Lake Fork Fishing Report 2.25.13

Welcome to Lake Fork The lake is a little over 4' low and surface temps are running 51 early to 56 degrees later in the afternoon. Forecast for this coming week is that we will not get out of the 50s. This is not going to help surface temps get any warmer. There are fish that have moved up closer and we have just came up on the full moon which will push more fish forward for the pre spawn. But every year at this time you hear a lot people saying that "their about to get on beds and start spawning" or " we caught some males that were peeing so get ready." The water is to cold folks and it's going to be a while before the annual ritual begins.There are some fish up close looking in a lot of areas but that's about it. Also we have had some time where the water now is cooled throughout so there are a lot of fish shallow and lots of females that have set up in pre stage areas. Here lately the bite has been off and on as far as being real consistant with all the fronts moving in and out. When we find that surface temps are around 58 degrees and stays around there you will see the fish bite much better consistently on a daily basis. Still this is the time to come to Fork and catch a giant! There have been a few over 13, a 15 and 16 caught recently also. We are mostly fishing creek channels and bends 8' to16' early and then fishing on the shallow flats later in the day as the water warms some. Don't under estimate how shallow some of the fish are at any giving time though right now. Some days 1/2 oz jigs in black and blue color best on cloudy days and green pumpkin working a little better on bright days pitching them on the larger wood on the side of the creeks. Other days lighter techniques like drop shot rigs and smaller shaky heads work better. But with the cooler temps coming all this week the jig bite should get a little more consistent as the water cools more. If your fishing the very shallow water rattle traps and spinner-baits or chatter-baits will work on the days with more wind and jigs, drop shots, wacky worms and shaky heads fished VERY SLOW on calmer days. Reds are best on your lip-less and small crankbaits and white and chartreuse working better on you spinner-baits and chatter type baits. Red is always a good drop-shot choice here on fork and green pumpkin with a touch of chartreuse has been good lately on a shaky head. I will also throw black or black with gold flake plastics right now on a few techniques. Right now more important then color is location. When you find a fish or two in a spot go back and fish the same area over again because there is more likely a few more fish close by. You have to remember that their strike zone window is very small right now. They won't move far to get a bait. March is almost here and I think we are going to see some more giants caught throughout the month . I only have a few days left in March but have a lot of good days in April which fish will be spawning in most all areas around the lake and will be some awesome fishing for numbers and size! I hope these tips will help you catch a few more fish. If you need a guide please contact me by email [email protected] or call my cell @972-979-4850.

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Lake Fork Weather Forecast


Partly Sunny

Hi: 90

Tuesday Night

Partly Cloudy

Lo: 73


Slight Chance Rain Showers

Hi: 85

Wednesday Night

Mostly Cloudy

Lo: 74


Partly Sunny

Hi: 90

Thursday Night

Partly Cloudy

Lo: 72


Mostly Sunny

Hi: 92

Friday Night

Mostly Clear

Lo: 73

Lake Fork Water Level (last 30 days)

Water Level on 6/18: 403.26 (+0.26)

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Fishing Report from TPWD (Jun. 12)

GOOD. Water Stained; 76 degrees; 0.36 feet above pool. Bass fishing has been slower this week than last week. Topwaters frogs, Yellow Magics, and spook type baits are fair in and around flooded grass or weeds. Texas rigs and shaky heads flipped at the edge of grass in 2-5 feet are good with creature type baits and beavers. Chatterbaits are good also in front of the shallow grass. Sunny days you can catch fish out to the first break line. Cloudy days fish are best to fish tight to the grass edges. Report by Marc Mitchell, Lake Fork Guide Service. Black bass are good morning and evening with top water frog patterns. Switching mid morning to noon streamers in shad and bream patterns. Report by Guide Alex Guthrie, Fly Fish Fork Guide Service. Lake Fork crappie fishing is getting red hot like the weather this week. Really seeing the black crappie load up in big numbers on lay downs, under docks and on other structures they like in the summer months. Look for those black crappie in 14-22 feet of water mostly. We also are seeing the white crappie loading up on brush piles and those summer time trees they like. Best depths for the white crappie have been 18-26 feet. We are still catching good numbers of crappie on small hand tied jigs and I’m sure small plastics will work as well. Did see some fish on brush piles the last few days that minnows may help with. 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 once you get the fish loading up. You can still find some spawning catfish up shallow around all the new flooded grass, brush or rocks. Lake Fork catfishing continues to be superb on baited holes around roosting trees. Catfish are good in 13-25 feet with prepared bait. You can also bait holes w

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