Archive for February, 2008

Fork Report 2-27-2008

February 28, 2008

Hit the lake from 8:45am to 4:00pm today.

Partner and I had an 8lb 0oz and a 7lb 10oz almost right away on a jig on north end of the lake fishing the mouth of a creek in 10 foot.  Water temp was 48.5 when we started and as soon as the chop on the water disappeared so did the bite.

We didn’t really get into fish again until 3pm, we got on a good scrape (2 6lbers 4 small swimmers) of fish in Mustang on docks with bandit 200’s and 1/2oz red/purple rattletraps.  We had to pull off the fish biting to end the day, but I know we could have stayed and maybe picked up another half dozen or more fish.

Fishing is about to take off…

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Guide James Caldemeyer Lake Fork Report 2-27-2008

February 28, 2008


February is coming to a close but the pre-spawn bass
fishing at Lake Fork is wide open! Now is a great time
to be out on the lake pursuing the fish of a lifetime.
The big females are making their annual migration
toward the shallows in preparation for another
spectacular year of spawning activity. I always look
forward to this time of year as Lake Fork gets to show
all others why it remains the “Bass Capitol” of Texas.

The weather has been like a roller coaster lately,
which is typical in February. Stable weather
conditions and the front side of cold fronts coming
through have been the most productive periods even
when the wind is blowing hard. The water level at Lake
Fork is sitting at 403.08 which is great. The draw
back is that with the recent rains bringing the lake
above full pool, it has stained a lot of the water up
in the creeks. Finding the areas in the creeks that
have clearer water are key places to focus on.
Water temperatures have ranged from 51-55 degrees in
recent days depending on the evening air temperatures.
With so many fluctuations in weather conditions, it is
important to monitor your surface temp gauge in the
areas that you are fishing. The most active bass are
amongst the warmest water available to them on a given
day and sometimes these areas can change overnight or
from morning to afternoon. This can definitely make it
a challenge to keep up with those “big mamas”.
The best approach to locating the fish has been
targeting the staging areas such as main lake points,
secondary points, creek channels, ditches or drop offs
that are adjacent to spawning flats. I will throw
“search baits” such as the rattle trap, spinner bait
or a chatter bait over the grass beds to entice a
reaction strike. The ½ oz. or ¾ oz. rattle trap is my
favorite and by far the most productive right now.
Red/orange crawfish patterns, white/red, gold, or
chrome/blue all have their place. Cranking over the
grass and letting it fall down in it then ripping it
out will trigger most of your bites so keep it in
contact with the grass. Change the colors up also to
see which one they want best on a given day. As the
days warm up, a double willow Talon spinner bait in
chart./white or red will catch them as well.
http://www.talonlures.com
Once you have found an area that is concentrated with
fish, slooowww down and fish the area thoroughly! I
have been fishing a black/blue Talon ½ oz. to ¾ oz.
jig tipped with a matching trailer and backing out to
about 10-12 foot of water for some big fish action.
The jig bite has been a little bit inconsistent but
give it a fair chance because when they get on it,
they GET ON IT! Keep the senko/fluke rod handy.
Shimano’s new Cumara 7’2” Med. Hvy. rod and 50mg reel
spooled with 16lb. Gamma Edge Fluorocarbon is the
perfect combination and man is it light. A 4/0 wide
gap hook, Texas rigged or Mr. Blitz “Pin’Acky” wacky
style hook http://www.mrblitz.com rigged with a Wave Worm
Tiki Stick and Tiki Bamboo Stick in black/blue, green
pumpkin, watermelon red, or sweet potato pie has
produced some good fish lately as well.
http://www.wavefishing.com Dead-sticking this bait from now
through spring will be a very productive technique for
catching a big bass. Just throw it out there and let
it soak!
If springtime has you itching for a new ride out on
the water, you need to go by and check out the new
line of Rangers at Diamond Sports Marine on Hwy 154
while you are at Lake Fork. I gave two different guys
demo rides in my new Z520 on Saturday and they were
both so impressed in the boat that each they had to
get one. This new boat is that amazing so go by and
take a look at one!
If you would like to book a trip to come fish Lake
Fork this year, feel free to give me a call
(903)736-9888 or you can email me at
lakeforktrophybass@yahoo.com . I do not have any
availability in March or April but I do have a few
dates open in May and June. These are excellent months
to catch late spawning bass and get in on the
tremendous post-spawn action!
I would like to thank my proud sponsors for their
support and the opportunity to promote the quality
products that they produce. A special thanks to my new
sponsors, Mr. Blitz and Wave Worm. Please pray for my
good friend and fellow guide John Tanner as he
recovers from a kidney stone. Read Philippians 4:6

