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Lake Fork Fishing Blog

Lake Fork Weekly Fishing John Morris July 26 - August 2

Anita Williams - Monday, August 10, 2015
LAKE FORK WEEKLY FISHING REPORT

FROM: J & M Guide Service

DATE:  26 July – 2 August 2015

This week was spent with 32 of the best young anglers in the United States at Camp Bass here at Lake Fork.  This is a highly completive group of young men and women that fished 3 days with guides and professional anglers to not only catch fish but to learn about all the facets of the fishing industry. 

This included rods, reels, tackle, boats, motors, how to get sponsors, how to conduct themselves while fishing tournaments and about every Bass fishing technique that could be thought of.   These young anglers were graded on their performance in the boat and away from the boat in such thing as casting, boat control, attitude, leadership etc.  I have worked Camp Bass many of times and these young anglers this year were the best yet!  By the way this year, the “Angler of the Year” for Camp Bass 2015 was a young lady by the name of Tara Reid.  Watch out guys, she can fish with the best of you. 

My hat is off to the main sponsors of Camp Bass such as Lake Fork Marina, Lake Fork Trophy Lures, Santone Lures, Kenny Moser, Tiffney’s Restaurant, Kissel Rods and Diamond Sports Marine.

Now down to the fishing.  The Bass fishing was fair to good all week.  The water temperatures ranged from 87 to 92 degrees and the water clarity continues to clear up.  However, in the creeks the water is still stained.  The top water bite was off and on but the Zara Spook was the top producer.  One of my young men from Camp Bass had a 9.1 on Tuesday morning on a Zara Spook.  The Carolina Rig was my go to way of fishing this week.  We used a Lake Fork Trophy Lures chartreuse/pepper Hyper Stick and a Zoom watermelon/red Baby Brush Hog.  

“Don’t forget to dye the tails of the Baby Brush Hog chartreuse!”  Our equipment list this week included Duckett rods, ABU Garcia Premier Reels and Stren line.  The White Bass fishing was good in the evenings.  Joes Spaits Flutter Spoon worked great also small in-line spinner baits worked good.  Look for them on main lake points between 7 and 9 PM.

The Crappie fishing remained slow this week.  The minnow rig was still the best in 22 to 24 foot of water over brush piles.

Catfishing also slowed down this week.  Most of the Catfish were on the small side.  Punch bait was still the bait of choice.  

Congratulations to Lake Fork Marina for being more than supportive to Camp Bass!  I know the young anglers enjoyed the facilities and the hospitality.  Stop in to see the Lake Fork Marina tackle store, they have a good selection of Duckett Rods and ABU Garcia reels.  While you are there, make sure you pick up plenty of
water to stay hydrated with.

Fall tournaments are just a few weeks away.  I have a few openings for guided fishing trips to help you get ready for them.  Give me a call at: (903) 413-6919 or E-mail me at: bassmr@geusnet.com. 

Have a safe fishing week and stay hydrated.


Lark Fork Fishing Weekly John Morris July 13-19 2015

Anita Williams - Sunday, July 19, 2015
LAKE FORK WEEKLY FISHING REPORT

FROM:  J & M Guide Service

DATE:  13 – 19 July 2015

The hot sunny weather continued this week.  The water temperatures also continued to rise this week, seeing some water temperatures at 89 degrees.   The water clarity is lightly stained to stained.  The pattern for catching good bass has changed a little.   The Santone S 3 swimbait in the Bluegill pattern was a good way  to catch good quality fish in 8 to 20 foot water.  The early morning bite was the best for the swimbait. 

The Carolina rig was a steady producer.  We found windy points were the key to locating the Bass that were feeding.  We changed up our baits on the Carolina rig and used a watermelon/red Lake Fork Trophy Lures Hyper stick.  We dyed the tails chartreuse. 

The equipment list for the week included Duckett rods and ABU Garcia Premier reels.  We used Berkley 50 pound braid on our swimbait rods and Stren 17 pound Clear Blue Florissant line on our Carolina rigs.

The White Bass fishing hasn’t changed much this week.  We still caught them on Joe Spaits silver flutter spoon.  In the evening when the White Bass are schooling, they could also be caught on small square bill crankbaits and in liner spinner baits.

The Crappie fishing was still slow this week.  A few were being caught on minnows and a very few caught on jigs.  Look for them in 22 to 24 foot of water over brush piles.

