Lake Fork

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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: 19 – 25 April 2020

It was a windy week here at Lake Fork. The water clarity is still heavily stained to
lightly stained depending if you are fishing back in the creeks or the main lake.
The water temperatures are in the lower 70’s. Now that we are back side of the
new moon, the next wave of Bass are coming into spawn. We noticed that there
were numerous buck Bass that had not been caught this year were up in the
shallow water getting ready to make beds. It is noted that this wave will not be as
big as the last two waves. The baits of choice this week was the Zoom Tilapia
fluke, Zoom watermelon/red Baby Brush Hog and the Buddy’s Bait
watermelon/red Boss Hog. We rigged the fluke on a split shot rig and dyed the
tails of the fluke chartreuse. The Boss Hog and the Baby Brush Hog were used on
Carolina Rig, targeting post spawn fish in 12 to 18 foot of water. On another note:
All of the guides and hotels around the lake are open for business.
The Crappie anglers were again enjoying good success this week. Most of the
Crappie are in a transzonal period headed back to deep water. They can be
caught in 12 to 24 foot of water over brush piles. We found that a Bubba’s Baits
chartreuse and purple Crappie jig worked the best.
The White Bass fishing was fare this week. They are also in transition to their
summer homes on main lake humps and deep points and are difficult to catch.
You can start to use Joe Spaits 1/2-ounce chrome and chartreuse Flashtail jigging
spoon. Works great!
The catfish anglers were also having fun this week. The Catfish are still in 2 to 6
foot of water spawning. The good ole minnow rig works great.
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 have several days in May and June open for
guided Bass trips. Give us a call at (903) 413-6919 or E-mail us at Have a safe fishing week.

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Lake Fork Weather Forecast


Mostly Sunny

Hi: 93

Friday Night

Mostly Clear

Lo: 73


Mostly Sunny

Hi: 95

Saturday Night

Mostly Clear

Lo: 74


Mostly Sunny

Hi: 95

Sunday Night

Partly Cloudy

Lo: 73


Chance Thunderstorms

Hi: 87

Monday Night

Slight Chance Thunderstorms

Lo: 72

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’.