Archive for April, 2008

Guide Tom Redington Lake Fork Report April 27, 2008

April 27, 2008

As we enter May, I’m still seeing some spawning pairs in the shallows at Lake Fork. Between the fry guarders, spawning fish and the bass chasing the hoards of shad spawning in the grass, 10’ and less has been my best depth range this week. As a result, I expect the shallows will remain the best pattern for a couple more weeks. Meanwhile, a few fish are starting to show up on deep structure and a number of fish are hanging out in mid-range depths (8’ to 18’). Just about any bait in your tackle box will work at some point in May, and the fishing will continue to get better as the females wrap up their spawning rituals and put on the feedbag. From lunkers on topwaters to structure fishing for schools of big bass on crankbaits, swimbaits, and Carolina rigs, the annual summer whack-fest is about to begin. Head on out to Lake Fork this summer and find out why May, June, and July are the favorite months of many Fork regulars.

Lake Conditions: With a little less rain this week, Fork is about normal pool and clearing. The lake level is currently reading 402.86’ (about 2” below full pool). Much of the north end and backs of major creeks are still stained to muddy, however, the south end remains quite 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 65 to 70 in the main lake, while we found some creeks as warm as 80.

Location Pattern: I’m finding most of the bigger spawning fish nearer the mouths of coves and on main lake flats in 8’ and less. While some bass are spawning in the newly flooded grass and cattails, many are spawning or staging along the inside grassline in about 4’. In addition, many bass are also holding amongst the rapidly burgeoning lily pads. The slightly deeper structure like points, creek channels, and ledges in 8’ to 18’, adjacent to areas with numbers of shallow spawning bass, is where we’ve found most of the bigger females. Deep structure in 15’ to 30’ is also starting to hold a few good fish, but the bite is very sporadic.

Presentation Pattern: Shad colored topwaters, crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and jerkbaits have been productive for actively feeding post spawners this week. Concentrate on areas with a lot of spawning shad, bass beds, or bluegill beds for the fastest action. For the bass holding in the newly flooded vegetation, swimming a green pumpkin red/pearl Fork Frog is hard to beat. Meanwhile, for bass around beds and on the spawning flats, 3.5” and 4.5” Live Magic Shads have produced well this week. Rig these on the new Swimbait hooks from Lake Fork Trophy Lures and try the watermelon red/pearl, watermelon seed/red flake, golden shiner, or Magic Shad colors. While some bass are biting on the swim, our best retrieve has been dead-sticking on the bottom, followed by swimming it a few feet and letting it fall back to the bottom, repeating this all the way back to the boat. When the bass are more finicky, a regular Magic Shad rigged weightless or on a light Carolina rig has done well. Try watermelon candy, watermelon/red or bull bream colors for this. For spawning bass, white or watermelon Fork Craws and Merthiolate twitch worms have worked well. Out deeper, ½ oz Mega Weight Jigs in black/blue with blue bruiser or watermelon candy colored Fork Craw trailers or Texas rigged Fork Creatures in the same colors are catching some big bass on points. And swimbaits or deep diving crankbaits in shad or yellow bass patterns are catching some suspended bass as well.

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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Norman DD22 season is here

April 24, 2008

It is that time of year again. Trolling, strolling ,cranking… roadbeds and pipelines…bite seems to be more productive north of the 515 bridge.

Smokey Joe- 141 has been the hands down best seller.

Lake Fork Report Guide Tom Redington 4-13-08

April 14, 2008

With bass in all 3 phases of the spawn and sections of the lake that are clear, stained and muddy, it’s possible to catch big Lake Fork bass on just about any shallow water technique right now. Spawning and post spawn patterns are producing the biggest numbers of fish, with some good ones mixed in. My customers and I concentrated mostly on slightly deeper structure just outside shallow spawning flats, a pattern that catches big prespawners moving into the shallows and also big females on their way back out. With so many bass up shallow right now and so many different patterns working, anglers can concentrate on their strengths and fish the pattern that suits them best—be it flipping heavy cover in muddy water, finesse fishing with light line or sight fishing in clear water, to anything in between. In general, the windier and cloudier the day, the better our fishing results, while sunny and calm winds made things a lot tougher.

I expect the spawn to continue 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.

