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Terri Moon Lake Fork Report March 2013

March 7, 2013

CONTACT TERRI MOON: 903-383-7773 I always have 2-3 emails from people wanting to contact Ms. Moon for a guide trip.

WOW-  March got here in the “blink of an eye!”  But the 30 and 40mph winds have been brutal!  I’m ready for some “light and variable” winds.  Pre-spawn crappie can be tough to figure out but it all comes down to water temperature that triggers spawning activity.

We’ve had some mild temperatures and main lake temperatures reached the mid 50′s.  The crappie started their transition up the creeks.  Then front after front came through and knocked water temps to the low 50′s and then the crappie would back off to deeper water.  Then we had a very cold rain that dropped the cove temperatures 4-5 cooler than the main lake temps.  So needless to say these crappie have been on the move!

We’ve caught them in 30ft, 15ft, and as shallow as 10ft.  We are checking around the main creeks and secondary points.  When water temp reaches 55 to 60 degrees, you should find the males in the shallows and the females will stage around the nearest deep water structure.  But once again, we’re at the mercy of the weather.  Just when things get right here comes another northern!  This can set the movement back a few days or a couple of weeks so you might have to do a lot of searching.  Don’t just hang around in a spot hoping they’ll show up.  Don’t give up on the deep water crappie.  There are still a bunch down the lake and they are still a bunch down the lake and they are less effected by the cold fronts.

I don’t know about you but I can’t wait to have fun with a slip bobber!  Also remember, in the early stages of prespawn the crappie are not aggressive so NO MOTION with your bait is more effective.  It will be very light bite so really pay attention to your line.  It might just go slack, but if you feel anything at all- JERK!  You’ll find the more shallow they are the harder they’ll hit!

The baits working for us have been Lake Fork Tackle’s “Live Baby Shad” in sun perch and watermelon/red pearl.  We’re also catching them on Pro Angler Tackle‘s tube baits in chartreuse and pearl.

I have to say once again, THANK YOU TO ALL who contributed to helping me get through such a tough time the past couple of months.  YOur generosity and compassion has been overwhelming.

I wish many blessings to you all.  It is so great to be back on the water.  It wouldn’t have been possible without each and every one of you!  God Bless you all!

Lake Fork Crappie Guide Terri Moon April 2012 Report

April 14, 2012

I receieve a lot of emails and comments from people trying to book trips through our website for Terri Moon.  Please call her at 903-383-7773 or tx2moonfish@msn.com

This has been an exciting month for crappie.  We’ve found them in many depths through their transition.  The bridges are producing crappie 8-16ft, while the staging crappie are found in timber 5-10ft and spawners 1-5ft.  There are a lot of options if the weather or wind is a factor.  With the crazy weather this year our water temps jumped up unusually fast and sent all the species on the fast track to the shallows.  Generally the spawn drags out for a couple of months or so due to major fronts dropping water temps, but that has not been the case this year.  Right now water temps are optimum and hopefully won’t affect the spawn.  I am not ready for these 90+ degree days! (And I don’t think the fish are either)

As far as catching the crappie, we are using different approaches for the different depths.  At the bridges we are using double rigged jigs about a foot apart.  The colors producing have been cinnamon with chartreuse tails and grey with blue tail.  Some days they want it straight down and some days they want it moving on the fall.  For the prespawn depths we are using single jigs 1/8th oz with a Lake Fork Tackle Live Baby Shad in blue and pearl or a shad color around the timber.   Then for the shallow fish we are using 1/16th oz roadrunners with chartreuse or white or a minnow on a slip bobber.  So pick your favorite way of fishing and hav esome fun!  Right now you never what you’re going to catch at any depth- they are all on the move.

It’s also exciting that our lake level has finally returned to only about two foot below full pool after the last set of storms that moved through.  Just be extra careful out there because many stumps are just below the surface.  Also keep a close eye out for floating logs while traveling around the lake.  It’s just a beautiful site to see water levels finally on the rise.  Also I want you to know both boat ramps are back open at Lake Fork Marina!  YA-HOOO!  The boat slips are also back in service!!  Be sure to stop by their tackle store and check out their latest baits and tackle.

Lake Fork Guide Terri Moon Lake Fork Report Feb 23, 2012

February 23, 2012

Terri Moon 903-383-7773

So hard to believe that while I’m writing this the temperature has hit the low 60′s!!! If that doesn’t get your fishing fever going, there is something wrong!

The fishing generally starts picking up mid-February.  But now is the time to keep checking the deep water humps, creek channels, and main lake points!  We are finding crappie at 23 to 38ft in 35 to 45ft of water.  With the fish holding deeper, we’ve gone to a heavier jig.  I’m double rigging them a foot apart with a 1/8oz jig on the bottom and 1/16thoz on the top.  If it is windier, I’ll even go to using two 1/8th oz jigs.

