Archive for August, 2007

John Tanner Lake Fork Fishing Report

August 28, 2007

This week here at the great Lake Fork the fishing has been good. We have been doing the best in the mornings and again in the late afternoons. Main lake points have been great places to start using Carolina rigged lizards, baby brush hogs and Texas rigged worms. Most of the fish we have been catching off of these points have been in 15 to 18 ft . of water The best points have been on the windy side of the lake. Every morning for the past week we have had a pretty good breeze so it has helped tremendously. As always graph the area and see if they are there. If you get out real early you can catch some good ones along the grassy points on the south end of the lake using

Wacky worms and light weighted Texas rigged worms. Good colors have been watermelon red, watermelon and pumpkin seed. As the morning progresses look for the deep fish to be hanging out in submerged brush and timber in 18 to 22ft on the drop offs along the points. Again the Carolina rig and the Texas rig fished slowly through the brush will do the job there. Up in the day a lot of the fish around the main lake structure will suspend so go after them with large spoons. You can catch them on the big spoons in the early mornings as well over deep water on the south end of the lake in certain areas. Speaking of that, we filmed another show here on Lake Fork with Honey Hole All Outdoors Television last week and caught some good ones on the spoon. This episode should be on the air soon so check your local listings for times. You can see it early mornings on the weekends on FSN ( Fox Sports Net) or channel 27 in the DFW area so check it out. They do a great job and have an excellent fishing show. We have also filmed with Ark La Tex Sportsman 3 times in the last 6 weeks so look for some great Lake Fork fishing action in the near future on their program as well. Mid day the bite has been slow so to salvage the day fish shaky head worms and small crank baits along the bridges and then later in the afternoon hit the points again. Late evenings move back into the grass and throw the wacky worms and Texas rigs. As we roll into September look for a lot of the fish to start moving into some of the creeks. If the weather cools down a little a lot of the shad will move into the mouths of the creeks and the bass will follow. The mornings and afternoons are the best time to catch them in these areas as the fish feed heavily on the baitfish. Look for schooling activity to pick as always going into September. All we need is a few cooler days and especially some cooler evenings so keep an eye on the weather.

Good Luck if you are headed this way. While you are here at Lake Fork be sure and go by and visit our local Ranger Boat dealer Diamond Sports Marine. They carry a full line of Ranger Boats and have an awesome parts and service dept. Tell em Tanner sent ya. They are having a blow out on all boats in stock and will be letting them go at some great prices. They are doing this to make room for all of the 08 model boats that are coming like the all new Ranger Z-520. The Z-520 is a 20 ft. boat rated for a 250 hp engine and is going to be a hot one. Give Diamond Sports a call and schedule a test ride for your self. I have one coming and can’t wait to get it out on Lake Fork and break it in!

If you would like to book a guided trip here on Lake Fork this fall or this winter or even go ahead and book your 08 spring trips call us toll free at 1-800-865-2282 or drop us a line at From the beginner to the expert we will make your trip to Lake Fork one to remember. I would like to thank my sponsors Ranger Boats, Diamond Sports Marine, Yamaha, IPM ( international precious metals ), Shimano, Lowrance, Mustad Hooks, Gamma Fishing Line, Power Pro Line, Tru Tungsten Weights, Lead Head Lures, Minn Kota Trolling Motors, Hambys Beach Bumpers, BTS boat protectant, Muck Boots, Line and Lure conditioner , Mattress Sleep Centers and Lake Fork Marina. All of these fine sponsors make it possible for me to do what I do guiding here on Lake Fork and fishing the FLW Tour. Thanks for all of your support !

Please pray for our troops as they protect us from harms way. Also please pray for the Blair family as my friend Gary Blair went on to be with the Lord. He fought the good fight and will be missed. Read Romans 10:9.

Good fishin and God Bless,
John and Robin Tanner
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Lake Fork Fishing Report 8-25

August 25, 2007

Morning fishing was pretty tough, 6-10 fish being exceptional. No large fish reported.

Most productive pattern was dropshotting 10-15foot. Sold a dozen bags of Zoom Meatheads in Watermelon/red to some guys that are local tournament jackpotters.

