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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Chance Rain Showers

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Lake Fork Water Level (last 30 days)

Water Level on 1/29: 397.82 (-5.18)

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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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