Lake Conditions: Another couple rounds of storms brought Lake Fork up over full pool once again, currently reading 403.10’ and falling fast (about 1 inch above full pool). Much of the north end and backs of major creeks are stained to muddy, but the south end still remains quite 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 64 to 69 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 these 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. In addition, flats and protected bays nearer the mouths of coves are also holding some spawners. Spawning activity seems to be sporadic, so you may need to move around to a few coves to find an area with a wave of bedding fish.

Presentation Pattern: For prespawn and postspawn bass, spinnerbaits, crankbaits, topwaters, jerkbaits, and lipless crankbaits are 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, try slow rolling swimbaits through the shallow grass and wood, like a 4.5” or 5.5” Live Magic Shad on a matching Lake Fork Trophy Lures’ Ultimate Swimbait hook. On calm days, you’ll typically do better by pitching a jig and a Texas rig to shallow cover. For the jig, 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. Meanwhile on 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 wood cover and in any holes in the grass. For bass on 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 top colors in clearer water, while blue bruiser, black neon, and June bug work better in the murkier water.

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 4-10-08

April 10, 2008

The lake was starting to get back to normal and we got another good hit of rain. Conditions are similar to a few weeks ago. Muddy, flood gates opened back up and low numbers. Seems like the average size of fish this year is a lot better than last spring and we are still seeing MANY fish full of eggs even in the upper end of Birch creek. I still think there are several Sharelunkers yet to be caught and we may even see a few into May. (after the program closes)

I am trying to keep the site as updated as possible, but many of the guides that post reports are fishing 7 days a week and have been for a month and a half so I figure I won’t hound them too hard.

If your planning on coming out fishing the most productive bait and pattern seems to be a trick worm in a variety of colors with a 3/32nd oz Falcon Weedless hook in 5-10 foot. A few guides and locals have switched over to the massive Netbaits T-Mac trick worm and have increased average catch size.

Tight Lines

Cameron

Jimmy Everett Lake Fork Report 4-6-2008

April 7, 2008

Man the wind has been crazy the last week or more but the fishing has remain good with the exception of a few days where the wind so bad it made it tuff to get in to some of the areas I wanted to fish. Other than that the pattern and fishing has remained the same for the most part.

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 1/0 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 pauses and pay close attention to your line to detect those subtle bites. Another bait that has produced very well this last week was the 5 inch Gary Yamamoto Senko. A few mornings and a couple of days this last week the wind has been light enough to throw one of these weightless over the same flats. Working them slowly with a twitch and long pause retrieve it has produced several very nice fish including some days over 20 fish. On all these 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 April 30th open along with May 1, 5, 11, 13,16 available with some other May 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
Jimmy@fishinlakefork.com

4-1-08 Guide Brooks Rogers Lake Fork Report

April 2, 2008

Fishing on Lake Fork for the past few days has been really good. The water clarity is stained on the main lake and stained to muddy in the creeks(depending on which creek). Yesterday we had 24 bass the biggest being a 7.2 and we had two other fish over 6lbs. Most fish were caught on a weightless Wave Worm Tiki Stick in black/blue fleck and several came on a buzzbait. All of our fish came in very dirty water and most fish were in 2 feet of water or less. Most fish were caught in little shallow flat pockets with shallow shoreline weeds. Today we had different conditions. We had a north wind while a front was blowing through. The first part of the day was slow until I did a little moving around. I finally moved to a little clearer water and that seemed to be the ticket. We ended up with 25 fish, none were over 5 lbs. but most were small slot fish. We caught these fish around the same kind of shallow weeds on the same baits as yesterday. We did end up catching a big portion of our fish this afternoon on a Yellow Magic topwater. That bait will be very productive from now for the next couple of months. It will catch numbers as well as big fish. Last year during the Toyota Texas Bass Classic my team caught the largest team stringer of the day on day two all on a Yellow Magic. I have a few days left open in April and May if you would like to book a trip. I have April 24, 28, and 30 still available, and in May I have these days available: 1,9,11,15,26,27,28,29,30. Please let me know if I can be of any service. You can reach me day or night on my cell at (903)780-0680. Check out my website at http://www.guidebrooksrogers.com or email at brogers8202@aol.com