Lake Fork Fishing Report - January 28, 2013

February is almost here, and the big bass water temps are on the move. Water temps are in the 50-56 degree range as of this writing, and Lake Fork's water level is sitting at 398.80 or 4.20 ft below full pool. Water clarity is stained throughout most of the lake with visibility of about a foot or two in most of the creeks, and a little less in others. With the warmer water temps, the jig bite seems to have slowed down a little bit for me. That doesn't mean you can't (or don't want to) throw a jig right now and catch some fish. A black/blue Santone jig with LFT Hyper Freak is still probably the best way to catch a trophy bass right now, and that will continue to be the case for the next few weeks. With the warmer water, we're seeing more and more fish pulling up on the flats, secondary points, and main lake points that are adjacent to deeper water. When that happens, there's probably no better way to catch 'em than a lipless crankbait. Various brands and colors will work, and you will find that some days a red Xcalibur will be the ticket, and the next day, a chartreuse Strike King will work better. The best thing to do is have a couple different rods rigged with different brands and/or colors, and see which one will work better for you on that particular day. Vary your retrieve by speeding up and slowing down your lure in order to entice reaction strikes. If you're in a location that has some grass, be sure to let your bait tick the top of the grass. This time of year, you need to cover lots of water while still being very thorough. Being a cold-blooded creature, a bass's strikezone is pretty small. If you catch one, there's a good chance that there are several in that area, and it may take several casts to get close enough to the fish that she will react to it and/or eat your lure. I hope this report helps you on your next trip to Lake Fork. So far, Lake Fork is off to a very good start for 2013, and I'm excited about the upcoming spring season here on Lake Fork. If you have any questions or would like to book a trip, please check out my website at

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Lake Fork Weather Forecast


Partly Sunny

Hi: 89

Wednesday Night


Lo: 68



Hi: 90

Thursday Night


Lo: 68



Hi: 92

Friday Night


Lo: 69


Mostly Sunny

Hi: 94

Saturday Night

Mostly Clear

Lo: 73

Lake Fork Water Level (last 30 days)

Water Level on 6/12: 403.36 (+0.36)

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Fishing Report from TPWD (Jun. 5)

GOOD. Water Stained; 76 degrees; 0.86 feet above pool. Lake Fork is high with all the recent rains and gates are open. Bass are good on top waters frogs early in the morning over grass, and Yellow Magics along the edge of the grass Texas rigs and Carolina rigs good around bream beds 3-7 feet. Squarebill crankbaits are good around bream beds 2.5 model bream patterns. Flukes are good on the edge of grass in watermelon candy . Report by Marc Mitchell, Lake Fork Guide Service. Black bass are challenging with constant weather extremes, look for the clearest water you can find. Fish points and main lake cuts. Top waters are working in the shallow grass, streamers are working in the shallow banks 0fished slow. Bream are excellent in the shallows, wooly buggers and small poppers should bring a strike. Report by Guide Alex Guthrie, Fly Fish Fork Guide Service. The crappie fishing on Lake Fork was definitely moving into the steady summer pattern this week. We are still seeing great numbers of black crappie on lay downs and certain trees in 14-28 feet. You can also find black crappie on certain docks and bridges over the next few months. We have been seeing lots of small white crappie on brush piles but some bigger keepers showed up the last few days. These will continue to get better and better over the next few weeks. Focus on brush piles in 14-22 feet for the best fish. Some summer time trees are also holding white crappie and that will also get better over the next few weeks. Minnows are working well and small hand tied jigs in neutral colors are working just as well when you pitch and swim them over fish. Soft plastics will also get you a bite. The channel catfishing is excellent as it always is on Lake Fork. Bait you a hole near timber in 18-25 feet close to a creek channel. Use cattle cubes or sour grain to attract and hold those fish. Trees that have overnight roosting birds are a great place to make your hole. Use any prepared catfish bait of choice to load the boat o

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