J & M Guide Service Weekly Fishing Report

July 6, 2016

DATES:  28 June – 3 July 2016

Summer is here in full swing.  The water temperatures are in the upper 80’s to the lower 90’s.  The water clarity in most parts of the lake is stained to heavily stained.   The Bass are feeding in the early morning hours in 3 to 5 feet of water and then about 0800 they are moving into 12 to 20 feet of water.  The top water action has been limited in the early mornings but it has been offset by the wacky worm bite.  Look for isolated clumps of grass and throw past the clumps then work the wacky worm right into the grass. We found that the Zoom chartreuse/pepper trick worm rigged wacky style worked the best.   After 0800 move out into deeper water and use a Carolina rig.   This week I found that 12 to 14 foot of water was the best water depth, though the 20 foot level still produced a few fish.   One thing we did do a little different on our Carolina rig was change from a Zoom Baby Brush Hog to a Lake Fork Trophy Lures chartreuse/pepper Hyper Stick.  Great bait!!!  We continued to use Duckett rods and ABU Garcia Orra SX reels lined with Stren Original 17 pound test line.

The White Bass have moved into deeper water (24 to 28 foot).   We used Joe Spaits Flashtail silver with red eyes jigging spoon; it seemed to work the best.  I did notice that the bite is very light.  So expect to miss a few.  By the way, once in a while you will get a very large surprise—a largemouth Bass.  They out with the White Bass feed on the small White Bass.

The Crappie this week were a different story.  For some reason they were scattered out all over the lake.   We had to hunt for them, even under the bridges.  Minnows were the best bet to catch them.   There have been some complaints of the Crappie minnows dying quickly after they hit the 90 degree water.  Here is what is happening.  When you buy your minnows they are kept in tanks that have controlled water temperatures of 68 to 75 degrees.  When they hit the 90 degree lake water temperatures it stresses them to the max and they don’t last as long as you might like.  Keep aerators on in you minnow buckets and that will help a little.

The Catfish fishermen continued to have a good week.  They were catching them around baited trees in 26 foot of water.  The bait of choice was punch bait.

Lake Fork Marina has a good selectin of Zoom Trick Worms and minnows for you fishermen.  Don’t for get to pick up plenty of water because as the air temperature goes up so does the dehydration rate.  Stay Hydrated!

Now that I am back from vacation I am taking bookings for July and August for Bass, White Bass and Crappie trips.   Give us a call at: (903) 413-6919 or E-mail us at: bassmr@geusnet.com.  Have a great fishing week and stay haydrated.

Lake Fork Guide James Caldemeyer

July 3, 2016

I’m posting this one a little late but it has some great information. Lake Fork Guide James Caldemeyer  posted this report on June 9th –

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June has arrived… And it’s my absolute favorite month of the year for trophy bass fishing on Lake Fork! The weather is warming and early summer patterns are starting to take shape. The kids are out of school and you have the opportunity to spend some quality time with them out on the lake. You can catch fish just about any way you want to right now which gives many anglers the opportunity to catch fish using their favorite baits. Whether its shallow water top waters, or deep structure Carolina rigs, to anything in between, you’ll have a blast catching big bass on Lake Fork right now.

The water levels are in great shape right now with the lake receiving a fairly heavy amount of rainfall so far this year. We are currently at 402.76, which is just barely below full pool.  Water temperatures are ranging from 75-80 degrees. The water clarity is clear to about 3 feet on the south end with stained areas in the backs of some of the creeks and on the north end. There is a lot of new vegetation growing all over the lake with the high water levels and this has provided us with another very successful spring spawn.

The top water action has been great lately and what a way to start the day off with some big bass surface explosions. Yellow magic’s or zara spooks in shad colors have been best in 2-6 feet depths. The frog bite has also been fierce! With all the freshly flooded grass and new vegetation growing the bass are way up in it. Hollow frogs and Ribbits fished in lily pads, hydrilla, and flooded grass in the pockets and creeks has been very productive. I like to use natural colors like greens, blacks, and chartreuse or a combination of these colors. Having the right equipment with a frog is crucial in landing these bass from heavy cover. I am using the New Abu Garcia Rocket with 50 lb. Trilene Braid on an Abu Garcia Villain 7’ 3’” med heavy rod. The gear ratio on the Rocket is 9:1 and will bring em out of the heavy stuff quick. Square bill crank baits like the Berkley Pitbull have also been great in the same areas if the fish are reluctant to hit the top but they are chasing shad in the area.