Tight Lines and God Bless,
James Caldemeyer

Jimmy Everett Lake Fork Report 2-26-2008

February 27, 2008

The fishing this week remains good for size although the numbers have dropped a little from last week. I have still been catching several 5-8 pound bass this week but this week hasn’t produced any almost share a lunker fish. The patterns have changed slightly from last week with the cool weather but look for it to get back to the way it was in the next couple of days with the warm weather.

The shallow water pattern has stayed the same for now. I am still throwing lipless crank and picking up several good fish. The colors will be few but I will almost always start with a lipless bait that has some orange in it. If it seems to be some start messing with your chrome, blue, and with a little red on it, chart/ black, yellow/brown, and gold/black. All these colors will produce fish but almost always one will be a top producer. With these baits start throwing around grass located in 2 to 8 feet of water. For the 6 foot of water and less I will throw the 1/2 or 5/8 ounce models and for the deeper grass from 6 feet and deeper try throwing a 3/4 to 1 ounce models. I will be working these baits on a steady retrieve with a slight twitch while I’m reeling it in. I will give it this small twitch about 3 to 4 times in a single cast. Another good method has been almost letting it get tangled in the light grass almost on purpose and then ripping it out and letting it float down for a second or two. Start looking for areas around the lake that’s has large grass beds. It can be different from day to day especially with the days temperature on deciding where to fish. The main lake grass all the way to the back of the creeks will produce at anytime so don’t be afraid to move. Another tip is to work the water very well if you catch fish and the bite goes south. You might have to pull out a suspending stick bait in clown or black/gold/orange to pick up a few extra bites. Remember to work these baits slow.

This week has also pushed some fish into creek channel bends. Find the bends of the creek with your graph and kick out a little bit and start throwing. The best way I have found to catch them has been a down scaled carolina rig with a 1/4 to 3/8 ounce weight with a leader ranging from 12 to 18 inches in length. On the back of the rig I have been throwing a 5inch Gary Yamamoto Senko or a Zoom Super Fluke in watermelon/red with a chart. dyed tail. The key is being slow. Most of the bites have come while in the middle of a long pause. Look for the bends in 6 to 12 feet of water for the best results..

For those anglers looking for the fish of a life time to get out that flipping stick and spool it up with some 50lb braid. I have landed both of those toads along with many other big fish this week pitching and flipping a Strike Works Tackle 1/2 ounce Wood Jig in watermelon/red or black/blue/purple with matching Gary Yamamoto Craws. There are a few places to catch these big fish this time of year. A almost no fail is along the edges of the creek channels and creek channel bends. Work the cover lining the creek very well and slow. Work down the creek and then turn around and work it back out. Watch and pay attention to whas going on as the bites might vary from day to day. Work the creek channels in 6 to 15 feet of water for some good action. Another hot spot will be brush piles located in 8 to 15 feet of water. Work through these very slow using the jig like a texas rig. The bites are a little easier to feel like this but make sure you get the fish out of the brush as fast as possible after you set the hook.

