Archive for March, 2008

Tom Redington Lake Fork Report 3-30-08

March 30, 2008

Heading into April, the spawn is in full swing at Lake Fork. While muddier than normal water has made sight fishing options limited, blind casting traditional spawning areas has produced good catches. Based on the number of small males I’ve seen caught in the shallows in the past few days, I suspect another big wave of females will be moving up shortly. Instead of catching the mostly smaller males up shallow, my customers and I have been keying on the 4’ to 10’ range for the past week and we’ve caught mostly bigger prespawn females. Best of all, by focusing on the slightly deeper water, you can fish in areas with lots of other anglers and still consistently catch fish.

I expect the spawn to continue through April into early May, as it does most every year on Fork. By the end of April, many fish will already be in post spawn and early summertime patterns. As those females feed up after the spawn, the result is our most consistent fishing of the year for numbers of quality fish in the 3 to 7 lb range, with a shot at a 10+. That means topwaters early and all day on cloudy days, and then deep water structure fishing the rest of the day. So if your plans don’t allow you to take advantage of the spawn this year on Fork, don’t despair, you can still enjoy what most locals consider the best fishing of the year on Fork—May through July.

As a side note, I added my April article to my website. It details the finesse Carolina rig, one of the most deadly rigs for catching big bass in the spawn in tough conditions. You can check this and all of my other bass fishing articles out at http://www.lakeforkguidetrips.com/fishingarticles.htm .

Lake Conditions: More rainstorms this weekend has Lake Fork rising up over full pool once again, currently reading 403.22’, about 3 inches above full pool. With more rains forecast for Monday, expect it to be high and muddy for much of this coming week. Many creeks started clearing this week after being muddy for almost a month now, while the water on the south end remains pretty clear. We’ve been catching the bass equally from muddy and clear water, so don’t let the stained water keep you out of productive coves. Water temps were reading from 61 to 67 degrees on Saturday, perfect for spawning.

Location Pattern: For prespawn bass, concentrate on points, creek channels, treelines, and inside or outside grass lines near shallow spawning flats. For big prespawn females, we did better around grass and wood cover in 4’ to 10’ in the middle to mouths of creeks or on cover on the main lake. For spawning fish, concentrate on the very back ends of large creeks. As the water continues to warm, flats and bays nearer the mouths of coves will start holding more spawners, too.

Presentation Pattern: For prespawn bass, spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and lipless crankbaits are still catching big fish, especially on overcast and windy days. With lots of stained and muddy water, bright color schemes that include a lot of orange, chartreuse or red have worked best. For a big bass, go with a ½ oz chatterbait with a shad colored 4.5 Live Magic Shad trailer and swim it in the same areas you throw a trap or spinnerbait. On calm days, you’ll typically do better by switching to a suspending jerkbait or pitching a jig and a Texas rig. Go with gold or clown colored jerkbaits on cloudy days, while silver color schemes work better on sunny days. Work these baits with a few twitches and long pauses. For a real prespawn monster, pitching heavy cover along the first breakline and creek channels is the way to go. I go with a 3/8 oz Mega Weight black and blue or green pumpkin jig with a Lake Fork Craw trailer in the blue bruiser or watermelon candy colors. For the Texas rig, I’ll pitch a Lake Fork Flipper or Top Dog Lizard in black neon, green pumpkin or watermelon/red with a 1/8 to 3/8 oz bullet weight and slowly work it around cover. For bass that have moved onto spawning flats, weightless Texas rigged or wacky rigged soft plastic jerkbaits like Magic Shads, Live Magic Shads, Twitch Worms, and Ring Frys become your best option. Shades of green pumpkin and watermelon are normally top colors, with watermelon/red baits with the tail dipped in chartreuse being the top producer lately.

For spawning bass, white or watermelon Top Dog lizards, Flippers and Craw Tubes work great. White baits allow you to clearly see your bait on the bed, while more natural shades of green are often needed to catch the more finicky bass. Most spawning areas have water that is too muddy to see bedding fish, so pitching Texas rigs and weightless soft plastics to any wood cover and holes in the grass will catch the spawners that you can’t see. Work your bait very slowly and keep it in place on the bottom for a long time or you’ll pass up all but the most aggressive fish.