Seems like the evening bite after 6pm has been the most productive the last few days and almost all the large fish coming out right at dark or soon after. 10″ Berkley Power worms in black/blue, Blue/fleck and straight black are the bait of choice for our regular night customers.


Lake Fork Chris Sinkey Report

August 23, 2007


Fishing at Lake Fork has been good the last couple of weeks with days averaging 15 to 30 fish a day. The key for numbers and size has been fishing off-shore structure such as roadbeds, humps, ledges, and pond dams. Use your electronics to find these structures and see if the fish are bunched up on them, or just to the sides. Even though they are sitting off to the sides of the roadbed (for example) these fish can still be caught. But when they are bunched up ON the structure, it’s “Game On.” I have been focusing more on the roadbeds and humps in about 15 to 30ft.. For these fish I have mainly stuck with a Carolina Rig with a 1oz. weight and about a 5ft. leader. I am using 2 to 3 different baits to produce bites. First has been a Chart. Pepper Baby Rattlesnake by GrandeBass. This bait has been putting more numbers in the boat, but has produced some fish over 7 lbs.. The second bait has been a Watermelon Red, or Ssabednarg colored Mutant, also by GrandeBass. You can find these baits at I have noticed in the last week or two, that the days when it is very sunny and very hot; the bites have been much more aggresive. Another bait I have been having success with is a 1/2 oz. Blue Shad Nichols Jig rigged with a white trailer. Other baits producing well have been, DD-22’s, swimbaits, and drop-shot rigs.
I am also catching some fish shallow around grass in about 4 to 8ft. of water. For these fish, I have been using GrandeBass Stick’s and Rattlesnakes in Watermelon Red, Watermelon Chart., and Ssabednarg. Im fishing these on a light weighted Mustad Power Plus 3/0 hook, Texas rigged. Some days, they want the straight fall, and others they want them fished whacky rigged.

Hope this helps out anybody looking to hit the lake for the first time or just out fishing for fun.
Good Luck


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If your coming from Dallas…

August 22, 2007

If you are coming from Dallas or normally take 515 to get to Lake Fork, you may want to reroute to Alba and take hwy 17.  From the West 515 bridge to the Intersection of 69 and 515 in Emory there is heavy road construction and loose gravel and new oil on the road.  Many boats are coming to the marina with the hull covered in tar.

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Guide Tony Clark Fishing Report 8/19/2007

August 20, 2007

The Lake Fork Water is stained at this time and water temp is hovering at 87 degrees. The bass are biting on trick worm and texas rig in the grass and on 1/4oz Shaky Heads in 10′ to 20′ of water. Wacky rigged worms early and late shallow.

We have had many bass in the 4 to 8lb range on main lake points with hydrilla and shallow humps with standing timber where 20′ of water comes up to 9-12′.

Chart/pumpkin, sour grape and watermelon candy are the most productive colors right now. With these days getting shorter the small schooling bass are getting better and better.
Lake Fork Guide Tony Clark

Fishing Fork since 1981


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August 20, 2007


Lake Fork Marina fishing report is not  currently up and running at its full capacity, but we’re still workin on it!

I’ll be setting up an email service that will automaticially send you updates as Cameron posts them. This will happen in the next few days.

I’m also setting up the digg, and other fancy things.

Another fun feature is the meebo chat located on the side of the website.  If you notice the green light on this means Cameron is online and you can chat with him.  Just pop in and tell him to get back to work.

Other things we’re workin on is an audio update and of course transferring the site info over to a dot com. 

If any of you want to contribute fishing reports it would be much appreciated.



