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Lake Fork Fishing Report for Feb 25, 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 windy week for the most part, here at Lake Fork this week. However, the Bass fishing continues to get better as each day goes by. The water temperatures are in the mid 50’s and the water clarity is stained to muddy depending where in the lake you are fishing. In the upper part of the lake where it was muddy, we went to a black and blue jig and Joe Spaits orange chatter bait. We put a chartreuse Smash Teck swimbait on the chatter bait as a trailer and dyed the tail of the swim bait orange. At the south end of the lake, we used a Zoom watermelon/red fluke with the tail dyed chartreuse rigged on a split shot rig. No matter where you are fishing, you need to fish slow and in 2 to 6 feet of water.

The Crappie fishing continued to be slow. I did notice more and more Crappie are moving into 6 to 8 foot of water. Bubba’s Bait black with a chartreuse tail Crappie jigs tipped with a minnow worked the best. 

This week the White Bass arrived on the scene in 22 foot of water around old brush piles. A Bubba’s Bait black with a chartreuse tail Crappie jig worked the best.

The Catfish anglers had a tuff time again this week. Several small catfish were caught on cut bait in 16 to 18 foot of water on baited holes.

On our equipment list this week is our Ranger 520c powered by a Mercury 250 Pro S, Duckett rods, ABU Garcia reels, Joe Spaits chatter baits, and Zoom soft plastics.

Here at J & M Guide Service we are taking bookings for Bass and Crappie trips for March, April and May for the Spawn. Give us a call at (903) 413-6919 or E-mail us at Have a great fishing week.

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Lake Fork Weather Forecast


Mostly Sunny

Hi: 69

Tuesday Night


Lo: 46


Mostly Sunny

Hi: 72

Wednesday Night

Mostly Clear

Lo: 50


Partly Sunny

Hi: 73

Thursday Night

Mostly Cloudy

Lo: 57


Chance Thunderstorms

Hi: 74

Friday Night

Chance Thunderstorms

Lo: 52

Lake Fork Water Level (last 30 days)

Water Level on 3/26: 402.81 (-0.19)

Lake Fork Fishing Report from TPWD (Mar. 20)

Water lightly stained; 57–60 degrees; 0.24’ low. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged craws, weightless Senkos and bladed jigs. White and yellow bass are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.