Here’s hoping you catch the lunker of your dreams. 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

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James Caldemeyer Lake Fork Report March 30, 2008

March 29, 2008

Lake Fork Trophy Bass Report
By Guide James Caldemeyer

The spawn is in full swing here at Lake Fork and some really big fish are being caught on a daily basis. Matt Yost from Martin Gas Co. can attest to that as he managed to top his personal best with a fish yesterday that weighed 10 lbs 2 ounces. There are a number of these big fish up shallow right now and they are accessible to the many anglers that are out on the water this time of year.
The wind has been the biggest factor the past few days, with 35-40 mph winds each day. This has made it hard to get out across the lake to certain areas that the fish are in and has made casting a bait to them even a challenge at times. The forecast is calling for the wind to calm down the next few days though. Water temperatures have been conducive for spawning activity at 59-63 degrees. The water clarity has been a big factor with some of the creeks being stained//muddy and some that are fairly clear to about 2 feet. Although there are still fish in the areas that are stained, I have been more successful fishing the clearer water that still holds good water temps.
Key areas to catch these spawning fish have been at the very back of the major creeks and pockets from mid-lake all the way north. With the lake fuller than it has been in several years, these fish are in virtually no water making beds. 5 feet of water or less has been the most productive. Wave Worm Tiki-Sticks http://www.wavefishing.com and flukes in green pumpkin or any watermelon color have been the best producers for me. I am rigging these baits weightless, slightly weighted or wacky style and am throwing them on a 7’2” Shimano Cumara Med. Hvy. rod spooled with 16 lb Gamma Edge fluorocarbon line. A 4/0 wide gap hook will do the job on the flukes and Tiki-Sticks when fishing them weightless and I am using a Mr. Blitz 4/0 Pinacky with a 1/32 oz. weight molded into the hook on my wacky rigs. The key to getting bites has been fishing these baits very slow. Texas rigged lizards and brush hogs are good choices as well for flipping the shallow grass and timber in these same areas.
As most of the fishing crowd is focusing on the spawning fish, you can also retreat to the points, creek channel edges, and first break line adjacent to these spawners to concentrate your efforts on some really nice pre spawn females that are staging. A ½ oz. white or white/chart. Talon spinner bait http://www.talonlures.com , ½ oz. jig, chatter bait, or big swim bait is my favorite for going after a real big one. Especially on the cloudy windy days.
These patterns will remain the same for the next few weeks as the spawn rolls along. The only thing that will change is the erratic springtime weather and with that the locations that are most productive one day, may not be the next. Pay close attention to the weather forecast. The changes that the weather makes from day to day and the effect it has on the lake will greatly increase your odds of catching that big one!
If you would like to book a trip for some great bass fishing on Lake Fork, feel free to give me a call at (903)736-9888 or email me lakeforktrophybass@yahoo.com You can also visit my website at http://www.officiallakeforktrophybass.com I would like to thank the good Lord & my sponsors for their support.

Read 1 Peter 3:18

Tight Lines and God Bless,
James Caldemeyer

Lance Vick Video Report March 30, 2008

March 29, 2008

Lance Vick Lake Fork Video Report 3-21-2008

March 21, 2008

Jimmy Everett Lake Fork Report 3-19-2008

March 21, 2008

The fishing on Lake Fork has been great this last week. Many of those fish that keep getting pushed out by cold front after cold front have finally moved up to stay. This week I have had 4 days over 30 fish and one day with over 40 fish. On the north end of the lake there are a few beds starting to show up and they seem to be healthy and in good shape. These fish that are first on the beds are always pretty easy to catch so its lots of fun if you can located these early spawners. There is lots of flooded cover around the banks that will be great spawning areas for these fish so look forward to a great spawn this year as long as the weather doesn’t turn south again and again.

The pattern is pretty much like it is every year for this time of year on Fork. Look for lots of fish to be cruising the grass flats and spawning flats close to creek bends and deep water. This time of year I like to concentrate on two types of fish. The shallow fish that are active and ready to go or the fish that are coming into spawn that are still holding in a little deeper water. It basically breaks down to the active male fish and the slower deeper females.

