Lake Fork Fishing Report – 3/03/2017

March is here, and the fishing on Lake Fork continues to get better. Lake Fork is currently 2.06 ft belown normal pool, and the water temps in the back of the creeks and pockets are in the 61-65 degree range. Water clarity ranges from muddy in the far upper ends to fairly clear as you get closer to the dam.

We had a little bit of an up and down week. Yesterday was our best day for numbers with 15 bass in the boat, and our big fish of the week came on Wednesday with a beautiful, fat female weighing 8.31 lbs.


Our best producer has been a white bladed jig with a 3.5″ LFT Live Magic Shad as a trailer.
LFT Live Magic Shad
I have said it before and I’ll continue to say it. If you are not using the Live Magic Shad on the back of your chatterbait, you are costing yourself some fish.

We are fishing this bait from the bank out to about 4 feet of water. Thoroughly fishing the available cover is key, and we are catching fish around both wood and vegetation.

The other pattern that is working well for us is a drop shot using a 5″ Strike King KVD Finesse Worm. Green Pumpkin and Junebug are both very good produces. We are pitching stumps in 2-12 ft of water. Bites are very subtle, so work the bait slowly and pay close attention to what your bait is doing.

I hope that helps you on your next trip to Lake Fork. These are also great techniques to try on you home lake!!! Be sure to follow me on Facebook and Instagram where I will post pics of our catches.

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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August 9, 2012 – Back from Falcon Lake

I just got back from spending the last 3 weeks guiding down on Falcon Lake, and we had a great time as usual. Falcon is almost 39 ft low and they need rain in the worst way. We caught a lot of fish and some big ones too, but it wasn’t nearly as good as it has been in the past. We were able to set several new personal bests on the trip, and for that, I am very thankful.

As the lake continues to fall, I look for the bite down there to get slower and slower. We fished both the north and south ends of Falcon. Up north, the flipping bite was the ticket – especially as the sun got up. Early, we would fish Santone spinnerbaits, Chatterbaits, and square billed cranks around shallow cover, and as the sun got up, we would move out just a little and flip soft plastics in the hardwoods just off the river channel. The Hyperworm from Lake Fork Trophy Lures accounted for many of the fish we caught. Teamed with a 1/2 oz weight and 4/0 or 5/0 flipping hook, it was tough to beat. Our best colors were June Bug and Blue Fleck or Blue Fleck Red. Most of our fish were in the top half of the trees and not at the base of the trees. Some of this is due to the water clarity (muddy), and some of this is due to the soft bottom. We used to fish the same way on Cooper Lake during it’s heyday back in the late 90s.

Down on the south end, we concentrated on fishing the rocks with deep diving crankbaits and Santone football jigs. We didn’t get as many bites down there as we did up north, but we did locate some big fish in a few different areas. The ramp at the State Park is no longer usable due to the lower water conditions, so they have installed a temporary metal ramp so that you can launch off the bank. It’s VERY steep, and you NEED four wheel drive to get your boat out.

All in all, it was another good trip down there, and I’m looking forward to going again. I don’t think I’ll be going back until the lake comes back up. The bite is getting tougher and tougher down there with the dropping water. The bass are getting more concentrated, but so is their forage. They aren’t having to work for food, and because of that, they’re not stacked up on key structure spots like they normally are. In the past, we could catch over 25 fish off of one spot, but now, you’re lucky if you catch 5. I hate it for the local guides down there as they are really having to work their tails off to produce far fewer fish than normal. The good thing for them is, it’s still Falcon Lake, and just like Lake Fork, you could catch the fish of a lifetime on any cast.

On a side note……..

Many of you know that I’m a big fan of Mustad hooks, and this week, their new Denny Brauer Grip Pin Max Flippin’ Hooks finally hit the shelves. Unfortunately, we had to use another brand on our trip, and the keeper would slide down after catching a couple of fish on it. Mustad solved this issue by making their flippin’ hook with a “Grip Pin” welded on it. I can’t wait to get my hands on some, and I think they’re going to be a big hit for all of us that love to throw a Texas rig.

Mustad Denny Brauer Grip Pin Max Flippin' Hook

 

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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.

Lake Fork is on the rise!!!

We have gotten several inches of rain over the past 13 hours, and the lake is already up 10″ and is now sitting at 399.38 (3.62 ft below normal pool). All of the feeder creeks around the lake are still out of their banks, so the lake will continue to rise quickly.