Lake Fork Fishing Report 1-14-2008 by Guide Jason Hoffman

Jason is an excellent guide and a personal friend of mine, his fishing information and willingness to help people is top notch. I really appreciate him taking time to put as much effort and detail into his reports as he has and I encourage everyone takes time to look at his website: www.lakefork.us

Client with a 13.51 caught with Jason:

Guide Jason Hoffman client Sharelunker 13.51

 

Lake Fork Fishing Report 1-14-2008

The fishing on Lake Fork has been very good this past week for both quality and quantity. This time of year, weather patterns play a very important part in your fishing success. Catch the tail end of a warming trend and the fishing can be fantastic! Several days of warm weather (highs in the 80s) early in the week brought water temperatures up to 56 degrees in some areas by Wednesday. This made for some exciting action Wednesday afternoon. My partner and I boated an even 20 bass in a little over 5 hours of fishing with our best 5 fish weighing between 31 and 32 pounds. Our big fish of the afternoon weighed 8.43 pounds and we had another that was right at 7 pounds. That’s what early prespawn fishing on Lake Fork is all about!

Since Wednesday, our daytime highs have been in the upper 50s and lower 60s, but just as importantly, our nighttime lows have been in the mid-30s. This has brought our water temps back down a few degrees and of course the fishing has gotten a little slower, but there are still plenty of fish that will bite — and good ones too!

January and February are two of my favorite months to fish Lake Fork because there are lots of big fish in shallow water. The key to the shallow bite this time of year is grass. We are fortunate this year to be near full pool and there is acre upon acre of shallow grass from the lower end of the lake and up both of the upper ends of the lake. This grass is located on the main lake and in the backs of nearly all the major creeks. Cover a lot of water until you catch one, then work that area very thoroughly. There are normally several fish in close vicinity to one another. Points and creek channels will hold most of your larger fish, but you can catch some nice fish on the flats and on straight banks as well. Keep an eye on your water temperature gauge and look for the warmest water in that area, and you should find the fish.

My favorite bait this time of year is a lipless crankbait. I keep both the 1/2 oz and 3/4 oz sizes tied on at all times and alternate between the two depending on the depth of the grass I’m fishing. I typically fishing the 1/2 oz bait in water less than 4 feet deep and the 3/4 oz bait in water deeper than that. With either bait, the key to success is maintaining contact with the grass. When you feel your bait make contact with the grass, snap your rod, and this will clear the grass from your bait. That’s when you better be holding on to your rod, because most of your strikes will occur right after you clear the grass. Color preference will change almost daily this time of year. My personal favorites include red, orange, crawfish, firetiger, and lime/chartreuse. One other tip: be sure you have high quality, super sharp hooks. A lot of these fish will just slap at the bait and with good hooks, you can still catch them. I change the hooks on nearly every brand of lipless crankbait that they make.

Some other baits to keep tied on this time of year are a suspending jerkbait, a spinnerbait, and a jig. Work the suspending jerkbait and the spinnerbait in the same areas that you used the lipless crankbait. Sometimes a fish that wasn’t interested in the lipless crankbait will inhale the jerkbait. Remember to work your jerkbait slowly with long pauses between jerks.

For the jig, I like to concentrate on stumps along the creek channel and also on secondary points leading into the spawning pockets. My personal favorite is a 3/8 oz black and blue Viper XP jig teamed with a Berkley chunk trailer. Brandon Moss caught a ShareLunker weighing 13.51 pounds in 2003 on this very combo while fishing with me. Be very thorough with your jig – especially once you have located fish. I like to pitch both sides of the stump before moving on to the next one. You might be suprised how many bites will come on the second or third cast to one stump. It could be the difference in catching that fish of a lifetime or not.

I hope that will give you a start when coming to Lake Fork. Be sure to check back here often for the most up to date Lake Fork reports on the internet. If you have any questions or if you’d like to book a trip, please check out my website at http://www.lakefork.us or give me a call at (903) 456-3691.

Good luck!

Jason Hoffman

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One Response to “Lake Fork Fishing Report 1-14-2008 by Guide Jason Hoffman”

  1. Richard Says:

    Jason

    Thanks for great report !

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