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Lake Fork Fishing Report for October 21, 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 good fishing week here at Lake Fork, TX. The water temperatures are 70 to 72 degrees and the water clarity is lightly stained in the main lake to stained in the upper creeks. The Bass have started to move in shallow and set up on fall patterns. The wacky worm and the rattletrap were the best patterns this week. We used a Zoom green pumpkin magic Trick worm rigged wacky style with a nail in the head. Do not forget to dye the tail chartreuse! We found that the chrome and black rattletrap worked well all day long. We saw several schooling fish throughout the day, so keep the rattletrap handy. The Strike King KVD 1.5 is also a good bait to go to when the Bass are schooling on the top. The Gizzard shad pattern is the best pattern to use this time of year.

The Crappie fishing was good this week. The Crappie have moved up to 8 to 14 foot of water and are eating small minnows. I would recommend a Bubba’s Bait white with orange tail Crappie jig tipped with a minnow to catch some nice Crappies.

The White Bass have gone on strike this week. We have found that a Bubba’s Bait 1/8-ounce White Crappie Jig, tipped with a minnow is the best way to catch them. They are in 16 to 18 foot of water around creek bends. You might look for them around both 515 bridges also.
The Catfish fishing also slowed down this week. What few that were caught were caught in 22 to 24 foot of water using punch bait. Do not forget to bait your trees.

On our equipment list this week is our Ranger 520c powered by a Mercury 250 Pro XS from Nichols Marine in Longview, TX, Duckett rods, Lew’s reels, Stren line, Bubba’s Bait Crappie jigs, Buddy’s Custom baits from here at Lake Fork, Zoom soft plastics and Strike King hard baits.

Here at J & M Guide Service we are taking reservations for fall fishing here at Lake Fork. Give us a call at (903) 413-6919 or E-mail us at Have a safe fishing week, be courteous to your fellow angler, and guide.

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Lake Fork Weather Forecast


Mostly Sunny

Hi: 68

Monday Night


Lo: 44



Hi: 74

Tuesday Night

Partly Cloudy

Lo: 53


Slight Chance Rain Showers

Hi: 74

Wednesday Night

Chance Rain Showers

Lo: 63


Rain Showers Likely

Hi: 72

Thursday Night

Rain Showers Likely

Lo: 52

Lake Fork Water Level (last 30 days)

Water Level on 11/18: 400.94 (-2.06)

Lake Fork Fishing Report from TPWD (Nov. 13)

GOOD. Water stained; 59-64 degrees; 1.91’ low. Largemouth bass are good on plastic worms, caterpillars, and Alabama rigs with the known points and among standing timber. White and yellow bass are good on Alabama Rigs. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows in the stumps or man-made structures. Catfish are good on prepared bait and cut bait.