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Lake Fork Fishing Report for June 24, 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.

What a crazy week here at Lake Fork. We had several thunderstorms with more than 5 inches of rain, which brought the lake to over full pool conditions. That meant they opened all five gates on the dam. The water clarity is still stained and the water temperatures remained in the lower 80’s. The Bass fishing was great the first part of the week with numerous Bass being caught on Carolina rigs, Strike King XD10’s and XD8’s, and of course the wacky worms. The best color Strike King XD 10 is the chartreuse with blue back and the best color of the XD 8 was the sexy shad. We fished them off main lake points in the south part of the lake and in creek sub points. You will get hung up with deep crank baits so invest in a good bait knocker with good nylon rope on it. The Carolina rig is still the go to rig in deep water. We continued to use Bubba Bait’s watermelon/candy/red Boss Hog on our Carolina rigs. We found isolated brush piles were the best place to fish the Carolina rig. My favorite way to catch the Bass here at Lake Fork is by using the Zoom chartreuse/pumpkin trick worm rigged wacky style around docks and Hydrilla. Do not forget to put a nail in the head of the trick worm.

The Crappie fishing was good this week. The Bubba’s Bait chartreuse 1/8 ounce Crappie jig continued to be the go to jig to constantly catch good Crappie. Isolated brush piles were the best place to find the Crappie. The bridge fishing is still slow.
The White Bass fishing is still very good. Joe Spaits chrome and chartreuse ½- ounce Flashtail jigging spoon is the best way to catch them. They are still on most of the main lake humps.

The Catfish anglers were doing well until the high water on Friday. Punch bait was the go to bait around brush piles and isolate baited trees.
On our equipment list, this week was our Ranger Z520c powered by a Mercury 250 Pro XS, Duckett rods, ABU Garcia reels, Stren line, Eagle Claw hooks,

Strike King hard baits, Buddy’s Custom Baits, Zoom soft plastics and Bubba’s Crappie jigs.

Here at J & M Guide Service we have one day left open in June for guided Bass trips. Give us a call at (903) 413-6919 or E-mail us at

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Hi: 100

Monday Night

Mostly Clear

Lo: 77



Hi: 100

Tuesday Night

Mostly Clear

Lo: 77



Hi: 101

Wednesday Night

Partly Cloudy

Lo: 77


Chance Thunderstorms

Hi: 99

Thursday Night

Slight Chance Thunderstorms

Lo: 77

Lake Fork Water Level (last 30 days)

Water Level on 8/19: 401.97 (-1.03)

Lake Fork Fishing Report from TPWD (Aug. 14)

Water lightly stained; 87–91 degrees; 0.84’ low. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged creature baits, football jigs and hollow body frogs. White and yellow bass are slow on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait.