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Lake Fork Fishing Report for July 1, 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.

Thank goodness, for the south and southwest winds this week. The winds kept the air temperatures below 100 degrees and the water temperatures around the 90-degree mark. The water clarity was stained up in the creeks due to the winds every day. The bass fishing was fare this week. Those who have fished with me know that I dislike the drop shot rig. However, this week I had to put down the Carolina rig down and pick the drop shot rig up. We used the Zoom chartreuse pumpkin and the Zoom tomato finesse worms on our drop shot rigs most of the day. The other thing we did is go from 14-pound test Stren to 12-pound test (clear) Stren on our Drop shot rigs. From sunrise to about 7:30, the Strike King KVD 1.5 Gizzard Shad crankbait worked in two to four feet for water around the Duckweed and Hydrilla in the creeks. Look for the Bass in 20 to 26 foot of water after 7:30 in the morning. They are suspended over isolated cover and brush piles. Rely on your electronics!

The Crappie fishing was slow this week. They are in 22 to 24 foot of water over very isolated brush piles. A few Crappies are around the 515 east and west bridges. The preferred bait this week is Bubba’s Baits 1/8 ounce chartreuse Crappie jig tipped with a minnow.

The White Bass have gone on a diet and moved into 30 foot of water. Once you locate them, use Joe Spaits chrome with silver scales 5-inch flutter spoon to catch them. Make sure you swim the flutter spoon close to the bottom.

The Catfish anglers were working hard at catching the Catfish this week. The Catfish are in 23 to 25 foot of water around very isolated trees and over brush piles. Punch bait was at the top of the Catfish’s menu this week.

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

Here at J & M Guide Service, we have a few days open in July and August for Bass guided trips. Give us a call at (903) 413-6919 or E-mail us at Have a great fishing week and stay hydrated.

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Friday Night

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Hi: 69

Saturday Night

Mostly Clear

Lo: 48


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Sunday Night

Partly Cloudy

Lo: 46


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Lake Fork Water Level (last 30 days)

Water Level on 10/19: 402.39 (-0.61)

Lake Fork Fishing Report from TPWD (Oct. 17)

Water lightly stained; 67–71 degrees; 0.89’ low. Black bass are fair on squarebill crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and topwaters. White and yellow bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait.