Jimmy Everett Lake Fork Report 12-13-07

Winter time fishing seems to be hear on Fork. With the weather changing so much come to Fork prepaid for anything. The deep bite has definitely been the best for numbers and overall size. There are still plenty of fish running the shallows in the grass beds located on the main lake and creeks.

My shallow water bite has been mainly covering water till I find a stretch of grass that is holding several fish. I have only been throwing a lipless crank bait for the last few days. My best colors have ranged from gold/black, chrome/blue, and any craw patterned bait with orange in it. I am throw these across grass beds on a constant retrieve with a slight twitch in the throughout the cast. The best thing to do is put the trolling motor on and cover water.

Start looking more at your creek channels in the back of creeks from 6 to 12 feet of water for some good fish. A black/blue/purple or watermelon/red 1/2ounce Strike Works Wood Jig. Flip and pitch to every piece of cover along the creek and pay attention because some of the bites are a little light and maybe just some line movement.

For that deep water action tie up a Carolina rig, a drop shot, a swim bait, and a 6 inch spoon for some good action. Turn on your graph and start graphing those deep water humps, points, ridges, and roadbeds in 20 to 35 feet of water. Look for the bass, barfish, and or shad grouped up in small areas. Once these are located this is the time to break out the tackle. For the fish near the bottom or on the bottom pick up the rig or the drop shot. My best baits for the rig will be a Zoom Super Fluke or a Gary Yamamoto Lizard and once again in the green, browns, and pumpkins with chartreuse dyed tails. Work these baits slowly along the bottom with short pauses for most of your bites. The fish are mainly feeding when found like this so the bites tend to be easy to feel. If the fish you find on your graph seem to be bunched up off the bottom, such as suspended fish, try throwing the swim baits or spoon in a shad or chrome patter through the middle of the school. The best methods I have found are the count down or a cast past the fish and try to bring it through them.

 Good luck on the water and be safe,
Guide Jimmy Everett


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