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Lake Fork Fishing Report for August 7, 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 another hot week here at Lake Fork. Thee water temperatures stayed in the lower to middle 90’s and the water clarity is getting better every day. The Bass fishing was fair. You really had to work for the Bass using spoons and wacky worms to cover the complete water column. The Joe Spaits chrome and chartreuse flutter took the honors for best bait this week. We fished it in 22 to 24 foot of water on main lake humps and creek bends. Once more, you have to keep the spoon close to the bottom in the strike zone. When fishing really slows down go to a Zoom chartreuse/pumpkin Trick Worm rigged wacky style around docks and isolated stumps in 4 to 6 feet of water. The more isolated the dock is and the older the dock is, the more fish you will find around it. The shady side of the dock is best side to fish. Our equipment list this week is pretty short. We use our Ranger 520c powered by a Mercury 250 Pro XS, Joe Spaits Flutter Spoon, Zoom Trick worms, Duckett Rods and ABU Garcia Orra SX reels.

The White Bass were biting extremely well this week. You can find them in 28 to 30 foot of water and you can catch them on A Joe Spaits chrome and chartreuse flutter spoon. You want to swim the spoon about three to four feet off the bottom for the best results. Have fun!

The Crappie fishing this week was fair to good. We used white with an orange tail Bubba’s Bait 1/8 ounce Crappie jig tipped with a small minnow. They were on the 515 bridges this week in 26 to 28 foot of water.

The Catfish were eating well this week. The best time to catch them is 7:30 to 9:30 in the mornings around isolated trees. Jell-O bait was at the top of their menu this week. The best water depth to catch them is 28 foot.
While you are at Lake Fork, make sure you stop into Lake Fork Marina and pick up several Joe Spaits Spoons. You will thank yourself!

Here at J & M Guide Service we still have a few open days in August for guided Bass, White Bass and Crappie trips. Give us a call at (903) 413-6919 or E-mail us at . Stay hydrated and keep the spoon in the strike zone.

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Lake Fork Weather Forecast



Hi: 100

Tuesday Night

Chance Thunderstorms

Lo: 76



Hi: 100

Wednesday Night

Partly Cloudy

Lo: 78



Hi: 102

Thursday Night

Mostly Clear

Lo: 78



Hi: 101

Friday Night

Mostly Clear

Lo: 78

Lake Fork Water Level (last 30 days)

Water Level on 7/17: 401.49 (-1.51)

Lake Fork Fishing Report from TPWD (Jul. 11)

Water lightly stained; 87–89 degrees; 1.36’ low. Black bass are good on Magnum shakyheads, football jigs and Carolina rigged Flukes. White and yellow bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.