Archive for May, 2008

John Tanner Lake Fork Audio Report

May 31, 2008

With John Tanner

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Lake Fork Guide Clint Wright Report May 29,2008

May 30, 2008

Kelly’s 10.40 certified at Lake Fork Marina by Cameron!

Another photo of Kelly’s 10.40!


A 6.10 Kelly caught!

Lake Fork Day and Night Guide Service

Guide Clint Wright

www.LAKEFORKDAYANDNIGHT.US

“Let’s go fishing”

20+ years of Lake Fork experience

Lake Fork Report: May 29, 2008

Lake Level: Fork: Full

Water Clarity: Main Lake is clear. Most creeks are clear too.

Water temp: The water temps have varied from 75 – 78.

Weather: Highs in upper 90’s this next week.

News: I am now offering a romantic lunch for you and your spouse. We will begin our trip at safe light and when we return to Oak Ridge Marina for lunch, the staff will have a table set with a white table cloth, candles, dozen roses, chocolate covered strawberries and wine if desired. This is a way to surprise your loved one and let them know how much we appreciate the time they allow us on the water. Also available is birthday, anniversary etc…
Here are open dates that I have for you for the upcoming month. May 31, June1 and 7, July 5, 6, 12, 13, 20, 26 and 27.
Joe at VJ’s baits in Winnsboro, Texas (a new tackle store) has a wide assortment of new baits that I and many pros are using to include the new Sebile Magic Swimmer. Call Joe at 903-342-3497 or 903-975-0358 for all your tackle needs.

Fishing Report
Lake Fork:
The fishing here at Lake Fork is great. Last Sunday during the Legend Tournament Ron Peterson of Gotcha Distributing, one of my sponsors and friend caught a 10.23 lb lunker winning him a new Legend boat. Ron caught his winning fish on a Revenge Jig and a Reaction Innovations Sweet Beaver. He was fishing one of my favorite holes where we have had many fish over 10 lbs. Congratulations Ron. After the tournament was over Sunday, I had the opportunity to take a lady angler fishing. Kelly caught a huge fish from the same area weighing 10.40 lbs. Kelly caught her fish on a Reaction Innovations Big Unit. This is also the same area that Hailey caught her 11.28 lb fish with me only a few weeks ago. It is neat how some areas just hold big fish.
Once the water warms up to 75 + degrees you will very seldom find me fishing less that 15 ft of water. By this time the fish that I am targeting have already passed the post spawn phase and now are beginning their early summer pattern. Here I am looking for points, ledges, humps etc. One key thing to target once these structures are found is brush. Luckily I took the time over the years to set out brush piles in key places. These brush piles provide a habitat for fish of all sizes and species. In these brush piles I use an assortment of baits depending on how the bass are set up on them at any given time. I like to fish the tops of the trees and brush first with a Sebile Koolie Minnow (deep diver). Then I will go with a Texas rigged Reaction Innovations Big Unit on a ¼ ounce weight unpegged. This light rig will actually stay on top of the brush and usually will not fall into it. Lastly I will use two baits to penetrate the brush and catch the fish that are buried in it. A Texas rig with a 3/8 to ½ ounce weight and a ¾ to 1 ounce jig will do the trick here. When fishing deep and around brush / trees I like to use 65 – 80 lb braid. Here we are NOT looking for small fish, this is where the lunkers live. With a braided line like Power Pro, when you set the hook and start to crank, they WILL come to the boat. This line is strong.
If for some reason power fishing fails to produce for you. Try a dropshot rig or a Carolina rig and use your electronics to find schools of fish on open water drops.
Folks the night fishing is about to be phenomenal. I usually don’t promise anything on any of my trips, but night fishing here on Lake Fork is usually a sure bet. Remember that I have over 20 + years of night fishing experience and safety is my number one concern. The air temps usually fall into the mid 70’s so this makes summer time night fishing very enjoyable. I have shown folks for years that by this time of year many of the fish we catch during the day have holes in their mouths as a testimony of catch and release. But the fish we catch at night very seldom, if ever have holes in their mouths solid proof that some fish are nocturnal and only feed at night. I try to compare trophy size Bass to a trophy size whitetail deer; they only come out to feed at night!
Good Luck fishing and feel free to call me anytime with any questions.

