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Lake Fork Fishing Report for April 17, 2017

J & M Guide Service
Professionally fishng for 43 years. Guiding on Lake Fork for 18 years. Sponsored by Nichols Marine, Ranger Boats, Mercury Motors and Lake Fork Trophy Lures.

Lake Fork is completely full now. The water clarity is stained to heavily stained all over the lake. The water temperatures are in the mid 70’s and getting warmer every day. The Bass fishing is fair to good using small crankbaits and wacky worms. The crankbaits that we used this week were Strike Kings 1.5 in the natural shad color on the main lake and chartreuse with a black back in the creeks. We used Zoom chartreuse/pumpkin and California 420 trick worms rigged wacky style around the grass beds to catch good numbers of Bass. We dyed the tails of the California 420 worm’s chartreuse. Do not forget to put a nail in the head of the wacky worms. On our equipment list this this week we used a new Ranger 520C Mercury 250 Pro XS, Lowrance HDS 12 electronics, Duckett rods ABU, Garcia Orra SX reels and Stren line.

The White Bass are starting to move out of the creeks into the main lake. You can catch them in 24 foot of water on main lake hump and old roadbeds. Use Joe Spaits white with black back stripe Flashtail ½-ounce spoon or small white swim baits.

Well the Crappie anglers had to work a little harder this week. The Crappies are in transition from the shallow spawning waters back out to the deep-water brush piles. Look for them in 12 to 18 foot of water over isolated brush piles and use a Bubba’s Bait 1/8 ounce chartreuse/white Crappie jig tipped with a minnow.

The catfish are still shallow. Look for isolated trees on 5 to 8 feet and use large minnows or punch bait. Minnows are still working the best.
Lake Fork Marina has a good selection of Strike King Crankbaits and Zoom soft plastics. Do not forget to check out the Duckett rods and ABU Garcia reels.
Here at J & M Guide Service we are taking reservations for great Lake Fork post spawn guided Bass, White Bass and Crappie trips. Give us a call at (903) 413-6919 or E-mail us at . Have a great and safe fishing week.

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Lake Fork Weather Forecast


Partly Sunny

Hi: 68

Thursday Night

Mostly Cloudy

Lo: 44


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Friday Night

Mostly Cloudy

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Hi: 67

Saturday Night


Lo: 52


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Sunday Night

Mostly Cloudy

Lo: 51

Lake Fork Water Level (last 30 days)

Water Level on 4/20: 402.57 (-0.43)

Lake Fork Fishing Report from TPWD (Apr. 18)

Water lightly stained to stained; 61–64 degrees; 0.41’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws, bladed jigs and wakebaits. White and yellow bass are good on slabs and minnows. Crappie are good on jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

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