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: 10 – 16 May, 2020

We had a few nice days to fish this week. The water temperatures are in the mid
to upper 70’s. The water clarity is still a little stained in the upper creeks but
starting to clear up. The lower lake is perfect water clarity for Bass fishing. The
Bass fishing has not really picked up since the spawn. We had to go back to the
basics of Bass fishing this week. By this I mean Texas rigged worms and small
crankbaits. The Strike King KVD 1.5 in the gizzard shad color was the right choice
for the crankbait this week. We fished it in 3 to 5 foot of water from daylight to
about 9:00 AM, then we went to the good ole Texas rigged worm. The best worm
we used this week was the Zoom Mag II in the watermelon/red color. We dyed
the tail of the Mag II worm chartreuse. It is noted that we caught most of our
Bass in 3 to 8 foot of water.

The Crappie fishing was still pretty good this week. A few more Crappie are
showing up under the bridges and the isolated brush piles. The best Crappie jig is
Bubba’s bait purple with a chartreuse tail ¼-ounce jig. It is noted for the Crappie
around the bridges, we needed to tip the jig with a minnow.
The White Bass went a little crazy this week. We found them in 4 foot of water
off of main lake points chasing little crankbaits. The main reason they were so
shallow is that there is a major shad spawn going on. The kids had a blast
catching them.

The Catfish anglers also were also having fun this week. They are in 22 to 26 foot
of water around old trees and brush piles. Punch bait was on the top of there
menu but minnows were also working. Don’t forget to bait your favorite tree.
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, Strike King hard baits, 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 a couple days open in May and several days
in June open for guided Bass trips here on Lake Fork. 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


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’.