Catfishing was still good this week.  Cut bait and punch bait worked the best.   Most of the Catfish were being caught in 30 foot of water around baited trees.  Looking for a good selection of swimbaits, well look no further than Lake Fork Marina. They also have a good selection of Strike King 1.5 through XD 10 crankbaits.  While you are in Lake Fork Marina make sure you pick up plenty of ice and water so you can stay hydrated.

I have a few open dates for Bass, Crappie and White Bass trips this summer.  Give us a call at (903) 413-6919 or E-mail us at: bassmr@geusnet.com .  Remember to drink   plenty of water and stay hydrated.  Fish friendly!


Lake Fork Fishing Blog John Morris June 21 to 28

Anita Williams - Tuesday, June 30, 2015
LAKE FORK WEEKLY FISHING REPORT
FROM:  J & M Guide Service
DATE:  21 – 28 June 2015

It was good to be back on the water this week.  The water temperature was 85 degrees and the water clarity is stained.  The Bass were very hungry eating a steady diet of Zoom Baby Brush Hogs and trick worms.  The more stubborn Bass were eating a J & M ½ ounce jig but the bite was slow. 

Ok let’s talk about the Brush Hog bite first.  We use a Carolina rig in 3 to 6 feet of water and we shortened our leader to 24 inches.  We threw the Carolina rig into 3 feet of water and moved it very slowly into 6 feet of water along sub creek points and main lake points.  “Slowly” is the key word. 

Next is the Trick Worm Bite.  We used a chartreuse/pumpkin and june bug Zoom Trick Worms rigged wacky style in the willow lines and grass edges.  The Jig bite was slow but we caught really quality fish that way.  We use a pumpkin/green J & M jig with a chartreuse trailer.  The good quality fish came out of 10 to 12 feet of water.  Duckett rods and Garcia reels were the equipment choices this week.

The White Bass have moved out to their summer areas, deep creek channel bends and brush piles.  They are being caught on Strike King XD10’s and Joe Spaits chrome/sliver flutter spoons.  My personnel choice is the chrome/silver spoon.  It works all day long.  Look for the White Bass in 24 to 26 foot of water.

The Crappie fishing was off and on this week.  We are continuing to us Chartreuse and white Crappie jigs tipped with a minnow in 18 to 20 foot of water over brush piles.

The Catfish were eating well this week also.  Punch bait seem to be what they wanted for food this week.  They were found in 30 to 34 foot of water around baited trees.

Lake Fork Marina has a new line of fishing shirts in called Mojo.  They are UPF 50 rated and are really comfortable on these hot summer days.  They also have a good selection of Duckett rods and Garcia reels. 

You Crappie fishermen don’t forget to pick up your very lively minnows there.  I have several openings this summer for guided Bass, White Bass and Crappie trips.  So give me a call at (903) 413-6919 or E-mail us at bassmr@geusnet.com.

 

Lake Fork FIshing Blog John Morris May 11 - 17 2015

Anita Williams - Monday, May 18, 2015
LAKE FORK WEEKLY FISHING REPORT

FROM:  J & M Guide Service

DATE:  11 – 17 May 2015

What a great week on beautiful Lake Fork, TX.  The lake is full and the Bass are eating the frog, big time!  The dark brown Strike King Sexy Frog wore the Bass out this week.  We threw it in the nastiest grass we could find and they would just explode on it.  What great fun! 

Once the frog bite was over, it was trick worm time.  We used a june bug colored Zoom Trick Worm rigged wacky style at the edges of the old weed beds.  Throw it just inside the weed edges and drag it out.  They will hit it on the fall.  We did catch a few really nice Bass in 6 to 8 feet of water on a Santone black/blue jig.  

The White Bass were going crazy again this week.  Joe Spaits Flashtail ½ ounce spoon, in white and black pattern worked the best for us to put large White bass in the livewell.  They were still in 19 to 20 foot of water on top of brush piles.

The Crappie fishermen continued to have good luck on white/chartreuse crappie jigs tipped with a minnow.  A few fishermen were using strait minnow rigs and were not doing as well as the Crappie jig tipped with a minnow.  

The Catfish are moving into the deeper water.  A few are still being caught in 3 foot of water, but the better Catfish are being taken in 25 to 30 foot of water on punch bait around baited holes.

