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December 27, 2013 - Lake Fork
- Submitted by David Vance - It's hard to believe that another year is almost over. The 2013 fishing here on Lake Fork has been great and I expect 2014 to be even better. Lake Fork is in great shape right now despite the low water conditions, the lake is fairly clear in most areas except the backs of some of the creeks. The water temperatures have been in the mid 40-50 degree range which is normal for this time of year. The grass has made a big comeback this year and we will see a lot of new grass in different areas this spring to fish. Some of the best grass on the lake right now to fish is in Glade Creek, Running Creek, Birch Creek, These creeks always produce Big Bass this time of year.
The best pattern for me in January and February is in the shallow to mid-depth range. I like to target main lake and secondary points at the mouth of any of the major creeks, a lot of fish hold out in these areas until the water temperatures rise in the spring. I start off in the 4-8 ft range and fish reaction baits like a red/orange lipless crank baits, ripping these baits off the grass and banging it off trees, will produce a hit! another great reaction bait is a Suspending Rouge this bait can save the day especially when it's cold and when you have a high blue sky and under calm wind conditions, this bait will produce some giant bass in January and February, best rouge color for me is Black Back chrome side orange belly, another bait that will catch a lot of big bass is a ½ oz chatter bait in white or chart/white. Covering water and making lots of casts at cover will pay off, If you catch a few fish on a stretch of bank go back and make multiple passes through that area, bass will not move very far to hit a bait this time of year you have to get it right in front of them.
For the deep bite bass are schooled up in deep water right now and it’s a great time for spoon fishermen, a good place to start is under the 154 and the 515 West bridges these two bridges give up a lot of big bass this time of year, there has been quite a few bass over 13 pounds caught under these bridges, in November there was a 13.29 caught under the 154 bridge! I think some of the biggest bass in Lake Fork live under these bridges. Good baits for fishing under the bridges right now are Alabama Rig, Swim Bait, Jigging Spoon, But now through March, I will spend most of my time on early per-spawn and staging fish on points and along edges of flats and creek channels. If your looking to catch a bass of a life time now is the time to start spending as much time on the water as you can, your not going to catch numbers right now but the size you will catch will make up for that. I am now booking spring trips February, March, April book up fast so if your planing a spring trip book now for best available dates. You can reach me at 903-629-5085 or 903-629-7699 check out my web site www.lakeforktexasbigbass.com
September 11, 2013 - Lake Fork
- Submitted by David Vance - September is here and its the start of our Fall Bass fishing, Lake Fork is about 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 Diamond Sports Marine tournament or the Big Bass Splash this month the fishing should be good! As far as getting around on the lake, 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 lake is in great shape and the fishing has been good and will get better as the month rolls along
Yesterday Bobby York and his daughter Katie from Dallas fished with me and we put 25 bass in the boat and more than half came on a swim bait and the rest on a Lip less Crank Bait. Bobby caught the The big bass of the day, and it was a giant!! and his personal best, this bass was 25 ½ inches long and weighed 11 lbs and 2oz Great job Bobby on a bass of a life time!! 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 and they do not cost much only $2.96 for a three pack and they work great. The top water bite has also been good when the bass are running the shad to the top, best bait has been shad colored Yellow Magic
Good places to try right now for the above patterns are, the mouth of Dale creek, Chaney branch, and Main Lake points, also the bridges in big and little Mustang, the bass are schooling under most of the bridges right now and if you are there at the right time when they come up the action can be nonstop and you can load the boat!! 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. Book your trip now and get in on some of this great schooling action, You can reach me at 903-629-5085 or check out my web site www.lakeforktexasbigbass.com
June 9, 2013 - Lake Fork
- Submitted by David Vance - With the weather getting warmer, you can expect the bass fishing at Lake Fork to be hot as well! The fishing this week has been good even with all this wind, the bass are into their heavy post spawn feeding. Size has been good but the numbers of fish we are catching has varied, Some days you will only catch 15-20 and the next day catch 30-35 Water temperatures have ranged in the mid seventies to eighty in the areas that I have been fishing. The top water bite has been excellent on yellow magic's, and Zara Spooks. The top water bite this year has been some of the best I have seen in a long time. Long time customers Steve Smith and his wife Beverley from Gulf Shores Alabama fished with me and the top water bite was as good as it gets! We stopped on a main lake point and the bass were schooling on shad we put 22 bass in the boat in that one spot, and Steve caught his personal best a 11 lb 9oz giant on a Yellow Magic this is a bass of a lifetime to catch on a top water bait great job Steve!! After the top water bite slowed down we headed for deep water and finished the day with a Carolina Rig and ended up with 35 for the day.
