Lake Fork Fishing Report – 03/23/2020

The bass fishing on Lake Fork has been a little bit up and down for us the past week. Much of that is due to some cooler temps and the enormous amount of rain that we have gotten in the area. This has muddied up many of my best areas, and I’m having to move around more. Things should improve immensely with the warmer temps we have coming up.

As of this writing, Lake Fork’s water level is at 403.48′ or about 6 inches above full pool. The gates are open, so the water is dropping slowly. Water temps ranged from 57-60 degrees today, and we will see water temps rise into the upper 60s by the weekend. Water clarity ranges from very dirty in the upper ends and the backs of creeks to relatively clear on the main lake.

We had a big wave of spawning fish during the MLF tournament a couple of weekends ago. We still have fish on beds, and we have many more to come. We should start catching some post spawn fish very soon as well.

Best baits for me have been a Santone Piglet Shaky head with a green pumpkin worm and a watermelon red or black/blue flake wacky rigged Senko. I’m fishing these mostly around spawning areas, but I am also fishing them in some staging areas looking to catch those fish that are still looking to feed before they move to the banks to spawn. The key to catching them is to slow way down and target shallow cover. You can’t fish too shallow on Lake Fork right now.

Some of my guide buddies are still catching fish on chatterbaits, frogs, Super Flukes, buzz baits, and crankbaits. It won’t be long before the topwater bite is in full swing.

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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!





Lake Fork Fishing Report – December 5, 2012

Not much has changed here on Lake Fork in the last month – the bite is still pretty darn good. Lake level is 398.52, or 4.48 ft below full pool, and water temps are sitting around 61-63 degrees. That will change with the big cold front that is coming in on Monday, so it will be interesting to see what that does to the bite next week. I’m not convinced that it will hurt the deep bite too much.

I know there are some shallow fish that can be caught flipping jig to big timber around the creek channels, but I am spending all of my time fishing the deep fish. Luckily, I’ve been off on the days where the wind has blown 25-30 mph!!!

I’m still throwing the same baits in (many of) the same places as last month. Points, road beds, deep channel swings, and humps are all holding fish. The road beds on the north end are in the 16-18 ft range, while the points on the south end will hold fish as deep as 30-31 ft. Use your electronics to cover water and look for the schools of fish. You will find the bass mixed in with the BIG white bass on many of these spots.

Flutter spoons from Lake Fork Trophy Lures, jigging spoons, tail spinners, and a Santone Slamma rig (umbrella rig/Alabama rig) will all catch fish of all species. The Santone Slamma rig is my personal favorite. The strikes are vicious, and it’s not uncommon to catch more than one fish (bass and/or big white bass) at a time!!!

I still have some open dates this month if you’d like to come out to Lake Fork and get in on some of this action. I also made a trip to Lake Welsh last week and we boated 34 largemouth bass in 4 hours of fishing. I run trips on Lake Welsh and Lake Monticello in the winter months, and it’s a lot of fun to catch these hard fighting power plant lake fish!!!











Lake Fork Fishing Report – 9/13/2012

Lake Fork is still turning over, and the fishing remains tough (for the most part). The best bite seems to be shallow, and if you can find some submerged vegetation, you will find some fish.

The lake is sitting at 399.36 or 3.64 ft below normal pool. Water temps have been in the mid-80s, but those will continue to fall with the cooler weather and shorter days. With the end of the turnover and the cooler water temps, the fishing will pick up.

Look for shad in the backs of pockets just off of the main lake and in the backs of major creeks as the month progresses. Just about any bait will work when these fish are actively feeding, but some of my favorites are a Santone Get Five spinnerbait, a Chatterbait with 3.5″ Lake Fork Trophy Lures Live Magic Shad, a squarebill crankbait, a lipless crankbait, and a frog.

The McDonald’s Big Bass Splash is coming up September 21-23, so the lake will be jam packed for that. If you don’t have a room yet, I hear that there are a few rooms at some of the hotels in Sulphur Springs. From what I understand, there is nothing available around the lake.

Best of luck to all of those competing in the coming weeks. October looks to be a great month to get out on Lake Fork. It is historically one of my favorite months to fish Lake Fork. If you’re looking for a guide, please give me a shout.

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.

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 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:

March 7, 2012

Great day on Lake Fork as we finished the day with 36 bass in the boat today. We had to hide from the wind a little bit, but it didnt take long to find a pattern. We fished soft plastics in 3-5 ft of water around the stumps. The key was to slow down and leave the bait by the wood as long as possible. The fish would just pick the bait up and hold it. Water temp ranged from 58-61 degrees in the areas we fished.

March 5, 2012

It’s a beautiful day on the lake today and the big girls are making there move. Light weight soft plastics are the deal so far this morning and we are starting to catch some bigger fish in shallow water.

Water temp is 58 on the main lake and low to mid 60s in the creeks.