I had the pleasure to start using Duckett fishing rods this week.  I bought them from Lake Fork Marina and let me tell you there are the best feeling rods I have used in several years.  Lake Fork Marine also has a great selection of the Strike King Sexy Frogs and don’t forget they have really good Crappie minnows.

I have several openings in June for guided Bass trips.  If you are getting ready for the Skeeter Owners Tournament, let me help you!  Give me a call at: (903) 413-6919 or E-mail me at: bassmr@geusnet.com.  Have a safe fishing week and don’t forget about the frog bite.

Lake Fork Weekly Fishing Report John Moprris May 4 to 10

Anita Williams - Monday, May 11, 2015
LAKE FORK WEEKLY FISHING REPORT

FROM:  J & M Guide Service

DATE:  4 – 10 May 2015

A great week on beautiful Lake Fork!  We continued to have rain through the week here which brought the lake to a ½ inch above full pool.  The water temperatures ranged from 75 to 78 degrees with the water clarity being heavily stained over the whole lake.  The Bass fishing was good all week.  The top water bite was really good all week using the Strike King KVD Sexy frogs and Norman buzz baits.  The back-up approach to catching the Bass was the good old Carolina rig. 

We caught several good fish in 12 to 14 foot of water off the main lake points using the Carolina rigged Zoom Baby Brush Hogs and the Lake Fork Trophy Lures Hyper Stick.  The best colors were June bug or black with blue flake.  

The White Bass have gone crazy this week.  Joe Spaits Flashtail ½ ounce spoon in the white with black strip pattern really worked great.  The White Bass have started to relocate to main lake brush piles and isolated structure.  19 to 22 foot was the best water depth to look for.

The Crappie fishing was also pretty good this week.  The straight minnow rig or a white with chartreuse tail crappie jig tipped with a Crappie minnow worked the best.  18 to 20 foot of water over brush piles will tend to get you your limit.  

The Catfish have once again started to move to the deeper water.  Look for them in 25 foot or deeper using Punch bait and a #6 treble hook.  Baiting the holes also is very effective.  

Lake Fork Marina has a good selection of Strike King frogs and Joe Spaits Flashtail spoons.  So while you are here at Lake Fork, stop in and see the friendly staff and pick up the Strike King products and a snack to hit the water with.

The Bass are starting to get into their Summer time patterns.  So if you need some help getting ready for a tournament of just want a guided trip for Bass, White Bass or Crappie, give us a call here at: (903) 413-6919 or E-mail at: bassmr@geusnet.com .  Have a safe fishing week.



Lake Fork Weekely Fishing Report John Morris April 18-25 2015

Anita Williams - Saturday, April 25, 2015
LAKE FORK WEEKLY FISHING REPORT

FROM:  J & M Guide Service

DATE:  18 – 25 April, 2015

A rainy but very productive fishing week!  The water is very stained in the
creeks and is mildly stained in the main lake.  The water temperatures
ranged from 68 to 73 degrees.  There are a few Bass still spawning but
most of them are done and have retreated to the main lake points or creek
sub points.  The top water bite has started in the mornings, using a buzz
bait or rubber frog. 

Most of our fish were caught on a Carolina rig using a June Bug colored
Zoom Baby Brush Hog. You really need to move the bait very slowly using
a sweeping motion.  We found that the best water depth was 6 to 10 feet.  
For those Bass still spawning, the wacky rigged Zoom, June Bug Magnum
Trick worm worked great.  Work it slow around the edges of the tall grass.

The White Bass have also started to retreat to the deeper water.  They
were found in 12 to 20 foot of water and could be caught on large minnows.  

The Crappie are also in the deeper water now.  Again, 20 feet of water
is the best water depth to find them over brush piles.  Minnows were your
best bet this week.

On the other hand the Catfish fishermen were still catching larger number
of Catfish in 2 to 3 foot of water in the creeks using minnows and punch
bait.

While you are at Lake Fork make sure you stop into Lake Fork Marina
and pick up your Zoom Baby Brush Hogs and minnows for the day.  They
also have a great selection of swim baits for you Bass fishermen.

May is a great month to start getting the kids out to fish.  We have a few
days open for Bass, White Bass and Crappie guided trips, so give us a
call at (903) 413-3018 or E-mail us at: bassmr@geusnet.com . 

