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:

Lake Fork bass

Lake Fork bass

Lake Fork bass

Lake Fork bass

Lake Fork bass

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.

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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.

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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.

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.