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November 16, 2011 - Lake
Fork - Submitted by David Vance - The fishing here on Lake Fork this past month has been up and down, but now the bass are in a full fall pattern. You will find plenty of feeding activity on all parts of the lake and have an opportunity to catch some big bass. Water conditions at Lake Fork are good with most of the lake fair to clear. Temperatures have been ranging from the mid to upper 60’s the bass fishing over the past three days has been very good. As we get away from this warm weather and the cold fronts move in, the bigger bass will put their feed bags on.
The shallow bite has been good from the mouths of the creeks to the backs of some of them. Top water baits like a Yellow Magic, and buzz baits have been good early and late. Wacky worms and Tiki Sticks are also doing well, best colors have been watermelon seed and green pumpkin, Shad colored shallow running crank baits, chrome lipless cranks and spinner baits are also catching some good bass.
The deep fishing for those big Lake Fork Bass is also starting to pick up. Deep humps, road beds, points, ridges and old pond dams in 15-25+ feet will all hold schools of bass feeding on shad, and bar fish this time of year. When the weather cools off more and that looks like that is going to happen this week, the fish will be ganging up more on the deep structure areas and gorge! If you are on one of these spots at the right time, you can load the boat. A Carolina rigged centipede, or fluke, 3-4 foot leader and a 3/0 wide gap hook is what I’m using. Best bait colors have been watermelon seed, Watermelon Candy Red, or chart pepper. I am starting to catch some good fish on a 1/4 oz. football jig head with a smoking shad fluke I have good luck catching suspended fish with this bait this time of year.
November & December is an excellent time to be on the lake, there is less pressure on the lake and the fish are biting. If you would like to book a guide trip. You can reach me at my Cell (903) 629-5085 or 903- 629-7699 Check out my website at
http://www.lakeforktexasfishingreports.com If you are interested in making reservations for a 2012 spring trip to Lake Fork, don’t wait until it’s too late. Get your plans together and contact me ASAP. My spring dates are Going Fast.
October 6, 2011 - Lake
Fork - Submitted by David Vance - Fall is here and with it brings cooler temperatures, and less fishing pressure and lots of bass that are feeding up before winter sets in. The bass are biting and the weather is beautiful, yesterday Mike Green and his son from Kansas fished with me and we boated over 35 bass ranging from 2 to 8 pounds, what a day it was and one that I know they'll be talking about for a long time we had a blast. Fishing in the last few days has been on and off due to the fall turnover, but now that we are on the tail end of that the fishing is starting to turn on!! Water temperatures are in the low to mid 70's and water clarity is fairly clear on most of the main lake and clear to stained in the back of some of the creeks.
The morning and evening bite has been good on top water, Yellow Magic and a Zara Spook have work best for me. The shallow bite has been good on wacky worms around points and pockets in the creeks, a Trick Worm in June bug or Watermelon Red have been working good. As the water temps continue to cool, you can expect to see more and more deep schools of bass stack up. Today all but 5 of our fish came on a Carolina Rig the rest on a Yellow Magic. Best bite has been from 10am tell 5pm best depth 15 to 25 feet.
I have been throwing a Carolina rig with a 1 ounce weight and a 4 foot leader, with a 3/0 hook, and a Watermelon seed centipede or a Watermelon seed Baby Brush Hog. You will also want to keep a jigging spoon handy as the water cools, jigging spoons and tail spinners can be deadly when fishing for fall and winter Big Bass. Good places to try right now are main lake points and humps roadbeds and pond dams, in 15 to 25 feet. Right now there is a lot of good fish on the old 515 East road bed also on Hobs Point just above the 515 East Bridge, Also on the SRA Point and the mouth of Chaney Branch, and in Little Caney from the Second Pipeline to Hideaway Harbor has been good for schooling Bass late in the day, The deep fishing will only get better as we get into November.
It’s a great time of year to be on the water the weather is beautiful, and the fishing is Great!! If you would like to book a guide trip and get in on some of the best fall Bass fishing anywhere you can reach me on my Cell 903-629-5085 or 903-629-7699 or check out my web site at http://www.lakeforktexasfishingreports.com
September 14, 2011 - Lake
Fork - Submitted by David Vance - Since my last report lake fork is starting to turn over and patterns have change some, the fish have been biting a little better up shallow. For the shallow water bite look for bass to be holding around shallow stick ups, in 2 to 8 feet of water on the main lake and in the first half’s of the major creeks. We have had a good top water bite from first sun and expect it to last for about an hour or more, the best top water baits for me have been a Yellow Magic, and a Zarz Spook, all in shad colors. The lake is over 6 feet low now, this does not effect the fishing at all but it makes boating dangerous if you don’t know the lake so be careful!! Best ramps to use right now are the 154 and 17 public ramps also the ramp at the minnow bucket marina is in good shape.
