March 4, 2014
As usual, February was great for big fish. I haven’t had the time to post pictures as often but it was a good month. A few of the fish pictured were caught in the last two days, but the rest are from the past couple weeks. We caught big fish as deep as 40′ suspended, and some as shallow as 3′. Numbers have been low, but heck, my numbers are almost always on the low side this time of year. Fortunately, we often get a big one that makes the day.
It looks like another severe cold front is coming in, and that’s right down my alley. It will position the fish in the deepest water nearby. They wont bite as good, but at least I’ll know where they’re at. It seems like the biggest fish come on the worst days weather-wise this time of year, so I never let the weather bother me as long as its safe.
Right now, I’m catching fish in 3-10′ on structure near spawning areas. Moving baits have been most productive, but on some days we have to slow down with a shaky head or an M-Pack Lures jig.
March 4, 2014
February 22, 2014
LAKE FORK WEEKLY FISHING REPORT
FROM: J & M Guide Service
DATE: 15 – 21 February 2014
Well the boat shows are over and it was time for me to get back to work. This week we saw the air and water temperatures start to rise. The water temperatures climbed into the mid to upper 50’s and the Bass started to bite. They were chasing red Rattle Traps and chartreuse and white spinner baits and chatter baits. A few good fish were being caught on black and blue jigs with a black and blue craw used as a trailer. We found our better fish on creek and ditch edges in 3 to 10 feet of water. The other tip is that grass was near the edges of the ditches. If you are using Rattles out of the box, please stop right now! Two things you need to do; one, take the hooks off and throw them as far as you can and buy good quality hooks and sharpen them. Second, if you insist on using the original hooks, you “must” sharpen them two or three times a day, especially if you are running them over grass. With the quality of fish that we have here at Lake Fork you don’t want to lose a trophy because of a dull hook. One last thing, if you catch a large Bass like I did on Wednesday, make sure you take a minute and check your line and always re-tie.
The White Bass fishing was slow but they could be caught on a 1/8 ounce Crappie jig tipped with a minnow. They were being caught both 515 bridges. A few were being caught on the 514 bridge. Use a chartreuse and blue jig!
The Crappie were also very slow. What few that being caught were being caught were being caught on 1/16 Crappie jigs (chartreuse/blue) tipped with a small minnow. They also were being caught on the 515 and 514 bridges.
No report on Catfish this week.
Lake Fork Marina has a good selection of spinner baits and chatter baits for you Bass fishermen. They also have a good selection of Crappie jigs and have plenty of minnows.
Here at J & M guide Service we still have a few opens for guided bass trips during spawn (March & April). Give us a call here, Toll Free: 1-888-454-7037 or e-mail us at: email@example.com Have a great week and if you are on the water with the big motor running make sure you wear your life vest.
February 21, 2014
It is definitely starting to pick up here on Lake Fork. In the last 3 days the water temperature has climbed almost 15 degrees in the backs of the creeks from 47 to 61 in the afternoon. The main lake is about 55 degrees.
I am catching my bigger fish on moving baits such as crawfish pattern rattle traps or a white chatter bait while in clear water and switching to a black bait in stained water. I am fishing in 4 to 6 ft on grass flats next to creeks that lead to good spawning spots.
The unders I am catching are in the backs of the creeks 2 to 3 ft fishing wacky worms (Tomato/Watermelon) and drop shots with a 10-inch leader, a number 1 hook and 1/8 oz weight. That’s about all I can get them to bite right now.
I still have a few dates in early March available for full – half day. I can also work evenings if people are interested. The best way to reach me is to give me a call 972 757 7947 / firstname.lastname@example.org
February 20, 2014
Spencer Young sent us these photos, his father Steve Young caught a nice fish! Looks like the alligators are out already!
February 20, 2014
I had the privilege to guide Linda and Alan Marr yesterday and can’t say enough about what great people they are. It was both a fishing and educational trip and we accomplished all the above in one day. The bite wasn’t fantastic but we did manage to boat twelve nice chunks with Linda capturing the Wall of Fame honors with this nice gorilla pictured below. The trap bite is slowing considerably due to the amount of pressure that the grass has sustained and it may take major warming trend to resurrect it. The fish are still there but the numbers per day have dwindled immensely. Even though the water temps were in the mid fifties yesterday, that is still not enough to get these big girls ramped up. We will need these warm days to hang around for quite a while to convince them that it is time.
I am now focused on the creeks as the push to spawn is right around the corner. Fish will stage outside of the spawning areas with secondary points and channel swings being the best place to start your search. C-rigs, Texas rigs and light jigs will garner a lot of bites and the next warming trend could usher in the swimbait bite. Can’t wait!
