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


Mostly Cloudy

Hi: 62

Saturday Night

Mostly Clear

Lo: 39


Mostly Sunny

Hi: 66

Sunday Night


Lo: 39



Hi: 59

Monday Night


Lo: 38



Hi: 65

Tuesday Night

Mostly Clear

Lo: 39

Lake Fork Water Level (last 30 days)

Water Level on 12/2: 400.84 (-2.16)

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Fishing Report from TPWD (Nov. 29)

GOOD. Water Stained; 50 degrees; 2.26 feet below pool. Bass fishing has slowed after the recent cold fronts and you need to be very slow in your approach. Squarebill crankbaits and rattletraps are fair in 3-5 feet of water along the edge of grass. Texas rigs and Carolina rigs are best along the edge of grass as well in 3-7 feet of water. Suspending jerkbaits is starting to work as the water temperatures decline. Report by Marc Mitchell, Lake Fork Guide Service. Fall weather has arrived so fish will start to prepare for cold weather. Black bass are moving deep for the winter. Cast clousers, ned rigs, and large worm patterns in flooded tree tops near creeks and deep water ledges. Crappie are moving out to the open water in 30 plus feet of water biting small jig patterns. Report by Guide Alex Guthrie, Fly Fish Fork Guide Service. The crappie fishing on Lake Fork continues to be as good as ever. Look for fish in big numbers moving as they head toward the deep water winter pattern. Look for timber along main lake creek channels in 28-40 feet right now for numbers of fish and some big fish mixed in. Minnows will work well but they are biting small hand tied jigs and larger plastic baits as well now that the surface water temps have dropped. We are still seeing some fish on brush and lay downs from time to time. Bridged have been up and down the last few weeks but they can be worth checking out for numbers of black crappie. Report by Jacky Wiggins, Jacky Wiggins Guide Service.

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