After the top water actions slows I will switch to a Texas Rig and fishing it in the same area as the top water. Baits that have work best for me have been a Watermelon Red Brush Hog, and a 8in black blue fleck Worm, Once this bite slows down I am hitting main lake and secondary points located in 10-15 feet of water with a Carolina rigged Watermelon seed Fluke or a Watermelon Red Baby Brush Hog, I am fishing these baits on a 1 ounce weight with a 4 to 5 foot leader along with a 3/0 hook. Try to stay on points that have a lot of timber around the area that you are fishing, this has been where I am catching most of the fish this pattern will hold through out the day.
Also be on the look out for schooling bass that are suspended in depths of 20 to 40 feet of water that are pushing shad to the top, I kept a swim bait handy all day for these fish. Good places to try right now for the above patterns are, the mouth of Bell Branch, points and pockets on the main lake, and the mouth of Big and little Mustang, also the bridge ends in big and little Mustang, and there are still a lot of schooling bass on the 154 and 515 east and west bridges. I always look forward to this time of year it is the start of the fall Season, the weather is cooling down and the fishing is going to be Hot! So don’t miss out on one of the most productive times of year to be on Lake Fork. If you would like to book a guide trip and get in on some great early fall Bass fishing you can reach me at my cell 903-629-5085 or 903-629-7699 check my web site http://www.lakeforktexasfishingreports.com
September 1, 2011 - Lake
Fork - Submitted by David Vance - September is here and it is the start of our Fall Bass fishing, lake fork is 6 foot low that’s not a big deal to the bass, but to the boaters that do not know the lake it is, you just need to be Extremely! careful when running the lake right now. If your coming to fish the Big Bass Splash this month the fishing is going to be good! The only problem is the low water as many boats that are in this tournament there will be a lot of boats damaged and who knows how many lower units, all I can say is be careful and don’t get in a hurry to run from one spot to another its always better to be safe than sorry. Other than the low water the fishing has been good here on lake fork and will get better as the month rolls along.
Not much has changes since my last report, yesterday Larry West and Bill Allen from Arkansas fished with me and we put 45 bass in the boat and more than half came on a swim bait and the rest on a Zara Spook and a Yellow Magic. The big bass of the day was the first one Larry on his first cast caught one that went 7lbs 8oz this bass crushed his Zara Spook! The bass we are catching have been suspended in deep water and they have been running shad to the top. The Swim bait that has been working best for me is a 1/4oz Storm Wild eye swim shad, they have the jig head in them and ready to fish right out of the pack.
Good places to try right now for the above patterns are, the mouth of Ray Branch, points and pockets on the main lake, and the mouth of Big and little Mustang, there are a lot of schooling bass on the bridges 154 and 515 east and west. I always look forward to this time of year it is the start of the fall Season, the weather is going to start cooling down and the fishing is going to be Hot! So don’t miss out on one of the most productive times of year to be on Lake Fork. If you would like to book a guide trip and get in on some great early fall Bass fishing you can reach me at my cell 903-629-5085 or 903-629-7699 check my web site http://www.lakeforktexasfishingreports.com
August 24, 2011 - Lake
Fork -- Submitted by David Vance -Even with this heat the fishing here on Lake Fork has been pretty good not much has changed since my last report. I have had days from 20 to 30 fish in half day trips, the bass are schooling on shad all over the lake. Yesterday Charlie King from Louisiana fished with me and the first place we went to a big school of bass were running shad to the top, this school of bass stayed on top for at lest an hour it was a blast we put 19 in the boat in that one spot. Every bass we caught in that school came on a Zara Spook and a Swim Bait, most of these bass were 2 to 3 lbs and full of shad no big ones but a lot of action.
After the top water actions slows, I have found fish holding on deep cover in 18 to 25 feet of water, the best places have been humps, points, ridges, and roadbeds. Your electronics will be a big key to how successful your day on the water will be, watch for balls of bait and bass stacked up on the screen. I have been throwing very few baits lately and this is a rundown of them, on my Carolina rig I have been using a 4 to 5 foot leader and a 1oz weight, dragging behind it on a 3/0 hook will be a Watermelon seed Centipede or a Watermelon seed Fluke. For the schooling bass the best baits for me have been a Zara Spook, and a 1/4oz Storm Swim Bait Shad pattern.
Good places to try right now are the mouth of Chaney Branch, and at the mouth of Ray Branch, and there is always bass to be caught this time of year on the 515 East and West Road Beds also the 154 bridge The weather has been hot but don't let that keep you off the water because you can get into some awesome schooling action this time of year here on Lake Fork. If you would like to book a guide trip you can reach me at 903-629-5085 or 903-629-7699 web site.www.lakeforktexasfishingreports.com
August 12, 2011 - Lake
Fork - - Submitted by David Vance -
The fishing here on lake fork this week has been good, the top water bite has been on!! for the first three to 4 hours of the morning. The best bait for me has been a shad colored Pop R. and a Zara Spook, Most of the bass we have caught in the last few days on top have been in 30 to35 feet of water. The bass are running the shad to the top early in the morning, after about 10:00, the top water action starts to slow down. Yesterday Bobby Higgins from Dallas fished with me and by 11:30 we had over 35 bass in the boat up to 5 pounds all on top water, the action was almost nonstop.