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John Tanner Fishing Report

August 20, 2007


Week of August 14th.
This week here at the great Lake Fork fishing has been pretty good considering the hot weather. The fish are definitely in their summer patterns as the surface water temps climb into the 90’s. It has been hot but that is a good thing for those of us who love to fish the deep water structure for school of hungry summer time bass. It was a little slow last week but with the weather staying the same for while now the fish have been easier to pattern as they feed along the drop offs on the deep points and other off shore structure. We have been catching them the best on Carolina rigged Baby Brush Hogs and fry baits, Texas rigged 10 inch Zoom Ole Monster worms and large spoons. Most of the bigger fish we have been catching have been positioning themselves in and around the underwater timber along these areas. As in most cases this time of year good electronics make a huge difference when going after these deep fish. I use Lowrance Electronics and wouldn’t even think of going out in my Ranger Boat with out one. The sonar units they make have the best resolution and will show the fish clearly even in the trees and brush along the deep structure. Lake Fork is known for its awesome deep water fishing in the summer and I would have to say it one of my favorite ways to catch them here. The main reason is that you are fishing for schools of fish verses one fish here and one fish there going down the bank. In other words once you find them you can catch several at one location and usually they are all good ones. And if you have never got on a school of big ones in 25 to 30ft of water and had the experience of reeling in several of those hogs in from the deep, you are really missing out on what we call signature Lake Fork. With these fish being in the deep timber be ready by spooling up with some strong line that is very abrasion resistant. My Shimano Rods and reels will be spooled with 20 pound test Gamma Edge Fluorocarbon line on my Texas rig, spoon and on one of my Carolina rig rods. I will usually have 2 Carolina rig rods rigged up with one having the Gamma and then another with Power Pro braid for the main line. Some days they will hit the one with the Gamma Fluorocarbon better than the one with the braid. It makes a different sound down there and some days they will hit one over the other. For the weight on the C-rig and the Texas rig I use Tru Tungsten bullet weights. Most of the time I use a one ounce on the C-rig and on the Texas rig I will use a 3/8 ounce. These weights are by far the best tungsten weights on the market. The folks at Tru Tungsten have come up with insert free technology which makes their weights more sensitive than the other tungsten weights out there. A lot of the others have an insert in them to protect from line abrasion which muffles the feel of the weight which defeats the purpose of using them. Tru Tungsten has figured it out and makes there weights without it making them the best. They even come in an assortment of colors to match the plastic you are fishing with. As a rule when we are looking for fish along the structure, if they are on the bottom we are dragging the Carolina rig and Texas rig through them. If they are suspended we are catching them on the spoon by counting it down and working it through them. Boat position is critical so pay close attention where you are when you marked the fish and use a buoy marker to mark the school of fish. If you are off by 20 feet and not working your bait directly through them you will have a hard time catching them.

If you would like to book a trip and see what this deep water basin is all about or book your fall, winter or even book your spring fishing trip here on Lake Fork call toll free at 1-800-865-2282. Or drop us a line at From the beginner to the expert we will make your trip to Lake Fork one to remember. Be sure to take a look at all the pages of the photo section for a look at some happy anglers holding their Lake Fork trophies.

While you are in the area be sure to go by and visit the folks over at our local Ranger Boat dealer Diamond Sports Marine. They carry a full line of Ranger Boats powered by Yamaha. They are located on hwy 154 about a mile north of the lake bridge. Tell em Tanner sent ya! And have you heard the news? There is a new model of boat hitting the market by Ranger for 08’ It is the awesome new Z-520. This awesome new boat is everything for the serious bass tournament angler and being a 20’ boat rated for a 250 HP motor it should really run. I have one on order and can’t wait to see it arrive over at Diamond Sports. Go to for details. If you are in the market for a Z-20 I have an awesome deal on a factory pro staff boat. Click on the boat for sale section for a look.

On another note we will be speaking tonight August 14th in Arlington at the University Baptist Church on Park Row at 7:00pm. There will be a brief bass club meeting and we will begin speaking immediately following. All are welcome.

Please pray for our troops as they keep us safe and also continue to pray for my friend Mr. Gary Blair as he battles cancer.
Read Colossians 3:12-14

Good fishin and God Bless,
John and Robin Tanner

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Fishing Report 8-18-2007

August 19, 2007

The night bite on Fork is on, dusk till midnight with the bite slow until 4am.  10″ black power worms, black/blue gene larew hawg craws and 3/8-1/2oz spinnerbaits with a large colorado.

 Main lake points on the south end of the lake have been the most productive.

Day time you can catch deep fish on the SRA public hole on carolina rigged Zoom Centipedes in Watermelon Candy-
Cameron Burnett

Lake Fork Marina

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Lake Fork Trophy Bass Fishing Report 8-12-2007 & BIG FISH PICS!

