Lake Fork

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Lake Fork Fishing Report for May 26, 2019

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 great week on beautiful Lake Fork this week. The water is stained over most of the lake and the water temperatures are in the upper 70’s. The Bass fishing was very good this week. Several techniques are working such as medium running crankbaits, Carolina rigs, wacky rigs, and even the good ole Texas rigged worm. This week we used a sexy shad Strike King XD 8 on main lake points early in the mornings while the Bass are active and putting on the feedbag. As the day went on, we relied on the Carolina rigged Zoom California 420 Baby Brush Hog. I found that the best water depth to fish the Carolina rig was 18 to 22 foot of water on main lake points that have old timber on the side of the points. As the day went and we ventured back into the creeks we went to a Texas rigged Zoom California 420 Mag II worm with the tail dyed chartreuse. We found that creek sub points were the best place to pick up good quality fish. One thing you have to do is work the Texas Rig, really slow. You cannot work the worm slow enough!
The Crappie anglers were having good success with Bubba’s baits Crappie jigs. The Crappie have moved out into the deeper water. The Crappie are being caught in 22 to 24 foot of water over isolated brush piles and around the main lake bridges. I found that the straight chartreuse Crappie jig worked the best. When the Crappie get stubborn tip the jig with a minnow!

The White Bass have gone crazy this week. They are stacked up on main lake humps and sharp creek bends. I found the best way to catch the White Bass this week was to use Joe Spaits chrome and chartreuse Flashtail ½ ounce jigging spoon. Have fun!
The catfish anglers struggled this week. What few catfish that were caught were caught on punch bait in 18 to 22 foot of water. There are still a few in the shallow water spawning.

On our equipment list, this week is our Ranger Z520c powered by Mercury 250 Pro XS, Lowrance electronics, Duckett rods, ABU Garcia reels, Stren line, Strike King hard baits and Zoom soft plastics.

Here at J & M Guide Service we have a few dates open in June to help you get ready for the Skeeter Bass Tournament. Give us a call at (903) 413-6919 or E-mail us at Have a safe fishing week and be courteous to your fellow anglers and guides.

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Lake Fork Weather Forecast

Martin Luther King Jr Day


Hi: 53

Monday Night

Mostly Clear

Lo: 30


Partly Sunny

Hi: 50

Tuesday Night

Chance Rain Showers

Lo: 36



Hi: 45

Wednesday Night

Rain Showers

Lo: 42


Rain Showers Likely

Hi: 54

Thursday Night

Partly Cloudy

Lo: 38

Lake Fork Water Level (last 30 days)

Water Level on 1/21: 401.29 (-1.71)

Lake Fork Fishing Report from TPWD (Jan. 15)

FAIR TO GOOD. Water stained; 50-54 degrees; 2.03’ low. Largemouth bass are good on crankbaits in 2-8 feet of water. In Lake Fork tradition, there have been several over 10lb largemouth caught in recent weeks. White and yellow bass are fair on Alabama Rigs around timber. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows around any structure. Catfish are fair on prepared bait and cut bait.