After the top water bite slows I have been changing to a Carolina Rig, the deep water pattern has worked best for me the rest of the day. At this time I am using a one ounce weight with a three foot leader line size 15 pound on a heavy action rod. A watermelon seed super fluke & a watermelon seed centipede have worked best for me on the Carolina Rig. Good places to try are the mouth of White Oak, Little Caney, and off the main point were the SRA office is down by the dam. There are still fish being caught in shallow water on Wacky Worms and Texas Rigs, but the deep water pattern has been the most consistent for me Right now.
The weather may be hot but so is the fishing, If you would like to book a guide trip you can call me at 903-629-7699 or 903-629-5085. All tackle is included on my trips. Web site www.lakeforktexasfishingreports.com
February 20, 2011 - Lake
Fork - Submitted by David Vance
May 12, 2011 - Lake Fork
by Lake Fork Guide Trips - Bass are wrapping up the spawn and concentrating on eating in both the shallows and out on deep structure. Hordes of spawning shad and bluegill plus a lot of new weed growth, in addition to the tons of stumps and stained water, mean that a lot of bass will be hanging out shallow for quite a while. For these fish, crankbait, topwaters, chatterbaits and soft plastics will provide a lot of action. If fishing offshore structure is your deal, more and more fish are migrating to classic summertime haunts each day as the water temps keep rising. And in between, fish can be caught on the same points and creek channels where they staged before spawning. Shallow, deep, or in-between, May is a wide open month on Fork that allows you to fish your strengths and catch lots of good fish.
As the bass feed up after the spawn, the result is our most consistent fishing of the year for numbers of quality fish in the 3 to 7 lb range, with a shot at a 10+. That means topwaters and moving baits early or all day on cloudy days. If the sun comes out, it is offshore structure fishing the rest of the day on possibly the best structure fishing lake in the country. So if your plans didn’t allow you to take advantage of the spawn this year on Fork, don’t despair, you can still enjoy what most locals consider the best fishing of the year on Fork—May through July. In addition to catching a lot of big fish, it is also the premier time to learn how to read your electronics to graph big schools of bass on deep structure.
If you haven’t caught it yet, I’m a frequent participant and host of “The Big Bass Battle” on Versus. The show also runs on WFN (World Fishing Network), as well as on Time Warner cable in the Dallas area. More new episodes will air soon, with trips to Fork, LA, and MS.
If you want to learn more about the shad and bluegill spawns and how to catch bass following them, you can check out my May article called “The Other Spawns” here: http://www.lakeforkguidetrips.com/fishingarticles/may2011.htm
Lake Conditions: Despite a few storms, the lake level remains low. Currently it sits at 399.66’ (about 3’ 4” below full pool) and a ton of stumps are visible. The boat lanes are still safe to run in general, but definitely exercise caution when heading out of the clear-cut areas. Water temps are currently reading in the low to mid-70s. The main lake is the normal greenish clear color but many creeks and the upper end of the lake are pretty stained due to all of the wind. A decent amount of milfoil and hydrilla are showing up around the lake now, but the coverage is still significantly less than in past years.
Location Pattern: For the last of the spawners, check out the main lake flats on the south end of the lake. The slightly deeper structure like points, creek channels, and ledges in 4’ to 12’, adjacent to areas with numbers of shallow spawning bass, is where we’ve found most of the bigger females, staging on their way back to deep water. On the northern half of the lake, timber or grass flats and clay points will continue to hold numbers of fish until the bluegill and shad finish their spawns and temps turn hot. Some of the early spawners are showing up on offshore structure in 12’ to 30’ as well.
Presentation Pattern: Topwaters are not only fun to fish, but producing some big fish all day, so try your Lucky Craft G Splashes, Kelly J’s, and Gunfish. You can work these baits all day long and catch good fish, especially if you are in areas with lots of bass fry. Work these lures on a floating mono line like 15 lb PowerSilk. If the wind kicks up, spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and vibrating jigs work well in shad or bluegill color schemes. ¼ oz Redemption spinnerbaits, Lucky Craft RC 1.5 square billed cranks, and Phenix Vibrator jigs with 3.5” Live Magic Shads will all catch good bass, especially on the windy and cloudy days. For a real pig, try slow swimming a 5.5” or 8” Live Magic Shad on a swimbait hook through the same areas. You’ll get fewer bites, but some real monsters. If the action slows, rig a Hyper Stick or Ring Fry on a 12” leader and a ¼ oz weight on a Carolina rig with 17 lb FHP line and you’ll keep on catching them. Finally, I’ll pitch a 3/8 oz green pumpkin MPack jig with a matching Fork Craw with a 7’4” Dobyns Extreme DX745C rod to shallow cover like stumps, laydowns, and clumps of grass, plus pitch to the deep weed edge. Big females hang out here before and after the spawn and this is a great way to catch a lunker in the late spring.