I still have March 2nd & 30th and some April dates available along with some weekend dates for those interested. If you are interested in a professional Lake Fork Guide trip for any time give me a call at (903)-598-2505 or (903)-216-1867 and I will be happy to help or answer any questions that you may have. You can also catch me at http://www.fishinlakefork.com and email me from there. Gift certificates are available for any occasion.

Guide Jimmy Everett
Jimmy@fishinlakefork.com

Water temps slowing rising

February 24, 2008

After the rain we had last week and the flood gates being open constantly for the better part of the week, the lake is finally getting back to normal for big fish.  Numbers have been down and the local tournament weigh ins haven’t been as good but there have been more 8-10lb fish in the last few weeks than I remember last year.  Most ALL of the fish I have heard have been north of the 515 bridge (both west and east arms)

Half oz jig 10-15 foot around main lake points.

Suspending Rouges around bank

1/4oz traps for shallow muddy water

3/4oz Excalibur traps in Royal Red for the deeper grass.

The Penetrator Jig

February 22, 2008

To get your hands on some of the best Jigs made.

  • Call Joe Spaits at The Tackle Factory (Weedless Lures) located on highway 17 (Little Mustang Creek)  903-765-3398
  • Call Lake Fork Marina (903)765-2764

Lance Vick Video Report 2-21-08

February 21, 2008

To contact Lance visit him at www.lancevick.com

Chris Sinkey Lake fork Report Feb 2008

February 20, 2008

 *I want to thank Chris Sinkey for taking time to do reports for the website, he is a competitive tournament fisherman and not a guide and does these reports just to be helpful.* On to his report:

Fishing this last week at Fork has really been incredible! Even with the rains, and slight drop in water temps we have really been putting some good numbers and size in the boat. Early last week the average water temp in the areas I’ve been fishing have been around 53 to 55 degrees. Later in the week, after the rains, they dropped down to around 51. Fished 3 times last week, with one trip only producing 9, the other 17, and on tournament day around 30. Im spending most of my time in Northern creeks targeting shallower fish that have moved up in the grass.
Im throwing a 1/4 to 1/2 oz. lipless crankbait to find these fish in Chrome/Blue or shades of Red. These fish will be on one or the other. Some days they wont even touch red, and others, they wont touch chrome. Throw these baits up in 4 to 8 ft. of water and keep in contact with the grass. That will be the key for most of your strikes.
After finding an area holding a few fish, Ill go back and work the area with a split shot rig or drop-shot rig with a 4 in. GrandeBass Trickster worm. http://www.grandebass.com Throw these baits up in and around the grass and slowly work it back to you. Bites have been very aggresive this last week, so you might want to hang on to your rod.
I did not flip a jig much this last week, but I know that most of the bigger females are just holding out ready to move in at any time. Flipping a jig can catch you the fish of a lifetime right now. Flip every piece of cover lining the creek channels, thesse larger females will be sitting waiting to move up to spawn and the jig will get them to bite most of the time.
With March basically here, I expect to see some big fish brought to the scales in the next couple of weeks, with a few Sharelunkers very possible.
Good luck, and hope to see you on the water.


Please visit Chris at www.chrissinkey.com

Lake Fork Report 02-19-2008

February 20, 2008

I have been hitting the lake hard for the past week.  The big fish were turning on before we received 2.5″ of rain, the Lake rose very quickly and dam is letting water out of all gates.   I was finding and catching fish north of the 515 bridge (east and west arm) in feeder creeks and timber main lake points.

