Lake Fork Fishing Report for March 28 2012

The last seven days were cold, windy, with a few thunder storms thrown in for good measures. We saw water temperatures drop from 61 degrees to 54 degrees. The water in the north part of the lake is stained, but in the south end was good and clear. Fishing was fair to good all over the lake. We continued to catch fish on the split shot rig using the Lake Fork Trophy Lures Hyper Stick. The color of choice was green pumpkin/red. When the water started cooling off and the fish started backing out, we used a watermelon/red Zoom Brush Hog rigged with a 4/0 Eagle Claw LO45 hook and a South Bend 3/16 bullet weight, Texas style. We found our better fish in 6 to 8 feet of water, right next to stumps. This next week with the water temperatures returning to 60+ degrees you need to move back to the one to three foot of water. The fish will return back to beds and continue to spawn. The Crappie fishermen are continuing to have a great time. The Crappie are still in 3 to 5 feet of water around stumps and trash piles. You need to put that bait (minnows) right next to the stumps for success. If you are two feet away you will not be successful. The White Bass are still moving up the creeks getting ready to spawn. There bait of choice has changed from jigging spoons to minnows. The more lively the minnow the better the bite! You will find them in small bays in the creeks, and they like 3 to 4 foot of water. The Catfish slowed down this week with the falling water temperatures. The better Catfish continued to come out of 16 to 18 feet of water on Punch bait. It looks like minnows are in most of the fish's diet right now. Lake Fork Marina has a good supply of lively minnows and make sure you pick up a snack for yourself. I got a chance to look over the new Ranger 520c in great detail this week. The layout and the quality are beyond reproach. The layout featured newly designed consoles, new storage compartment layout, adjustable driver's seat and much more. You need to look at this boat, "WOW"! With all of that being said, you need to get down to Nichols Marine in Longview, TX and see the new Ranger 520c. They have a great inventory of Rangers to select from. Oh yes, they have a five star service department. As I said the Bass spawn is still on. We are taking bookings for the month of April. So, give us a call Toll Free: 1-888-454-7037 and enjoy beautiful Lake Fork, TX. J & M Guide Service John Morris

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Lake Fork Weather Forecast


Mostly Cloudy

Hi: 62

Saturday Night

Mostly Clear

Lo: 39


Mostly Sunny

Hi: 66

Sunday Night


Lo: 39



Hi: 59

Monday Night


Lo: 38



Hi: 65

Tuesday Night

Mostly Clear

Lo: 39

Lake Fork Water Level (last 30 days)

Water Level on 12/2: 400.84 (-2.16)

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Fishing Report from TPWD (Nov. 29)

GOOD. Water Stained; 50 degrees; 2.26 feet below pool. Bass fishing has slowed after the recent cold fronts and you need to be very slow in your approach. Squarebill crankbaits and rattletraps are fair in 3-5 feet of water along the edge of grass. Texas rigs and Carolina rigs are best along the edge of grass as well in 3-7 feet of water. Suspending jerkbaits is starting to work as the water temperatures decline. Report by Marc Mitchell, Lake Fork Guide Service. Fall weather has arrived so fish will start to prepare for cold weather. Black bass are moving deep for the winter. Cast clousers, ned rigs, and large worm patterns in flooded tree tops near creeks and deep water ledges. Crappie are moving out to the open water in 30 plus feet of water biting small jig patterns. Report by Guide Alex Guthrie, Fly Fish Fork Guide Service. The crappie fishing on Lake Fork continues to be as good as ever. Look for fish in big numbers moving as they head toward the deep water winter pattern. Look for timber along main lake creek channels in 28-40 feet right now for numbers of fish and some big fish mixed in. Minnows will work well but they are biting small hand tied jigs and larger plastic baits as well now that the surface water temps have dropped. We are still seeing some fish on brush and lay downs from time to time. Bridged have been up and down the last few weeks but they can be worth checking out for numbers of black crappie. Report by Jacky Wiggins, Jacky Wiggins Guide Service.

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