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


Partly Sunny

Hi: 90

Tuesday Night

Partly Cloudy

Lo: 73


Slight Chance Rain Showers

Hi: 85

Wednesday Night

Mostly Cloudy

Lo: 74


Partly Sunny

Hi: 90

Thursday Night

Partly Cloudy

Lo: 72


Mostly Sunny

Hi: 92

Friday Night

Mostly Clear

Lo: 73

Lake Fork Water Level (last 30 days)

Water Level on 6/18: 403.26 (+0.26)

Lake Fork

Fishing Report from TPWD (Jun. 12)

GOOD. Water Stained; 76 degrees; 0.36 feet above pool. Bass fishing has been slower this week than last week. Topwaters frogs, Yellow Magics, and spook type baits are fair in and around flooded grass or weeds. Texas rigs and shaky heads flipped at the edge of grass in 2-5 feet are good with creature type baits and beavers. Chatterbaits are good also in front of the shallow grass. Sunny days you can catch fish out to the first break line. Cloudy days fish are best to fish tight to the grass edges. Report by Marc Mitchell, Lake Fork Guide Service. Black bass are good morning and evening with top water frog patterns. Switching mid morning to noon streamers in shad and bream patterns. Report by Guide Alex Guthrie, Fly Fish Fork Guide Service. Lake Fork crappie fishing is getting red hot like the weather this week. Really seeing the black crappie load up in big numbers on lay downs, under docks and on other structures they like in the summer months. Look for those black crappie in 14-22 feet of water mostly. We also are seeing the white crappie loading up on brush piles and those summer time trees they like. Best depths for the white crappie have been 18-26 feet. We are still catching good numbers of crappie on small hand tied jigs and I’m sure small plastics will work as well. Did see some fish on brush piles the last few days that minnows may help with. The channel catfishing is excellent as it always is on Lake Fork. Bait you a hole near timber in 18-25 feet close to a creek channel. Use cattle cubes or sour grain to attract and hold those fish. Trees that have overnight roosting birds are a great place to make your hole. Use any prepared catfish bait of choice to load the boat once you get the fish loading up. You can still find some spawning catfish up shallow around all the new flooded grass, brush or rocks. Lake Fork catfishing continues to be superb on baited holes around roosting trees. Catfish are good in 13-25 feet with prepared bait. You can also bait holes w

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