Lake Fork

Because Life is Better at the Lake



FROM: J & M Guide Service

DATES: 7 – 13 September 2020

It was a great week to fish Lake Fork. The water temperatures fell 4 degrees to
86. The water clarity remained stained in the upper creeks and a great color for
Bass fishing in the main lake. Needless to say, the Bass fishing is picking up. This
week the Strike King KVD 1.5 in the gizzard color pattern was the best bait to use.
The Bass were feeding on shad all day and that made the KVD 1.5 a great bait of
choice. When the KVD 1.5 crankbait slows down, go find some grass. We fished
the Zoom chartreuse/pumpkin trick worm rigged wacky style in the grass. Don’t
forget to put a nail in the head of the trick worm. One other pattern that worked
is by using a chartreuse/pumpkin Zoom finesse worm rigged on a drop shot rig.
Fish it just outside of the weed lines in 4 to 6 foot of water.

The Crappie bite remained slow this week. What few Crappies that caught were
caught on a minnow rig in 18 to 20 foot of water around isolated brush piles. You
might try a Bubba’s Bait White with an orange tail. It picked up a few!

The Catfish anglers were still having success this week. The 20-foot-deep brush
piles were on fire and the ole fashion minnow rig worked the best. There were
reports that Punch bait was working old isolated trees that were baited.

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.

The Big Bass Splash is here this week, good luck to all. Here at J & M Guide
Service we are looking forward to the Berkley Bass Tournament and of course to
great fall Bass fishing here a Lake Fork. We have several dates open for guided
Bass trips in October, November and December so 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’.