I have also been finding a large number of big fish in mid depths this year. The bass have been feeding early and late on shad around 12-16 feet of water. My go to bait for these bass have been a 10” Texas rigged worm in blue fleck, tequila sunrise, and plum or watermelon candy. There’s nothing like the scent of a Powerbait worm to attract the bite of a monster bass. I am using a 3/8 oz. Elite Tungsten weight and a 5/0 hook for these worms and fishing it slowly around the trees on points, humps, road beds, and creek bends. You can also catch some fish in the same areas on deep diving crank bait like a DD 22. Any shad pattern will work fine. I prefer a little bit of chartreuse color on the bait.

Most of the best action will be out deep this month and into the summer. Anyone who knows me knows that I am a big deep structure fisherman and what better time of year to have a blast catching numbers of big ole bass than on Lake Fork in June. On a lot of days that the sun comes up right away and it gets hot I will start my days out in deep water. Your electronics are a vital component to locating active fish in deep water. I really like my new Garmin units for showing me accurate information about the areas that I am fishing. If you haven’t seen their new freshwater fishing electronics line up, you’ll want to check them out. These units are very fast and precise. They really add a new dimension to fishing and reveal some amazing images that have helped me start catching more fish.

These deep bass will be in 16-24 feet of water usually holding around points, roadbeds, humps, and ridges. The fish can be hard to locate and are often times moving around a lot but if you stick with it, it can really pay off. I rely on my Garmin GPS Map units to show me where the bass are. Once I determine where they are and what they are relating to I will select a presentation that best suits the situation. A lot of these post spawn bass will be suspended so deep diving crank baits are a great choice. I also like to throw a deep swim bait at them like the Berkley Swim Shad. This bait can be worked at any depth in the water column so you can reach the bass wherever they are. When the fish get on the bottom I will target them with a big Texas rig and a 1/2 oz. weight with a 5/0 hook. I like to put a Berkley 10” or 12” Powerworm on and give them a big meal offering. Most of these bass are very hungry so a big bait is appealing to them. I also like to employ the Carolina rig into the arsenal of post spawn techniques. I like to use a long leader (5ft.) and a big heavy 1 oz. weight to drag the bottom. Trilene 20 lb. test Fluorocarbon is a must with a 2/0 or 3/0 wide gap hook. Best baits on the c-rig are Berkley Powerbait 7” or 10” Power Worms, Power Lizards, Havoc Backslides, and Boss Dogs in blue fleck, watermelon red, chartreuse pepper, green pumpkin, and watermelon candy. You can also catch a lot of these hungry post spawn bass on a football head jig. Santone Lures makes one of the best football head jigs on the market and I catch a lot of bass on it this time of year. I usually opt for the 5/8 or 3/4oz model and the best colors are PB&J, Bass Candy, Mexican Heather and my signature “JC’s Spicy Craw”. I’m rigging these with a matching trailer in a Berkley Havoc Deuce or Pit Chunk and dragging them around out in the same areas that I am the Carolina rig.

I hope this report helps you on your next trip here to the lake. I want to wish all the Dads out there a Happy Father’s Day! If you are headed to Lake Fork in pursuit of a trophy bass and are looking to book 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 some summer dates available and am already taking fall reservations, which is an excellent time for fishing on Lake Fork as well. 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 at lakeforktrophybass@yahoo.com You can also visit my website for more information about Lake Fork and my guide service at http://www.officiallakeforktrophybass.com You can find me on Facebook and follow my official Lake Fork Guide page at https://www.facebook.com/lakeforkfishingguides

Good luck to all the tournament anglers headed to the lake this month! Also, while you are here, be sure to stop by Diamond Sports Marine located on highway 154 just north of the bridge. They have all the new 2016 Ranger Boats in stock. You will not want to miss the opportunity to check out the new Z series bass boats as well as the all-new Ranger aluminum series. These boats have some amazing features are definitely eye catchers! Give Fred a call at 903-383-7829 to set up your personal demo ride in a Ranger Boat.

I would like to thank all of my current 2016 sponsors for supporting my FLW Series tournament fishing and my guide service on Lake Fork: Toyota, Carhartt, Ranger Boats, Mercury Outboards, I Am Second, Leer, Garmin, Berkley, Abu Garcia, Santone Lures, Costa Sunglasses, Power Pole, Rigid Industries, Road Armor, Fabtech Motorsports and Elite Tungsten.

