Jig Fishing with In-Fisherman TV on Lake Fork

Last January (2015), I had the opportunity to film three episodes of In-Fisherman TV with host Doug Stange.  The first episode that aired was the jig fishing episode.  We caught a couple of pigs on a black and blue Santone jig. 

Here is that episode:

Lake Fork Fishing Report – February 26, 2013

The bite has slowed down some with the water temperatures falling into the low 50s. Our water temps to start each morning have been in the 50-52 degree range, and have only warmed up to 53-54 late in the day. Water level as of this writing is 398.86 or 4.14 feet below normal pool. The water is very stained in many areas of the lake and slightly stained in others. We have some hydrilla trying to make a comeback in some areas, but it is all in less than 3 feet of water.

Most of our fish this week have been caught on a 1/2 oz or 3/4 oz black and blue Santone jig, but we did catch a few on a Camo colored Santone jig. I am throwing the 3/4 oz jig along the deeper creek channels in 10-14 ft of water, and I’m switching to the 1/2 oz jig when we’re fishing less than 10 ft deep. One thing that has been a key for us is to slow WAY down. I haven’t been able to trigger them to bite by fishing the jig aggressively. We are basically having to crawl it along the bottom and banging it into any available cover. If you’re not feeling the wood, you’re probably not going to get bit. The Santone jig hangs up less than most jigs because of the shape of it’s head. Being flat on the bottom, the jig doesn’t roll over on it’s side when coming through the brush like some other jigs do. Less hang-ups equal more fishing time and better hook-ups because the hook is almost always in position to stick the fish in the top of the mouth.

Once we get a bite, we are being even more thorough as there will be multiple fish in that section of creek. Sometimes, we are pitching to the same stumps 4 or 5 times before we finally get a bite. It’s not easy fishing, but it can be very rewarding.

Having quality fishing line can be critical when fishing the heavy cover here. I have seen and used lots of different brands of fishing line over the years, but I’m convinced that the best I’ve ever used is Seaguar Invizx. I use 20 lb Invizx for jigs and most soft plastics, and 15 lb Invizx for crankbaits and jerkbaits.

The weather over the next few days is going to be a little cooler than what we’d like to see. The highs are supposed to be in the low 50s and the lows are supposed to be in the low 30s. This isn’t going to bring our water temps up any, so the jig bite should continue to produce the best results for the big bite. If you need to get bit, you might try a shaky head in the same areas. Sometimes there are fish that won’t bite the bigger bait, but they’ll eat the finesse worm. I know I’ll be throwing it a little more this week.

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to use the comments section below. Best of luck on the water!

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February 12, 2013 – Lake Fork Fishing Report

With the warmer weather, our water temperatures have been on the rise. This week, I found water as warm as 58.5 degrees, and most of the areas we fished were over 56 degrees. The warmer temps pulled a lot of big females onto the flats and secondary points where we were able to cover some water and catch them a little more easily. Water level as of this writing is 398.89 (4.11 ft below full pool), but it is slowly on the rise with the rain that we are receiving as I write.

Our best bait has been a red lipless crankbait, but you should also try a Santone spinnerbait, a Chatterbait with LFT Live Magic Shad, and a jerkbait in the same areas. Many times, we will go through an area a couple of times with the lipless crankbait, and go back through it with another bait and pick up another fish or two. You want to be very thorough when covering water as a bass’s strike zone is fairly small in this cool water. Almost all of our fish are coming from less than 3 feet of water, and if you can find some hydrilla or coontail, you will likely find some fish.

