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Lake Fork Fishing Report for April 7, 2018

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.

It was a warm windy week here at Lake Fork until Saturday when driving rain and dropping temperatures to 38 degrees hit. The Water temperatures were in the upper 60’s and the water clarity remains heavily stained in the upper creek and is starting to clear in the lower lake regions. The Bass fishing was fare depending on the wind conditions. The best three Bass producers this week was Buddy’s Custom baits watermelon candy red Stick-O, Buddy’s Custom Baits watermelon candy red Boss Hog and Zoom’s watermelon red Super Fluke. We rigged the Stick-O bait wacky style with the nail in the tail of the bait in 2 - 4 foot of water in the Hydrilla. We used a ¼-ounce shaky head jig with the Boss Hog in 3 to 5 foot of water. We continued to split shot rig the Zoom Fluke in 2 to 6 foot of water. No matter whatever method you used it need to be fished very slowly. On our equipment list this week was our Ranger 520c powered by a Mercury 250 Pro X, ABU Garcia reels, Duckett rods Stren line, Buddy’s Custom Baits from here at Lake Fork, and Zoom Flukes.

The Crappie fishing was outstanding this week. They were being caught in two -three foot of water by using the good old fashion minnow and bobber. You cannot beat it!

The White Bass are also in the Creek trying to spawn. We found the best way to catch them is with a chartreuse Crappie jig tipped with a large minnow. Look for them in four to six foot of water on sand flats in the back of creeks.

The Catfish fishing is also picking up. We found them in with the Crappie trying to spawn. They were in three to six foot of water around old stumps. If you use minnow’s you will find yourself with a mixed bag of Catfish and Crappie. Have fun!

The Bass Spawn is definitely here. I have one day left open in April for guided bass trips. Give us a call at (903) 413-6919 or E-mail us at Have a great fishing week and give you fellow Bass anglers a little space!

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Saturday Night


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Sunday Night

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Lake Fork Water Level (last 30 days)

Water Level on 4/21: 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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