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: 22 – 28 March 2020

It rained off an on through out the week here at Lake Fork. The Water
temperatures remained in the mid 60’s and the water clarity remained heavily
stained in the upper creeks to stained in the lower lake. With that being said the
Bass fishing was really good! The Bass are in the shallows spawning. The Zoom
watermelon/red Fluke worked well every day. We rigged it on a split shot rig and
worked it very slowly. The Zoom watermelon/red Baby Brush Hog also worked
well in 4 to 6 foot of water rigged Texas style. Don’t forget to dye the tails of the
Fluke and Baby Brush Hog chartreuse. It is also noted that the bite is very light.
The Crappie spawn is in full swing. Most of the Crappie were being caught in 2 to
4 feet on good ole minnow rigs. A few anglers are catching Crappies on
chartreuse and black Bubba Baits Crappie jigs in 4 foot of water on isolated brush

The White Bass are starting to move into the shallow water off main points to
spawn. You can use a Bubba Baits chartreuse and black Crappie jig tipped with a
minnow to catch them.

The Catfish are also moving into the shallow water and are getting ready to
spawn. We caught several while Crappie fishing using a minnow rig.

I would like to take a minute to talk etiquette while you are fishing during this
busy time of year no matter whether you are on Lake Fork or any other lake here
in the USA. If you see a fellow angler fishing in an area please don’t come in on
him, give him space to fish. That goes for fellow guides also! All you new young
guides give everybody some space!!

On our equipment list this week was our Ranger 520c rigged with a Mercury 250
Pro XS from Nichols Marine in Longview, TX, Duckett rods, ABU Garcia reels, Zoom
soft plastics, Bubba’s Baits (Crappie Jigs), Buddy’s Custom baits from here at Lake
Fork, X-VIII crank baits and Stren line.

Here at J & M Guide Service we have a few openings in April for guided trophy

Bass here at Lake Fork. Give us a call at (903) 413-6919 or E-mail us at .

Have a safe fishing week and wear your kill switch, it’s law.

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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’.