The vcolors working for us have been blue w/ pearl and chartreuse w/ pearl in the Lake Fork Tackle baits, and chartreuse w/ red and shad color in Gene Larew Bobby Garland baits.  If the color you are using isn’t working, don’t hesitate to change up the color you’re using.  Light conditions and water clarity will play a big factor in this.  It’s subject to change daily.

If you like yellow bass as much as I do, we’re catching some really nice ones on the main lake points in 30 to 38ft. of water just off the bottom.  They really will hit the same baits we’re using for the crappie.  The only difference I’ve found is the crappie want a slow motion or no motion presentation but the bar fish prefer a little more movement and tend to take the bait on the fall  If you ar ereally serious about atching yellow bass, you can even tie on a Tackle Facotry “flash-tail spoon” and just bounce it off the bottom- they just can’t resist it!
Please just remember our lake levels are still extremely low so take extra precautions out there.  Be sure to hook up your kill switch just incase you hit something.  There are a lot of stumps showing but just as many that still aren’t showing.

Don’t let the weather keep you off the lake.  If there is a day that the wind isn’t howling, get out there and enjoy a day on the water.  Don’t forget the 10 inch minimum doesn’t go back in effect until March 1st!

Giant Crappie released by Guide Terri Moon

March 20, 2011

Lake Fork Crappie Guide Terri Moon June Report 2010

June 5, 2010

Summer Fun on Fork

By Terri Moon

We’ve finally hit post spawn crappie on Fork. The last of the white crappie has fin-ished spawning the past few weeks. I must say it has been an incredible year of fishing so far (proba-bly the best it’s been for several years). The crappie are mov-ing out to that 20 to 30 ft. depths and are hitting at 16 to 24 ft.
When fishing the bridges, we’re double rigging jigs about a foot apart. Some days the crappie want it straight down with little or no movement and other days they are wanting it on the fall (there is nothing more fun when this happens). Another cool thing about using two jigs is that you never know when you’ll catch them two at a time!! Recently I was reeling in two crappie with a great big bass trying his best to eat my crap-pie. It can be pretty exciting!
Now as far as fish-ing the brush, I rec-ommend only using a single jig (unless you’re fishing above the brush). But, if you are fishing down in it, a vertical presentation is best. We’ve been using 1/16 oz. jigs unless the wind gets up, then you might want to switch to a 1/8 oz. jig so it won’t drift on you as bad.
Be sure and keep a close eye on your depth finder for any changes of depth in the crappie activity. It will change through-out the day. I must say my Lowrance has to be my “number one” tool for a pro-ductive day of fish-ing.
Next, I have to give credit to “Lake Fork Marina” for always keeping up with the newest baits on the market (no matter what species you are fishing for). A big “thank you” to Cam-eron Burnett for his endless research on the “Best New Baits” available. He has definitely found a great one by Berkley Powerbait called the “Atomic Teaser.” This bait has been attracting some really big crappie (and as an added bonus, the bream and bar fish love it too).
It’s amazing the amount of color com-binations they have available. The colors I’ve been testing have been “Black Shad”, “Yellow Orange”, “Smoke Pumpkin” and my very favorite “Chartreuse Silver.” These baits have un-believable action. It’s like a miniature “gitzit” with a trailer. I’m using the 1/16 oz. size but they also come in 1/32 oz. for those of you who like a lighter jig. If you’re wanting to try some of these baits but aren’t close to Lake Fork, just give the marina a call (903-765-2764). They will be happy to ship them to you or you can or-der them on line at lakeforkmarina.com.
Now that the kids are out of school, it’s time to pass on your love of fishing to your kids and grandkids. There is nothing I en-joy more than seeing the excitement of their first fishing ex-perience and know-ing, like me, they will remember it the rest of their lives! So make it fun for them… throw in a bucket of crickets or nightcrawlers and you’re sure to have some exciting action.
So, don’t miss out on Fork’s summer-time fun! June has to be one of my favorite months to fish.
Also, don’t forget the first weekend in June is the “Skeeter Boat Owners Tour-nament” and want to thank them for all their hard work put-ting on such a great event.
Hope to see you all on the water!
“Happy Anniversary to my mom & dad, Bob & Nova Carleton of Leesville MO… “Love you!!”

Guide Terri Moon 903-383-7773

Terri Moon Crappie Report February 2010 LAKE FORK

February 7, 2010

You can contact Terri Moon at 903-383-7773 or tx2moonfish@msn.com

Well February to me seems to be one of those months where it IS or ISN’T gonna happen. I must say this past week has been more ISN’T than IS! But, the variables playing a part in this have been the wind and also the release of water causing a current. For some reason these Lake Fork crappie just shut off when there is current present. But when the current stops, the crappie will resume feeding. So, don’t give up- get out there and try it again.