On offshore structure like humps and points, deep diving cranks and Fork Flutter Spoons will catch suspended fish while Carolina and TX rigs will get the bottom dwellers. The key is to first locate fish on your graph, then let their position dictate your lure selection. Lots of bass suspend early in the season and super deep cranks like Lucky Craft’s Flat CB D20 and RC3.5XD are very effective, with Sexy Chartreuse Shad and Chartreuse Light Blue being my favorite colors. To get the most depth out of them, use a small diameter sinking line like 12 lb FluoroHybrid Pro and launch them as far as you can. The hands down best deep cranking rod these days is the 8’ Dobyns 805CB RM—it’s a unique blend of a rod that can cast a country mile, yet has the power to handle a leaping lunker at great distance. Deep cranks are notorious for losing fish and this rod will help you keep them on-line. Fork Flutter Spoons will trigger a lot of these same fish too as they slowly wobble down through the schools like a dying shad. When bass group up on the bottom they are easier to catch. Simply keep a Carolina rigged Baby Fork Creature or a TX rigged 10” Fork Worm in front of them long enough and they’ll eat sooner or later.
Here’s hoping you catch the lunker of your dreams. If I can be of assistance, please contact me at 214-683-9572 or e-mail me through http://www.LakeForkGuideTrips.com , where your satisfaction is guaranteed.
May 2, 2011 - Lake
Fork - - Submitted by David Vance - The Bass fishing here on Lake Fork is going strong! Top water fishing and deep structure fishing with Carolina-rigs and crank baits have been good this week. April has been a great month and you can only expect it to get better as we get into May. The water clarity has been clear in most areas of the lake with some stained water due to all this wind. Right now you can catch fish shallow or deep. The lake is 4 foot low but in great shape.
April 17, 2011 - SOUTH TEXAS 5
If you like top water action May is the time to get out to Lake Fork! The top water bite has been very good on Zara Spooks, buzz baits, and frogs early. Mike Green and son Mike from Houston fished with me yesterday and we put 32 bass in the boat by 11am this was some awesome top water action, all these bass came on the Spook and a Crazy Shad. There are a lot of good fish still in shallow water protecting the fry and they will jump all over these baits when you get it close to them.
The deep water fishing has really picked up and we are catching good numbers of quality bass in 15-20 feet of water. Main lake and second diary Points, humps, roadbeds, pond dams and ridges are good areas to start looking, Carolina rigs have been working best for me targeting these post spawn bass. On the Carolina Rig I have been throwing a 3/4 oz. weight and a 3-4 foot leader with a 3/0 wide gap hook, best baits for me have been Brush Hogs and flukes, DD 22’s in shad patterns has been good on suspended fish.
If your looking for top water action or some great deep water fishing Lake Fork is the place to be. If you would like to book a guide trip, all tackle is included on my trips. You can reach me on my Cell 903-629-5085 or 903-629-7699 web site http://www.lakeforktexasfishingreports.com
FALCON LAKE – APRIL 17, 2011
FIRST PLACE GRIFFIN 42.05 POUNDS
SECOND PLACE HARALSON/HARALSON 41.50 POUNDS
BIG BASS GRIFFIN 10.00 POUNDS
MAY 14, 2011 MATHIS LAKE
MAY 15, 2011 CHOKE CANYON
April 7, 2011 - Lake Fork
by Lake Fork Guide Trips - Bass are in all stages of spawn right now on Lake Fork —prespawn, spawning, and postspawn. I’d estimate about 50% of the fish have spawned so far and we will have fish on beds into early May as usual. Because of the variety of patterns, Fork is fishing wide open right now and you can fish your strengths. Either pick a style of fishing that you’re good at and find a part of the lake where the fish are doing that, or pick a part of the lake you know well and figure out what spawning stage the bass are in there and work them over. The prespawn fish are heavier but a bit more here today, gone tomorrow. The spawning fish are moody but make for fantastic fishing if you find them moving up, either by sight fishing or fishing soft plastics. The postspawn fish feed the most aggressively and are predominately females right now because the males are still guarding beds in most cases.
We’ve had so much wind lately that I’ve concentrated mostly on the postspawn patterns on my guide trips. The wind allows for big baits with heavy gear and you can run the patterns from spot to spot and catch a lot of fish. Most of these fish are skinny, beat up females that now weigh 3 to 6 lbs, with some 8s thrown in the mix. Because there is very limited grass on Fork this year, bass are transitioning to points and structure very quickly and grouping up already. When another major wave of spawners hit the bank, it’ll be time to move back up shallow to take advantage of the easy pickings.
Look for the spawn to continue for about another month. After that, it’s topwaters for post spawners and then our best deep water structure bite of the year for big fish with deep cranks, Carolina rigs and football jigs from May into July.
If you haven’t caught it yet, I’m a frequent participant and host of “The Big Bass Battle” on Versus. The show also runs on WFN (World Fishing Network), as well as on Time Warner cable in the Dallas area. More new episodes will air in a couple weeks, with trips to Fork, LA, and MS.