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 provide rods, reels, tackle etc. at no extra charge. Digital Photos of your fish will be taken and will be emailed to you at no charge.

Thanks to my sponsors Gotcha Distributing, Reaction Innovations, Revenge Jigs, Sebile, Arkie, Power Pro Fishing Line, Seagaur Fishing Line, Gene Lareu, Daichi Hooks, Custom Angle Moby bass rods, Oak Ridge Marina and Hideaway Harbor 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. I hope to see you soon!

James Caldemeyer Lake Fork Audio Report

May 30, 2008

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Tom Redington Lake Fork Report May 26 2008

May 29, 2008

With summer just around the corner, the bass fishing patterns are still wide open at Lake Fork due to a cooler than normal spring and high water. Up shallow, some males are guarding fry and a few bass are still spawning. In addition, tons of shad and bluegill are spawning in the shallow flooded cover, so big bass are still coming from less than 8’. Meanwhile, I’m finally starting to catch some good fish out deep, although the schools are relatively small. As the water warms up, look for the numbers of big bass to increase on the deep structure. In between the shallows and deep is the most productive zone on many days, about 8’ to 15’. I’ve found a number of bass are relating to deep grass edges or the first drop near productive spawning areas as they transition from shallow to deep for the summer. As I stated in my last report, just about any bait in your tackle box will work at some point until the water gets hot, and the fishing will continue to get better as the bass 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; it’s hard to beat the summer for numbers of bass in the 3 to 8 lb range, with a shot at a 10+ pounder. Head on out to Lake Fork and find out why the summer is the favorite time for many Fork regulars.

Lake Conditions: After a big rain last week, Fork is above full pool and clearing. The lake level is currently reading 403.54’ (about 6” above full pool). Much of the north end and backs of major creeks are still stained, however, the south end remains quite clear. Water temps warmed steadily this week, reading from 73 to 79 in the main lake, while some muddy creeks are reading in the mid-80s.

Location Pattern: Although most of the spawning has wrapped up, many bass remain shallow on spawning flats chasing after bluegill, fry, and spawning shad in the ever expanding submerged and emergent weeds. For bigger females, fish slightly deeper structure such as points, creek channels, and ledges; any of which are in close proximity to spawning areas. These fish are mostly in 8’ to 15’, often around the deep edge of the hydrilla or milfoil. Deep structure in 18’ to 30’ is starting to turn on, producing mostly big bass. Some days these bass are suspended and other days they’re on the bottom. Most of these schools have been small, so watch your depth finder closely.

Presentation Pattern: First thing in the morning, frog baits like a Fork Frog in black neon or watermelon/red flake/pearl belly are working well some days. Cast these all the way to the bank and drag them across the newly flooded grass, then let them drop after coming across the mat. Other days, poppers and white chatterbaits are working better along the edges of the grass. For bass on the grass flats and in the pads, 4.5” Live Magic Shads and regular Magic Shads are catching some bass. Rig these weightless and try the watermelon red/pearl, watermelon seed/red flake, golden shiner, or Magic Shad colors. For bigger bass, pitch a 3/8 oz Mega Weight jig or a Texas rigged 8” Fork Worm to holes in the grass and lily pads on flats or near stumps on points in the deep weedline. I’m using a green pumpkin/black or a watermelon seed jig with a watermelon/red flake Fork Craw trailer, or a watermelon Fork Worm on the Texas rig. Shad colored medium running crankbaits are also catching some good bass over grass flats and on timbered points. Out deeper, Carolina rigs, jigs. and Texas rigs are catching some really big bass from schools located on the bottom on deep structure. For jigs, I use ½ oz Mega Weight jigs in watermelon with watermelon colored Fork Craw trailers, while I go with a green pumpkin Twitch Worm or Flipper for Texas rigs. Watermelon candy or green pumpkin Baby Fork Creatures, Ring Frys, and Twitch Worms are on the business end of my Carolina rigs. When the bass are suspended, swimbaits or deep diving crankbaits in shad or yellow bass patterns are working better than the bottom presentations, and catching some lunkers too.


