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Lake Fork Fishing Report for October 21, 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 was a rainy, windy and cold week here at Lake Fork this week. We received more than 8 inches of rain and the lake level is now within 4 inches of full pool and still rising. Needless to say, the water clarity is stained and the water temperatures have dropped to the low 70’s. With that being said, the Bass have moved to the back of the creeks and are starting to feed. That means little crankbait and Zoom fluke time here at Lake Fork. With the water being stained, we went to a watermelon/red Zoom fluke and dyed the tails of the fluke’s chartreuse. We fished the fluke on a split shot rig to keep the fluke just above the Hydrilla. Use a slight twitching motion with your rod tip. Naturally, the Strike King KVD 1.5 crankbait also work well. We did however change to the chartreuse color on our crankbait.

The Crappie fishing was slow this week due to the weather. Minnow’s were the best bait for the Crappie’s. They are still in 18 to 20 foot of water over isolated brush piles.

The White Bass went back on their diet this week. They were in 22 to 24 foot of water and minnows were the best bait to catch them. It will not be long until the White Bass will be moving up the creeks to feed for the winter. Keep an eye out for them.

The Catfish fishing was also very slow this week. They have moved up into the 16 to 18 foot of water around creek bend old trees. Punch bait is the best bait to catch them.

On our Equipment list this week is our Ranger Z520c powered by a Mercury 250 Pro XS, Duckett rods, ABU Garcia reels, Stren line, Eagle Claw hooks, Zoom soft plastics and Strike King hard baits.

Now that the cool weather has moved back in the Bass fishing will pick up. We now have openings for guided Bass trips in December. Give us a call at (903) 413-6919 or E-mail us at Have a safe fishing week.

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Chance Thunderstorms

Hi: 84

Monday Night

Partly Cloudy

Lo: 70


Mostly Cloudy

Hi: 89

Tuesday Night

Slight Chance Thunderstorms

Lo: 73


Slight Chance Thunderstorms

Hi: 91

Wednesday Night

Chance Thunderstorms

Lo: 74


Partly Sunny

Hi: 93

Thursday Night

Mostly Clear

Lo: 76

Lake Fork Water Level (last 30 days)

Water Level on 6/18: 403.18 (+0.18)

Lake Fork Fishing Report from TPWD (Jun. 13)

Water lightly stained; 78–83 degrees; 0.11’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged creature baits, flutter spoons and deep diving crankbaits. White and yellow bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.