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: 15 – 21 March 2020

It was really rainy here at beautiful Lake Fork, TX this week. However, with that
being said, the fishing was really good. The water temperatures were in the mid
60’s and the water clarity ranges from lightly stained to muddy depending what
part of the lake you are fishing. The Zoom Baby Brush Hog was the best bait to
constantly catch good fish. We rigged it Texas style with a 4/0 ought wide gap
Eagle Claw hook. The best water depth was 2 to 4 feet. The spawn has really
kicked in. This week my fishing partner introduced me to a new line if crankbaits.
The baits are from X-VIII Custom baits in Grove OK. They are all hand painted and
have a great rattle system. You need to give them a try!

The Crappie spawn in also in full swing. They have moved into the shallow water
and can be caught be caught on the good ole minnow rig. Look for them in 2 to 3
foot of water around grassy edges. A limit is easy to catch.

The White Bass are still missing from action. What few that were being caught
are being caught in 18 to 20 foot of water on creek channel edges. Bubba’s
Crappie jig tipped with a minnow was the best technique to put the Sandys in the

The Catfish are off of the diet. They have moved into 16 to 18 foot of water and
are feeding on minnows and punch bait. Minnows were the best producer this

On our equipment list this week was our Ranger 520c from Nichols Marine in
Longview TX, it is powered be a Mercury 250 Pro XS, Minn Kota trolling motor,
Duckett rods, ABU Garcia reels, Stren line, Zoom Soft plastics, Strike King hard
baits, Buddy’s Custom baits from here at Lake Fork and Bubba’s Baits Crappie jigs.
Here at J & M Guide Service we have had several cancellations due to the Virus.
With that being said we now have several openings in March and April for trophy
Largemouth trips. Give us a call at (903) 413-6919 or E-mail us at . Be careful on how you run the lake right now because we
are a foot over full pool. Those stumps are still there! Plus make sure you
wear your kill switch, it’s law!!!

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Mostly Cloudy

Hi: 75

Thursday Night

Chance Rain Showers

Lo: 53


Mostly Sunny

Hi: 68

Friday Night

Slight Chance Rain Showers

Lo: 51


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Hi: 65

Saturday Night

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Lo: 59


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Hi: 75

Sunday Night

Mostly Clear

Lo: 44

Lake Fork Water Level (last 30 days)

Water Level on 4/9: 402.76 (-0.24)

Lake Fork Fishing Report from TPWD (Apr. 8)

FAIR Water lightly stained; 63-66 degrees; 0.09’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on plastic lizards, topwater, and chatter baits spawning in shallow grassy areas with some fish holding on roadbeds and points. White and yellow bass are fair in creeks and shallow water to spawn Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows in creeks in 2-5’. Catfish are good on cut bait.