Have a great fishing week and keep those lines tight.

 

 

 

 

LAKE FORK WEEKLY FISHING REPORT with John Morris April 6-12 2015

Anita Williams - Sunday, April 12, 2015
LAKE FORK WEEKLY FISHING REPORT

FROM:  J & M Guide Service

DATE:  6 – 12 April 2015

The post Easter week was very interesting.  The water clarity in the creeks is still very stained and the main lake is lightly stained.  The water temperatures ranged from 64 to 70 degrees.   There are several of Bass still spawning.   However, there are a lot Bass in the post spawn mode.  Let’s cover the spawning Bass first.  The fluke and the lizard worked the best for us this week.  The black or June Bug color 8 inch Zoom Lizard pitched into the heavy weeds along the edges of the water worked really well.  The watermelon/red fluke with chartreuse dyed tails worked great along weedy edges.  We split shot rigged the fluke this week because of the windy conditions. 

Ok guys and gals it’s time to get the small crank baits out and get ready for the post spawn. The post spawn bass will be chasing shad and bream in the 2 to 6 foot of water range.  Make sure you sharpen those hooks on the crank baits.

The White Bass are still up the creeks spawning.  The White Bass were wanting minnows this week while there were spawning.  A few of the large White Bass were caught on small chartreuse square bill crank baits.

The Crappie fishermen were on the hunt for the Crappies.  There are a few Crappies still trying to spawn, however they were hard to find this week.  The Crappies were being caught stumps with both jigs and minnows.  It was a 50/50 shot on which one worked the best this week.

The Catfish were still being caught in the muddy creeks where they are trying to spawn.  Minnows and cut bait both worked good this week.  

While you are here at beautiful Lake Fork, make sure you stop in at Lake Fork Marina and check out their selection of small crank baits and soft plastics.  They also have great minnows for live bait fishermen.

Bass spawn is still on.  We still have a few great days open for a trip of a life time here at Lake Fork.  We are also offering Crappie and White Bass trips.  Give us a call at: (903) 413-6919 or E-mail us at bassmr@geusnet.com .  Have a great fishing week.

Lake Fork Weekly Fishing Report John Morris March 23 - 29 2015

Anita Williams - Sunday, March 29, 2015
LAKE FORK WEEKLY FISHING REPORT

FROM:  J & M Guide Service

DATE:  23 – 29 March 2015

What a great week on beautiful Lake Fork.  The water temperatures ranged from 55 to 65 degrees and the water clarity is still muddy in the north creeks and stained in the rest of the lake.  However, that did not stop the Bass from starting to move into the creeks to spawn.  A lot of patterns are working such as spinner baits, split shot rigs, rattle traps and Carolina rigs are working well. 

The Chartreuse/white/orange spinner bait with gold blades worked the best for us throughout the week in the muddy water.  We also used pink flukes on our split shot rigs in 3 foot of water around isolated stumps close to large flats.  Note: the Lake Fork Trophy Lures chartreuse Ring Fry is also working on the split shot rigs.  

The ¾ ounce Rayburn red rattle still was working all over the lake in 2 to 4 foot of water on entrances to flats from deep water.  Of course, the Carolina rigged 6 inch watermelon/red lizards is a good go to bait when fishing gets tuff.  

The White Bass are still moving up the creeks to spawn.  Strike King square bill crank baits and small white spinner baits are a good way to catch your limit.

The Crappies are still spawning in two to three feet of water around the stumps on large flats.  A few are being taken on jigs but the best bite is on minnows.  

Have fun!

The Catfish are also in the shallow water.  Many Crappie fishermen are catching the Catfish in the same areas as the Crappies.  Minnows are your best bet for the next few weeks for the spawning Catfish.  Lake Fork Marina has plenty of minnows for you Crappie and Catfish fishermen.  They have gotten in the new Smash-Tech, Smash Tail, Smash Tail Jr. and the Outlaw baits.  Stop in and see the friendly staff at Lake Fork Marina for the latest that is happening on the lake and check out the new clothing lines in stock.

The Bass and Crappie spawn in happening now.  We have a few openings for Bass and Crappie trips during the spawn, so give us a call at (903) 413-6919 or E-mail us

at bassmr@geusnet.com .  Have a safe fishing week!

