Lake Fork

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Lake Fork Fishing Report for January 2018

Mark and Barbara Stevenson Lake Fork Guide Service
Mark has been guiding full time on Lake Fork since 1982. He caught Ethel, the former Texas State Record in 1986, weighing 17.67 pounds. He is still the unofficial State Record holder for the largest bass caught on an artificial lure. He puts his all into giving his clients the best trip possible. Barbara has been guiding full time on Lake Fork since 1987. She won the Bass N Gal Texas invitational on Lake Fork in 1991. Barbara loves teaching and helping clients catch their bass of a lifetime. Mark and Barbara offer guide trips for bass, crappie, and Sandbass year round. Also gift certificates are available anytime.

Lake Fork is about to be great again! Fishing is about to get hot so now is the time to book your trips with us. After this last cold front the surface temperature of the water fell to 39 degrees in the creeks. The deep water didn’t change much, and that’s where the big girls are living right now. If we stay after it in the deeper water, you can catch a bass of a lifetime. To catch these big bass, we are going to use a jig, spoon, and swimbait. On jigs, we use either a Johnson’s Custom Baits bass jig, a football jig, or sometimes a hardhead jig. When fishing jigging spoons, we like the Johnson Custom Baits jigging spoons with our favorite color being the Chartreuse and Chrome in several sizes and the flutter type spoons in several brands but especially Weedless lures. There are so many brands of swimbaits that we like, but one of our favorites is the Lake Fork Trophy lures Live Magic Shad with our homemade weighted hook.

Right now in the deep water, numbers of smaller bass can be caught on drop shops and Carolina rigs with four or five inch worms. The jigging spoon is especially fun to use this time of the year because you never know what you’re going to catch. Fishing some of the road beds and humps you may catch bass, crappie, sand bass, yellow bass, and catfish all in the same area. We will be staying with this deep pattern for the big bass for the next three weeks for the most part. Some days you can catch some in the shallow water on Traps and swimming jigs, but for us the deep pattern is just more consistent.

If you want a shot at a big bass, call and set up a trip for some big bass action. We do have some weekend days open in February. We will give a new report soon.
P.S. Surface temperature on Friday at 4 pm was 48 degrees.

Hope to see you soon,
Mark and Barbara

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Lake Fork Water Level (last 30 days)

Water Level on 5/26: 402.35 (-0.65)

Lake Fork Fishing Report from TPWD (May 23)

Water lightly stained to stained; 78–83 degrees; 0.63’ low. Black bass are good on white buzzbaits, football jigs and hollow body frogs. White and yellow bass are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.