The last cold front we had sent the crappie even deeper in 35 to 45 ft with water temperature down to 44 degrees. There have been a few days of sunshine and nice weather that brought the water temperature up to 49 degrees; but, ya, you guessed it- another cold snap! But, that’s typical of February weather. The good thing about down here, the cold doesn’t last long! So keep an eye on the water temperatures. It doesn’t take many warm days to get the water to start to warm up. I look forward to temperatures reaching the low to mid 50′s range. That’s when the fishing can get exciting! This transition can take place as early as the middle of February.

But, in the mean time, the fish we are catching are coming off a rig similar to “drop-shot” rigging. I’m tying 1/4oz. bell sinker on the bottom then a foot up the line from that I’m tying a 1/8oz. Bob Young jig in cinnamon w/ shartreuse tail then another foot up from this I’m tying a 1/16th oz jig head and attaching a AWD triple tail shad in black w/ gold glitter w/ chartreuse tail. The heavier bell sinker makes it easier to tell when you’re on the bottom. Now here’s a HOT TIP, Do NOT over work your baits by bouncing them up and down. It’s going to take a slower presentation this time of year. So, SLOW MOTIOn or NO MOTION works best.

Now I know a lot of you are probably suffering from cabin fever about now…especially those of you up north! So, now’s the time to start making your fishing plans because planning early gives you better availablility of the dates that work for you. I highly recommend lodging at Lake Fork Marina, 903-765-2764. This is one of those places that if you forgot something, they probably have it!

Terri Moon

Terri Moon Lake Fork Crappie Report November 2009

November 3, 2009

Two monster black crappie part of her clients 75 fish limit.

October could not have been more awesome!  It started out a little slow, but after a couple of cold fronts things started getting real good.  These big slabs have gone into a feeding frenzy.  November should be incredible.  Personally, it’s my favorite time to fish.

There are good crappie showing up at all the bridges.  I’m pitching double rigged jigs alongside the pilings at about 20-25 feet and just let it fall back to the boat.  They are hitting the jigs “on the fall” so watch your line close.  They are not hitting it hard.  Your line will just go slack so when in doubt JERK!

At daybreak they can be up to 12 to 16 feet.  This all depends on the depth of the baitfish that are moving through.  So keep monitoring your depth finder and adjust your casts accordingly.

The colors that are working for me are “Dr. Ginger” (Innamon w/ blue tail) “Bad Shad” (gray w/ black and gray tail)  or “Ghost” (gray w/ blue tail).

If you hit a day where crappie just won’t cooperate at the bridges, it’s time to head south and start checking the main lake points and deep humps.  I generally correlate the depth I’m catching them at the bridges and graph these depths first.  They have been showing up in 22 to 28 foot.  Once again, look for baitfish.

Any bright color jig seems to be working.  I’m using double rigged “Hotsy Totsy” bright pink w/ yellow tail and green w/ blue tail.  Gently hop these jigs one to three cranks off the bottom.

If you want to have some fun, you need to try Joe Spait’s flash tail spoons.  I’m finding these baits are catching larger crappie.  The fun of this bait is you’ll not only catch crappie but yellow bass, largemouth, and even catfish.  Needless to say we have had a great time with these baits, especially on my Shimano Ultra lights!  They make fishing fun!

I hope all of you have a wonderful thanksgiving!  Be safe, especially on the water!

Terri Moon 903-383-7773

Terri Moon Lake Fork Report September 2009

September 5, 2009

It’s September!  Do you know what that means?  FALL is just around the corner!  Now that gets me excited.  Hands down, it has to be my very favorite time of year to fish!  They are already predicting cooler temperatures in the next few weeks.  That’s just a bonus!  In spite of the warmer temperatures in August, the fishing has been quite good.  So, if we have a cooler September, the fishing should be awesome! 

Now as far as the fishing, watch for surface temperatures to start to drop and get ready for the fall frenzy.  The water temperature is the key factor to getting the shad to move out of the deep watyer.  The shad will move up to the flats and secondary points so be sure to watch for schools of shad.

This is why GOOD electronics are so important.  It can make the difference between a poor day of fishing and a GREAT day of fishing.  I still take a few hours a week and just go graphing with my Lowrance LCX-10HD.  This gave me a better idea of what the fish are doing.  Early morning or late evening, the crappie will start showing up in 5 to 15ft. of water.  But as the day heats up try looking a little deeper in the 15 to 25ft range.  Look for structure near creek channels, flats and humps.

The colors that have been working are green w/ blue tail and cinnamon w/ chart.  Now as far as the bream, we’re still finding them in 8 to 12 feet just off the bottom using crickets or worms.  September means its time for the McDonalds Big Bass Splash out of Lake Fork Marina again.  So if you get a chance come by.  It’s a good time to see the latest fishing equipment.  Shimano and Lowrance will be there and it’s always exciting to see what they have come up with!  So, hope to see you there.  Don’t foreget- it’s time to renew your fishing license.