The deeper fish that I have been catching are anywhere from 15-25 foot, I look forward to this time of year because of the great deep structure fishing that Lake Fork is known for and it is at this time that you will find the majority of the real big bass out deep on points, roadbeds, ridges and humps. For the deep bite Carolina rigs have been the most productive presentation, on the Carolina Rig I am using a ¾ oz weight and a leader that ranges from 3-4 feet in length, best baits have been a Red Bug Trick Worm, watermelon red Brush Hog, and a watermelon seed fluke. When you find that the bass are somewhat suspended you can also catch them with DD 22's, swim baits, and spoons. Good places to try right now are the mouth of Wolf creek, Chaney Branch, the 515 East and West road beds, also the old 154 road bed, the bridge ends in big Mustang, and the 515 & 154 bridge are good right now! If you would like to book a trip and get in on some great deep water bass fishing, you can reach me at my Cell 903-629-5085 or 903-629-7699 web site http://www.lakeforktexasbigbass.com
March 23, 2013 - Lake Fork
- Submitted by David Vance - This week has been good for big fish and numbers with the last few days of warm weather, the bass are on the move to the shallows to spawn all over the lake, and there is a lot of fish that are on the beds. You can expect to see a lot of big bass caught in the next few weeks. Most of the bass we are catching right now are in 2 to 4 feet of water over the spawning flats, today Danny Watson from California fished with me and we put 33 bass in the boat, and one that weighed 8 lbs 3oz and one that weighed 7lbs 7oz All these fish came on a Green Pumpkin Brush Hog, the way we are fishing the Brush hog is on a short Carolina rig with a 3/8oz weight. This week we have also caught fish on watermelon seed Trick worms fished wacky style. We are lining up for some great spawning action all the way through April, Lake Fork is about 4 feet low but in great shape, there was another bass over 14 pounds caught this week, Lake Fork has been on fire for big fish so far this spring.
Looks like we have a cold front coming in this week but it will be short lived and the weather we will be back in the seventies by the end of the week, and more bass are going to move in. One mistake that I see a lot of fisherman make this time of year is fishing way too fast, once these bass start spawning there strike zone is small, and with a slow presentation you will have a much more successful day. Good places to try right now are Alligator Cove, School House Cove, From the mouth of Little Caney all the way to the back, and the north banks of big and little Mustang. If you are looking for some great Spring fishing, Lake Fork is the place to be. If you would like to book a Guide Trip, you can reach me at # 903-629-7699 or my cell# C903-629-5085. Website
March 10, 2013 - Lake Fork
- Submitted by David Vance - The bass are moving in to spawn here at Lake Fork. 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 big spawning bass, key areas to fish right now are in the back of the creeks and secondary 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 on the lake. This cold front is going to be short lived, and water temps will rebound quickly, the weather is going to be back in the mid sixty’s this coming week and more bass will be moving in to spawn.
Yesterday James sr and his sons James jr and Glynn Seanner from Brazoria TX fished with me and we put 21 in the boat, James sr caught the two biggest of the day a 10 lb 6 oz, and one that went 7 lb 10 oz most of these bass came on the Brush Hog in 5 to 8 feet on spawning flats, this was the two biggest bass James had ever caught great job James!! Good areas to try right now are Big and Little Mustang, in these creeks starting from the 17 bridge working your way to the mouth is a good place to start, also North West bay in Little Caney and working your way to Quail Hollow a lot of bass are moving in on beds in these creeks. The next three months is some of the best fishing of the year so make your plans to get to Lake Fork and get in on the great spring fishing Lake Fork has to offer. Hope these tips will help on your next trip to the lake, 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
March 6, 2013 - Lake Fork
- Submitted by David Vance - At this time the bass are moving into the shallows here at Lake Fork getting ready to spawn, and you can expect many more big bass to start showing up as we get into March. Looks like things are shaping up for another great spawn here at Lake Fork. Lake conditions are great right now going into the spring spawning season, water level is about 4 foot low but in great shape, and the grass is coming back in places. Water temperatures have been ranging from 52-54 depending on what areas you are in with the warmest water being at the very backs of the creeks during the peak of the day. The water clarity has also varied from stained to fairly clear, in some areas, but the fish have not seemed to mind either way. Lake Fork has produced 5 bass over 13 pounds with one over 16 lbs and one over 15 lbs in the last few weeks, and this is just the first week of March, I think this is just a preview of what is to come.
