Lake Fork

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FROM: J & M Guide Service

DATES: 24 – 30 May 2020

It was a great week to fish Lake Fork. The water clarity in the upper creeks is still
stained but the lower lake is clearing up again. The water temperatures are in the
upper 70’s and the damn gates are closed. The Bass fishing was fare this week
with the Zoom Mag II worm, Baby Brush Hog and the Strike King KVD 1.5 being
the best baits to use. We fished the green pumpkin magic Zoom Mag II worm on
a Texas rig with a South Bend 3/16-ounce dark green slip sinker in 3 to 6 foot of
water. The green pumpkin magic Zoom Baby Brush Hog was fished on the good
ole Carolina rig in 12 to 20 foot of water over isolated brush piles. Worked Great!
We primarily used the Strike King KVD 1.5 in the gizzard shad pattern, right at
daylight, fishing main lake points and creek sub points. The bite was lite so you
had to be paying attention all the time.

The Crappie fishing remained good this week. A lot more Crappie are showing up
on all to the lake bridges. The good old-fashioned minnow rig worked well. If you
are a jig angler, the 1/8-ounce Bubba’s Bait chartreuse Crappie jig worked the
best over the numerous brush piles throughout the lake.

The White Bass went crazy again this week. They were on main lake points right
at daylight feeding on large schools of shad. They were being caught on Strike
King KVD 1.5 crankbaits.

The Catfish anglers were also having a good week. They were catching good sized
Catfish in 18 to 22 foot of water around old trees using punch bait. 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 few dates for Guided Bass Trips open in
June and July. Give us a call at (903) 413-6919 or E-mall us at Have a safe fishing week.

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.

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Lake Fork Water Level (last 30 days)

Water Level on 7/5: 402.53 (-0.47)

Lake Fork Fishing Report from TPWD (Jul. 1)

GOOD. Water lightly stained; 83-85 degrees; 0.39 low. Largemouth bass are good on blue plastic worms, bladed jigs and crankbaits near drop-offs,windy points, grass lines, and humps in 8-22’. Topwater plugs and plastic frogs are productive early in grass patches and lily pads. White and yellow bass are good in deeper water of main lake points, flats, and humps. Crappie are excellent on jigs and minnows in 18-25’ in brush piles and standing timber. Catfish are good on cut bait and live bait in 10-20’.