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Lake Fork Fishing Report for April 15, 2019

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 has been another crazy week here at Lake Fork. The weather has either raining or windy and cold this week. The water temperatures have been up and down depending on the weather. For the most part, the water temperatures have ranged from 60 to 67 degrees. The water clarity is running from muddy in the upper lake to stained in the lower half of the lake. The good thing about this week is the Bass fishing remained good. The Zoom watermelon/red fluke continued to be our go-to bait all week. We dyed the tails of the fluke chartreuse and fished it on a split shot rig. We also caught several quality Bass on Buddy’s Custom Baits 8-inch watermelon/candy/red lizard. We continued to dye the tails chartreuse. Now one thing you need to do with his lizard uses a 5/0 wide gap hook for great hook ups.

The Crappie spawn is just about over. There are a few small Crappies in 3 – 4 foot of water but the good Crappies have moved into 12 to 18 foot on points and over brush piles. I really like that because I can break out my Crappie jigs from Bubba’s Baits. Right now, the 1/8-ounce chartreuse jig works the best.

The White Bass are on the move from their staging water depth of 24 feet to 4 to 6 feet in the creeks. There are two ways to catch them. One is to use a Strike King chartreuse with a black back KVD 1.5 square bill or use a Bubba’s Bait black Crappie jig tipped with a minnow.

The Catfish anglers found this week to be a lot better for catching the Catfish. The reason is the Catfish have moved into 4 to 6 foot of water to get ready to spawn. Punch Bait worked well all week.

On our equipment list, this week is our Ranger Z520c powered by a Mercury 250 Pro XS, Duckett rods, Abu Garcia reels, Stren line, Buddy’s Custom Baits, Bubba’s Baits, Zoom soft plastics and Strike King KVD crankbaits.

Here at J & M Guide Service, we have 4 days open in May for guided trophy Bass trips. Give us a call at (903) 413-6919 or E-mail us at Have a safe fishing week and be courteous to your fellow anglers.

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Lake Fork Weather Forecast


Mostly Sunny

Hi: 85

Saturday Night

Patchy Fog

Lo: 59


Slight Chance Thunderstorms

Hi: 88

Sunday Night

Thunderstorms Likely

Lo: 62


Chance Thunderstorms

Hi: 73

Monday Night


Lo: 49



Hi: 72

Tuesday Night


Lo: 48

Lake Fork Water Level (last 30 days)

Water Level on 10/20: 401.06 (-1.94)

Lake Fork Fishing Report from TPWD (Oct. 17)

GOOD. Water stained; 77–82 degrees; 1.85’ low. Fall bass fishing is in full swing. Largemouth bass are fair on plastic worms, Alabama rigs, spinnerbaits, and topwaters. Lunker fisherman continue to work around 10–15 feet of depth. White and yellow bass are good on Alabama rigs. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows in the stumps or man–made structures. Catfish are good on prepared bait and cut bait especially in the evenings.