On the flats look for large areas of grass and sand mixed with some ditches or small creeks running through it located in 1-4 feet of water. For Flats fishing I like to throw several different baits to make sure I pick up every possible fish in the area. I like to start out with a Gary Yamamoto Swimsenko on a 1/8th ounce bullet weight. I will cover lots of area with this by just throwing it out and swimming back in on a steady retrieve. Once I feel like I have worked the area over and picked up the extremely active fish I will switch to a Gary Yamamoto Kut Tail Worm or Lizard. I will throw the lizard on the same rig as the swim Senko and crawl it along the bottom with slight bumps and short pauses. On the Kut Tail I will rig it up weedless on a ½ hook and a ½ piece of an insert weight stuffed in to the head of the worm. Work these baits slow with slight twitches and long puses and pay close attention to your line to detect those subtle bites. On all thes baits I will stay with my natural colors such as the watermelons with any color flake, green pumpkins, and pumpkinseeds with a chartreuse dyed tail.

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. For those big females holding in the creeks I will pitching and flipping a Strike Works Tackle 1/2 ounce Wood Jig in watermelon/red or black/blue/purple with matching Gary Yamamoto Craws. 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 what’s 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 April29, and 30th open and some May 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)-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
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Tom Redington Lake Fork Report 3-16-2008

March 17, 2008

A major warming trend has Lake Fork bass rapidly heading towards the first wave of spawning. After recent days of sun burnt customers wearing shorts, it’s hard to believe that we fished all morning in a major snowstorm on March 7th with water temps dipping into the upper 40s. While the bass had been biting very strong in the backs of creeks before the cold front, I’ve caught most of my fish on an “outside” pattern since then–around grass and timber on points and creek channels leading into spawning areas. As the water warmed back up, the bite was slow for numbers most days with a lot of 6 to 10 fish days, although we did manage to catch some big bass. In addition, Fork anglers donated two fish over 13 lbs this week to TX’s ShareLunker program. With a few more warm days and the full moon next week, I expect a major wave of spawners to hit the shallows any day now in warmer areas of the lake. As usual, we’ll have waves of spawners move up through April, with a few stragglers on beds into mid-May.

Lake Conditions: Since a few heavy rains brought Lake Fork up well over full pool, the water level dropped steadily, currently reading 402.84’, about 2 inches below full pool. The current created by drawing water from the lake pulled a lot of muddy water from the very backs of creeks and much of the lake is stained to muddy. Meanwhile, the south end and some protected creeks remain clear. Water temps were reading from 56 to 67 degrees on Saturday, up considerably from last week.

Location Pattern: For prespawn bass, concentrate on points, creek channels, treelines, and inside or outside grass lines near shallow spawning flats. With the water being cold this week, we did better around grass and wood cover in 4’ to 10’ in the backs of creeks or on cover on or near the main lake. In many cases, we’ve caught multiple fish from very small areas, so really work an area over once you’ve caught a fish there. A few spawning bass are currently located in protected bays and typically in the very back ends of creeks. As the water continues to warm, flats and bays nearer the mouths of coves will start holding spawners, too.

Presentation Pattern: For prespawn bass, spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and lipless crankbaits are still catching a lot of fish, especially on overcast and windy days. For a big bass, go with a ½ oz chatterbait with a shad colored 4.5 Live Magic Shad trailer and swim it in the same areas you throw a trap or spinnerbait. On calm days, you’ll typically do better by switching to a suspending jerkbait or pitching a jig and a Texas rig. Go with gold jerkbaits on cloudy days, while silver color schemes work better on sunny days. Work these baits with a few twitches and long pauses. For a real prespawn monster, pitching heavy cover along the first breakline and creek channels is the way to go. I go with a 3/8 oz Mega Weight black and blue or green pumpkin jig with a Lake Fork Craw trailer in the blue bruiser or watermelon candy colors. For the Texas rig, I’ll pitch a Lake Fork Flipper or Top Dog Lizard in black neon or watermelon/chartreuse with a 1/8 to 3/8 oz bullet weight and slowly work it around cover. For bass that have moved onto spawning flats, weightless Texas rigged or wacky rigged soft plastic jerkbaits like Magic Shads, Live Magic Shads, Twitch Worms, and Ring Frys become your best option. Shades of green pumpkin and watermelon are normally top colors, with green pumpkin baits with the tail dipped in chartreuse being the top producer lately.

For spawning bass, white or watermelon Top Dog lizards, Flippers and Craw Tubes work great. White baits allow you to clearly see your bait on the bed, while more natural shades of green are often needed to catch the more finicky bass. Most spawning areas have water that is too muddy to see bedding fish, so pitching Texas rigs and weightless soft plastics to any wood cover and holes in the grass will catch the spawners that you can’t see. Work your bait very slowly and keep it in place on the bottom for a long time or you’ll pass up all but the most aggressive fish.

Here’s hoping you catch the lunker of your dreams. 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

Lake Fork Conditions 3-15-2008

March 15, 2008

I’m not being negative, just shooting it to you guys straight.

Water temp is perfect, low 60’s

Lake is nasty muddy. You are a hero if your pulling 6 fish a day right now, while 3 of those 6 may be over 5lbs you are not going to show up in the next few days and have 25 fish on that predictable fluke bite like last year at this time. The SRA thinks it is necessary to keep releasing water SLOWLY (I’m guessing to not flood down stream?) through all gates. I am not sure if and when they are going to stop since rain is in the forecast mildly Monday and Tuesday.

The traffic is horrendous right now during the day, as I am writing this (12:45am Saturday morning) 4 tournaments are going to be boosting off in a tad over 6 hours. I’m not sure why exactly they all scheduled the same day, but there is going to be some major competition for the text book spring holes tomorrow. Don’t expect to be standing on your “spawn” box and start pitching to beds in the next few days. I’m not kidding about the water clarity, it is nasty nasty.

If you are planning on coming down to Fork in the next 2 or 3 weeks and planning on giving it a shot at that ONE fish of a lifetime:

A.) Weekday, Wednesday seems to be our “turnover” day this year for motel customers. Monday and Thursday are the busiest weekdays. Saturday and Sunday are almost not worth fishing in my opinion. There is almost no where to escape the traffic, no stump is left unturned UNLESS you venture to shotgun pass or the far far north end on the east arm where the buoys don’t really mean much.

B.) Fish at night. We had some guys from Tennessee that hammered the night bite. 1/2 oz black blue Jigs and trigged black sapphire brush hogs in the popular day holes backed off in 10 foot.

C.) Fish SOUTH. If your planning on going to White Oak, Glade, Pension, North of the highlines in Birch ect you are fishing over territory already been covered 500 times by most of the guides, locals and regular week end warriors. The water will be cooler, but the pressure is tremendous on the north ends of both arms right now. (Not to mention the chocolate milk water clarity the farther north you go)

Cameron

James Caldemeyer Lake Fork Report 3-11-08

March 12, 2008

Lake Fork Trophy Bass Report
Submitted March 11, 2008
By Guide James Caldemeyer

“March Madness”, at Lake Fork, is in full swing and is evident with two Share A Lunkers being brought to the scales in as many days. I was able to witness the excitement of Cal Lamb at Lake Fork Marina after he brought in a fish yesterday that weighed 13.02 lbs. He was fishing alone and in a rental boat when he landed the monster bass on a jig. He had never thrown a jig before yesterday but I am sure he will be fishing it a lot more often now. It was funny to hear him explain that when he set the hook on the fish, “…it felt like I was hung on a stump, then I realized it was a fish and it felt like I was dragging a tire in.” Definitely another amazing Lake Fork story and a fish of a lifetime! Today, another Share A Lunker was caught as well weighing just over 13 lbs.

The water level at Lake Fork is currently sitting at 403.08, which is just over full pool. Recent rains have continued to produce lots of run off and have caused most of the lake’s creeks to be stained and off colored. Finding the areas within the stained creeks that get less run off and are a bit clearer is best. Water temperatures have been ranging from 53-58 degrees in the areas that I have been targeting and the bite has been more consistent in the afternoon when water temps are at their peak.

I have been fishing primarily pre-spawn patterns early in the day when the water temps are down and keying on main lake & secondary points or creek channel edges that are adjacent to spawning areas. Fishing the grass in 2-8 feet of water has been best. Red/orange rattle traps are still producing fish along with white/chartreuse spinner baits & chatter baits. When the water starts heating up I grab my new Shimano Cumara rod & reel rigged with 16 lb. Gamma Edge fluorocarbon and move to the spawning flats. A 4/0 wide gap hook rigged with a Wave Worm Tiki Stick and Tiki Bamboo Stick in black/blue, green pumpkin or any watermelon colored fluke has produced some good fish lately. http://www.wavefishing.com I am also rigging my Tiki Stick wacky style with a 3/0, 1/32 oz. Mr. Blitz hook http://www.mrblitz.com and dead sticking it over the grass with an occasional twitch of the rod and catching them. If you have not tried this technique, you are missing out! Flipping a jig has caught some of our biggest fish lately and accounted for a lot of big bites across the lake. My favorite is a 3/8 to 1/2 oz. black/blue or black/blue/purple Talon jig tipped with a matching trailer. If you have the patience to fish a jig, now is the time to fish it! Generally, you will not get as many bites but the ones you do get may have you feeling like you are reeling in a “tire” on the other end!!

