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Lake Fork Fishing Report for November 20 , 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 warm and windy week here on Lake Fork, TX. The water temperatures are still in the low 70’s and the water clarity is stained in the upper creeks and clearing up in the lower portions of the lake. The Bass fishing was fare this week with the crankbait bite being the way to catch the better fish. We used Gizzard Shad Strike King XD 6 crankbaits in 12 to 14 foot of water near timber rows in the creeks. A few fish were being caught around docks using a Gizzard Shad Strike King KVD 1.5 crankbait. There are a few fish are being caught in the 20 to 22 foot range on old roadbeds. We used Joe Spaits chrome with silver scale pattern 5-inch flutter spoon to catch the deeper fish. Remember you need to keep the spoon down in strike zone. On our equipment list, this week was our Ranger 520c powered by a Mercury 250 Pro XS, Duckett rods, ABU Garcia Orra SX reels, Stren line, Strike King crankbaits and Joe Spaits Spoons.

The Crappie fishing remained good this week. They are being caught on brush piles in 18 to 26 foot of water and around the main lake bridges. We used Bubba’s Bait 1/8-ounce white with an orange tail Crappie jig tipped with a minnow worked the best.

The Catfish bite was also good this week. The anglers that was jug lining with cut bait was the most successful. A few nice Catfish were being caught around trees in 14 to 18 foot of water using punch bait.

Fall fishing is in full swing and the fish are biting. Here at J & M Guide Service, we have several days open for Bass and Crappie guided trips in December. Give us a call at (903) 413-6919 or E-mail us at Happy Thanksgiving!

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Lake Fork Fishing Report from TPWD (Feb. 14)

Water stained; 47–50 degrees; 1.01’ low. Black bass are fair on lipless crankbaits, bladed jigs, and black and blue flipping jigs near timber along channel swings. White and yellow bass are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs along bridges. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.

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