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Lake Fork Fishing Report for May 8, 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 a windy cool start to the week but it ended with beautiful clear skies and warm temperatures. The water temperatures remained in the mid 70’s and the water clarity is still stained over most of the lake. The early morning top water bite was good using a Chug Bug and a Zoom white fluke. When it was too windy for the top water bite, we went to a Gizzard Shad Strike King 1.5 Square Bill crankbait. We worked it with a very erratic motion. About 09:00 put the crankbait and top water equipment away and get out the ole faithful Carolina rig. Two baits worked well on the Carolina rig; one is a watermelon/red Zoom Baby Brush Hog and the other is a Zoom watermelon/red Fluke. Yes, I dyed the tails chartreuse☺. We fished the Carolina rig on main lake points and creek channel bends. Creek channel bends produced the best fish! This week I had a couple issues with my Lowrance electronics. I would like thank our local Lowrance repersentive for great support and getting me back on the water with no time loss to my clients. For our equipment list this week is my Ranger 520C, Mercury 250 Pro X, Duckett rods and ABU Garcia Orra SX reels.

This week we found the White bass have moved up into 24 to 26 foot of water. We continued to use Joe Spaits Flashtail ½-ounce spoon in the chrome with red eyes pattern. Old roadbeds seem to be the ticket to finding them.
While looking for the White Bass we found the Crappie have moved out to the 18 to 20 foot depth of water over brush piles. We caught them on Joe Spaits ½-ounce chrome with red eyes Flashtail spoon.

The Catfish put the feedbag on this week. Punch bait worked the best around baited trees. Look for them in 30 foot of water.
While you are Lake Fork, make sure you stop into Lake Fork Marina and check out the Duckett rods and ABU Garcia reels. In addition, check out their selection of Strike King Crankbaits and Zoom soft plastics.

We still have a few days open in May and June for Guided Bass, Crappie and White Bass trips. Give us a call at (903) 413-6919 or E-mail us at Be a line watcher and fish safe.

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Lake Fork Fishing Report from TPWD (Jan. 17)

Water stained; 39–43 degrees; 1.17’ low. Black bass are slow on lipless crankbaits, suspending jerkbaits, and black and blue flipping jigs near timber along channel swings. White and yellow bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on white jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

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