Lake Fork Fishing Report for April 7, 2013

This week we saw warming air and water temperatures. The water temperatures were 62 to 65 degrees in the creeks and 58 to 62 degrees on the main lake. The Bass were moving in to the main lake sub creeks and getting ready to spawn. We continued to catch Bass on green pumpkin/red flake Lake Fork Trophy Lures 5 inch Hyper Stick. We were using the split shot rig because of the wind. Remember move it very, very slowly. We also began using the Zoom 8" Magnum Lizard in the traditional watermelon red color. One little twist we always use here at Lake Fork is we dyed the tail chartreuse. We used the Texas rig for this application. We also found our most productive water death was 1 to 4 feet. One of the most asked questions I get from clients are what pound test line should I spool my reels up for Lake Fork. Here is my answer; 17 to 20 pound test. In this lake you don't know if the Bass are going to be 2 pounds or 16 pounds. The Crappie fishermen are still having a ball. Numerous 2 to 2 1/2 pound Crappie are being taking on live minnows in three to six feet of water. Again they are right next to stumps. The better Crappie are being taken in that 5 to 6 feet range. The White Bass are in the creeks getting ready to spawn and are eating all the live bait they can eat. Any size of minnows will work. They really like that bait moving. The Catfish picked up this week. Punch bait and cut bait were the two most product baits. The best water deaths to catch the catfish in were 12 to 16 feet. Now keep in mind when the water temperatures gets to 65 degrees the Catfish will also be moving in to spawn. I am really seeing a lot of fishermen running down the lake without their life vest on. Guys and gals please be advised that the lake is down 4 1/2 feet and you cannot see a lot of the stumps. Please be careful and wear those life vest if that big motor is running, "for the life you save, might be yours or a love one". While you are a Lake Fork, make you stop into Lake Fork Marina and pick up your minnows and a snack to go with them. Make sure you check out the great selection of rods and crank baits while you are there. They are a great source of information on what is happening around the lake. We here at J & M Guide Service still have a few open days in May and June for guided fishing trips on beautiful Lake Fork. So give us a call Toll Free: 1-888-454-7037. Have a great fishing week. J & M Guide Service John Morris

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Hi: 62

Saturday Night

Mostly Clear

Lo: 39


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Hi: 66

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Hi: 65

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Lake Fork Water Level (last 30 days)

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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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