Terri Moon Lake Fork Crappie Report

April 3, 2009

April is going to be the month for some major spawning.  The fish have been staging and just waiting for the right water temerature to get right.  It has tried to get their a few times then those “MEAN OLD NORTHERNS” blow through and cool the surface temperatures down.  But, it shouldn’t take  but a few warm days to get it back to where it needs to be.  Then look out… “It’s gonna get good!”

I have to say the fish ‘quality’ this year has been unbelievable!  Probably some of the nicest crappie I’ve seen in a while!! I’m just really ready for the wind to take a break and have some of those light and variable days!  But right now we’re having 3 windy days to every nice day.  So, if you see a calm day is coming, get out there and enjoy it! 

We found a few fish shallow during the last full moon when water temperatures were around 63 – 64 degrees.  Then we had a 5″ rain with dropping temperatures and it backed the fish out deeper.  A few males hung around the shallows but the big fat females backed off to 20 ft.  So, at that time the bridges were your best bet.  We were catching them at 12 – 16ft in 20 – 24 ft. of water.  Bob Young’ s “Bad Shad” and “Grey Ghost” and Hotsy Totsie” have been really producing.  It’s a smaller jig that gives a slower presentation.  There’s nothing more fun catching them “on the fall!”

Now for the next move – as the water temperature warms, I’ll start targeting 8 to 16 ft along the shorelines and timber.  A “Bass Assassin” or “Stanley Wedgetail Minnow” will work good for this.

When the fish make their way to the backs of the coves, don’t overlook throwing very small crank baits around stumps and along the grass lines like a “chatterbait” or “Beetle Spin” or miniature “rattletrap”.   Reel these just fast enough to keep the bait off the bottom.  Also a slip bobber with a jig minnow should do the trick! 

Now for those of you who have a dock on Lake Fork, be sure and check for crappie at night running the shoreline.  They will be coming to an area near you soon!

Last but not least, there are still crappie down on the main lake points in 18 to 24  foot, also some really nice yellow bass.  Crappie Busters in chartreuse and blue or metallic blue with chartreuse and blue or metallic blue with chartreuse has worked and also “Joe Spaits” flash tail spoons.  Just bounce them off the bottom.

Be sure to stop by “Lake Fork Marina” You can stock up on ALL your crappie fishing needs! 

Great Fishing to You all!

Terri Moon

903-383-7773

Lake Fork Crappie Report February 2009 Guide Terri Moon

February 3, 2009

This is the time of the year when fishing takes time and patience and preferably NO WIND!  We can bundle up and take the cold…but, this unusually windy winter can be brutal.  Those are the days that give you time to service your equipment.  I’ll clean and respool my Shimano reels.  My favorite fishing lines are Excalibur 8lb test and when I’m using braided line its Power Pro 10lb test that has the same diameter equivalent to a 2lb mono line.  I’ve tried a lot of different lines but, these work the best for me.

It is also a good time to check your life vests for any rips or tears and replace them as needed.  Then something that can get overlooked is your boat trailer.  The fluctuating temperatures can definitely effect the air pressure in your tires.  So, be sure and check those to make sure they are properly inflated.  Also check the wheel bearings and grease as needed.  The last thing you need is a tire rolling off your trailer while going to or from a day of fishing!

One more important thing to check is your fire extinguisher.  Be sure it is fully charged.  Then give your horn a honk because if it is not working, you’ll need a whistle to be legal.

February is still a deep water fishing month and don’t think just because of “No minimum length law” is still in effect this month that you won’t catch big crappie.  In fact there are some monster crappie being caught right now.  Typically what I’m finding is that bigger baits are catching bigger fish.  If you stop and think about it, there are no samller baitfish right now until the new hatches of early spring.  So, the fish are feeding on larger baitfish (you’ve probably noticed this when cleaning your crappie.) So, I’ve “UP SIZED” my baits by throwing 1 1/2″ to 2″ bodies like Pradco grubs, Storm’s “Wild Eye Curly Tail Minnows” or Wave Worm’s “tiki drops”  Pearl white and shad colors are working great.  To add to the surprise, these baits are also catching some nice black bass and yellow bass!

As far as depths, they have been holding in 30 to 45 foot depths on main lake points.  Except during a new moon or full moon feeding period.  These crappie can be found in 16 to 24 foot.

To be very honest, if you don’t have good electronics especially this time of year, it can be really tough finding fish.  Hands down Lowrance is as good as it gets!  So, if it’s time to upgrade, buy the most vertical pixels you can afford.  Because the first key to catching deep water crappie is FINDING THEM.

Don’t let the fact that it is winter keep you from going out and enjoying some of the best fishing of the year.


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