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Lake Fork Guide David Vance Fishing Report

David Vance, Professional Lake Fork Fishing Guide
Since Lake Fork opened, David Vance has been a professional guide on this world-famous lake. David Vance's Guide Service is well known across the country, and has been featured on Bassmaster TV, Jimmy Houston Outdoors, The Bass Class with Denny Brauer, Fishing with Orlando Wilson, ESPN Sportsman's Challenge with Lonny Stanley, and ESPN Outdoors.

This October and November has been the toughest I have seen here in a long time. I think mainly because it stayed so warm, and then went to winter overnight and plus all the rain we got in the last few weeks. Whatever the reason, the fall fishing here has not been good at all for Lake Fork standards. Some of the fish we are catching have been shallow; from the mouths of the creeks to the backs of some of them. Most of the fish we have caught shallow have been on Wacky worms. Best colors have been watermelon seed and green pumpkin, also Shad colored shallow running crank baits, lip less crank baits and spinner baits covering a lot of water. Good creeks to try now are Ray Branch, Wolf Creek, Rogers Creek, Running Creek.

Hopefully with December almost here the deep fishing will pick up. Humps, road beds, points, ridges and old pond dams in 15-25+ feet will all hold schools of bass feeding on shad, and bar fish. A Carolina rigged Brush Hog, and a super fluke, 3-4 foot leader and a 3/0 wide gap hook is what I like to use to catch the deeper Bass. Best bait colors for me have been Watermelon seed, Watermelon Red, or Chartreuse pepper. I also like a 1/4 oz. football jig head with a smoking shad fluke. I have good luck catching suspended fish with this bait this time of year, and always have a Jigging Spoon tied on .

Right now, with the fishing being so tough, I am booking trips on Lake Welsh, about an hour east of Lake Fork. Lake Welsh is a power plant lake, and the fishing has been good there. We have been catching 25 to 35 Bass on most trips, so if you would like to get into some good numbers action, Lake Welsh is the place to be.

Wow! This year is almost over, and Spring will be here before you know it! So, if you are thinking about a spring trip, now is the the time to book it. My Spring books up very fast so book early for best available dates. When planning a trip to Lake Fork in the spring, try to come on weekdays, the 2 toughest days to fish this lake,due to weekends tournaments and boat traffic, are Saturday and Sunday. You can reach me on my cell 903-629-5085 Web Site

Good Fishing,
David Vance

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Slight Chance Thunderstorms

Hi: 80

Sunday Night

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Lo: 58


Partly Sunny

Hi: 70

Monday Night

Mostly Clear

Lo: 46


Mostly Sunny

Hi: 69

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Mostly Sunny

Hi: 70

Wednesday Night

Partly Cloudy

Lo: 54

Lake Fork Water Level (last 30 days)

Water Level on 3/24: 402.51 (-0.49)

Lake Fork Fishing Report from TPWD (Mar. 20)

Water lightly stained; 57–60 degrees; 0.24’ low. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged craws, weightless Senkos and bladed jigs. White and yellow bass are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.