Lake Conditions: Storms and fronts have the lake level, clarity, and temps bouncing around a bit. The lake level is currently 399.71’ (about 3’ 3” below full pool) and a ton of stumps are now visible. The boat lanes are still safe to run in general, but definitely exercise caution when heading out of the clear-cut areas. Water temps were reading 61 to 67 yesterday in the main lake, after being up to 71 on Saturday. The main lake is the normal greenish clear color but many creeks and the upper end of the lake are pretty stained due to all of the wind. There remains very little grass on Fork but I’m starting to see more and more milfoil popping up and a bit of hydrilla coming back too.
Location Pattern: For prespawn and staging fish, key on points and along edges of flats or creek channels. With very little grass on the lake this year, bass are relating to the timber. During warming trends, follow bass back into the creeks and check the edges of flats and creek channels. After the fronts, drop back to deeper water adjacent to where the fish were before the front and you’ll quickly relocate them. For spawning fish, look for protected bays in the north end of the lake or at the very backs of major creeks. As the water continues to warm and we move through April, bass will start spawning nearer the mouths of creeks and in deeper creeks. The main lake flats are typically the last areas to spawn, often as late as early-May.
Presentation Pattern: For prespawn and postspawn bass, spinnerbaits, crankbaits, jigs, and lipless crankbaits will catch bass, especially on overcast and windy days. First and foremost are lipless crankbaits in ½ or ¾ oz, like the Lucky Craft LV500 and LVR D-7. Red and crawfish colors are most popular and they often work well, although oddball colors often produce better on any given day. ½ oz Redemption spinnerbaits with tandem or double willow blades with white or chartreuse and white skirts will produce some nice bass in the same areas that the lipless cranks work, as will shallow running crankbaits like Lucky Craft RC 2.0 or BDS4 square bills. For big bass, try swimming a 4.5” Live Magic Shad on the back of a ½ oz Phenix Vibrator Jig and fish it in the same areas you’d throw a spinnerbait. White or white/chartreuse vibrator jigs with Sun Perch or Albino Shad Live Magic Shads work well. And for a real prespawn monster, pitching heavy cover along the first breakline and creek channels is the way to go. I go with a 3/8 oz MPack Jig in black and blue or green pumpkin with a Lake Fork Craw or Hyper Freak trailer in matching colors. For the Texas rig, I’ll pitch a Lake Fork Flipper or Hyper Freak in black neon, Bama Bug or watermelon/red with a 1/8 to 3/8 oz bullet weight and slowly work it around cover. The new Dobyns DX745C Extreme rod rigged with 40 lb HyperBraid has been landing the light biting bass from the thickest timber without fail.
For bass that have moved onto spawning flats, weightless Texas rigged or wacky rigged soft plastic jerkbaits like Magic Shads, Live Magic Shads, and the Hyper Stick become your best option. The Hyper Stick combines the shape of Senko-style stick worm baits with the segmented body action of the Live Magic Shad. The result is a worm with unique action from even the slightest rod movement. Shades of green pumpkin and watermelon are normally top colors, but don’t forget Magic Craw Swirl and Blue Bruiser with the muddy water this year. These fish are often spooky, so long casts are key. For weightless soft plastic jerkbaits, I like using the Dobyns Champion 733C with 20 lb FluoroHybrid Pro line. The 7’3” rod whips the baits out there, while it still has enough backbone to drive the hook through thick worms on long casts. The FluoroHybrid Pro line has the feel and invisibility of fluorocarbon, yet it casts well and ties strong knots like mono—it’s truly the best of both worlds.
Here’s hoping you catch the lunker of your dreams. If I can be of assistance, please contact me at 214-683-9572 or e-mail me through http://www.LakeForkGuideTrips.com , where your satisfaction is guaranteed.
March 20, 2011 - Lake
Fork - - Submitted by David Vance - The bass are starting to spawn here at Lake Fork big time. For those of you that are looking for the opportunity to catch a bass of a lifetime, this is the time of year you can do it. There are a lot of Big bass up shallow right now just looking to be caught. Here are a few tips for catching these spawning bass. Key areas to fish right now are in the back of the creeks and points that are adjacent to spawning flats. Creek channels leading to these flats will produce good results also. Fish can be found in a number of creeks and pockets on the lake right now and can be found moving on the beds just about everywhere with this warm weather.
Water Conditions, Lake Fork is 4 foot low but in great shape, the water clarity is clear to slightly stained . The water temperature hit 68 degrees in the areas that I was fishing today. We have been catching the majority of our fish on weightless Trick Worms. A Trick Worm fished slowly over the flats where these bass are making beds is hard to beat. Best colors have been watermelon red, and green pumpkin, also a Texas rig or short Carolina rig with a Brush Hog or a Lizard.