Baits and presentations have not change much since my last report, for me they have been a combination of several things right now, with the warming trends and all these cold fronts playing a big role in what is most productive from day to day and even from early morning to afternoon. On the cold front days and cooler mornings, I have been starting out with lipless crank baits and shallow running crank baits, Red or red/orange, and shad colors have been best, around secondary points, ditches, and near spawning flats in 3 to 8 feet of water. The spinner bait bite has also been good early and late on wind blown main lake and secondary points and pockets. The numbers have been down this past week but the quality of the bass we are catching has been good! A few warm days and the spawn will be on, I seen some beds today no fish on them yet, they are moving in at night and fanning out beds, so its getting close!!
Good places to try are Birch Creek, Pinson, Wolf Creek, White Oak Branch, Long Branch, and the back of Little Caney, Glade, these creeks always produce big pre spawn bass this time of year. This is the time of year we all look forward to, the spawn is just days away so don't miss out on the best Big Bass action! of the year. If you would like to book a guide trip, my spring days are going fast book now!! For best available dates. Call 903-629-5085 or my Cell 903-629-5085 Check out my Web site www.lakeforktexasbigbass.com
February 11, 2013 - Lake Fork
- Submitted by David Vance - So far the year is off with a bang!! here on Lake Fork, there has been a 13, 15, and one over 16 pounds caught and it’s just the first of February, I think this is just a preview of what is to come this year. The bass have been on the move into the shallows here at Lake Fork. You can expect many more big bass to start showing up with the current warm weather and rising water temperatures in the shallow spawning areas. Looks like things are shaping up for another great spawn here at Lake Fork, so if you haven’t already made your plans to come out and do some fishing in the next three months you might want to start making arrangements. Lake conditions are great right now going into the spring spawning season here at Lake Fork, water level is about 4 foot low but in great shape. Water temperatures have been ranging from 52-55 depending on what areas you are in with the warmest water being at the very backs of the creeks during the peak of the day. The water clarity has also varied from stained to fairly clear, in some areas, but the fish have not seemed to mind either way.
Best baits and presentations for me have been a combination of several things right now, with the warming trends and cold fronts playing a big role in what is most productive from day to day and even from early morning to afternoon. On the cold front days and cooler mornings, I have been starting out with lipless crank baits and shallow running crank baits, Red or red/orange, and shad colors have been best, around secondary points, ditches, and near spawning flats in 3 to 8 feet of water. The spinner bait bite has also been good early and late on wind blown main lake and secondary points and pockets. On days like today high blue sky and light winds can make fishing tough this time of year, when you get these conditions I like to fish a Jig tight to cover a ½ oz black/blue, with a black #11 pork trailer works best for me. Bobby Higgins from Dallas fished with me today all of our fish came on Jigs in 5 to 10 feet holding tight to cover, Big bass of the day went8 lbs 6oz this big bass was very healthy and full of eggs.
