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Lake Fork Fishing Report for June 18, 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.

It was really warm on Lake Fork this week. The water temperatures are up to 88 degrees and the water clarity is still stained, especially up in the northern creeks. The Bass have survived three weeks of major tournaments and still managed to feed regularly. The early morning bite was the best this week from 05:15 to 7:30. The bone colored Land2Sea # 90 Whopper Plopper worked all week early in the morning. When the south wind kicked up, we went right to the Strike King KVD 1.5 Square Bill crankbait off of windy main lake points and creek sub points. We found that the gizzard shad color (pattern) of the Strike King 1.5 crankbait worked the best. After about 08:00 you need to slow down and either fish grass and pads or move out to 12 to 16 foot of water and fish a Carolina rig. On the shallow water presentation, we used a Zoom chartreuse/pumpkin trick worm rigged wacky style. We used a nail in the head of the Trick worm to get in down through the pads and grass. I found something really interesting this week on our Carolina rigs. I went to a Lake Fork Trophy Lures chartreuse pepper ringworm and a 4/0 Eagle Claw LO45 worm hook. It worked aiding us to catch some really good quality Bass. On our equipment list, this week was Duckett rods, ABU Garcia Orra SX reels, Stren 17 pound test line, Lake Fork Trophy Lures soft plastics and Zoom Trick worms.

The White Bass fishing was still pretty good using Joe Spaits chrome and chartreuse flutter spoon and a ¼-ounce Randy’s Swin’n Runner. Look for then in 22 to 26 foot of water over isolated brush piles.

The Crappie bite was fair this week using minnows. The best place to find them was isolated brush piles in 18 to 22 foot of water. I you catch a Bass on the pile , move to another brush pile. The Crappie have!

The Catfish were not too hungry this week. Most of the Catfish anglers were complaining that the bite was very slow. Cut bait was the best bet this week.
While you are at Lake Fork make sure you stop into Lake Fork Marina and check out the new tackle shop. The have a good selection of ABU Garcia reels, Duckett Rods, Zoom soft plastics, and Randy’s Swim’n Runners.

Yes, we are in a good summer pattern her at Lake Fork. We still have a few dates in June and July for guided Bass, Crappie, and White Bass Trips. Give us a call at (903) 413-6919 or E-mail us at . Have a great fishing week and stay hydrated.

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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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