Lake Fork Fishing Report | May 4, 2014

May is here, and the fishing on Lake Fork is nothing short of fantastic. My clients have caught a lot of big fish the past few weeks with several fish over 9 pounds (including one that weighed in at 12.31 pounds), and more 7+ pound fish than I can count. Our big fish have come on a variety of baits including a Santone Piglet Shaky head, an umbrella rig, a swimbait, a Santone Swim Jig, an LFT Magic Shad, and a Strike King Sexy Dawg topwater.

This is the time of year that you can fish with just about anything you like to fish with and get bit. There are tons of fish in less than 6 feet of water right now. Some are still on spawning beds, others are making there way in to spawn, and others have spawned and have started feeding back up. Water temps are in the upper 60s and lower 70s as of this writing. Water level is at 399.36 or 3.64 ft below full pool. A year ago today, we were 4.53 ft below full pool.

If you like to fish topwaters, May is about as good as it gets. Topwater poppers like the LFT Magic Popper or the Strike King HC KVD Splash Popper will catch fish off the nest, but it is especially effective at catching those fish that are guarding fry. You can throw them all day under any conditions right now and catch fish. For those fish that are chasing shad, it’s hard to beat a Strike King Sexy Dawg. I have thrown just about every walking topwater bait you can name, and the Sexy Dawg ranks right up there with the best. It is very easy to walk and it gets some of the most vicious strikes you have ever seen.

If dragging plastics is your thing, a Carolina rigged LFT Magic shad in Green Pumpkin will get you bit when fished around main lake and secondary points. You can catch them super shallow, and now you can catch some deep too. A drop shot is also a good choice in the 6-14′ range. We have caught some really nice fish on both of these techniques over the past couple of weeks.

The deep bite is starting to shape up, and June, July, and August look to be really good again this year. If you have ever wanted to catch fish in deep water, these are great months to do it. I am booking summer trips right now, so if you’d like to get a date(s) on the books, please shoot me an email and we will get you set up.

For those of you who would like to see daily pics and get a little more info, you can “Like” my Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/lakeforkguides. I try to post 4 or 5 nights per week, so you can keep up a little easier with how the lake is fishing on a daily basis.

Here are a few pics from the past couple of weeks!!!

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Lake Fork Fishing Report – April 16, 2013

I apologize for the lack of a fishing report the past 3 weeks. The patterns haven’t changed much, and the crazy weather that we’ve been having in 2013 continues with new cold fronts coming in every 5 days or so. Our water temps remain in the 62-66 degree range throughout most of the lake, with some areas in the upper ends reaching the lower 70s. We still have lots of pre-spawn and spawning fish from one end of the lake to the other. Our water level sits at 398.62 ft or 4.38 ft below full pool.

I am spending most of my time fishing spawning areas in 3-6 ft of water. There are spawning fish on the main lake and in the creeks and small pockets. Find an area that has the least amount of traffic, put your head down, and fish your tail off!!! I’m sure just about any soft plastic bait/rig will work if you fish it slowly enough, but I’m having so much success on a Santone Lures Piglet Shaky head that I’m having a hard time putting it down. I’ve said it several times over the last couple of years, but this jig head is the one you want for Lake Fork and other trophy lakes. It’s built with a bigger and stronger hook than most other shaky heads on the market. You don’t go elephant hunting with a BB gun, so don’t bring those light wire shaky heads to Lake Fork and fish for the fish of a lifetime!!! I’m throwing a 3/16 oz when I can, and a 1/4 oz if the wind is blowing a little too much to feel the lighter head. I also want to reiterate that you have to slow WAY, WAY down to have the most success with this bait. On the business end of my Piglet is a LFT 10″ worm with the tail torn off. What you have left is a bigger profile, straight tailed bait that drives spawning fish crazy. I am also throwing this same worm on a very light Carolina rig in the same areas. My favorite color is green pumpkin, but watermelon red and watermelon seed will work as well.

On windy days, a square billed crankbait will get you bit on wind blown banks and points. A 1.5 or 2.5 size in Sexy Shad, Green Gizzard Shad, and other shad patterns will put fish in your boat. A white 3/8 oz Chatterbait with LFT 4.5″ Live Magic Shad is a great choice when you have a little stain to the water. You will fish stretches without a bite, and then hit the right point or spot that will hold several.

Topwater time is just around the corner. In fact, you can catch a few on your favorite topwater bait right now if you’re in the right place at the right time. That bite will only get better as the fish spawn and start guarding fry. It’s a good idea to have one tied on.

I hope this report gives you a head start when planning your trip to Lake Fork. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them in the comments section below, or you can shoot me an email. Best of luck!!!

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April 4, 2012

Overall, today was a pretty tough day for me. We started out catching some good fish on a crankbait, but once the sun came out around 9 a.m., that bite ended.

We caught a couple on a Santone Piglet shaky head with LFT Zig Zag, but we couldn’t get much going until later in the afternoon when Ronnie turned me on to a pattern that was working for him. That’s the great thing about having guides that work together and share information with each other. It benefits our clients, and that’s what it’s all about.

We tied on a Santone swim jig and went to work. We covered a ton of water and caught a few more, but i think we will be able to expand on this pattern tomorrow. I have the same clients tomorrow, and I’m looking for them to have a big day.

April 2, 2012

The last two days have been mirror images of each other – good early bite and then it slows down to a crawl.

I fished two half day trips yesterday, so I got a chance to fish the late evening bite, and it definitely picked back up after 5:00. In fact, my client lost one (broke his line) at the boat yesterday that was an easy 9+. I felt terrible for him, but hopefully, we’ll get him a big one next time. That fish bit the same Santone Piglet shaky head that I pictured in my last report. It will put some really big fish in the boat if you will slow down enough.

My client yesterday morning was able to break his personal best with an 8-00. She was a really beautiful fish and I was really happy for him. Couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy, and the fact that he got to share the moment with his dad made it that much better.

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 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.