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Lake Fork Fishing Report for September 1, 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.

Happy Labor Day everyone. It was another hot week here at beautiful Lake Fork. The water temperatures have returned to the lower 90’s but the water clarity is getting better by the day. The Bass fishing is still fair at best. The Carolina rig and the drop shot rig were the best two techniques to use this past week. On the Carolina rig, we used Buddy’s Custom Bait’s watermelon red Boss Hog with chartreuse tails. The Zoom tomato Finesse worm was still the best bait to use on the drop shot rig. One key note is I found that the Bass have moved out of the 22 foot of water into 10 to 12 foot of water around the old timberlines and shallow humps. There are a few Bass being caught in 2 to 5 foot of water in the early morning hours on a Strike King KVD 1.5 rattling crankbait in the gizzard shad pattern.

The Crappie fishing is getting better by the week. The Crappie can be found in 18 to 22 foot of water over isolated brush piles. The good ole fashion minnow rig worked the best this week.

Yes, the White Bass are still on their diet. The White Bass are in 30 foot of water around isolated old trees and brush piles. Minnows are the best bait to catch the White Bass this time of year.

The Catfish anglers worked hard for a few fish this week. Punch bait was the best bait to use this week. The Catfish anglers had the best luck in 28 to 30 foot of water around isolated trees and they baited the trees.

On our equipment list this week was our Z520c Ranger Bass boat powered by a Mercury 250 Pro XS, Minn Kota trolling motors, Lowrance electronics, Duckett rods, ABU Garcia reels, Stren line, Buddy’s Custom Baits form here at Lake Fork, Zoom soft plastics and Strike King hard baits.
The big Bass Splash is just three weeks off. If you need help getting ready for the big tournament give us a call for a guide Bass trip at (903) 413-6919 or E-mail us at Have a safe fishing week and be a line watcher.

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Mostly Sunny

Hi: 47

Sunday Night

Mostly Clear

Lo: 32

Martin Luther King Jr Day

Mostly Sunny

Hi: 59

Monday Night

Slight Chance Rain

Lo: 50


Rain Showers Likely

Hi: 63

Tuesday Night

Chance Rain Showers

Lo: 34


Partly Sunny

Hi: 44

Wednesday Night

Mostly Clear

Lo: 29

Lake Fork Water Level (last 30 days)

Water Level on 1/20: 402.56 (-0.44)

Lake Fork Fishing Report from TPWD (Jan. 16)

Water lightly stained; 48–51 degrees; 0.44’ low. Black bass are slow on bladed jigs, football jigs, and Carolina rigged worms. White and yellow bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs near bridges. Catfish are fair on trotlines.