Video - Lake Fork Bass Fishing Report - How to Fish Crankbaits and Bass Fishing Line Size Tips

The recent warming trend has many bass here at Lake Fork starting to move off of the main lake and head towards the flats where they will soon start spawning. These heavy bass are using creek channels, points, roadbeds, and boat docks as staging/feeding areas. One of my favorite techniques during this time of year is crankbait fishing in both shallow and deep water. Watch my below video to see what line size I like to use for cold water crankbait fishing. When using lipless 1/4 oz crankbaits and flat cranks like the Flat Crush 75X, I like 10-12 lb fluorocarbon line. This lighter line allows a further cast and helps the baits to get a bit deeper. These two baits are my favorite from Jan to late Feb in 4-6 ft. Cast these on secondary points that are near the front 1/2 of major spawning flats and retrieve with a very slow steady reel. Towards the end of February I will start to throw 1/2 oz lipless crankbaits and Crush 50X squarebills in the same areas but will focus more on standing timber, laydowns and boat docks in 2-4 ft. The best areas will usually have close access to a creek channel with at least 10 ft of water. I like to throw these baits on 15 lb line and will retrieve them with a fast retrieve or stop and go retrieve. These erratic and fast type retrieves help to get a reaction bait from bass that may otherwise ignore the lure. For you deep bass fishing fans, a 300DD on main lake and secondary points, roadbeds, and creek bends can be a great way to catch bass that other anglers overlook. Focus on these areas in 12-16 ft as bass will use them as a stopping point while traveling to and from the spawning flats. In lakes without much cover use 12 lb fluorocarbon line while on lakes with big fish or with heavy cover I like 15-20 lb. Don't forget, if you like this video like my fan page at

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Fishing Report from TPWD (Jun. 5)

GOOD. Water Stained; 76 degrees; 0.86 feet above pool. Lake Fork is high with all the recent rains and gates are open. Bass are good on top waters frogs early in the morning over grass, and Yellow Magics along the edge of the grass Texas rigs and Carolina rigs good around bream beds 3-7 feet. Squarebill crankbaits are good around bream beds 2.5 model bream patterns. Flukes are good on the edge of grass in watermelon candy . Report by Marc Mitchell, Lake Fork Guide Service. Black bass are challenging with constant weather extremes, look for the clearest water you can find. Fish points and main lake cuts. Top waters are working in the shallow grass, streamers are working in the shallow banks 0fished slow. Bream are excellent in the shallows, wooly buggers and small poppers should bring a strike. Report by Guide Alex Guthrie, Fly Fish Fork Guide Service. The crappie fishing on Lake Fork was definitely moving into the steady summer pattern this week. We are still seeing great numbers of black crappie on lay downs and certain trees in 14-28 feet. You can also find black crappie on certain docks and bridges over the next few months. We have been seeing lots of small white crappie on brush piles but some bigger keepers showed up the last few days. These will continue to get better and better over the next few weeks. Focus on brush piles in 14-22 feet for the best fish. Some summer time trees are also holding white crappie and that will also get better over the next few weeks. Minnows are working well and small hand tied jigs in neutral colors are working just as well when you pitch and swim them over fish. Soft plastics will also get you a bite. The channel catfishing is excellent as it always is on Lake Fork. Bait you a hole near timber in 18-25 feet close to a creek channel. Use cattle cubes or sour grain to attract and hold those fish. Trees that have overnight roosting birds are a great place to make your hole. Use any prepared catfish bait of choice to load the boat o

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