Finding water temp 52 main lake and hit a high of 56.2 in the very very back of Sun Eagle bay (didn’t catch a fish, was scouting)

2-10-08 Lake Fork Report Guide Clint Wright

February 11, 2008

Fishing Report

Lake Fork:
As I write this report I am reflecting on the fun I had yesterday on the lake with an old friend of mine. Mike caught his personal best (7.5 lbs) at 8:30 in the morning and nearly beat it again at 1:00 in the afternoon (7.2 lbs). We lost an absolute giant of a fish yesterday that somehow pulled free of # 3 owner wide gap trebles. Although 7 lbs. on Lake Fork is not uncommon, it sure made for a good start and an exciting day. I have lots of new photos that will be posted soon on the 2008 photo gallery of http://www.lakeforkdayandnight.com.
The water temperature yesterday reached 54 degrees by the end of the day. Today the water temperature reached 57, remember bass will spawn in 62, so it will not be long.
The number one thing I look for in February is warm water. If you can find areas that lack current or wind and have grass close to deep water, you will be in business. I will be throwing only a few baits for the next two weeks. These are lipless baits like the Sebile Flatt Shad, Stick baits like a rogue and a revenge spinnerbait. Lately, colors have not been important. I primarily throw shades of red or gold. But, I have seen other anglers using white, chrome, and chartreuse with good results.
If you are new to Lake Fork this year, here are two areas to target this month. It’s no secret that Birch and Glade creeks have produced huge fish year after year. But, you might want to check out Long Branch, Coon, Opposum, Little White Oak, White Oak and Penson Bay. The best thing to do is just cover water until you can find a group of fish. Once you locate them you should be able to catch several in one area. I like to fish rogues early and lipless baits the rest of the day. The spinnerbait has always worked best for me in windy or overcast conditions.
Catching Bass on Lake Fork the next two weeks is pretty simple. It’s usually the most productive time of year for most anglers. February and March on Lake Fork has provided more anglers with a Bass of a lifetime than any other months of the year. (Summer Night trips do not count!!!!!)
Good luck fishing and remember to use good quality hooks and line. The Sebile baits come with Owner hooks that do not need changing. But, most all others need to be converted. I would not fish any line less than 17 lb. test, unless you want to be heartbroken, 20 – 30 lb. is spooled up on my reels. Finesse fishing has its time and place, but February and March at Lake Fork is not that time!

I would like to invite you out to Lake Fork on a professional guided fishing trip. All you really need to go fishing with me is a fishing license. I can provide rods, reels, tackle etc. with not extra charge.

Thanks to my sponsors Gotcha Distributing, Reaction Innovations, Revenge Jigs, Sebile, Arkie, Custom Angle Moby bass rods and Oak Ridge Marina. I must also thank the Texas Parks and Wildlife for their efforts in keeping this lake great.
Feel free to contact me anytime via email lakeforkdayandnight@yahoo.com or by phone 903-918-9469 if you ever have any questions about Lake Fork or to book your next guided fishing trip on this fine fishery.

Tom Redington Lake Fork Report 2-9-08

February 9, 2008

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Despite the wind, cold and rain, I’ve been fishing almost every day on Fork for the past 4 weeks now. As the water cooled and warmed over the past two weeks, our fishing has been exceptional. By that I mean it was either exceptionally awesome or exceptionally tough! After a good bite in the first half of January, the extended cold period at the end of the month made fishing very slow and we had a number of 4 to 6 fish trips. Last weekend saw a big warm up and the fishing was awesome on Monday through Wednesday this week. Tuesday was one of my best numbers days ever for February, with the fish biting all day. Right before the second hailstorm of the day at dark, the action was continuous, with fish after fish and a lot of doubles for the last hour of daylight. Numbers slowed down on Wednesday after the front came through but the big fish were on. Bernie from MN caught a 10-00 and a 7-06 that morning, with our biggest 5 fish totaling over 35 lbs for the day. A couple more cold fronts on Thursday and Friday slowed the fishing for us once again, with only 8 and 11 fish caught the past 2 days. February is big bass time, so concentrate on warming trends and fish patiently in key staging areas. Even on the slowest days we caught some big bass, so fish thoroughly and you might be rewarded with the biggest bass of your life. My fishing patterns remain mostly unchanged from my last report and will remain that way until sometime in March when the spawning patterns start to dominate.

