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Lake Fork Fishing Report for July 31, 2017

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.

The weather stayed hot here at Lake Fork this week. The water temperatures remained in the mid 90’s and the water clarity did improve a little this week with the falling lake level. I spent this week with the best 36 young men and women form all over the United States in the ninth annual Lake Fork Bass Camp. They fished with professional guides in the morning and did things like visit the Athens Fish Hatchery, tour Lake Fork Trophy Lures and many more things to broaden their fishing experience in the afternoons. They were the best well-mannered and polite young men and women I have ever had the pleasure sharing a boat with. The Bass fishing was fair this week with the jig, Carolina rig and the Joe Spaits spoon doing most of the work. The peanut butter jelly Santone ½-ounce football jig produced several quality slot fish this week. The Carolina rigged Zoom white fluke was also a good producer of quality fish this week. You had to fish it slow! The best producer of fish, bar none, was the chrome and chartreuse 5 inch Joe Spaits flutter spoon. It caught everything from Bass, to White Bass, to Crappie to Catfish. On our equipment list this week was our Ranger 520C powered by a Mercury 250 Pro XS, Duckett rods, ABU Garcia Orra SX reels, Stren line, Zoom and Lake Fork Trophy Lures soft plastics and Joe Spaits spoons.

The White Bass fishing was very good this week. You can find them in 20 to 30 foot of water off main lake points and sharp creek channel bends. Use Joe Spaits 5 inch chrome and chartreuse flutter spoon. Make sure you keep it close to the bottom on your whole retrieve.

The Crappie was still hungry this week. It is noted we had to change our Crappie jig color to blue with an orange tail. We used Bubba’s Bait 1/8 ounce Crappie jigs in 22 foot of water. Brush piles were the best place to find them.

No Catfish report this week.

While you are at beautiful Lake Fork, make sure you stop in at Lake Fork Marina and check out the tackle shop for all the new products that they have just gotten in such as Strike King Lures, Zoom soft plastics, Duckett rods and ABU Garcia reels.

If you want to learn how to use Joe Spaits Flutter spoon or you want to book a Bass, White Bass or Crappie guided trip, give us a call at (903) 413-6919 or E-mail us at Stay hydrated and have a safe fishing week.

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Lake Fork Weather Forecast



Hi: 100

Tuesday Night

Chance Thunderstorms

Lo: 76



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Wednesday Night

Partly Cloudy

Lo: 78



Hi: 102

Thursday Night

Mostly Clear

Lo: 78



Hi: 101

Friday Night

Mostly Clear

Lo: 78

Lake Fork Water Level (last 30 days)

Water Level on 7/17: 401.49 (-1.51)

Lake Fork Fishing Report from TPWD (Jul. 11)

Water lightly stained; 87–89 degrees; 1.36’ low. Black bass are good on Magnum shakyheads, football jigs and Carolina rigged Flukes. White and yellow bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.