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Lake Fork Fishing Report for August 5, 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.

Well, fellow anglers we had a little cool spell this week, it only got into the upper 90’s. ☺ The water temperatures remained in the lower 90’s and the water clarity is good. The Bass fishing was fare at best and the dog days of summer have really set in. The Bass are suspended in 22 to 24 foot of water, over structure on creek channels bend and sharp drops. The drop shot rig worked the best this week. We used the Zoom tomato Finesse worm on the drop shot and dropped our line size to 10- pound clear Stren. The second pattern was using a Strike King XD8 in the Barr Fish pattern. The XD8 dives to the right depth for the suspended Bass. Very few fish were caught on the Carolina rig this week.

The Crappie was also hard to catch this week. You had to go from brush pile to brush pile to catch a good mess of Crappie. Minnows were the best way to catch the Crappie this week. Look for them in 24 foot of water.

The White Bass bite was a little better this week. They are still in 30 foot of water around old structure. Joe Spaits chrome with silver scale pattern flutter spoon was the way to catch them. Swim the spoon slowly and make sure that you keep the spoon close to the bottom in the strike zone.

The Catfish bite slowed down this week. However, several big Catfish were caught this week on punch bait in 26 to 28 foot of water. Fellow anglers do not forget to bait the old trees.

On our equipment list this week was our Ranger Z520c powered by a Mercury 250 Pro XS, Duckett rods, ABU Garcia reels, Stren line, Zoom soft plastics and Strike King hard baits.

The Big Bass splash is coming up on September 21/22/23. I am taking bookings for the three weeks before the Big Bass Splash to help you win some of Bob Sealy’s money at the Big Bass Splash. Give me a call at (903) 413-6919 or E-mail us at Have a great fishing week and stay hydrated.

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Lake Fork Fishing Report from TPWD (Nov. 8)

Water lightly stained; 62–66 degrees; 0.20’ high. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs, Carolina rigged creature baits, and shallow crankbaits. White and yellow bass are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.