Lake Conditions: Fork is holding steady about 3” below full pool, currently reading 402.77’. The lake is full of aquatic vegetation, with a deep weedline anywhere from 8’ to about 15’. The main lake is clear in most areas, while the creeks are ranging from clear to muddy, depending on how much wind exposure they have. Water temps were reading from 50 to 53 degrees on Friday, down from the mid- to upper-50s earlier this week.

Location Pattern: From now through much of March, I concentrate on prespawn and staging fish on points and along edges of flats or creek channels. Areas with submerged vegetation (primarily hydrilla, milfoil or coontail) for cover will typically have the most active fish. While about any grassy area will hold a few fish, start your search in areas that have lots of spawning fish in late February through March. It stands to reason that the coves that hold the most spawning fish in early spring will have the most prespawn fish in the winter. Main lake grass beds near the mouths of these coves are holding a lot of fish now, as are main and secondary points inside the coves, provided there is deep water nearby. During warming trends, follow bass back into the creeks and check the edges of grass flats and creek channels.

Keep in mind, too, that the absolute water temperature is not nearly as important now as the recent water temperature trend. For instance, water temps that are showing 52 degrees can result in slow fishing if the temps were 58 a couple days ago. In contrast, fishing can be great if the temps warm up to 50 while they were 44 a few days before. In general, look for bass on the flats and farther back in creeks during warming trends; conversely, drop back to points and main lake grassbeds after cold fronts. Finally, the day of and the day after cold fronts can be absolutely miserable to fish, but these frontal days after a long warming trend are usually the most productive times to fish.

For deep structure enthusiasts, points, roadbeds, humps, flats and ledges in 18’ to 45’ will produce some big fish during the winter months as well. Use your electronics to find the schools of bass and baitfish and work them over with spoons and dropshots. I’m primarily concentrating on the shallow bass, so my presentation pattern will focus on that.

Presentation Pattern: My wintertime arsenal is pretty simple for fishing along grasslines and creek channels. First and foremost are red, crawfish, or shad pattern lipless crankbaits in ½ or ¾ oz. Stick with the ½ for grass that is near the surface and go with the ¾ for grass that is deeper. Buzzing these over the top of the grass on a quick retrieve works best some days, but after cold fronts, letting the trap fall and ripping these out of the grass will trigger most of the bites. ¼ to ½ oz spinnerbaits with double willow blades in white, red, or chartreuse and white will produce some really large bass in the same areas that the lipless cranks work, especially on windy and cloudy days. For a true giant, try swimming the new 5.5” Live Magic Shad in the same areas you’d throw a spinnerbait during warming trends. Rig it on the new Lake Fork Trophy Lures 7/0 wide gap hook and swim it slowly back to the boat with a few pauses. When the bite slows or the conditions are sunny and calm, I’ll switch to a suspending jerkbait or pitch a jig and a Texas rig. Jerkbaits in gold or clown patterns are my primary colors. Work these with long pauses over the grass and along the edges. For jigs, I go with ½ oz black and blue jigs with a Fork Craw trailer in the blue bruiser color. For the Texas rig, I’ll pitch a Lake Fork Flipper in black neon or blue bruiser with a ¼ to 3/8 oz bullet weight. Work your jig or Texas rig very slowly along creek channels or through deep grass for your best shot at a lunker.

Cover lots of water until you get bit. Once you catch one, work the area over thoroughly with multiple passes, employing several different baits. Fish tend to stack up in key staging areas during the winter and these spots will replenish themselves with more fish during the prespawn as more and more big bass move shallow. Find some good staging spots and you’ll have a milk run of honey holes now through March.

Here’s hoping you catch the lunker of your dreams. For those of you looking for a guide trip, I’m booked for February, but I do have March 5 and 31 available, as well as a number of good dates for the spawn in April. If I can be of assistance, please contact me at 214-683-9572 (days) or 972-635-6027 (evenings) or e-mail me through http://www.LakeForkGuideTrips.com , where your satisfaction is guaranteed.

Good Fishing,

Tom