John Tanner Lake Fork Bass Fishing Report October 2007

This week here at Lake Fork the fishing has been pretty decent. The lake level is at an awesome 403.21 with the surface temp running around 82 degrees. We have been catching a good number of fish using various techniques as the fall season rolls in. Early in the morning go with the topwater baits such as chug bugs, pop’rs and white Talon buzzbaits. For you frog people you can catch some nice ones using rabbit frogs and scum frogs in the lily pads around the golf course area of the lake. After the sun rises a little go with the Texas rigged worms and the wacky rigged worms. Flukes rigged on a weighted hook are a great choice as well . Fish these baits around the grass beds on the main lake points on the south end of the lake. Look for bait fish running the grass beds for better luck . On the Texas rig I have been using a ¼ and 3/8 ounce Tru Tungsten bullet weight and pegging it using one of the Tru tungsten Smart Pegs. For the line I have been spooling my Shimano rod and reels with 16 pound Gamma Edge Flouro Carbon line. Speaking of Shimano Rods and reels have you seen the new reels by Shimano? They have introduced the all new Core Reels. Go by your local dealer and check them out, they are awesome! Later in the day we have been catching a good number of fish on the drop shot and also using Carolina rigs. On the drop shot I have been using Trick worms and on the C- Rig the baby Brush Hog in watermelon/red has been the ticket. There has been a lot of schooling fish showing up around the bridges and at the mouths of some of the larger creeks. These fish have been eating weighted flukes and chatter baits. Schooling fish are a blast and if you have never seen Lake Fork bass when they come up and start chasing shad you are missing a treat. Remember the larger fish will hang below the school a lot of times so try to get your bait underneath the ones that are surfacing for the big mamas. Jigging spoons are a good choice for this as well as weighted swim baits like the Storm wild eye. Fall fishing is awesome and with the weather cooling down it is a great time to fish here at Lake Fork. If you would like to book a guided trip call us toll free at 1-800-865-2282 or drop me a line at From the beginner to the expert we will make your trip to Lake Fork one to remember. While you are here be sure and go by and visit the folks over at Diamond Sports Marine our local Ranger Boat dealer. They carry a full line of Ranger boats and have an awesome parts and service dept. If you haven’t seen the new Z520 for 08″ they have one in stock . Go by and schedule a test ride or drop me a line and I will give you a test ride in mine. I have one that will be arriving soon rigged with one of the new series 2 Yamaha 250hp HPDI motors. Good luck to all in the upcoming Berkley Tourney. Please pray for our troops and their families as they keep us safe. Also please pray for my mother as she is battling here illness. Remember all things are possible to those who believe. Read Romans 8:31-39 Good fishin and God Bless,
John and Robin Tanner
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