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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Lake Fork Fishing Report – May 18, 2013

The fishing on Lake Fork has been nothing short of fantastic the past couple of weeks or so. We are starting our day with big topwater baits, and we aren’t having to put them down as the big fish are crushing them all day long.

It’s a fairly easy pattern to run. Look for points that have wind blowing in on them and go to work. You can pick up a few extra fish on a square bill crank and a Carolina rig, but most of our big fish are coming on the big topwaters. We are catching multiple fish over 6 pounds everyday, so it’s an absolute blast!!! Here are just a few of the fish we’ve caught lately:

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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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May 7, 2012

Very good day today. Started with topwaters early and switched to LFT Magic Shad after that bite slowed. Dan caught some really nice fish on it before we moved out to deeper water for the rest of the day. Found fish in 15-28 ft of water and we dropped the hammer on them. Santone football jig with LFT Baby Hyper Freak was the deal today.

May 3, 2012

Good day today. The early bite is very good IF you are in the right place. Yesterday, we zeroed on my starting spot and this was a spot that I had 18 on a couple of days prior. Today, we boated a dozen topwater fish early and then switched to the LFT Magic Shad to finish the morning with 18. We are working the Magic Shad with a series of quick jerks and a pause. You will see most of the strikes, and this makes for some exciting fishing.
After lunch, we decided to go look for some deep fish and we found a couple of nice schools. The largemouth are mixed in with the white bass, and the action is nonstop. We boated 9 more largemouths and an insane number of whites on a big flutter spoon to finish off a very fun day.

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.

April 9, 2012

The early morning bite is very good with topwaters producing both size and numbers. It is important to bounce around until you find an area that is holding fish. If they are there, they will let you know in a hurry. Some areas will only produce a fish or two while others will have a big school of hungry largemouths.

The afternoon bite has been very slow the last few days. On days where we have heavy clouds, the topwater bite will last throughout the day. When it is sunny, it has been tough, but we have been able to boat some nice fish on a LFT Magic Shad worked quickly in the flooded cover.