Lake Fork Fishing Report - December 22, 2012




The year is coming to a close, so I guess this will be my last Lake Fork fishing report of 2012!!! The fishing on Lake Fork has fallen off a bit from earlier in the month, but the bite is still very good for this late in the year. Water temperatures are still sitting in the 55-56 degree range on the main lake, and Lake Fork's water level is 398.37 ft or 4.63 feet below full pool. I am still catching the majority of my fish in deep water, although I have started to sneak up into some shallower water to pitch 1/2 and 3/4 oz Santone jigs along the creek channels. As the water temps fall, I will start spend more time with a jig in my hand. You don't normally get a lot of bites with a jig this time of year, but you can certainly catch the fish of a lifetime. A good day numbers wise will be about 8-10 fish, maybe 15 on a really good day. Most of the time, I'm trailing my jig with a Lake Fork Trophy Lures Hyper Freak. Many times, you will catch several fish in a short stretch, and then fish a little while before you get another bite. Be patient!!! As of late this week, I've still been spending the majority of my time in deep water (22-35 ft) with a Santone Slamma rig (umbrella rig) in my hand. The Slamma rig holds up VERY well, and it works great when paired the new LFT Lures Boot Tail Live Magic Shad. In addtion some really nice largemouth, you will catch a TON of 2-3 pound white bass. Some of my clients call these "bonus fish". They pull super hard and are a lot of fun to catch in between largemouths. The same areas continue to hold fish - points, ridges, road beds, and creek mouths will all have large schools of fish from time to time. A good graph is essential to locating these schools. We have another major cold front coming in on Christmas day, and our highs are supposed to be 43 and 37 degrees on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively. This one could slow the deep bite down some on Lake Fork, but it will make the bite at the local power plant lakes (Monticello and Welsh) even better. I've been to Lake Welsh a couple of times already this fall, and the fishing has been very good. I should be making a trip to Lake Monticello very soon as well. If you'd like to book a trip on Lake Fork or one of these power plant lakes, please call, email, or text me. We can run split days (power plant /Lake Fork) if you'd like. Also, my spring is really filling up quickly. If you'd like to get in on some of Lake Fork's spring fishing, you might want to get with me soon on a date. Thanks to all of you who have fished with me in 2012!!! I'm looking to a great 2013!!! Merry Christmas!!! Jason www.lakefork.us




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Lake Fork Weather Forecast

Monday

Chance Thunderstorms

Hi: 83

Monday Night

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Lo: 72

Tuesday

Chance Thunderstorms

Hi: 85

Tuesday Night

Mostly Cloudy

Lo: 71

Wednesday

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Hi: 85

Wednesday Night

Mostly Cloudy

Lo: 70

Thursday

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Hi: 85

Thursday Night

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Lo: 70


Lake Fork Water Level (last 30 days)


Water Level on 7/22: 402.88 (-0.12)



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Fishing Report from TPWD (Jul. 17)

GOOD. Water Stained; 81 degrees; 0.09 feet above pool. Bass are fairly slow in the mornings, but there is a shaky head bite with yum dingers in both sizes on timber in 5-7 feet on breaklines. Best bite is Carolina rigs offshore in 15-25 feet on humps, road beds, points, all are producing. Big worms like blue fleck, tequila sunrise and plum seem to be best 10-12 inches. Crankbaits are still good over channel catfish bends deep humps and road beds. Shad patterns and chart blue back XD 6 - XD 8 are best, Report by Marc Mitchell, Lake Fork Guide Service. Black bass are chasing topwater patterns early in the day and later in the day when it is dark. Check out the brush piles as big bass are using them to feed on crappie. Bream are excellent in the shallows on wooly buggers and small poppers. Report by Guide Alex Guthrie, Fly Fish Fork Guide Service. Lake Fork crappie fishing is in full time summer pattern. Huge numbers of black crappie are loading up at the base of trees, on main lake points and lay downs. There are still good numbers of white crappie on brush piles and in trees. Focus on areas in 14-22 feet for the most fish. The bite has been finicky when fishing for schools of fish. Minnows on very small gold Aberdeen hooks and 6-8 pound test fluorocarbon line has been the go to set up. Small hand tied jigs in natural colors are also working if you swim them over and get those fish to chase and grab. Even if you see a hundred fish in a group just catch the few more aggressive fish and move on if you want to catch numbers. Larger soft plastics should still work on bigger white crappies that are solo on timber. The catfish bite is still red hot. You can load the boat fast in roosting areas that have overnight birds in the trees. We are also seeing big numbers of catfish on main lake points in 14-28 feet around timber. If you find an area with lots of bait the catfish will be close by. Bait an area with cattle cubes or sour grain to group those fish up. Then use your pre

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