Today was a great day to be on the lake the weather was in the eighties , and it looks like the rest of the week the weather is going to stay in the eighties. Yesterday Michael Chilton and his dad from Iowa fished with me and we put 38in the boat, today Bill South from Louisiana fished with me we put 33 in the boat with two over seven and one that went 8 lbs 9oz, most of these bass came on the Brush Hog and Trick Worm. With this warm weather the bass are making a mad rush to shallow water to spawn. Good areas to try right now are Big and Little Mustang, Williams, a lot of bass are moving in on beds in these creeks. If you would like to book a Guide Trip and get in on some Great Spawning Action My Cell # is 903-629-5085 or 903-629-7699 Check out my Web Site http://www.lakeforktexasfishingreports.com
Lake Fork is about 4 feet low but still in great condition and this is the time of year we all look forward to. The Big Bass are starting to make there move to the shallows and each Angler that is looking to catch that Bass of a life time, now is the time to be on the water as much as you can. The water temperatures are making a big rebound after that last cold front
, with the weather back in the seventy’s this week the shallow water is warming up fast. From now through early March the patterns will remain relatively the same. Shallow grass beds located from main lake points, secondary points that lead into the backs of the creeks are key areas to target.
Fishing the grass with ½ and 3/4 oz. lipless Crank Baits also a Mans One Minus in red & orange, and with some chartreuse in it are great. Cover a lot of water with these baits to locate the Bass, ripping the bait off the grass will produce some Big reaction strikes from these big pre-spawn Bass feeding up in preparation for the coming spawn. One of the best big bass baits for this time of year is a suspending Jerk Bait, fished over the grass very slowly can be deadly for those Bass that will not move far to hit a bait, fish it slow with long pauses between jerks and hold on! My most productive color is black, gold & orange. Another good pattern this time of year is slow rolling a 3/4 or 1oz Spinner Bait with a # 5 or 6 Willow Life Blade. You can almost fish these big Spinner Baits like a Jig pulling the bait just enough to turn the blade, this pattern works good on these windy days.
Most of the bass we have caught the last two days have been on the Spinner Bait and suspending Jerk Bait and the One Minus. All the bass we have caught have been fat and healthy. Bill Nash from North Carolina fished with me yesterday and we put 22 bass in the boat with two over seven pounds and one that went 10 lbs8oz Bill caught her on the suspending Jerk Bait in 8 feet of water and she was full of eggs, It is definitely Big Bass time hear on Lake Fork. Good places to try right now are North West Bay, Running Creek, Long Branch, these creeks always produce big pre-spawn Bass. This weather has been a roller coaster up and down one day it’s in the thirties and the next it‘s in the seventies, but that is Texas weather I have been Guiding on this lake a long time and I have had some of my best Big Bass days on some of the worst weather days, so don’t let the bad weather keep you off the water this time of year.
If you would like Book a guide trip and get in on some of this pre-spawn action now is the time to book, my Spring days are booking up. On my trips all Tackle is included. You can reach me at 903-629-7699 or Cell 903-629-5085 or check out my web site at http://www.lakeforktexasfishingreports.com e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
February 1, 2011 - Lake
Fork - Submitted by David Vance - February is big Bass time here on Lake Fork. For all you fisherman that have been waiting for those big females to start moving to the shallows, now is the time. Lake Fork is about 4 feet low but still in great shape for another fantastic year of fishing in 2011. The fishing has been good for size the last three days with the water temp on the rebound after that bad cold front. Numbers of quality Bass can be found starting to stage in the grass beds around points, ditches, and creeks near spawning flats. Starting at the mouths of the creeks and working your way back is the best approach to locating pre spawn Bass this time of year.
Dearing a cold front the Bass will be more active and concentrated on main lake and/or secondary points. On warmer days, you will find that the bite is better at the very back of the creeks. Once you locate a fish or two it is good to make another pass back through the area as there will usually be several more in that location and come back and hit it again later in the day. Fishing in depths of 4-10 feet has been good and will get better as the water temps rise.
The weather this time of year is always up and down, but don’t let the cold nasty weather keep you off the water. Because this is the time of year your chances of catching a bass over ten pounds will be the best. Most of the bass I have caught over ten pounds have came on nasty cold weather days. Expect the bite to be shallow and more consistent as the month rolls along. Lipless crank baits in red/orange colors have been best. Chartreuse and white or white Spinner baits will also produce their share of Bass as well. I use a Stanley 1/2 oz or 3/4 oz Spinner bait with double willow leaf blades, Slow Rolling a 3/4oz Spinner bait on the outside edge of the grass will produce Big pre spawn bass this time of year.
Rigging your baits on the proper equipment this time of year is also a critical factor when fishing for a trophy Bass here on lake fork. Make sure you have given some attention to your rods/reels and fishing line that have been sitting around all winter. A little oil, some fresh line, and a quick drag check will make all the difference; there is nothing more disappointing than losing a big Bass on your first outing because of equipment failure.
Good areas for me right now have been White Oak Branch, Spring Branch, Big Mustang, and Wolfe Creek. We have had Bass in the 6 to 9 pound range in these creeks in the last few days. Steve Wilson from Oklahoma, fished with me yesterday and late in the day we had one over 7 and one that went 9 lbs 12oz in White Oak Branch Steve caught this big bass on 3/4oz Spinner bait in 8 feet of water. I think this February is going to produce a lot of big Bass with the lake low it is going to concentrate the bass and make them easy to locate. February is one of the best months to catch a Trophy Bass on Lake Fork, the weather can be miserable but the rewards can be Big. My spring days are booking fast! So book early for best available dates.
