"If I wait on the wind, I'll never get to fish"




There are certain things you shouldn’t do in the wind and sometimes that includes fishing.

A friend of mine told me today that he’s been waiting for the wind to lighten up so he could go catfishing in his boat, he then said, “If I wait on the wind, I’ll never get to fish”. Springtime in Texas is always windy and often the winds bring storms with them. Depending on the body of water you’re fishing and the direction of the wind, you could be in for a fight or in for the day. Wind can be a help or a hindrance, it will make you dance on the bow of your boat and give you a rough wet ride back to the dock.

Like anyone that has spent much time on the water, I have a zillion wind stories, stories of surviving it and stories of using it to find feeding fish.

Windy days are hard on your equipment, your boat, and your ability to maintain a good attitude. Frustrating to say the least, a backlash caused by an unexpected gust of wind, a swim in the lake caused from bumping a stump, or a dead trolling motor battery from running it full blast all morning can bring out a case of frustration and bad attitude.

My home lake was created with the dam on the south end of the impoundment, a south wind makes the north end hard to fish and a north wind makes the whole lake hard to fish. Whether it’s from north, south, east, or west the wind never seems to blow in the right direction. When the weather forecast is for a 10-mph wind from the north it’s probably at least 15-17 by the time it gets to the south, so knowing how to navigate safely to an out of the wind cove is usually your best bet. Of course, you’ll have a lot of company when you get there.

Safety should be your foremost concern for you and your passengers. Learning how tac in the wind, trusting your boat in rough waters, making sure your boat is in tip top running condition and requiring that everyone wear a PFD when the big motor is running is just the start. Leave an itinerary with someone on shore, even if it’s a fishing buddy, “We’re going to Caney Creek”, could easily save your life if you are unable to return or communicate after an incident.

Know your lake hazard’s, 80 % of the trees were left in place when Lake Fork was built and they’re still under the water line. The adage “Out of sight Out of mind” gets many people in big trouble when navigating unfamiliar waters. So, when in doubt, slow down and be cautious.

Be aware of the weather. How many times have I gone out on a calm morning only to be faced with a crushing wind to get back? I’ve watched thunderstorms pass me on one side only to blow around and on top of me 10 minutes later. Lightening is your worst enemy on the water, don’t hesitate to beach your boat and seek shelter.  Many empty boat houses or boat slips have sheltered me during storms. 




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Lake Fork Weather Forecast

Sunday

Partly Sunny

Hi: 78

Sunday Night

Mostly Cloudy

Lo: 62

Monday

Slight Chance Thunderstorms

Hi: 79

Monday Night

Chance Thunderstorms

Lo: 60

Tuesday

Partly Sunny

Hi: 79

Tuesday Night

Partly Cloudy

Lo: 55

Wednesday

Mostly Cloudy

Hi: 75

Wednesday Night

Chance Rain Showers

Lo: 58


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Fishing Report from TPWD (Feb. 28)

GOOD. Water Stained; 61 degrees; 0.24 feet below pool. Bass are all over the place with a good shallow bite and nice catches offshore fish utilizing live scope. Shallow fish are best on moving baits like chatterbaits and spinnerbaits and some minus ones in 1-3 feet. Edge of grass in 1-4 feet of water is still producing with ViperXP Jigs and Texas rigged creature baits. Grass in 1-4 ft best . Wacky rigs are good near edge of grass. Water temp is 56-66 depending on your location. Murky east and west but clear in the mid lake areas. Report by Marc Mitchell, Lake Fork Guide Service. Bass are in the shallows working streamers are working in 1-8 feet. Clousers should produce good results around structure. Crappie will be moving towards the banks, small patterns like wooly buggers are a good bet. Bream will also move to warmer water, a wooly bugger would be a good choice. Report by Guide Alex Guthrie, Fly Fish Fork Guide Service. The crappie on Lake Fork are spread out all over the different depths on the lake right now. You can still catch some fish out deep in 50 plus feet of water, you can catch fish up in 2 feet of water and all the depth in between. Not seeing huge numbers of fish concentrated in any specific depth yet as these fish are moving towards spawning areas. We have been seeing bigger fish this past week being caught like we normally do in the springtime. The bite should get hotter and hotter in less than 20 feet deep areas as water temperature rise over the next few weeks. With tons of rain the last few weeks the water is stained in most areas and muddy way up north close to the runoff and feeder creek areas. Chartreuse hand ties are working well for fish deeper than 25 feet right now and black and chartreuse soft plastics are working well on shallower fish where the water is more stained. Minnows will still work as well. The catfish bite is really good around roosting trees on the north ends of the lake. Timber in 13-18 feet is best and look for the birds

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