January 15, 2020

It’s hard to believe that 2020 is here!!! We are fortunate to be able to catching big bass all year long here on Lake Fork, but the next few months are our best months for catching GIANT bass!!!

Current Conditions on Lake Fork: Water Level is currently 401.1 as of this writing. Water clarity is good on the south end and stained to muddy in the upper ends/backs of creeks. Water temperature is 51-53 depending on area.

For the next 6-8 weeks, you will find the following baits on the deck of my Ranger Z521L: Strike King Red Eye Shad in Delta Red, a white Strike King Thunder Cricket with a matching 3.5″ Lake Fork Trophy Lures Live Magic Shad, a Mean Green 5/16 oz Santone Lures Swim Jig, a suspending jerk bait, and a KVD 1.5 Squarebill crankbait.

I prefer to cover as much water as possible, and I will fish these baits in the back half of the major creeks around secondary points, creek channels, ditches, drains, and grassy flats. Most days, the key to catching fish is creating a reaction bite. I’ll have my clients bump stumps and tick grass whenever possible. Important: If you catch a fish, work that area very throughly. You will cover a lot of water without catching a fish, but you will typically catch more than one within close proximity.

If you prefer to slow down and truly hunt for that fish of a lifetime, there’s no better way to do it than by fishing a 3/8 or 1/2 black and blue Santone Rattlin’ jig. Work the biggest trees you can find along creek channels, and be ready. The bite will most likely be a light one, but the fight could be one you’ll never forget.

We still have a few open dates beginning in February, so if you’re looking for a guide on Lake Fork drop me an email or shoot me a text and we will get you set up to chase some trophy bass. Phone calls are fine too, but they can get a little tricky this time of year!!! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. Thank you!!!

Lake Fork | February 23, 2015

It’s 2:00 p.m. as I write this report, and the temperature outside is 32 degrees and falling!!! We are supposed to get down to 23 degrees later this afternoon. For northeast Texas, that’s cold!!!

Before this past Friday, the fishing was fantastic. Friday, the clouds moved in, and the bite got much tougher because of it. This time of year, sunshine rules as the fish can feel the warmth of the sun and they will be much more active because of it.

On Wednesday and Thursday, I had Gary and Ken, and those guy put a whipping on the big fish. They had a 6-06, 6-09, 6-13, 6-14, 7-07, 7-09, and an 8-09 to go along with several other fish in the 3-5 lb range. Gary kept saying, ” I don’t think there any little fish in this lake!!”

To say I love the month of February would be an understatement. The big females are on the move and setting up for their annual spawning ritual. When you know where to look, you will find those females staging, and you can find those types of places all over Lake Fork.

Main lake points, secondary points, and creek channel swings are all GREAT places to find the fish of a lifetime right now. The depth at which they are holding will vary from day to day. We have caught them as shallow as 2 ft and as deep as 22 ft of water.

Water temperatures were 49.8-50.1 in the areas I fished Friday. It will be interesting to see what the temps will be when I get back on the water later this week (my trips the next couple of days are rescheduling due to weather). I would expect the water temps to be in the mid-40s, but I don’t expect the fish to be far from where I left them last week.

I will give you an update later this week!!! Here are some pics from this past week:

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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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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 15, 2012

After a nice start, we struggled for a bit to find some fish that would bite.  We went to lunch with only 6 fish in the boat, and we only had 7 by 2:00 when I decided to move out to the main lake and fish for some staging fish.  I could kick myself in the rear for not making the move a lot sooner.  From 2:00 to 4:00, we boated 14 more and missed a couple more.  Shaky head LFT Zig Zag, Carolina rigged LFT Zig Zags, and drop shots all caught fish in the 5-10 ft range.  All but a couple of these fish were prespawn females.

It’s hard to leave the spawning pockets when you are seeing 63-70 degree water temps, but we just couldn’t get a consistent bite.  Those fish will show up very soon, so keep your eyes open for cruisers.

March 2, 2012

The bite is definitely picking up as a big number of fish have made the move to ultra shallow water since noon yesterday.

Water temp on the main lake was 59 and we found water as warm as 67 in the back of a creek and the fish were bunched up back there.

We caught a bunch of fish today on a white 3/8 oz chatterbait with a LFT Live Magic Shad in Albino Shad color. We also caught a bunch of fish on a Junebug colored Texas rigged LFT Flipper.

Most of our fish came from less than 3 ft of water.

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.

February 24, 2012

It’s cool and windy out, but you can hammer out a few bites if you keep your head down and fish hard.

Water temps are ranging from 52-55 degrees, and a red lipless crankbait in 2-4 ft of water on secondary points have been our best bait today.