If you would like to book a guide trip and get in on some pre spawn action, give a call on my cell 903-629-5085 or 903-629-7699 web site http://www.lakeforktexasfishingreports.com
Janary 28, 2011 - Lake Fork
by Lake Fork Guide Trips - I’ve been fishing most days for the past week and a half on Fork and the bite has been quite good for numbers and average size. Outside of a very slow day on Saturday, we’ve had consistent success with jigs, suspending jerkbaits and lipless crankbaits. Because of the cold couple of weeks in the middle of January, concentrations of bass have fallen back a little deeper to creek channels, ledges, and points. It takes a while to find these groups but the fishing is very good once you do. Case in point, my customer and I had 8 fish in one spot yesterday plus 6 more in another. Neither area was longer than 15 yards, nor could be get bit anywhere else in those areas. We didn’t catch that many at all the spots we fished and not everywhere produced, but almost everywhere that we caught a fish, we caught at least one or two more. That’s the mixed blessing of cold fronts in the spring—the fish aren’t nearly as active but they are grouped up. We fished both areas for over an hour so it’s not like you catch them on every cast, but once you get bit in the spring you really need to work the area over thoroughly. With temps in the 60s for the next few days, I suspect the bass will be roaming the flats a lot more again like they were earlier in the month and we’ll start doing better covering water.
The only disappointing part of the fishing lately has been the absence of a great big fish. While almost all of the fish we’ve caught have been nice slot fish from 3 to 7 pounds, we’re overdue to start catching a few big ones. I’ve been concentrating on patterns for prespawn staging females, so a big bass is only a cast away on Fork. The best part about the fishing has been the complete lack of fishing pressure. The most trailers we have seen at Lake Fork Marina on a weekday were 3 (counting mine) and I’ve only seen a couple other guides out all week. If you want to beat the spring crowds at Fork and have a shot at a true lunker bass, now is a great time to come.
If you haven’t caught it yet, I’ll be a frequent participant and host of “The Big Bass Battle” on Versus. The show will also run on WFN (World Fishing Network), as well as on Time Warner cable in the Dallas area. The show features 4 anglers on the same lake fishing at the same time, all trying to catch the one largest bass that day. With bragging rights on the line, guys use their very best tactics to catch them and there should be a lot of good instructional material in the show in addition to big fish catches. I’ve recently filmed shows at Fork along with some other lakes in TX, MS, and LA. It has been a lot of fun to film and I hope everyone enjoys watching it.
Boat for Sale : My 2010 Ranger Z521 boat is for sale. It is a demo boat through my dealer and you’d be titled as the first owner. She’s value priced to save you big bucks off the cost of a new boat. For more details and pics of the boat, please check my website (www.lakeforkguidetrips.com) or drop me a note. Here’s a video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OatBx6KpyJk
Lake Conditions: Fork’s water is clearing and warming after some cold rain and snow earlier this month. The lake level is currently 399.56’ (about 3’ 6” below full pool) and a ton of stumps are now visible. The boat lanes are still safe to run in general, but definitely exercise caution when heading out of the clear-cut areas. Water temps are slowly climbing back up with temps reading 47 to 49 yesterday in the main lake and in the upper 40s to just over 50 in the creeks. The main lake is the normal greenish clear color, except on the north ends where it is more stained. Some of the creeks are stained, but those with grass are pretty clear. Speaking of the grass, it is very spotty on the northern half of the lake but the south end still has a lot of green grass and subsequently clearer water.
Location Pattern: Many big bass are schooled up in deep water right now and it’s a great time for spoon fishermen. With the colder temps, offshore structure in 23’ to 36’ have some very large schools this time of year, so keep searching with your graph until you find them. You can find these deep fish into early Feb each year.
If you’re like me though, from late-December through much of March I concentrate on the early prespawn and staging fish on points and along edges of flats or creek channels. Areas with submerged vegetation for cover will typically have the most active fish. While about any grassy area will hold a few fish, start your search in areas that have lots of spawning fish in late February through March. It stands to reason that the coves that hold the most spawning fish in early spring will have the most prespawn fish in the winter. Main lake grass beds near the mouths of these coves hold a lot of fish this time of year, as do main and secondary points inside the coves—provided there is deep water nearby. During warming trends, follow bass back into the creeks and onto the flats. After cold fronts, they’ll typically drop back just a little bit to adjacent points and creek channels. .
As I say each spring, bear in mind that the absolute water temperature is not nearly as important now as the recent water temperature trend. For instance, water temps that are showing 52 degrees can result in slow fishing if the temps were 58 a couple days ago. In contrast, fishing can be great if the temps warm up to 50 while they were 44 a few days before. Finally, the day of and the day after cold fronts can be absolutely miserable to fish, but these frontal days after a long warming trend are usually the most productive times to fish.
