Lake Fork

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Lake Fork Fishing Report for April 9, 2017

J & M Guide Service
Professionally fishng for 43 years. Guiding on Lake Fork for 18 years. Sponsored by Nichols Marine, Ranger Boats, Mercury Motors and Lake Fork Trophy Lures.

It was a windy week here at Lake Fork. The water temperatures ranged from 66 to 73 degrees and the water clarity in the upper creeks are still stained. The water in the main lake is lightly stained. The Bass fishing was very good this week with many fish being caught on top water baits and Zoom watermelon/red flukes until about 8:30 AM. The good ole white buzz bait, Chug Bug and the Yellow Magic worked good in the early mornings. After the top water bite was over, we went to the Zoom Fluke on a split shot rig, it worked off and on the rest of the day. When the Fluke bite slows down, go to a Zoom watermelon/red Baby Brush Hog rigged on a ¼-ounce shaky head jig. Make sure you dye the tails of the Baby Brush Hog chartreuse and work it really “slow”. On our equipment list this week, we used Duckett rods, ABU Garcia Orra SX reels, Stren 17 pound test line, Zoom Flukes and Baby Brush Hogs.

The White Bass are still in the back of creeks and spawning. Your best bet to catch them is a minnow rig or a Crappie jig tipped with a minnow. The big females are in 4 to 6 foot of water.

The Crappie anglers are still catching good numbers of Crappies in both shallow and deep water. You can find them in 3 to 4 foot of water or in 11 to 18 foot of water. Small 1/8 ounce white and chartreuse Bubba’s Baits Crappie jigs work the best. Always take a long a ¼ pound of minnows for back up. Make sure you keep your receipt for the minnows.

The good Catfish are being caught in 5 to 8 foot of water using minnows or cut bait. Minnows are working the best. Look for isolated trees and you will find them.

Lake Fork Marina is continuing to get new fishing tackle in every day. They have a great selection of River 2 Sea Whopper Ploppers and for the Crappie anglers they have a good selection of Bubba’s Baits crappie jigs.

Yes the Bass and Crappie Spawn is still on. Here at J & M guide Service we are taking reservations for Guided Bass and Crappie trips. Do not miss out! Give us a call at (903) 413-6919 or E-mail us at . Have a safe fishing week and be a line watcher!

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Lake Fork Water Level (last 30 days)

Water Level on 6/21: 401.89 (-1.11)

Lake Fork Fishing Report from TPWD (Jun. 20)

Water lightly stained to stained; 84–88 degrees; 1.11’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws on creek channels and docks. Football jigs and Carolina rigged Flukes are working as well. White and yellow bass are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows near bridges. Catfish are fair on trotlines.