Boat for Sale: My 2008 Ranger Z520 boat was new in Dec ’07 and is for sale. It is fully loaded, rigged with a 250 HP Yamaha Series 2 motor with a 6 year warranty (good until 2014). It’s value priced and will save you about $10,000 off the cost of a new boat. For more details and pics of the boat, please check my website (www.lakeforkguidetrips.com) or drop me a note.

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

TEST

May 28, 2008

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Lake Fork Fishing Report -May 13, 2008 – Guide Clint Wright –

May 21, 2008

Lake Fork Day and Night Guide Service

Guide Clint Wright

www.LAKEFORKDAYANDNIGHT.US

“Let’s go fishing”

20+ years of Lake Fork experience

Lake Fork Report: April 13, 2008

Lake Level: Fork: Full

Water Clarity: Main Lake is clear. Most creeks are clear too.

Water temp: The water temps have varied from 71 – 75.

Weather: Highs in upper 70’s and high 80’s this next week, with a slight chance of rain on Wed.

News: I am now offering a romantic lunch for you and your spouse. We will begin our trip at safe light and when we return to Oak Ridge Marina for lunch, the staff will have a table set with a white table cloth, candles, dozen roses, chocolate covered strawberries and wine if desired. This is a way to surprise your loved one and let them know how much we appreciate the time they allow us on the water. Also available is birthday, anniversary etc…

Fishing Report
Lake Fork:

Well folks it’s been a long drawn out spring here at Lake Fork. Hot one day and in the 40’s the next. I first noticed bed fish the last week of February on the north end of the lake. Now it’s May 13 and we are still catching good numbers sight fishing on the south end. This past weekend we had a 9.7 and an 8.4 along with a few more 4’s and 5’s, all off beds. But, I look forward to that winding down to an end this week.
With the upcoming Legend tournament this weekend, here are few tips that should get you bit. Going into a tournament on Lake Fork, anglers have two choices to make. Do I fish for one big fish to win or lots of small under the slot fish to win hourly money? Well, the Legend tournament is an easy decision. They are giving away a really nice Legend boat for the biggest under the slot fish! By fishing with finesse type baits you increase your chance of catching 15-16 inch fish but still stand a chance of hanging into a big stick bender. This weekend I would approach the lake by fishing a post spawn pattern. Take a look at the map and find ditches, creeks, points and road beds close to spawning coves and flats. Here I would target 10-20 foot of water with three baits. A dropshot, shakey head and a Carolina rig. On these rigs I would throw a reaction innovations Flirt or a Smallie Beaver. Start out with natural colors like green pumpkin, xmass pumpkin, California 420, watermelon red or watermelon. Lately we have been catching more fish by dipping the tail slightly in chartreuse dye.
Another thing I have noticed is that the hydrilla and milfoil is growing more this year than the past 3-4 years. It is actually choking the fish out in many places that I like to fish. We have been finding larger schools of shad and bass in areas that are lacking these grasses.
Once you have caught some unders or if you just want to go for the big one, here are a few tips for that. Take a Sebile Koolie minnow and dig the bottom on main lake deep structure. The colors amber fashion and white lady should work the best. Use your electronics to find the schools of feeding fish, cast past them and crank it through. I like to use 20 lb power pro braid or 15 lb. Seagaur fluorocarbon line for this application. If you know they are there but fail to hook up, try the dropshot prior to leaving the area.
Some areas you might want to graph are SRA, sandbar off the dam, Chaney point road bed and Dale hump. These places are a great post spawn hang out for large schools of fish.

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 provide rods, reels, tackle etc. at no extra charge. Digital Photos of your fish will be taken at no charge.

Thanks to my sponsors Gotcha Distributing, Reaction Innovations, Revenge Jigs, Sebile, Arkie, Power Pro Fishing Line, Seagaur Fishing Line, Gene Lareu, Custom Angle Moby bass rods Oak Ridge Marina and Hideaway Harbor 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. We hope to see you soon!

Guide Clint Wright
Lake Fork Day and Night Guide Service
www.lakeforkdayandnight.us
903-342-3497
903-918-9469

Lake Fork Report 5-20-2008 Guide Jimmy Everett

May 20, 2008

The fishing has remained much the same so the report hasn’t changed very much at all. There are still fish located from the back of the creeks to deep water structure on the main lake. During this time many different baits and patterns will work to put fish in the boat.

