Lake Fork Report December 15th 2008

Lake Fork and Local Hot Water Lakes: December 15, 2008

Lake Levels:

Fork – Full
Monticello – Full
Welsh – Full

Water Clarity:

Fork – Clear
Monticello – Clear
Welsh – Gin Clear (south end), stained (north end)
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Water temp:
Fork – varying from 42 – 52 degrees
Monticello – varying from 60 – 75 degrees
Welsh – varying from 64 – 85 degrees

Weather: Cold front today and tomorrow with highs in the 30’s, with a warming trend toward the end of the week to upper 70’s.

News: Happy Holidays from East Texas. My family, wife Kerstin and daughters Emmah, Lakyn and I wish you a very Merry Christmas. Remember, Jesus is the reason for the Season.

Fishing Report

Lake Fork: No Report due to time on hot water lakes. But, if I had to go right now I would take plenty of dynamite and some hand grenades as I am guessing the bite would be tough due to the cold fronts this week!

Hot Water Lakes: This past week the fishing on Lake Monticello and Lake Welsh has been outstanding, as expected this time of year. Cold fronts help the fish bite better. The more it snows, the better the bite.
Lake Monticello spawn is right around the corner. I have seen 7 or 8 beds in the last week. But none of the big females we are catching have shown any sign of spawning yet. I have been targeting these pre spawn fish with a Sebile Flatt Shad and a Wave Fishing Swim Bug. The lipless Flatt Shad can be fished with a cast a retrieve. Varying this retrieve from slow to fast with a sudden stop can produce some ferocious bites. The Swim Bug is best using it Texas Rigged on a ¼ ounce bullet weight and a 4/0 wide gap hook. I like to fish the light weight on Monticello due to the high levels of silt on the bottom. Colors of the Flatt Shad have not made a difference as this has been strictly a reaction bite. The best colors on the Swim Bug have been Watermelon Red and Sweet Potato Pie. For shear numbers a drop shot and shakey head will put them in the boat. My favorite bait for this has been the Tiki Trick Worm in Watermelon Candy.

Lake Welsh spawn is coming to a close. Yesterday all but one of the big females we caught was showing every sign of post spawn. Fry can seen in the shallows around lay downs and hydrilla. The biggest producer on Welsh has been imitating a bream with a ¼ ounce Revenge jig in Chartreuse Chameleon. (Those fish on Welsh love a jig) Early and late in the day try a Sebile Splasher around flooded vegetation and lay downs coming off the shore. This will for sure get you bit!


There have been a few disastrous accidents on Lake Monticello and Lake Welsh in the last two weeks. Anglers are navigating these lakes without due regard. I am seeing boaters driving at high rates of speed in timbered areas. One bad accident tore a boat in half on Lake Monticello this past week. Another bad accident resulted in a boat running on plane to hit a stump. This boat stopped and the three anglers did not. The three of them were stranded in the middle of the lake, swimming, with air temperatures in the 30’s. No major injuries were reported. Please go slow if unsure of the boat lane and please wear your Life Preservers.

The 2009 season is setting up to be a great year for bass fishing. Lower gas prices and full lakes will sure make it easier for anglers to spend time on the water. I look forward to all of my readers having the opportunity to fish with me this upcoming season.

Thanks to my sponsors Wave Fishing, Costa Del Mar Sunglasses, Gotcha Distributing (Dealer inquiries-contact Ron Peterson at 903-856-8083), Sebile Revenge Jigs, Arkie, Power Pro Fishing Line, Seaguar Fishing Line, Gene Larew.

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!

Guide Clint Wright
Lake Fork Day and Night Guide Service

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One Response to “Lake Fork Report December 15th 2008”

  1. thefishin'blog Says:

    This is a good solid post. Keep these going.

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