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Lake Fork Fishing Report for August 11, 2018

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 another warm week here at beautiful Lake Fork, Texas. Due to the Southwest winds, this week the water clarity was just a little stained. The Bass fishing was slow this week with most of the fish being caught just at daylight to 6:30 or early in the evenings until dark. The best early bite was on a Strike King Square Bill Crankbait in the gizzard shad pattern early in the morning. After the crankbait bite quit we had to go to a drop shot rig and use a Zoom finesse worm in the tomato color. The best depth for the drop shot rig was 22 to 24 foot over isolated brush piles. One other way you can catch the Bass is look for them in 12 to 14 foot of water around timberlines and use a Zoom Ole Monster worm in the red shad color. You have to fish it very slowly!

The Crappie fishing was fare this week. They are located in 24 foot of water suspended over isolated brush piles. We used Bubba’s Bait 1/8-ounce chartreuse crappie jigs tipped with a minnow. Do not move the bait very much. In other words dead stick it!

The White Bass have gone back on a diet this week. The can be found in 30 to 32 foot of water around the 515 bridges. The Joe Spaits chrome Flash Tail jigging spoon was a good bait to catch them with. You do not have to jig it very much; just a very small jigging motion works.

The Catfish are located in 28 to 30 foot water, around old trees. Punch bait was on the top of their menu. Make sure you bait the trees.
On our equipment list, this week is our Ranger Z520c powered by a Mercury 250 Pro XS, Duckett rods, ABU Garcia reels, Stren line, Bubba’s Bait Crappie jigs, Zoom soft plastics and Strike King Hard baits.

The major tournament time of the year is almost here at Lake Fork. I have a few openings for guided Bass trips to help you get ready for the Big bass Splash and Berkley Tournaments. Give us a call at (903) 413-6919 or E-mail us at Have a safe fishing week and stay hydrated.

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Hi: 82

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Water Level on 5/22: 403.03 (+0.03)

Lake Fork Fishing Report from TPWD (May 15)

Water lightly stained; 74–78 degrees; 0.68’ high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws in flooded brush, wacky worms and hollow body frogs. White and yellow bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.