1 John 5:12- He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.

Tight Lines & God Bless,

James Caldemeyer

A Couple of Monsters on Lake Fork!

July 3, 2016

I’ve been seeing a lot of large fish caught on Lake Fork the past few weeks. These two caught on the 23rd are absolute monsters!

Lake Fork Guide Eric Wright caught this monster 10.33 on June 23rd and had her certified at Lake Fork Marina.

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On the same day, Lake Fork Guide Cody Malone posted a picture of his buddy Matt with a 10.95 certified at Oakridge

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LAKE FORK WEEKLY FISHING REPORT

June 20, 2016

FROM:  J & M Guide Service

DATES:  12 – 19 June 2016

It was good to be back at Lake Fork this week.  I have been down in Longview, TX, doing the summer boat show with Nichols Marine.  The lake is at full pool and the water is stained over most of the lake.   The water temperatures are 85 to 86 in most parts of the lake.  The Bass fishing has been fair due to the damn having two to three gates open.  You might ask why I bring this up, well these are Florida strain Bass and they “do not” like the current that is caused by the gates of the damn being open.  They are supposed to close them in the morning.  Several patterns worked this week, to include Carolina rigging, small crankbaits, jigging spoons and wacky worms.  The bait that we used on our Carolina rigs was our ole standby, watermelon/red Zoom Baby Brush Hog with chartreuse dyed tails.  We used Strike King 1.5 crankbaits early in the mornings.  Gizzard shad pattern worked the best!  Two patterns worked in the afternoon, spoons and wacky worms.  We moved in and fished the grass in the early afternoons with a chartreuse/pepper Zoom trick worm rigged wacky style.  You had to really work it slow!  The most productive pattern was by using Joe Spaits ½ ounce white with a black stripe Flashtail jigging spoon in 12 to 19 foot of water over brush piles.  Hang on! ☺   Tools for success this week continued to be Duckett Ghost rods and ABU Garcia Orra SX reels spooled with Original Stren 17 pound test line.  A deadly combination!

The White Bass were eating anything silver in the water.  We were very successful by using Joe Spaits Chrome with red eyes ½ ounce Flashtail jigging spoon in 20 to 24 foot of water on top of brush piles.   Take the kids out, they will have a ball.

The Crappie are finally showing up at the bridges in good numbers and size.  We used chartreuse/pink 1/8 ounce Crappie jigs and down sized our lines to 4 pound test.  However, with that being said, our best Crappie came off of brush piles in 19 to 22 foot of water.

You Catfish fishing folks are missing it if you are not at Lake Fork right now.  Good numbers and sizes are being caught both at night and during the day.  Punch bait still is the bait of choice around baited trees in 26 to 28 foot of water.  Have fun!

Now that outside air temperatures are reaching the upper 90’s every day you must be aware of dehydration.  Please drink plenty of water throughout the day.  If you forget your water or just simply need water and ice make sure you stop into Lake Fork Marina tackle shop and pick up it up.  While you are in the Lake Fork tackle shop make sure you check out the good selection to the Duckett rods.

I am on vacation the 20 through the 28 of June but we will be taking bookings for Bass, Crappie and White Bass trips for July.  Give us a call at (903) 413-6919 or E-mail us at: bassmr@geusnet.com .  Have a great fishing week and fish slowly and keep a tight line.  

LAKE FORK WEEKLY FISHING REPORT May 2016

May 24, 2016

 J & M Guide Service

This week was a good week of fishing here at Lake Fork.  The water temperatures were in the upper 70’s to the low 80’s.  The water clarity continues to get better every day.  The Bass fishing was just fare this week.  The wacky rig and the Carolina rig were the most constant fish producers!  On the wacky rig we used the watermelon/red Zoom Trick worm and dyed the tail chartreuse.  On the Carolina rig we used the watermelon/red Zoom Baby Brush Hog with the tails dyed chartreuse.  The wind precluded us from doing much deep water fishing.  When we were able to move out on the points, the Carolina rig worked the best.  Our rod and reel combination this week continues to be Duckett rods and ABU Garcia Orra SX reels with Stren 17 pound test line.

The White Bass continued to be attacking Joe Spaits ½ ounce chrome Flashtail spoon.  There are on just about on every hump from 19 to 25 foot of water.  Take the kids out and let them have fun catching them.

