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Lake Fork Fishing Report for July 14, 2019

by
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 hot and stormy week here at Lake Fork. The water temperatures cooled off two degrees this week because of the bad storm. The water clarity remains stained over most of the lake. However, the water clarity is getting as the weeks go by. The Bass fishing was fare this week due to the north winds and the bad storm we had on Wednesday. This coming week the fishing should pick up as the winds switch from the north to the southwest. The Bass decided to move off shore this week and that means the Carolina rig and the drop shot rig work the best. We continue to use the watermelon/candy/red Buddy’s Custom Baits Boss Hogg on our Carolina rig. It is noted that we dyed the tails of the Boss Hog chartreuse because of the stained water. On the drop shot rig, we used a chartreuse/pumpkin Zoom finesse worm over isolated brush piles in 24 foot of water.


The Crappie fishing remained good this week. With the water clarity remaining stained, we continued to use chartreuse Bubba’s Bait 1/8 ounce crappie jigs tipped with a minnow. The best water depth was 22 foot of water and we fished isolated brush piles.


The White Bass were still in the creeks chasing large balls of shad. We used Strike Kings KVD 1.5 square bill crankbait in the gizzard shad pattern to catch large numbers of the White Bass.


The Catfish went on a diet this week. Catfish anglers struggled to catch good keeper fish. The Catfish anglers resorted to cut bait to catch the few good Catfish that they caught.


On our equipment list this week was our Ranger Z520c from Nichols Marine in Longview, TX, powered by a Mercury 250Pro XS, Duckett rods, ABU Garcia reels, Stren line, Buddy’s Custom Baits from here at Lake Fork TX, Bubba’s Crappie jigs, Zoom soft plastics and Strike King hard baits.


Here at J & M Guide Service, we are taking reservations for guided Bass trips to help you get ready for the Big Bass Splash and the Berkley Bass tournaments. Give us a call at (903) 413-6919 or E-mail us at bassmr@geusnet.com. Have a safe fishing week and stay hydrated.




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Lake Fork Weather Forecast

Monday

Hot

Hi: 100

Monday Night

Mostly Clear

Lo: 77

Tuesday

Hot

Hi: 100

Tuesday Night

Mostly Clear

Lo: 77

Wednesday

Hot

Hi: 101

Wednesday Night

Partly Cloudy

Lo: 77

Thursday

Chance Thunderstorms

Hi: 99

Thursday Night

Slight Chance Thunderstorms

Lo: 77


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Water Level on 8/19: 401.97 (-1.03)



Lake Fork Fishing Report from TPWD (Aug. 14)

Water lightly stained; 87–91 degrees; 0.84’ low. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged creature baits, football jigs and hollow body frogs. White and yellow bass are slow on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait.