same Carolina rig that I’m using in shallow water will also get you bit out deep. In addition to the Magic Shad, I like to use a LFT Baby Ring Fry and a Hyper Stick. Stick with your confidence colors. Chartreuse Pepper is one of my favorites for fishing deep with soft plastics.

Right now, I am finding most of the deep fish in 18-25 ft of water (depending on location and time of day). Most of the time, you will find the school of bass beside or mixed in with a big school of white bass.

I still have some summer dates open, but they are starting to fill up. If you would like to come learn how to use your electronics and/or catch some big fish in deep water, please send me an email or text, or give me a call in the evenings.

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to use the Comments section below!!!

Here are a few pics from the last few days:

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August 9, 2012 – Back from Falcon Lake

I just got back from spending the last 3 weeks guiding down on Falcon Lake, and we had a great time as usual. Falcon is almost 39 ft low and they need rain in the worst way. We caught a lot of fish and some big ones too, but it wasn’t nearly as good as it has been in the past. We were able to set several new personal bests on the trip, and for that, I am very thankful.

As the lake continues to fall, I look for the bite down there to get slower and slower. We fished both the north and south ends of Falcon. Up north, the flipping bite was the ticket – especially as the sun got up. Early, we would fish Santone spinnerbaits, Chatterbaits, and square billed cranks around shallow cover, and as the sun got up, we would move out just a little and flip soft plastics in the hardwoods just off the river channel. The Hyperworm from Lake Fork Trophy Lures accounted for many of the fish we caught. Teamed with a 1/2 oz weight and 4/0 or 5/0 flipping hook, it was tough to beat. Our best colors were June Bug and Blue Fleck or Blue Fleck Red. Most of our fish were in the top half of the trees and not at the base of the trees. Some of this is due to the water clarity (muddy), and some of this is due to the soft bottom. We used to fish the same way on Cooper Lake during it’s heyday back in the late 90s.

Down on the south end, we concentrated on fishing the rocks with deep diving crankbaits and Santone football jigs. We didn’t get as many bites down there as we did up north, but we did locate some big fish in a few different areas. The ramp at the State Park is no longer usable due to the lower water conditions, so they have installed a temporary metal ramp so that you can launch off the bank. It’s VERY steep, and you NEED four wheel drive to get your boat out.

All in all, it was another good trip down there, and I’m looking forward to going again. I don’t think I’ll be going back until the lake comes back up. The bite is getting tougher and tougher down there with the dropping water. The bass are getting more concentrated, but so is their forage. They aren’t having to work for food, and because of that, they’re not stacked up on key structure spots like they normally are. In the past, we could catch over 25 fish off of one spot, but now, you’re lucky if you catch 5. I hate it for the local guides down there as they are really having to work their tails off to produce far fewer fish than normal. The good thing for them is, it’s still Falcon Lake, and just like Lake Fork, you could catch the fish of a lifetime on any cast.

On a side note……..

Many of you know that I’m a big fan of Mustad hooks, and this week, their new Denny Brauer Grip Pin Max Flippin’ Hooks finally hit the shelves. Unfortunately, we had to use another brand on our trip, and the keeper would slide down after catching a couple of fish on it. Mustad solved this issue by making their flippin’ hook with a “Grip Pin” welded on it. I can’t wait to get my hands on some, and I think they’re going to be a big hit for all of us that love to throw a Texas rig.

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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 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.

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.