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: 5 – 11 April 2020

It was a crazy week to fish beautiful Lake Fork. It was a challenge to keep up with
the wind changes and off and on rain showers. The water temperatures are in
the middle to upper 60’s and the water clarity remains stained to muddy. With all
that being said it did not seem to bother the bass from spawning. Numerous Bass
were up on the beds and wanted to chase anything that got on their beds. The
Zoom Tilapia Fluke was our bait of choice to chase the Bass this week. We fished
it on a split shot rig and dyed the tails of the fluke chartreuse. When we were not
fishing the Fluke, we were pitching a Zoom Huckleberry Baby Brush Hogs around
isolated trees in 4 to 5 foot of water. The Brush Hog was fished on a standard
Texas rig with a 3/16-ounce tungsten weight.

The Crappie anglers were finding the Crappie in either 2 to 4 foot of water or in 12
to 18 foot of water. The Crappie that were in the 2 to 4 foot of water were still
spawning. The crappie that were caught in the 12 to 18 foot of water were done
spawning and feed in aggressively. The minnow was still on top of the Crappies

The White Bass have started to move from main lake points to the feeder creeks.
They still can be caught on a Bubba’s Bait crappie jig tipped with a good-sized

The Catfish anglers were having fun catching Catfish in 3 to 5 foot of water. They
are spawning and are hitting minnow rigs aggressively. Have fun!

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

Here at J & M Guide Service, we are taking reservations for the rest of April and
May for guided Bass trips. Give us a call at (903) 413-6919 or E-mail us at . Have a safe fishing week and wear your kill switches, it’s

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Lake Fork Weather Forecast


Partly Sunny

Hi: 92

Thursday Night

Partly Cloudy

Lo: 73


Partly Sunny

Hi: 93

Friday Night

Mostly Clear

Lo: 73


Mostly Sunny

Hi: 95

Saturday Night

Mostly Clear

Lo: 73


Partly Sunny

Hi: 94

Sunday Night

Slight Chance Thunderstorms

Lo: 74

Lake Fork Water Level (last 30 days)

Water Level on 6/5: 403.11 (+0.11)

Lake Fork Fishing Report from TPWD (Jun. 3)

EXCELLENT. Water lightly stained; 81-85 degrees; 0.17’ high. Largemouth bass are fair on 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 excellent in the deeper water of main lake points, flats, and humps. Crappie are excellent on jigs and minnows in 12-20’ in brush piles. Catfish are good on cut bait and punch bait in 8-20’.