Lake Fork Fishing Report for February 24, 2013

This week was more of the same "cold water temperatures". Water temperatures ranged from 52.2 to 55.6 degrees all over the lake. With cold nights this week we should expect more of the same. Water clarity is stained, especially in the creeks. Bass fishing was slow, but some fish were being caught. One of the baits that was the most consistent, was the chatter bait. We used a gold blade, chartreuse and white skirt and a chartreuse trailer. The best bite came around wood in three to four feet of water. One more way to catch these cold Bass is by using a suspending jerk bait. I have two favorite jerk baits; one is a Smithwick Suspending Rattlin' Rogue and the other one is the Rapala Suspending Husky Jerk. I like the Rapala jerk bait if the fish are moving in and are in 4 to 5 feet of water. I use the Smithwick in 2 to 4 feet of water. The best color seems to be chrome and black. The Crappie fishing is still slow. Though, a 3.5 pound crappie was weighed in at Lake Fork Marina on Saturday. All the Crappies were caught on small minnows. The best water death was 22 to 26. The White Bass fishing is still really good. The best bait for the White Bass is still Joe's 1/2 Joe's ounce flutter spoon in the Barr fish color. They are now in 24 to 26 feet of water. Lake Fork Marina has plenty of Joe's Flutter Spoons. The Catfish are doing well but have changed their diet this week. Numerous Catfish were caught on punch bait. They were caught in 14 to 18 feet of water. The punch wait was put on a #6 treble hook with a 1/2 ounce sinker. With the water temperatures still in the 50's and Lake Fork has lots of stumps, you have a possibility of falling in. Hypothermia can set in very quickly. Make sure you keep a dry change of clothes in your tow vehicle or in your boat. Oh yes did I mention, wear your life jacket while your big motor is running. While you are at Lake Fork make sure you stop in at Lake Fork Marina for the latest in tackle and say to Ken and Dana. They always have the latest information on what is happening on the lake. We are taking bookings for the Spawn months of March, April and May. So give us a call here a J & M Guide Service, Toll Free: 1-888-454-7037. Have a great fishing week. J & M Guide Service (John Morris) E-mail: [email protected]

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Lake Fork Weather Forecast


Mostly Cloudy

Hi: 62

Saturday Night

Mostly Clear

Lo: 39


Mostly Sunny

Hi: 66

Sunday Night


Lo: 39



Hi: 59

Monday Night


Lo: 38



Hi: 65

Tuesday Night

Mostly Clear

Lo: 39

Lake Fork Water Level (last 30 days)

Water Level on 12/2: 400.84 (-2.16)

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Fishing Report from TPWD (Nov. 29)

GOOD. Water Stained; 50 degrees; 2.26 feet below pool. Bass fishing has slowed after the recent cold fronts and you need to be very slow in your approach. Squarebill crankbaits and rattletraps are fair in 3-5 feet of water along the edge of grass. Texas rigs and Carolina rigs are best along the edge of grass as well in 3-7 feet of water. Suspending jerkbaits is starting to work as the water temperatures decline. Report by Marc Mitchell, Lake Fork Guide Service. Fall weather has arrived so fish will start to prepare for cold weather. Black bass are moving deep for the winter. Cast clousers, ned rigs, and large worm patterns in flooded tree tops near creeks and deep water ledges. Crappie are moving out to the open water in 30 plus feet of water biting small jig patterns. Report by Guide Alex Guthrie, Fly Fish Fork Guide Service. The crappie fishing on Lake Fork continues to be as good as ever. Look for fish in big numbers moving as they head toward the deep water winter pattern. Look for timber along main lake creek channels in 28-40 feet right now for numbers of fish and some big fish mixed in. Minnows will work well but they are biting small hand tied jigs and larger plastic baits as well now that the surface water temps have dropped. We are still seeing some fish on brush and lay downs from time to time. Bridged have been up and down the last few weeks but they can be worth checking out for numbers of black crappie. Report by Jacky Wiggins, Jacky Wiggins Guide Service.

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