Good places to try are Birch Creek, Pinson, Wolf Creek, White Oak Branch, Long Branch, and the back of Little Caney, these creeks always produce big pre spawn bass this time of year. This is the time of year we all look forward to, the spawn is just right around the corner so don’t miss out on the best Big Bass action! of the year. If you would like to book a guide trip, my spring days are going fast book now!! For best available dates. Call 903-629-5085 or my Cell 903-629-5085 Check out my web site www.lakeforktexasfishingreports.com
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January 26, 2013 - Lake Fork
- Submitted by David Vance - Lake Fork is about 4 feet low but still in great condition, and it’s getting closer to the time of year we all look forward to when the bass start spawning in March. The Big Bass are starting to slowly make there move to the shallows, and each Angler that is looking to catch a Trophy Bass, now is the time to be on the water as much as you can. The water temperatures are making a rebound after that last bad cold front, with the weather back in the sixty’s this week the shallow water is starting warm back up some. From now through February the patterns will remain relatively the same. Shallow flats located from main lake points, and secondary points that lead into the backs of the creeks are key areas to target for per spawn bass.
The grass is making a come back and when you find it Fishing a ½ and 3/4 oz. lipless Crank Baits also a Mans One Minus and a Square Bill 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. Also one of the best big bass baits for this time of year is a suspending Jerk Bait, fished on main lake and secondary points fished 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 Spinner Bait with a # 5 or 6 Willow Life Blade, you can almost fish this big Spinner Bait like a Jig pulling the bait just enough to turn the blade, this pattern works good on these windy days.
This time of year can be very tough the bass are in transition and starting to get in the pre spawn stage, mid Jan and early February is not the time of year to catch big numbers, you can fish a long time with out a bite, so don’t get frustrated because the next cast you make could be the bass of a life time, most of the bass over ten pounds I have caught here on Lake Fork have been now through April. Good places to try right now are North West Bay, Running Creek, Long Branch, Birch Creek, 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 sixties , 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 cold 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 fast so book early for best available dates. 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
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January 5, 2013 - Lake Fork
- Submitted by David Vance - Winter time fishing is here on Lake Fork. With the weather changing so much in the last week the water temp has dropped into the 40s the numbers are way down but the size we are catching is up! If you are looking to catch a Bass of a lifetime Lake Fork is were you will want to spend your time on the water. Now is the time of year Lake Fork starts to give up the real Trophy Bass, the fishing can be tough with these cold fronts, but the rewards can be big. So far in December Lake Fork has produced some huge bass a 15.02 and one over 13 and this is just the start of the season, I think this is just a preview of what is to come now through the spring months. I am looking for 2013 to be a great year here on Lake Fork, the lake is in great shape and the grass is making a come back.
This past week most of the bass we have caught have been on lipless, and shallow diving crank baits, red and crawfish colors have been the best for me, water depth 3 to 8 feet over the grass. Good places to try are the north banks of Big and Little Mustang, and Williams Creek, also the west bank of Running Creek, and in Coffee Creek, a lot of good grass to fish in these areas right now, Long Branch is also good now and it is well protected from the wind. The key right now is to cover as much water as you can the bass are scattered right now therefore, when you go down a bank turn around and fish it again, with this cold water the bass are not chasing the bait you have to get it close to them before they will hit it.
By the middle of the month and through February this pattern will be red hot!. Right now I am using 15lb test line and a high-speed reel on a 7ft medium action rod, a medium to fast retrieve has worked best for me. Most of the bass are just stopping the bait almost like you hit a stump, so at first don't assume you have hung up If the bait stops go ahead and set the hook. Throughout the day we have had a lot of short hits, so it is very important to have sharp hooks. I always change the hooks on all of my crank baits, the ones right out of the box on most baits just will not do, this pattern is a lot of hard work so do not lose a big fish over a bad hook. Also when casting this much don't forget to re-tie your bait several times in a day, it's easy not to re-tie but it will save you the frustration of losing a big bass, because you had a nick in your line.
We are also catching some good quality bass on a ½ oz black and blue jig with a black salty chunk trailer. Fishing a Jig this time of year will produce some big bass, you will not get a lot of bites but when you do it will be worth the time! The weather can be miserable but I always look forward to this time of year, because the next cast you make could be that bass of a lifetime. All of you that are serious about catching a trophy bass, mid January and February are hard to beat here on lake fork, these big pre-spawn bass will be feeding up before they start to get on the beds in March. I am now booking 2013 spring trips and lodging book now for best available dates. You can reach me on my Cell 903-629-5085 or 903-629-7699 or check out my web site at www.lakeforktexasfishingreports.com
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