The Crappie fishing this week was fare this.  The better Crappie were taken on straight minnow rigs in 14 to 16 foot of water.  A few good Crappies were taken under the bridges when the wind would let you stay out in the deep water.

The Catfish fishing was on fire this week again.  Numerous good Catfish were being taken in 24 to 26 foot of water on punch bait.  The key continues to be baited trees.

The Lake Fork Marina tackle shop has a great selection of Duckett rod and ABU Garcia reels.  While in the Lake Fork Marina tackle shop make sure you check out the Strike King 1.5, 6XD and 10XD crankbaits.  

The Skeeter Tournament is just around the corner.  Here at J & M Guide Service we have a few open days for guided Bass fishing trips to help you get ready for the tournament.  Give us a call at (903) 413-6919 or E-mail us at:  bassmr@geusnet.com .  Have a great fishing week and keep a tight line!

LAKE FORK WEEKLY FISHING REPORT

May 10, 2016

LAKE FORK WEEKLY FISHING REPORT

J & M Guide Service

Dates:  2 – 8 May 2016

Another great week on Lake Fork!  The water temperatures made to the upper 70’s and the water clarity is starting to improve.  Three different patterns were good this week.  The crankbait pattern continued to be the best with the Carolina rig and split shot rig a close second and third.  The Strike King Bait Company led the charge this week with the 1.5 Square Bill, 6XD and the 10XD crankbaits.  The gizzard shad was the best color in the 1.5, with the 1.5 black back/chartreuse being a close second and the powder blue back/chartreuse was the color of choice in the 6XD and 10XD. Main lake points are your best bet early in the morning with the 6XD and 10XD baits.   On the split shot and Carolina rig side of the house I used the chartreuse/pepper Lake Fork Trophy Lures Hyper Stick.  On the days that the crankbait slows down, go to the Carolina rig right away.  Fish it slow and use a sweeping retrieve.  Our rod and reel combinations this week continued to be Duckett rods and ABU Garcia Orra SX reels lined with Stren 17 pound test line.

The White Bass fishing also continued to improve this week.  We used Joe Spaits ½ ounce chrome Flashtail Spoon to put numerous White Bass in the boat.  The kids will have a ball catching them.  We found the best water depth was 19 to 20  foot over humps and brush piles.

The Crappie fishing was very slow this week.  We did manage to find a few over brush piles with silver and orange Crappie jigs and tipped it with a minnow.  There are reports that the Crappies are starting to show up back at the 515 bridges.

The Catfish fishing continued to be great this week.  A lot of two to five pound Catfish are being caught on rod and reel using punch bait.  Again, baited trees are producing great in 30 foot of water.

Lake Fork Marina has a large selection of Strike King crankbaits and Duckett Rods.  For the Crappie fishermen the they always have great minnows to catch those  giant Lake Fork Crappies with.  Warning:  make sure you keep your receipt for the live bait, it is a state law!

The post spawn Bass bite is on!  We have a few days in open for guided fishing trips this month.  Give us a call at: (903) 413-6919 or E-mail us at: bassmr@geusnet.com .  Have a great fishing week.  “Take a child fishing this week”.

Gandy Lure Co.

April 3, 2016

If you are a fan of hand made lures you got to check this video out. Gandy Lures can be found at Lake Fork Marina

Eric Wright Lake Fork Report 3/17/16

March 17, 2016

For the last week or so I have been sight fishing 90% of the time  and we are catching about 15-25 a day. I am starting to see some bigger fish come up on beds this week.

The water temps are starting out around 60-61 degrees and warming up to 68 where I have been fishing. I am spending a lot of time around mid-lake but these fish are locking on beds everywhere right now. If I was coming out to Lake Fork all I would be doing is sight fishing. The water is stained but you are still able to find the fish.

My two main baits are a texas rigged #7 hook with a 1/4 oz weight any craw type bait(Okeechobee Craw) for bed fish and when I am searching I am throwing a weightless fluke (watermelon colors with dipped tail) or a frog.

I have several dates open at the end of April but as we get closer I will probably get those booked. If you are looking to come out and experience some incredible sight fishing please give me a call and I would love to have y’all out.

I am also starting to book up May and June so if you are looking to come out and throw some swimbaits, c-rigs and drop shots out in deeper water for some giants, book your trips soon! My full day prices will be going up to 400$, but if you get your trips booked before May 1st I will honor my current price 350$ for the day you come out to fish.

