Lake Fork Guide Clint Wright July 8th, 2008 bass fishing report

Lake Fork Report: July 8, 2008

Lake Level: Fork: Full

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

Water temp: The water temps have varied from 82 – 85 degrees.

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

News: The McDonalds and Berkley Tournaments are right around the corner. Be sure to book your pre-fishing trips, rooms etc. ahead of time. My 2005 Triton TR-21 with a Mercury 225 Optimax is now for sale. This boat retails new at $60,000 asking $35,000.

Fishing Report
Lake Fork:
Day Report: If you are going to catch fish on Lake Fork during the month of July, you’ve got three choices. These three choices are to fish early, late or at night. Not to say these big fish do not eat during the middle of the day, but its nothing like during low light periods. Due to the heat I will run split day trips to avoid the heat and full night trips during July and August because I want my clients to be successful.
Great times to be on the water are 5:30 am to 10:00 am and 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm. During this time target main lake grass edges. I have found that this year the bass are holding on hydrilla more so than milfoil. If the grass bed has both, that’s a plus. I like to target the edges with a Carolina Rig or power drop rig. On these rigs I am using a Sweet Beaver or Flirt. You will have to play around with colors, it varies day to day. This is a good way to catch 8 pound and bigger fish.
Now, if just catching a boat load of 1 – 5 lb fish is what you want to do here is what’s working now. Rig up a drop shot rig with 20 lb. Power Pro or 14 lb Seagaur Fluorocarbon and fish the edge of hydrilla / milfoil mats. I like to use a Reaction Innovations Flirt 6.95. This works best early and late in the day and can also be used in deeper water.
If you want to brave the 100 degree heat, fish a 1 ounce Revenge jig with a sweet beaver or double wide beaver trailer in 20 – 35 ft. of water around big trees. (target the shady side) Hold tight so they don’t jerk the rod out of your hand!

Folks the night fishing is great this time of year. I have more confidence in catching fish over 10 pounds at night than during the day. In the last month, my clients have caught some really big fish. I use only a handful of baits. I’ll Texas rig a Reaction Innovations big unit or swim a Revenge jig. Last year during the July and August full moon, the boat ramps were so full many anglers were having to park down the highways. So if you plan on coming during these special times, come early and stay late!

While running at night wear a pair of Costa Del Mar sunglasses with Sunrise CR39 lenses. Bugs, rain etc. can damage your eyes at night. These lenses will not only protect you, but they brighten solid objects as you are running down the lake.

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 Costa Del Mar Sunglasses, 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. I hope to see you soon!

Guide Clint Wright
Lake Fork Day and Night Guide Service


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