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Lake Fork Fishing Report for October 9, 2017

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 another beautiful week here at Lake Fork. The water temperatures are still at 82 to 84 degrees and the water clarity is lightly stained. The Bass fishing was good this week. Many small fish were caught and several good slot fish were taken on the wacky worms and shaky head jigs. The Hydrilla is continuing to grow in the back of the creeks, which means the Bass are starting to relate more and more to it. The wacky worm was the best producer around the Hydrilla. We used the Zoom watermelon/red Trick Worm with the tail dyed chartreuse and put a nail in the head of it to get the worm down into the Hydrilla. On the shaky head jig, we used the Zoom watermelon candy red Baby Brush with the tails dyed chartreuse. This was a great bait not only the Hydrilla but around and under docks. The Strike King KVD 1.5 in the gizzard shad pattern continues to be a great bait to use in the early morning from 6:45 to around 8:00. Fish it parallel to the Duckweed and Hydrilla for the best results. It is noted that the Berkley Havoc Bottom Hopper works well on both the shaky head jig and the wacky rig set-up. On our equipment list this week was our Ranger 520c powered by the Mercury 250 Pro XS, Duckett rods, ABU Garcia Orra SX reels, Stren Line, Zoom and Berkley soft plastics and Strike King KVD 1.5 crankbaits.

The White Bass were still hard to come by this week. They are still scattered out on main lake points and at the drop-offs of old roadbeds. With the water temperatures going to fall this week, they should be schooling up more. You can catch them by using Joe Spaits 5-inch chrome flutter spoon. Remember to keep that spoon close to the bottom.

The Crappie anglers had a great time week. Numerous large Crappies were taken on both minnows and 1/8 ounce white with orange tail Bubba’s Bait Crappie jigs. Isolated brush piles in 18 to 22 foot of water were the real ticket.

Catfishing was also very good this week. They were found around isolated trees in 16 to 18 foot of water. Punch and Jell-O bait were at the top of the Catfish’s menu. Do not forget to bait the trees the day before.

The Berkley Bass Tournament is just two weeks away. I have three days open for guided Bass trips to help you get ready for the big tournament. Give us a call at (903) 413-6919 or E-mail us at Have a safe fishing week.

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Lake Fork Fishing Report from TPWD (Jun. 20)

Water lightly stained to stained; 84–88 degrees; 1.11’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws on creek channels and docks. Football jigs and Carolina rigged Flukes are working as well. White and yellow bass are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows near bridges. Catfish are fair on trotlines.