Presentation Pattern: A few simple lures produce big bass each winter from grasslines and creek channels. First and foremost are lipless crankbaits in ½ or ¾ oz, like the Lucky Craft LV500 and LVR D-7. Red and crawfish colors are most popular and they often work well, although oddball colors often produce better on any given day. Buzzing these over the top of the grass on a quick retrieve is normally best, but after cold fronts, letting the bait fall and ripping these out of the grass will trigger most of the bites. ½ oz Redemption spinnerbaits with tandem or double willow blades with white or chartreuse and white skirts will produce some really large bass in the same areas that the lipless cranks work, especially on windy and cloudy days. For a true giant, try swimming a 4.5” Live Magic Shad on the back of a ½ oz Phenix Vibrator Jig and fish it in the same areas you’d throw a spinnerbait.
After cooling trends like we’ve had recently, the bite slows and I’ll switch to a suspending jerkbait or pitch a jig and a Texas rig. Lucky Craft’s model 100SP Pointers in gold or chrome patterns are my traditional choices, although Gunmetal Shad & Phantom Chartreuse Shad are my new favorites. Work these with long pauses over the grass and along the edges. For jigs, I go with the ½ oz black and blue MPack jig from Lake Fork Trophy Lures and pair it with a matching Fork Craw or Hyper Freak trailer in the blue bruiser color. For the Texas rig, I’ll pitch a Lake Fork Flipper or Hyper Freak in black neon or blue bruiser with a 3/8 oz Mega Weight. I’m using Dobyns brand new 7’4” Extreme model DX745C for pitching my jigs and Texas rigs. It is well balanced making it easy to pitch all day and it is ultra sensitive which is important because the jig bites in this cold water are ultra faint. Occasionally you’ll feel a slight thump but most of the time the fish just pick up the jig and hold it. If you put a little pressure on them they’ll drop it immediately, so you need a rod that detects even the slightest bit of pressure. The heavy power rod has plenty of muscle to horse fish out of cover when paired with Lake Fork’s new fluorocarbon coated FluoroBraid. Work your jig or Texas rig very slowly along creek channels or through deep grass for a great shot at a lunker.
Cover lots of water until you get bit. Once you catch one, work the area over thoroughly with multiple passes, employing several different baits. Fish tend to stack up in key staging areas during the winter and these spots will replenish themselves with more fish during the prespawn as more and more big bass move shallow. Find some good staging spots and you’ll have a milk run of honey holes now through March.
Here’s hoping you catch the lunker of your dreams. If I can be of assistance, please contact me at 214-683-9572 or e-mail me through http://www.LakeForkGuideTrips.com , where your satisfaction is guaranteed.
January 1, 2011 - Lake
Fork - Submitted by David Vance -
The bass fishing here on Lake Fork has been slow for numbers, but the quality of the bass we are catching right now makes up for the numbers. This week most of our bass have come on lipless Crank baits and a Suspending Rogue, these baits will producing some big bass this time of year. Yesterday we stayed with the lipless Crank baits and Suspending Rogue all day, and we boated 19 bass with one that weighed 9 lbs 3oz. This big bass came on the Suspending Rogue on the edge of a grass line, most of the bass we caught were all in the 3 to 5 pound range all fat and healthy. Best water depth for me has been 5 to 10 feet of water over the grass. The bass we caught this week have come from mid lake to the dam.
The weather is a lot warmer this year than last year at this time, and they are calling for above average tempters this winter and it looks like they are right so far, and if the weather stays mild these big pre spawn bass will kick into gear early this year.Creeks that are producing good fish are Wolfe, Little Caney, Ray Branch and Williams Creek. I have been keeping my boat in ten feet of water and fishing the outside edge of the grass. A medium to fast retrieve on the lipless Crank baits have worked best. These bass are very scattered, so fish these areas 2 or 3 times before you leave and come back later in the day and hit them again. The best bite has been 10am until dark, this pattern is always good for catching big bass in January and February.
There are several different ways to fish lipless Crank baits this time of year, the most common way is reeling it straight back to the boat, another is the yo-yo retrieve in which you are pulling the bait straight up with your rod and pulling in the slack and repeating this over and over above the grass, there is also ripping the bait where the bait hit’s the grass and you use a sideways motion to rip the bait out of the grass, my favorite is reeling it in straight with slight twitches of the rod every 4 to 6 cranks, try all of these retrieves and let the fish tell you how they want it. On the suspending Rogue the colors I like are black/gold/orange or blue/chrome/orange, fish these baits on the edge of the grass lines in 8 to 15 feet deep, the retrieve I use is very basic with a twitch-twitch-twitch pause, now the length of the pause depends on the water temp, under 50 degrees requires a long pause up to 20 seconds, when the water temps are above 50 degrees try working the bait a little faster.
The key to catching these big bass this time of year is to fish the greenest grass you can find, If you are not familiar with Lake Fork the best way to locate the best grass beds is to look for the Coots, these birds only feed on grass and if you see a huge concentration of these birds you can bet you will find a lot of green grass in the area. I always look forward to this time of year because it is the start of our Big Bass Season, and on Lake Fork you are just one cast away from catching that Bass of a lifetime. I am now booking Spring trips and my days are going fast so book early to get best available dates. Call . 903-629-7699 or 903-629-5085 Cell. Check out my website http;//www.lakeforktexasfishingreports.com
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