Eagles on Lake Fork

This survey by the US Army Corp of Engineers and US Geological Survey in conjunction with the US Fish & Wildlife service known as the Lake Fork Mid-Winter Eagle Survey has been conducted for more than twenty- five years by volunteers.  The Mid-Winter Eagle Survey is held in over 22 standardized areas throughout Texas each year on the second weekend of January.  The 2021 Lake Fork Survey was held this year on Saturday the 9th and Sunday the 10th of January by water and land routes around the Lake Fork Reservoir.  Volunteers for the event gathered at the Oak Ridge Marina which has served as the headquarters for the count for many years.  They were given specific instructions about proper documentation of eagle spotting so that the data collection would be reliable. They conduct the eagle count on the same weekend each year nationwide.

Information gathered during the count is used to determine multiple variables of the eagle’s habitat including environmental effects on nesting locations, number of mature and immature eagles, viability of offspring and comparative population data from previous years. Local growth and development of a particular area and population growth within that area are also used to monitor the habitat availability of an area where eagles are frequently spotted. The results are compiled in a national database.  It is noteworthy to mention that the eagles’ need for a water source causes them to often create their habitat close to area Texas lakes.

This year’s participants traveled from a variety of locations near to and far from Lake Fork. The Audubon Society and the Lake Fork Sportsman’s Association has supported the count since 2001 by volunteering boats for water routes and providing volunteers with information on eagle sightings over the year. 

This year’s survey, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, resulted in fewer volunteers.  However, we received wonderful feedback from the ones who were able to participate. This year the eagles showed up in many areas around the lake as excited observers counted 13 eagles on Saturday. Of those, 8 were mature and 5 were immature.  Our Sunday spotters counted a total of 14 eagles with 8 being mature and 6 being immature. It was an enjoyable and productive weekend.     

Special thanks to the Lake Fork Sportsman’s Association, Oak Ridge Marina, the Audubon Society, master naturalists and all the volunteers for making this year’s eagle count a success.  We are looking forward to the 2022 Eagle Survey and hope that more prospective eagle watchers join in. 

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Fishing Report from TPWD (Apr. 17)

GOOD. Water Stained; 60 degrees; 0.20 feet above pool. Fork has been good with fish in just about every stage of the spawn. Lots of fish are shallow in 1-4 feet with Texas rigs, yum dingers, chatterbaits, flukes, and swim jigs. Offshore bass are good on humps and points in 5-7 feet of water with Carolina rigs with light weights, mid-running crankbaits, and shaky heads. Report by Marc Mitchell, Lake Fork Guide Service. Changing weather means changing bite. First phase bass spawners are now in a post spawn pattern and aggressive. Frog pattern topwaters are excellent in the grass and brush. Casting into the pockets and letting the frog sit for a few seconds is a good idea. Crappies are shallow, small fish patterns like wooly buggers are a good bet. Bream are beginning to make themselves known in the shallows, wooly buggers and small poppers should bring a strike. Report by Guide Alex Guthrie, Fly Fish Fork Guide Service. Crappie are great with some pre-spawn fish, some fish actively spawning and some post spawn. Fish can be found in a few feet of water to 30 feet of water. All crappie on Lake Fork do not go shallow to spawn and we catch fish in 18-20 feet that are spawning on timber. You can also find some fish on brush, lay downs, bridges and docks. It is a very versatile time to catch crappie with multiple patterns. Minnows will work great right now but any crappie baits will catch fish. Try small hand tied jigs and soft plastics. Catfishing is excellent right now on Lake Fork around timber in 12-20 feet. Still seeing loads of fish around roosting trees. Lots of birds in the shallow areas close to the bank in the early mornings chasing shad spawns. The catfish are also up there feeding on shad as well. Use any prepared catfish baits or cut shad on baited holes in the timber. Use a cork with anything a catfish will bite up shallow. Minnows and cut shad will work great on this shallow fish. Report by Jacky Wiggins, Jacky Wiggins Guide Service.

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