Lake Fork

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Lake Fork Fishing Report for May 6, 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 great fishing week here at Lake Fork. The Water temperatures are back in the upper 60’s to lower 70’s. The water clarity was really starting to clear up until we got two inches of rain Thursday and Friday. Now it is heavily stained in the creeks and the main lake has a slight stain to it. The Bass fishing was good all week to spite the rain. More and more Bass are being caught on a Carolina rigs and small crankbaits. We used the Watermelon/candy/red Buddy’s Custom Baits Boss Hog on our Carolina rig all week. We dyed the tails of the Boss Hog chartreuse. For our little crankbait bite, we use the good ole Strike King KVD 1.5 in the Sexy Shad color. Fish it erratically for the best results. With all that being said, when fishing got slow we went the Buddy’s Custom Baits Stick O bait rigged wacky style. The two best colors were watermelon red and watermelon /candy/red. Do not forget to put a nail in the head and dye the tail chartreuse. For best results, fish the Stick O bait in the heavy Hydrilla. On our equipment list this week is our Ranger 520c powered by a Mercury 250 Pro SX, Duckett rods, ABU Garcia reels, Stren line, Buddy’s Custom baits and Strike King hard baits.

The Crappie fishing was still good this week. The Crappie spawn is just about over with and they are starting to transition back to the 16 to 20 depths and suspend over brush piles. Minnows were still the bait of choice this week.

The White Bass are in 14 to 18 foot of water over brush piles. The best bait to use for the White Bass is Joe Spaits Flashtail 1/2 –ounce jigging spoon. This week the white with black back pattern worked the best.

The Catfish are moving in to spawn and can be caught on the good ole minnow rig. Look for them in 2 to 6 foot of water. Have fun anglers.
Here at J & M guide Service we are gearing up for the post spawn bite. We have openings for May and June for great post spawn fishing. Give us a call at (903) 413-6919 or E-mail us at Have a great fishing week and be courteous to your fellow anglers.

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Lake Fork Current Weather Alerts

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Lake Fork Weather Forecast


Slight Chance Thunderstorms

Hi: 92

Friday Night

Partly Cloudy

Lo: 70


Slight Chance Thunderstorms

Hi: 93

Saturday Night

Mostly Clear

Lo: 72


Mostly Sunny

Hi: 94

Sunday Night

Mostly Clear

Lo: 72

Memorial Day

Mostly Sunny

Hi: 94

Monday Night

Mostly Clear

Lo: 72

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.