Also, I picked up my new Skeeter FX last week and I’m here to tell you that this is an incredible ride. It has a ton of bells and whistles and exceeds every expectation that I had with the boat. Love the rod box latches. The Yamaha SHO speaks for itself, bad to the bone. I have some dates available in March if you have a mind to tackle some of these Lake Fork behemoths.
February 20, 2014
Lake Fork Guide James Caldemeyer
Trophy Bass Fishing Report
February 20, 2014
The weather is warming up and the big bass are on the move at Lake Fork this week. My clients and I have been having great success the past week or so and I expect it to get better and better over the next week. The water temperatures are finally back into the 50’s on most areas of the lake with some surface temps reaching the upper 50’s yesterday. This last very cold snap did do a number on a lot of the green hydrilla that we had growing in the creeks but there is still enough around to hold a number of big females staging in it. Search baits like a lipless crank bait, spinner bait, or chatter bait have been good for covering water and finding groups of fish in the grass. Most of the fish are holding in 2-6 feet of water on points, drains and ditches adjacent to spawning flats. Once you catch one or two, work the area thoroughly because there will be more bass there. We have also been catching some flipping timber along the creek channels in 8-12 feet. A black & blue Talon jig with a Berkley Chigger Craw is hard to beat this time of year for a giant bass. This next week should get very interesting if the warm weather continues so if you have been holding off because of the cold to head out to the lake, now is the time to start making plans to get out here. Lake Fork is going to get real good, real quick!
Please feel free to contact me if you are headed to Lake Fork this year and are looking for a guide, I would enjoy the opportunity to take you or your group fishing and show you a great time on Lake Fork. I still have a few dates still available but be sure to schedule your 2014 date soon as I fill up very fast! As always, I also have gift certificates available for those of you that are interested in purchasing a friend or loved one a guided trip on Lake Fork. You can contact me to make your reservation at 903-736-9888 or send me an email email@example.com You can also visit my website for more information about Lake Fork and my guide service at www.officiallakeforktrophybass.com You can also find me on Facebook and follow my official Lake Fork Guide page at https://www.facebook.com/lakeforkfishingguides
I would like to thank all of my 2014 sponsors for their support: Ranger Boats, Mercury Outboards, I Am Second, Interstate Batteries, Lowrance, Power Pole, Berkley, Abu Garcia, Talon Lures, Navionics, Simms, Costa Del Mar and Elite Tungsten.
Tight Lines and God Bless,
February 18, 2014
It looks like the winter grind is FINALLY over and I can start putting reports out on a regular basis. We had some warm weather Friday, but I wasn’t too optimstic it would hold together. Water temps last week were in the mid 30′s in the morning to low 40′s in the afternoon. Water temp hit 55 degrees in several places late yesterday and the fish turned on. Numbers are showing up as well as size!
If you have a chance to make it down in the next 7 days do it! Forecast is calling for some colder weather on the 25th, until then…GAME ON! In 2003 I was catching bed fish the 3rd week of Feb with guide Jimmy Everett in Glade while everyone else was struggling. We had Glade completely to ourselves, not just the east field but the entire bay. Jimmy STROKED them (look at the archives) Feb/March of that year while nearly every guide on the lake was in Penson and White Oak.
I am completely sold out of suspending rouges and running low on traps. Bring some Yo-zuri rattl’n vibes before you get here, I sold out this weekend and will not have them in the marina for another week.
Everyone is stacked up in Glade, you CAN catch fish there but it is over crowded and was hammered on most of the winter. The east field of Glade has the best grass on the lake bar none.
Penson was 57 degrees late this afternoon, but is basically void of grass. We had some customers catch a 9lber out of Penson yesterday on a trick worm, but they only had 2 other fish out of it.
55+ degree water:
Beyond the second powerline in Birch
Past the bridge in Little Mustang
January 25, 2014
Very strange weather we are having. High of 65 today, night before last it was 16 degrees with surface water temps hovering in the upper 30s early yesterday morning. Not many people did well yesterday, we had a 8.98 weighed in with an air bladder.
The following pics are from Guide James Caldemeyer (903-736-9888) caught on 1-24-14. James said Jerkbaits and Crankbaits in 2-6 foot have been producing for him.
January 23, 2014
Looking forward to this spring! Lake Fork has produced 3 sharelunkers in the 2014 season! We should have an amazing spring, enjoy the photos taken by Texas Parks and Wildlife.