If you would like to book a trip for some great bass fishing on Lake Fork, feel free to give me a call at (903)736-9888 or email me lakeforktrophybass@yahoo.com You can also visit my website at http://www.officiallakeforktrophybass.com I would like to thank the good Lord & my sponsors for their support and to those that contributed to my new boat wrap. Kevin and Rhonda at UCR Graphics did a great job and my Ranger Z520 looks spectacular! I would highly recommend them to anyone interested in a custom wrap to promote their company or products http://www.ucrwraps.com
Read 1 Peter 3:18

Tight Lines and God Bless,
James Caldemeyer

Sharelunker

March 11, 2008

Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center   <—-Check this place out

Lake Fork got a Sharelunker y’all.

Cameron did a great job of keeping this lunker alive.

Cal explains how he caught this beautiful Lake Fork bass and shows her off for the cameras.

Ray Vereen Lake Fork Report 3-8-08

March 8, 2008

Date: 03/07/08
Lake Fork Conditions
Surface Temperature: 50 – 55
Water Level: 403.56 – 7” high
Water Clarity: muddy / stained

Last year at this time the water temp was in the mid 60’s, and fishing was a little more consistent. The weather the last few days has been tough on us here at Lake Fork. We didn’t get a lot of snow, but we did get more rain which continues to keep the lake level high. This requires the SRA folks to let water out, and can impact the bite a little. However, once the fish get use to it, the bite should improve. The water clarity is the worst I’ve seen it in a long time. Plenty of rain and winds from multiple directions has turned the water brown all the way to the dam. From the last weather report from this morning, we should be in for a little warming trend and stable weather conditions. I personally have not seen any bedding activities yet. The water is just to cold still, but the fish are staging to come into the shallows. With that being said, you need to fish pre-spawn staging areas. Tree lines, creek channels bends, pond dams, and single big trees next to spawning flats are the key to catching some really nice bass. We have also been catching fish around grass beds on main lake and secondary points. The lures we’ve been catching fish on are jigs and flukes. I haven’t been fishing wacky worms, or cigar baits (senkos, tiki sticks and the such), but I been told they are working as well. The good news is the rest of March and then April are going to a great months for catching the spawn here at Lake Fork. If you haven’t made your plans yet, you better get to it as I’ve said before. Even though the current conditions might not be friendly to us, the bass are still biting. Numbers of fish may be hard to come by, but big bass are still being caught every day. If you can put up with the conditions, the rewards can be great. We have been using very slow presentations this past week to produce most of our fish. Here’s what we have been using.

Green pumpkin flukes with dipped end on a 1/8oz weighted Mustad hook fished slowly from the bank out to about 10 feet of water which has grass. Cast it, let it sink, jerk slowly, and let it sink some more. The fish are hitting it on the fall. Again, we’ve been working them very slow in 1 to 10 feet of water. Our best luck has come around grass beds with timber near spawning flats.

My favorite this time of year is the jig. It doesn’t produce great numbers except on a few occasions, but most of the time you’re going to catch nice fish. We’ve been fishing jigs along creek channels, secondary points and tree lines leading into the spawning areas. Find the biggest stumps you can, work every side, and hold on. Groups of isolated stumps near grass beds have also paid off.

Lures currently catching fish:
½ or ¾ oz Red or Crawdad colored Rattle Trap
3/8 oz Sour grape Viper XP jig with Zoom Salty Pro Chunk watermelon shad
Slightly weighted Green Pumpkin Super Fluke

I hope the above information will help you catch more and bigger bass on Lake Fork, and let me know if there is anything I can do to assist. I currently have the 13th and 14th open in March and some prime time April and May dates open for those a little late on their planning this year. So, if learning Lake Fork, catching big bass and having a great time doing so sounds good to you, then give me a call as soon as possible and schedule a Lake Fork fishing trip and get the dates that work best for you.

Well, the fish are biting-got to go.
Until next week remember,
Don’t catch ‘m all, let ‘m go, and let ‘m grow.

Contact Me @
877-347-4668 (toll free)
rayvereen@yahoo.com

Enjoy life – always and thanks for reading,
Ray