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Lake Fork Fishing Report for May 13, 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.

It is getting warm here a beautiful Lake Fork. The water temperatures are in the mid to upper 70’s. The water clarity is still stained in the upper creeks and clearing up in the main lake. The Bass fishing just gets better every day. The Carolina rig was the best way to catch them this week. The best water depth to catch the Bass was 8 to 18 foot of water. We used the watermelon/candy/red Buddy’s Custom Baits Boss Hog and dyed the tails chartreuse. Let us talk about the differences between the differences between the Zoom Baby Brush Hog and Buddy’s Custom Baits Boss Hog. The big difference is four ribs in the middle of the body of the bait. What the four ribs do is “move more disturbed water over the aft portion of the bait creates bubbles when the bait is moved”. That little difference in the bait makes all the differences when the Bass bite is slow. The other way we caught some really nice Bass is by using Buddy’s Custom Baits Stick O. We continue rig the bait wacky style and put a nail in the head. It works really well around the Duck weed and Hydrilla. By the way, anglers it is time to get out your Texas rig. You might check out Buddy’s Custom Baits rib worm. The action of the tail is fantastic! On our equipment list this week is our Ranger 520c powered by a Mercury 250 Pro XS, Duckett rods, ABU Garcia reels, Stren line, Buddy’s Custom Baits from here at Lake Fork and Strike King Hard baits.

The Crappie fishing slowed down this week. You had to work hard for a good limit of fish before lunch. The best way we found to catch them with a chartreuse and white Crappie jig in 14 to 18 foot over brush piles. When the Crappie fishing gets tough, tip the Crappie jig with a minnow.

The bad thing about fishing over the brush piles in 14 to 18 foot of water is the White Bass are there also. You can catch them until your arm hurts. Have Fun!

The Catfish anglers are starting to have a lot of fun. You can find them in 3 to 6 foot spawning. Minnows were still the bait of choice this week.

Here at J & M Guide Service we are geared up for Post Spawn Bass fishing. Give us a call at (903) 413-6919 or E-mail us at for guided Bass, Crappie and White Bass trips. Have a safe fishing week.

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Lake Fork Weather Forecast


Mostly Cloudy

Hi: 59

Monday Night

Mostly Cloudy

Lo: 42


Mostly Cloudy

Hi: 62

Tuesday Night

Rain Showers Likely

Lo: 51


Chance Rain Showers

Hi: 61

Wednesday Night

Mostly Cloudy

Lo: 47


Chance Rain Showers

Hi: 55

Thursday Night

Mostly Clear

Lo: 37

Lake Fork Water Level (last 30 days)

Water Level on 12/18: 402.86 (-0.14)

Lake Fork Fishing Report from TPWD (Dec. 12)

Water lightly stained; 49–52 degrees; 0.34’ high. Black bass are slow on bladed jigs, Carolina rigged creature baits, and lipless crankbaits. White and yellow bass are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.