This week started off with one of the most pleasurable fishing days a guide could have. I had two young fishermen as clients River Lee (13 Years old) and Tyler Evans (10 years old). Tyler being the youngest at the ripe old age of 10, put everybody to shame. He landed an 8.9 pound Largemouth Bass on his favorite Rattletrap. Great job Tyler! The Bass fishing continued to be great all week. Water temperatures varied from 50.1 to 58.5 degrees. The water clarity varies from lightly stained to stained in the back of creeks. However we had an ice storm on Sunday which stirred up the lake and dropped the water temperatures. Most fish were being caught in 3 to 7 feet of water on Rattletrap’s and white spinner baits with gold blades. We used Ardent APEX Tournament reels and Ardent Denny Brauer signature Rods, a great combination to catch these Lake Fork trophy Bass.
The White Bass were still slow, but could be caught on Crappie minnows and small jigs. I did notice that they are moving out of the real deep water into 10 to 14 foot of water.
The Crappie are also starting to move up creeks in preparation for their spawn. Small Crappie minnows are the best bait at this time. Keep a good eye on your rod because with the Bass on the move also and you might get a very large surprise. Remember the lake record Bass was caught by a Crappie fisherman.
The Catfish fishing was fair this week, using Punch bait. Most of the Catfish are being caught in 18 to 20 foot of water on baited holes.
Lake Fork Marina has added “Ardent reels” to their great inventory of fishing equipment for 2014. They also have a good selection of spinner baits, Crappie jigs and minnows.
The Bass spawn has started here at Lake Fork. Here at J & M Guide Service we have some openings during March and April for the Spring spawn. So give us a call at Toll Free: 1-888-454-7037 or E-mail us at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Have a safe fishing week and wear those life vest if the big motor is running and take a kid fishing.