August 18, 2007

James Caldemeyer’s Lake Fork Trophy Bass Report
Submitted August 12, 2007
By Guide James Caldemeyer

 Doug and Rachael with a beauty


WOW, is it hot! The summer heat has finally made it’s way to east Texas. But don’t let the warm weather discourage you from coming to the lake. Summertime and Lake Fork can equate to some HOT bass fishing action!
I was privileged to be able to fish with Mr. Doug Jost and his daughter Rachel yesterday. I must say that this 11 yr old girl had her mind on fishing and the warm weather was not going to slow her down. She persevered in the heat of the afternoon without a complaint and was rewarded with some real nice fish. Good job Rachel!
The lake is in great shape for August with water levels holding steady at 403.60, just above full pool. The gates at the dam have remained closed and this has kept the fishing more consistent. Surface temperatures have been ranging from 85-92 degrees. Water clarity is fairly clear to slightly stained in areas.The shallow bite has been good for small to medium sized slot fish early and late in the day. Best areas have been main lake and secondary points adjacent to deep water, creek channel bends and shallow pond dams. The presence of good grass beds has been the key to these areas being productive. Wacky worms worked over the grass in watermelon candy, watermelon red, june bug and sour grape colors have produced the best. Texas rigged worms and drop shot rigs have also done well in these same colors. The topwater bite early has produced some fish on certain days with yellow magics, zara spooks and sammys in shad patterns being the most productive. You’ll also want to keep a shallow running crank bait handy for some good shallow water action. Norman Little N’s and Deep Little N’s have been best in shad colors and chartreuse/blue back.Most of my fishing has been out deep for the big mamas though! Deep structure fishing at Lake Fork is hard to beat this time of year all the way into the fall months. This type of fishing is intimidating to a lot of anglers but once you have learned how to find fish in deep water, the dividends can be outstanding. Depths from 20 to 35 feet is where you’ll find the majority of the concentrations of fish. Best areas to target are main lake points, road beds, humps, ridges, and pond dams that are relative to this depth range. Once you have established several areas to consider, a good graph will show you if fish are holding in on these spots. A Lowrance is as dependable as they come and I rely on mine daily to tell me where the fish are hanging out.Carolina rigs have been the most productive for me after I have marked some fish with my electronics. I use a 7’6” heavy action Shimano Crucial rod and reel spooled with 20lb. Gamma Edge fluorocarbon, a 1 oz. weight and a 4-5 foot leader. Best baits have been the Grande Bass Rattlesnake or Mutant in watermelon red, pumpkin chartreuse or chartreuse pepper colors rigged on a 3/0 wide gap hook. On some days the fish prefer the rig worked through them on a steady pull and on other days you’ll want to hop it some. So try varying your retrieve some when you are out there and let the fish tell you how they want the bait worked. Big 10 inch worms like the Zoom Ole Monster or Berkley Power Worms have been catching some nice fish as well. Watermelon seed, watermelon red, and blue fleck have been my colors of choice.There have been some days that the fish are a little less active and somewhat suspended off the bottom in these deep areas. Catching them on a Carolina rig or Texas rig will not be as productive when this occurs. That is when I grab my Crucial spinning rod and start working on them with a drop shot rig. I keep my rod spooled up with 10 lb. Gamma fluorocarbon, a 2/0 drop shot hook and a 3/8 to 1/2 oz. weight attached about 18 to 24 inches below the bait. Best baits have been the Baby Rattlesnake in watermelon red and chartreuse pepper or a 4” finesse worm in shades of watermelon or pumpkinseed.Another great way to catch these suspended Lake Fork bass is with a deep diving crankbait, chrome lipless crank bait, jigging spoon, or swimbait worked at or just above the depth that these bass are suspending. At times you will find these fish schooling on bait fish and will want to have your rod ready to cast into the school of fish before they move off or quit chasing shad. The schooling action is awesome and my clients have caught a number of big fish like this. This schooling activity should heat up along with the temperatures of the summer!If you are planning a trip to Lake Fork to come catch some of these trophy bass and would like to book a guided trip, feel free to give me a call at (903)736-9888 or you can send me an email I will work hard to make your fishing experience at Lake Fork a productive and memorable one! Read Acts 2:38Tight Lines and God Bless,
James Caldemeyer

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