Lake Fork

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Go Deep, Stay Deep for Lake Fork Big Bass

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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: tomdoglover29@aol.com




Whitt Smith, well known Lake Fork bass fishing guide, says early summer is his favorite time of the year to be on the hunt for Lake Fork Bass. “I will be catching fish all over the lake; checking grass, switching off to offshore locations, north and south end of the lake, just trying to find them grouped up on bait. A lot of people want to fish Fork in the spring, but the end of May through early August is some of the best fishing for big fish.

Smith is monitoring main and secondary lake points and humps. “The fish up in the bays in March and April come out in the summertime and hang out off the points. Some areas have shell beds, some have a drop, some a channel swing that comes close to a point.”

The bass are seeking out bait, looking for the water temperature they prefer, the best dissolved oxygen content. The hotter water surface temperatures cause the fish to push out into deeper water and group up on those deeper spots. Ideal water depths recently have been 15-22 feet.

Hydrilla was the keyword in looking for bass on Fork in the past, but the aquatic week isn’t as numerous as it used to be. “There is some hydrilla trying to come back,” acknowledged Smith. “We have some coon tail and other kinds of grasses but in maybe the last 10 years or so, shell beds have really come on, become a target. They are like a Luby’s or a Whataburger…just attract fish.”

You’ll find the shell beds in water 30 feet or shallower on humps, ridges.

The Shaky Head jig, Football Head, is his go-to choice for a bait. “I’m targeting big fish; I’ll throw a Magnum Shaky Head, ¾ ounce Football Head Jig head, 7/0 hook with a screw lock, 10 ½ worm on it, using 20 lb. fluorocarbon line. You can feel it going bumpity-bump if you are on the shell.”

The size of the bait allows an angler to throw it out there a long distance, lets it drop to the bottom quickly. “I want to make bottom contact. It’s a drag and stop retrieve, but I don’t stop it for a long time. Drag it slowly where you can feel the bang-bang-bang pace. It’s a big profile. We are not going after small fish.”

Photos: Coutresy Whitt Smith




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Lake Fork Weather Forecast

Tuesday

Sunny

Hi: 41

Tuesday Night

Clear

Lo: 24

Wednesday

Mostly Sunny

Hi: 52

Wednesday Night

Mostly Cloudy

Lo: 34

Thursday

Partly Sunny

Hi: 55

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Hi: 56

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Lake Fork Fishing Report from TPWD (Nov. 7)

GOOD. Water stained; 65–67 degrees; 1.88’ low. Redfish are good on live shrimp on jigs. Largemouth bass are good on plastic worms, craw tubes, and topwaters around main lake points. 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.