Eric Wright 972 757 7947                                                                                 www.ericwrightlakefork.com                                                         ericwrightprofisherman@yahoo.com

 

 

LAKE FORK WEEKLY FISHING REPORT

March 17, 2016

FROM:  J & M Guide Service

 6 – 12 March 2016

This week was a very wet week.  We saw almost 6 inches of rain and the lake came up to 1 and a 1/2 foot over full pool.  The water clarity remained heavily stained to muddy over most of the lake.   The water temperatures remained in the lower 60’s and the Bass were on the move into their spawning areas.   We caught a lot of small fish but a few between the 7 to 9 pound range.  The spinner bait, jig and fluke bite was the best for us this week. The Spinner bait of choice was a 3/8 ounce with a chartreuse/white/orange skirt, gold Colorado blades with a fire perch color Lake Fork Trophy Lures “Live” Magic Shad as a trailer.  “Great combination”!  Our jig combination was a ½ ounce jig with and Zoom Brush Hog as a trailer.  I take a full size watermelon red Brush Hog and pinch the top half off just below the wings and put the bottom half on the jig as a trailer.  One more trick, I dye the tails of the Brush Hog chartreuse.  The Zoom fluke was a great fish catcher this week.  We used the watermelon red fluke and dyed the tail chartreuse.  We rigged it split shot style.  Our rod and reel combination this continued to be Duckett rods and ABU Garcia Orra SX reels, spooled with Stren 17 pound test line.

The White Bass are starting to move up the creeks to spawn.  They can be found in 6 to 8 foot of water staging in front of sandy flats getting ready to move in to spawn.  Minnow rigs are the best way to catch them for the next few weeks.

Ok you Crappie fishermen, the Crappie are moving into the shallow water in the creeks to spawn.  They are in just about every creek on the lake and are really easy to catch with a minnow rig.  Have fun!

Lake Fork Marina has a great selection of Zoom baits, Duckett rods and spinner baits.  So when you are a t beautiful Lake Fork, make sure stop in and say hello and pick up all of your latest tackle needs.  You Crappie fishermen you can get the best minnows on the lake at the friendly Lake Fork Marina.

The Bass spawn is on!  I have a few open days in March and April for guided Bass and Crappie trips.  So give me a call at (903) 413-6919 or E-mail us at: bassmr@geusnet.com .  Have a great fishing week.

LAKE FORK WEEKLY FISHING REPORT

March 8, 2016

LAKE FORK WEEKLY FISHING REPORT

FROM:  J & M Guide Service

DATE:  28 February – 5 March 2016

Lake Fork bass fishing is starting to pick up in a big way. We saw water temperatures rise to a great 62 degrees and the big Bass are starting to move up in creeks in a big way.  The water clarity is still highly stained to muddy in the back of creeks and stained in the main lake. We caught several good Bass on the good “ole” jig and the spinner bait was also working well.  The jig color was very critical.  We used a black and chartreuse ½ ounce jig with a watermelon red Zoom Brush Hog as a trailer.  Now about that Brush Hog, we dyed the tails chartreuse and cut the body off just below the wings, then put it on the jig hook.  The spinner bait combination was basically the same as I used last week. It was a 3/8 ounce spinnerbait body with a chartreuse/white/orange skirt with gold Colorado blades.  Now here is the twist!  I added a Lake Fork Trophy Lures “Live” Magic Shad in the fire perch color as a trailer.  A great combination!  Our rod and reel combination for the week was a Duckett Ghost 7.6 rod with an ABU Garcia Orra SX reel lined with Stren 17 pound test Line.  While you are at Lake Fork stop in Lake Fork Marina and see their great line up of new lures and check out their selection of Duckett rods and ABU Garcia reels.

The White Bass were driving the Crappie fishermen crazy.  The Crappie fishermen and the White Bass were using straight minnow rigs for bait.  So bottom line is when you are fishing for White Bass you might get a bonus with a large Crappie.

On the other hand you Crappie fishermen you might also get a surprise while using a Crappie jig or straight minnow rig, “a magnum White Bass”.  I noted the Crappies are still moving up in the water column.  There were in 12 to 14 feet over my brush piles.  Lots of fun!

The Lake Fork bass spawn is quickly approaching.  We have a few open dates for guided Bass and Crappie trips in March and April.  Give us a call at (903) 413-6919 or E-mail us at: bassmr@geusnet.com .  Be a line watcher and have a great fishing week. 


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