Lake Fork

Because Life is Better at the Lake

Lake Fork Fishing Report for June 4, 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.

The summer heat is here to stay now. The water temperatures are in the mid 80’s and the water clarity is getting better every day all over the lake. The Bass fishing was very good this week with numerous good Bass being caught by everybody. We caught good numbers of Bass on the Strike King KVD Gizzard Shad 1.5 crankbait. The better fish this week came on the ¾-ounce brown/black/orange jig in 12 to 22 foot of water on main lake humps. We used Buddy’s Custom Baits watermelon red Boss Hog as trailers on our jigs. When the bass got contrary, we went to the Carolina rig, still on main lake humps. We continued to use Buddy’s Custom Baits watermelon red Boss Hog as our primary bait on our Carolina rigs. One rig that I have not talked about for the last few weeks is the split shot rig. I pulled it out this week and put a watermelon red Lake Fork Trophy Lures 5 inch Hyper Stick on it and fished it along the side of the duckweed in the creeks. It works!

The Crappie fishing was good this week. We continued to use a white with orange tail Crappie jigs in 22 to 24 foot of water. The Crappie are stacked over tops of brush piles.

The White Bass continue to put on a show in 22 to 24 foot of water. Joe Spaits chrome with silver fish scales and chrome with chartreuse flutter spoons are the best baits to catch them with. The best technique to use the Joe Spaits spoon is to swim the spoon close to the bottom.
The Catfish fishing was also good this week. The Catfish are being caught in 24 to 28 foot around isolated trees. Punch bait is the bait of choice this week.
On our equipment list this week is our Ranger Z520c powered by a Mercury 250 Pro XS, Lowrance electronics, Duckett rods, ABU Garcia reels, Stren line, Eagle Claw hooks, Buddy’s Custom Baits, Strike King hard baits, and Lake Fork Trophy Lures.

We will be at the Longview Boat Show, the 8,9,10 June, for the Summer Boat Show. It is located at the Cobb Center, Longview TX. I will be available to answer any questions on Lake Fork, Ranger boats or Mercury motors. I will be located in the Nichols Marine booth. Stay hydrated and have a safe fishing week.

Tell us what you think!

Best Western - Emory TX Lake Fork

Lake Fork Email Updates


Visit our Lake Fork Sponsors!

Lake Fork Current Weather Alerts

There are no active watches, warnings or advisories.


Lake Fork Weather Forecast


Slight Chance Thunderstorms

Hi: 85

Monday Night

Patchy Fog

Lo: 70


Slight Chance Thunderstorms

Hi: 89

Tuesday Night

Slight Chance Thunderstorms

Lo: 70


Chance Thunderstorms

Hi: 83

Wednesday Night

Slight Chance Thunderstorms

Lo: 65


Slight Chance Thunderstorms

Hi: 83

Thursday Night

Partly Cloudy

Lo: 66

Lake Fork Water Level (last 30 days)

Water Level on 9/24: 401.11 (-1.89)

Lake Fork Fishing Report from TPWD (Sep. 19)

Water lightly stained; 81–85 degrees; 2.36’ low. Black bass are slow on Carolina rigged creature baits, flutter spoons, football jigs and deep diving crankbaits. White and yellow bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs on brush piles and bridges. Catfish are fair on trotlines.