Lake Fork

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Dock Talk - Lake Fork Crappie Catchin'


"Had Kent and Chas out yesterday on Fork. Started off in an area with very few fish. Made a jump and landed on some but they did not want to bite. That was how the day went. Lots of fish but they were not aggressive. We had many come off and thats a sign of them just not inhaling the bait. Only thing we could do was keep dropping and one would bite here and there. In the end they ended up with a cooler full and got off the lake before it got too hot.

"Our best depth was 20-25’ water with most fish suspended 12-16’ deep. My shallow bite has gone cold. Need some cooler weather to push more fish up.
Hancock’s Guide Service

"Had an old schoolmate Rowdy out with me on Fork yesterday. We took it easy and had a fun day.

I knew catching his 25 was going to be easy so we checked out a few different areas. Couple paid off and a couple didn’t but we had some nice fish before it was over.

The past few days have not been without some struggles with the moon. More fish refuse to bite then do bite. How do you combat that? Well you cover water and just drop on more fish. I can tell if the fish will bite after his first reaction. If he chases it and doesn’t bite or turns away I just move on. Most that do bite will do it immediately. Make that first presentation count and cover water and you can put together a good box of fish.

Mack Curry 903-474-5339

"Had Bob out again this morning on Lake Fork and today he brought his duck hunting buddy Mike with him. Mike had never caught a 2 lbs crappie and we were on a mission to get him one.

The first few hours were terrible. Same pattern and area as yesterday but just a different tree line and tree after tree we either didn’t see fish or saw a few fish that wouldn’t bite. Don’t know that we had more than 2 fish the first 2 hours.

Finally started to pick up a fish here and there but they had to work for them a lot. Decided to abandon the 18-25ft trees and made a big move. It paid off with some giants up shallow and Mike didn’t end up with a 2 lbs crappie but he caught 2 over 2 lbs and 2 just under as well. Not bad for his first trip with me.

Those big fish were up as shallow as 10ft in some trees. Some as close as 4-6 ft to the surface. A few were mixed in with channel cats as well on the same shallow tree. So different than yesterday’s pattern. They still caught everything on minnows today and ended up with 42 fish on the table when the dust settled.

Jacky Wiggins Guide Service

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Tom Behrens has over 50 years experience in fishing and hunting across the United States. Much of this time was spent in Oklahoma and Texas where he became very familiar with the outdoor opportunities in these states. You may contact him by email at:

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Lake Fork Weather Forecast


Mostly Sunny

Hi: 85

Wednesday Night

Mostly Clear

Lo: 66


Partly Sunny

Hi: 86

Thursday Night

Mostly Clear

Lo: 66


Slight Chance Thunderstorms

Hi: 80

Friday Night

Mostly Cloudy

Lo: 54


Mostly Cloudy

Hi: 70

Saturday Night

Mostly Clear

Lo: 60

Lake Fork Water Level (last 30 days)

Water Level on 10/21: 401.01 (-1.99)

Lake Fork Fishing Report from TPWD (Oct. 14)

FAIR. Water lightly stained; 74 degrees; 1.83 low. Largemouth bass are fair on shaky heads, finesse worms, and skirted jigs near heavy timber, roadbeds, brushy points, and rocky shorelines. White and yellow bass are fair in deeper water with slabs and jigging spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows in 18-25’ in brush piles and standing timber near creek ledges or drop-offs. Catfish are good on punch bait in 12-24’.