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Lake Fork Fishing Report for August 4, 2019

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 truly hot week here at Lake Fork this week. The water temperatures are in the lower 90’s and the water clarity is getting better every day. As you might have guessed, the Bass fishing has slow down due to the warm water temperatures. However, there are a few really nice fishing being caught in 12 to 15 foot of water on a plum Zoom Ole Monster worm rigged on a ¾ - ounce shaky head jig. The drop shot rig has also been working this week. We used the Zoom tomato finesse worm on the drop shot rig in 22 to 24 foot of water on top of isolated brush piles.

The Crappie fishing was fare this week. The Bubba’s Bait 1/8 ounce white with orange tail Crappie jig worked well tipped with a minnow. We fished it in 22 to 24 foot of water over the brush piles. The bridge fishing was slow this week.

Even the White Bass fishing slowed down this week. We continued to use Joe Spaits chrome and chartreuse 1/2 –ounce Flashtail jig in 26 to 30 foot of water to catch the White Bass.

The only bright spot of fishing this week was the Catfish fishing. They were being caught in 18 to 20 foot of water around old timber by using punch bait. The Catfish anglers that were having the best luck were baiting their trees. 

On our equipment list, this week was our Ranger Z520c powered by a Mercury 250 Pro XS form Nichols Marine in Longview, TX, Duckett rods, ABU Garcia reels, Stren line, Buddy’s Custom Baits from here at Lake Fork, Zoom soft plastics and Strike King hard baits.
Here at J & M Guide Service we are taking reservations for guided Bass trips to help you get ready for the Big Bass Splash and Berkley Bass 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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Lake Fork Water Level (last 30 days)

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Lake Fork Fishing Report from TPWD (Feb. 19)

FAIR. Water stained; 51-52 degrees; 0.05’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on crankbaits and chatter baits in warmer water in creeks. Pre-spawn bass activity near creeks and brush near the shoreline. White and yellow bass are fair in deep water under bait schools. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows around structure 20-30’. Catfish are fair on prepared bait and cut bait.