The weather forecast for the coming week shows highs in the mid-50s and lows in the low 30s. This will bring the water temps back down into the low 50s, and maybe even the upper 40s. When this happens, it’s time to pick up your Black/Blue, Camo, or Sloppy Joe colored Santone Jig, move out to the creek channels, and go to work. When the water temps fall, I normally have better success using a LFT Flipper for my jig trailer, but when water temps are on the rise, I tend to opt more for the bigger LFT Hyper Freak. The Flipper is a little more subtle in it’s action than the Hyper Freak, and sometimes, that makes all the difference when these fish are finicky. You want to split the tail on the Flipper as it is designed with “rudders” that force the tail to spread out when it’s moved, making it look a lot like a crawfish. I will work the standing timber along the banks of the creek channels in about 5-15 ft of water. When you catch one, pay attention to the fish’s depth. If you catch one in 8 ft of water, and another in 12 ft of water, but nothing shallower and nothing deeper, you can probably save yourself a lot of time by concentrating your efforts in that depth range when you move to the next creek.

I hope that helps you on your next trip to Lake Fork. If you have any questions, please let me know!

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December 22, 2012 – Lake Fork Fishing Report

The year is coming to a close, so I guess this will be my last Lake Fork fishing report of 2012!!! The fishing on Lake Fork has fallen off a bit from earlier in the month, but the bite is still very good for this late in the year. Water temperatures are still sitting in the 55-56 degree range on the main lake, and Lake Fork’s water level is 398.37 ft or 4.63 feet below full pool.

I am still catching the majority of my fish in deep water, although I have started to sneak up into some shallower water to pitch 1/2 and 3/4 oz Santone jigs along the creek channels. As the water temps fall, I will start spend more time with a jig in my hand. You don’t normally get a lot of bites with a jig this time of year, but you can certainly catch the fish of a lifetime. A good day numbers wise will be about 8-10 fish, maybe 15 on a really good day. Most of the time, I’m trailing my jig with a Lake Fork Trophy Lures Hyper Freak. Many times, you will catch several fish in a short stretch, and then fish a little while before you get another bite. Be patient!!!

As of late this week, I’ve still been spending the majority of my time in deep water (22-35 ft) with a Santone Slamma rig (umbrella rig) in my hand. The Slamma rig holds up VERY well, and it works great when paired the new LFT Lures Boot Tail Live Magic Shad. In addtion some really nice largemouth, you will catch a TON of 2-3 pound white bass. Some of my clients call these “bonus fish”. They pull super hard and are a lot of fun to catch in between largemouths. The same areas continue to hold fish – points, ridges, road beds, and creek mouths will all have large schools of fish from time to time. A good graph is essential to locating these schools.

We have another major cold front coming in on Christmas day, and our highs are supposed to be 43 and 37 degrees on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively. This one could slow the deep bite down some on Lake Fork, but it will make the bite at the local power plant lakes (Monticello and Welsh) even better. I’ve been to Lake Welsh a couple of times already this fall, and the fishing has been very good. I should be making a trip to Lake Monticello very soon as well.

If you’d like to book a trip on Lake Fork or one of these power plant lakes, please call, email, or text me. We can run split days (power plant /Lake Fork) if you’d like. Also, my spring is really filling up quickly. If you’d like to get in on some of Lake Fork’s spring fishing, you might want to get with me soon on a date.

Thanks to all of you who have fished with me in 2012!!! I’m looking to a great 2013!!! Merry Christmas!!!

Marc Lake Fork December 2012

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Keith Lake Fork December 2012

Santone Jig December 2012

March 13, 2012

Overall, it was a pretty tough day for me today. We caught fish everywhere we stopped, but we never found a large concentration of fish today. Water temp at the ramp this morning was 58.7 and it warmed to 61 this afternoon. We caught most of our fish on drop shots and black/blue Santone jigs with LFT Hyper Freak. Here are a couple of pics from today:

February 17, 2012

Had a half day afternoon this afternoon. We found the bite to be fairly slow this afternoon as we were only able to boat 5 largemouths and 5 HUGE white bass today. Water temps ranged from 52-53 degrees in the areas we fished.  The highlight of our day was Gus’ first jig fish. I have them again tomorrow and we’re planning on putting that Santone jig to work.

Our jig fish were in 8 ft of water and we were using a 3/4 oz Peas and Carrots Santone jig with a Magic Craw Swirl LFT Hyper Freak. If you’re not using a Hyper Freak on the back of your jig, you need to try it. It will put extra fish in your boat.