Lake Fork

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FROM: J & M Guide Service

DATES: 30 August – 6 September 2020

It was a warm but beautiful week to fish Lake Fork. With the good rain this week
brought the water temperatures down to 87 from the 90 to 92-degree mark. The
water in most of the creeks is a little stained but the main remained fairly clear.
With the rain brought the oxygen content up in the water which helped the Bass
fishing. The Bass fishing is starting to get good with some good numbers of bass
being recorded. What has also has changed is the Bass’s diet. We went from
using 12- inch worms to using the 6.5-inch Zoom Trick worm, rigged wacky style.
The biggest thing we noted that the rain brought on the small crankbait bite.
Yes, its time to bring out the Strike King KVD 1.5 in the Gizzard Shad color. Make
sure you use the KVD 1.5 that has the rattle in it.

The Crappie fishing remained slow this week. I fully expect the Crappie fishing to
pick up the next two weeks because of the lower temperatures forecasted. The
ole fashioned minnow rig is still the best way to entice the Crappie to bite. Look
for them in 20 to 24 foot of water over isolated brush piles.

The Catfish anglers continue to have fun catching the Catfish in 22 to 24 foot of
water around old baited trees and isolated brush piles. Minnows are on the top
of the Catfish’s menu but punch bait and jello’ bait is also working.

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.

Yes, its tournament time again. I have two days left to help you get ready for the
Big Bass Splash and several days open to help you to get ready for the Berkley
tournament. Or, If you just want to go Bass fishing give us a call at (903) 413-6919
or E-mail 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 Weather Forecast



Hi: 75

Tuesday Night


Lo: 53



Hi: 84

Wednesday Night


Lo: 57


Mostly Sunny

Hi: 79

Thursday Night

Mostly Clear

Lo: 53


Mostly Sunny

Hi: 72

Friday Night

Mostly Clear

Lo: 52

Lake Fork Water Level (last 30 days)

Water Level on 9/30: 401.44 (-1.56)

Lake Fork Fishing Report from TPWD (Sep. 23)

GOOD. Water lightly stained; 80 degrees; 1.58 low. Largemouth bass are fair on slow-moving finesse worms and jigs near standing flooded timber, points, and drop-offs. White and yellow bass are fair in deeper water with slabs and jigging spoons. Crappie are slow on minnows in 18-25’ in brush piles and standing timber. Catfish are good on punch bait in 12-24’.