Lake Fork Guide Clint Wright report 5-14-08

Guide Clint Wright


“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 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


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