Lake Fork

Because Life is Better at the Lake


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.


FROM: J & M Guide Service

DATES: 1 – 7 March, 2020

It was a great week to fish Lake Fork. The water temperatures were in the mid
50’s to lower 60 degrees. The water clarity is heavy stained in the upper creeks
and the water clarity in the lower lake is clearing up nicely. The Bass fishing is still
slow but I expect it to really pick up this coming week due to the upcoming full
moon. The Bass are moving into the shallow waters so the soft plastic bite is
picking up. Baits like the V&M chop stick and the Lake Fork Trophy Lures Hyper
stick are working well. The best colors for the stained water are black and blue
and as you start to fish the south end of the lake where the water is clearing up
use green pumpkin. We fished the Hyper stick on a split shot rig and the Chop
stick on a wacky rig. On the Chop Stick we dyed the tail chartreuse and put a nail
in the head of it. In the stained water we also used a black and blue bladed jig.
The Crappie fishing picked up a little this week. They could be found around the
bridges in creeks and on creek bends that has sparse timber lines. Look for them
in 8 to 12 foot of water. The live minnow was the Crappies bait of choice this

The White Bass has not started to move up yet. They are in 24 to 26 foot of water
suspended over old brush piles. A chartreuse crappie jig tipped with a minnow is
the best bait to use for the White Bass.

The Catfish are still on their winter diet. They are in 26 to 28 of water suspended
around old trees. Cut bait is still the best bait to use for them.

On our Equipment list this week is our Ranger 520c from Nichols Marine in
Longview, TX, a Mercury 250 Pro XS. Duckett rods, ABU Garcia reels, Stren line, V
& M soft plastics, Lake Fork Trophy Lures soft plastics and Buddy’s custom Baits
from here at Lake Fork.

Here at J & M Guide Service we have a few dates open for guided trophy Bass
trips in March and April. 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 and guides.

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Lake Fork Weather Forecast


Mostly Sunny

Hi: 84

Friday Night


Lo: 59


Mostly Sunny

Hi: 84

Saturday Night


Lo: 61


Mostly Sunny

Hi: 84

Sunday Night

Mostly Clear

Lo: 63


Partly Sunny

Hi: 87

Monday Night

Partly Cloudy

Lo: 66

Lake Fork Water Level (last 30 days)

Water Level on 5/29: 403.24 (+0.24)

Lake Fork Fishing Report from TPWD (May 27)

GOOD. Water lightly stained; 77 degrees; 0.27’ high. Largemouth bass are good on red, purple or black plastic worms, topwater and crankbaits near roadbeds, submerged structure, and points in 8-12’ and with some action with plastic frogs in shallow grass and lily pads. White and yellow bass are good in deeper water of main lake points, flats, and humps. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows in 12-20’ in brush piles. Catfish are good on cut bait and punch bait in 8-20’.