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Lake Fork Fishing Report for September 10, 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.

This week welcomed some much-needed rain. The water temperatures dropped to 87 degrees and the water clarity is a little stained. The Bass fishing is still fare at best. The drop shot rig and the Strike King KVD 1.5 crankbait in the gizzard shad pattern are two best ways to catch them. On the drop shot rig, we used basically two baits. One, is the go to Zoom Finesse Worm in the tomato color and the second is the Zoom watermelon magic Super Fluke. The best water depth to fish the drop shot rig is 12 to 22 foot of water on creek bends. We fished the Strike King 1.5 crankbait in 2 to 6 feet of water. Two fish over 10 pounds were caught that way this week. The Carolina rig still produced a few fish this week in 16 to 18 foot of water. We used Bubba’s Custom

Bait Boss Hog in the watermelon red color on our Carolina rigs.
The Crappie fishing was good this week. They can be found in 22 to 24 foot of water over isolated brush piles and the chartreuse Crappie jig is the way to catch them.

The White Bass are still hard to catch. They are in 30 foot if water on ledges and around isolated trees. White and orange Crappie jigs are the best bait to catch them. You can also tip the jig with a minnow, which helps to entice them.
Catfishing was slow this week. They are in 24 foot of water around old trees and stumps. Cut bait was the best bait to use this week. Do not forget to bait the trees.

On our equipment list, this week is our Ranger Z520c powered by a Mercury 250 Pro XS, Duckett rods, ABU Garcia reels, Stren line, VMC hooks, Zoom and

Buddy’s Custom Baits soft plastics, Strike King hard baits.

The Big Bass Splash and the Berkley Bass tournaments are about here. I have a few open dates for guided Bass trips to help you get ready for the tournaments. Give us a call (903) 413-6919 or E-mail us at Have a safe fishing week and be courteous to your fellow angler.

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Hi: 82

Tuesday Night

Partly Cloudy

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Thursday Night

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Lo: 71


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Mostly Clear

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Lake Fork Water Level (last 30 days)

Water Level on 5/22: 403.03 (+0.03)

Lake Fork Fishing Report from TPWD (May 15)

Water lightly stained; 74–78 degrees; 0.68’ high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws in flooded brush, wacky worms and hollow body frogs. White and yellow bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.