The shallow water bite has been good early in the morning throwing a Stanley Ribbit weightless over the top of scattered grass. The bites have been very aggressive. If you get some rolls close to the bank and they wont take it make sure to look back in that area for bedding fish once the sun gets up. Once this bite slows try switching to a Gary Yamamoto SwimSenko in watermelon/red with a chart tail or a Net bait Paca Craw in the same color. Fish these on a light texas rig and work them fairly quick over the top of grass located in 1 to 4 feet of water,. When you get bit you will definitely know. Once you feel like you have caught the active fish in the area try backing up to that 4 to 8 feet grass and work a Gary Yamamoto 5 inch Senko in shades of watermelon or green pumpkin with any color of flake in them. I have been working these weightless texas rigged and letting them sit for at least 4 to 5 secs in between twitches. Once again the bites have been easily detectable.

For that mid depth a carolina rigged zoom baby brush hog or a fry type bait has worked well. Fish in old ponds, old roads, and points located in that 10 to 14 feet of water. Fish the rig very slow for best results. The slower the better. I have been rigging this up with a 1ounce weight and a 5 to 7 foot leader. My best colors have been watermelon gold and a camo color. The best areas have had grass near by.

Some good jig fish are showing up on main lake banks and points located in 8 to 12 feet of water. I will put the trolling motor on low and start flipping and pitching to every tree and stump I can find in that depth range on the main lake. I have been throwing a Strike Works Tackle ½ ounce wood jig with a matching Gary Yamamoto craw or Paca chunk.
My best colors have been watermelon/red, black/blue/purple, or pumpkin/watermelon.

For Deep Water, A Storm Wild Eye swim bait in the 4 or 5 inch size has been working the best. I am throwing the bunker color for the most part. I am working these over main lake humps, points, ridges, and drop offs located in 20 to 35 feet of water. I have been working these by ripping them off the bottom and letting it swing back to me. Let the bait swing tell it hits the bottom and then repeat till the bait is worked back to the boat. Most of the bites are distinct and easy to tell when the bait has been hit

I still have June 2, 5, 6, 9-12, 16, 19, 23-27, 30 available with some July dates for those interested in some great summer fishing. 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 fishinlakefork@yahoo.com. Gift certificates are available for any occasion.

Guide Jimmy Everett
www.fishinlakefork.com

Lance Vick Lake Fork Video Report 5-18-2008

May 18, 2008

Grats to Lance and his PAA Victory!


DD22

May 15, 2008

DD-22 Fish

In addition to this fish Guide Dean Stroman boated a 12.44 on 5-12 and had a little surprise with a 37.5lb buffalo earlier this month.

Lake Fork Report Guide Brooks Rogers 5-15-2008

May 15, 2008

Lake Fork Reports
Week of 5.13.08

Fishing the past week most days has been great. Today was a little slower we only had 10 fish with the largest weighing 7.5lbs. Several fish were caught on Yellow Magic topwaters and the rest were caught on flukes fished around shallow weeds. Last week was excellent, everyday except for a couple we had 20 to 30 fish per day. Most fish were 2-4lbs and each day we would have one or two between 6-7lbs. The best patterns now I believe are fishing inside grasslines where there is a distinct inside edge between the shoreline and the hydrilla or millfoil which ever grass it is there will be fish especially on a distinct inside edge. Some of these fish are still on beds but many are just hanging around the bream beds and some are guarding fry. I am throwing an assortment of lures in these areas depending on the day. My favorite technique is the Yellow Magic but the other thing I like is taking a 6 inch lizard Texas rigged on a 1/16oz. weight and swimming it in the inside grassline. That is an awesome technique for post-spawn bass guarding fry. If it is cloudy and breezy a 1/4oz. spinnerbait with small willow blades or a Mann’s Minus one crankbait are good choices as well.

There are also some deep fish beginning to bite as well and that pattern should improve in the next couple of weeks. I normally don’t do alot of deep fishing till about June because there are plenty of fish for the next couple of weeks in less than 8 feet of water.

If you would like to book a last minute trip in May I still have these days open, May 15,28,29,30 and June is starting to fill as well. Check out my website at www.guidebrooksrogers.com or call me day or night on my cell (903)780-0680