Lake Fork Weekly Fishing Report John Morris March 16-22

Anita Williams - Tuesday, March 24, 2015
LAKE FORK WEEKLY FISHING REPORT

FROM:  J & M Guide Service

DATE:  16 – 22 March 2015

More rain and muddy water conditions were on tap this week.  The great thing, the fish really started to bite.  The water temperatures were on the rise and ranged from 60 to 65 degrees.  Numerous Bass from 6 to 12 pounds were being caught all week long. 

Today the Ford Mega Bass tournament is going on at Lake Fork Marina and at the time I am writing this report, a 10.9 pound Bass is leading the leader board.  This week the Lake Fork Trophy Lures Hyper Stick was the hot ticket.  Two colors worked the best: chartreuse pepper and watermelon/red with chartreuse dyed tail.  We fished the Hyper Stick on a split shot rig in two to three feet of water.  The bite was really light, so you need to be a line watcher! 

A fairly new bait on the lake is Buddy’s Baits stick-o-bait in tomato and tomato/purple.  It was also working on a split shot rig.  The White Bass continued to move up the creeks to spawn.  Small white swim baits and live minnows worked great.  Look for them in 4 – 5 foot of water around ditch edges leading to shallow flats.

The Crappie were going crazy getting ready to spawn in 2 – 3 foot of water.  Live minnows were the ticket.  Set your bobber at 18 inches and hold on.  Numerous limits of 2+ pound Crappie were being brought to the cleaning stations this week.

The Catfish fishermen were also continuing to have a ball this week.  With the influx of fresh Cats were being taken in 3 – 6 foot of water on cut bait. Trout lines were loaded up every day with Catfish, again cut bait worked the best.

Lake Fork Marina has a good selection of Buddy’s baits, Santone Jigs and baits and a great selection of new clothing.  Stop in see the friendly staff and find out what is happening around the lake, including the latest on lake conditions.

The Bass and Crappie spawn is happening right now through the end of April. 

Give us a call here at J & M Guide Service (903) 413-6919 for a guided fishing trip during the spawn or E-mail us at: bassmr@geusnet.com .  Have a great fishing week and wear those life vest while the big motor is running.

Lake Fork Fishing Report John Morris March 9 - 15 2015

Anita Williams - Sunday, March 15, 2015
LAKE FORK WEEKLY FISHING REPORT

FROM:  J & M Guide Service

DATE:  9 – 15 March 2015

Rain and muddy water was on tap for this week.  The lake level is at 399.56 and rising as the days go on.  The water temperature ranges from 50 degrees on the main lake to 56 degrees in the creeks.  The water clarity runs from slightly stained in the south end of the lake to really muddy in the back of the creeks. 

We caught Bass on a number of baits this week, ranging from chartreuse/white spinner baits to the old standby, the 8 inch Zoom lizard.  The Lake Fork Trophy Lures chartreuse Ring Fry and the watermelon/red Hyper Stick also were producing some nice fish.  

A little hint, when selecting spinner bait, make sure you get one with a Colorado or Indiana gold or copper blade.  If you are fishing muddy or badly stained water select a spinner bait that moves a lot of water.  The ones with Colorado or Indiana blades will do that.  The Bass are starting to move up to the shallow water now, so slow down, do not burn the spinner bait, slow roll it!

The White and Yellow Bass are also on the move.  They are being caught on blue/white/chartreuse Joe Spaits crappie jigs tipped with a large minnow. Look for them on old road beds and creek channel bends in 12 to 15 foot of water.

The Crappies were still on the bridge pylons this week.  The 515 and 154 bridges were both good.  The minnow rig was still the best bet for the Crappies.

The catfish put on the feed bag this week.  Birch Creek was on fire this week for the Catfish.  Cut bait was the best bait for either rod and reel or trout lines.  A 48 pound Blue Cat was weighed in at Lake Fork Marina.  It was caught on a trout line!

Lake Fork Marina has a great selection of Santone spinner baits for the Bass fishermen on the hunt for the Lake Fork shallow water Bass.  They also have great minnows and new clothing lines.  Stop in and see the friendly staff at Lake Fork Marina and get the low down on what is happening on the lake.  

With the Bass spawn just about here, J & M Guide Service is taking bookings for the complete spawn.  So give us a call at (903) 413-6919 or E-mail us at: bassmr@geusnet.com.  Have a great fishing week!

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