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 [email protected] Have a safe fishing week.

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Fishing Report from TPWD (Jan. 25)

FAIR. Water Stained; 56-59 degrees; 5.47 feet below pool. Bass are more active on warmer days in the backs pockets and secondary points going into the pockets. Target the warmest pockets with chatterbaits and spinnerbaits in 2-4 feet of water. Fish are traveling in the creek towards the back on warmer days and moving outwards on cooler days . Those along the creek are best on red squarebill crankbaits in a 1.5-2.5 inch around the edges and big wood 3-6 feet of water. Texas rigs with creature type baits flipped at the big wood on creeks and ditches are good in black and blue colors and June bug in 3-6 feet of water. Report by Marc Mitchell, Lake Fork Pro. Black bass are beginning the early stages of pre-spawn. Try slow moving suspending streamers and sculpin patterns in 5-7 feet of water. Crappie are deep. Report by Guide Alex Guthrie, Fly Fish Fork Guide Service. Crappie are really good around deep main lake timber in 38-56 feet along creek channels. Fish have been a little more scattered the past week, so it is necessary to cover more water to catch limits. Seeing big white crappie mixed in with lots of smaller black crappie. Minnows will work very well and small soft plastics and hand ties are working well. Best colors for my boat have been purple and chartreuse. Getting good reports of brush pile fish biting as in 20-30 feet. Report by Jacky Wiggins, Jacky Wiggins’ Guide Service.

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