Lake Fork Report 5-20-2008 Guide Jimmy Everett

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 Gift certificates are available for any occasion.

Guide Jimmy Everett


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