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Jika Rig


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:

Whitt Smith, Lake Fork Fishing guide (972-743-2046) passes along the following tip on how he and his clients are catching bass...

"The Jika Rig (pronounced- “Zee-ka”), originating from Japan, comes through heavy timber & brush piles here on Lake Fork, extremely well. Additionally, it gives any attached soft plastic bait great freedom of movement. We have caught some Giant bass from Lake Fork timber on this Rig using big worms, including the one in my profile photo. Craws are another great bait to use on this Rig. This Rig is snag resistant in big rock, too. Here is all you need to do. Attach a split ring to a Heavy wire EWG Hook, attach a split ring to a bass casting weight or a slimmer barrel style weight. Then join the split rings together. Tie your Fluorocarbon line to the split ring attached directly to the hook, thread on your soft plastic bait and get after ‘em. I like to assemble several ahead of time and place in a small box. I hope this helps you catch some Hawgs."

The bass' favorite worm rigging and color is ... V&M J-Mag 10” Worm in Plum Apple or Red Bug on 20# Fluorocarbon in timber, 


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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.