January Lake Fork Crappie Report by Guide Terri Moon

Yes- Time flies when you’re fishing and here it is, a new year to begin!  I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season.  I took some time off to head to Missouri to spend some time with friends and family.  What a bonus it is to be back home to Lake Fork!

For those of you coming to Lake Fork please be extra careful getting around out there because of the water conditions.  There are many channel markers missing and some have drifted away from where they where supposed to be.  So when in doubt- just IDLE!  It’s not worth getting hurt over.  If you should hit a stump and need motor repairs, you need to contact Chuck or Perry at Service Marine in Emory.  903-473-3909.  They will get you fixed up and back on the water.  They are the best!  One last piece of advice- be sure to wear those kill switches and life vests!  You can never be too careful.

I guess the safest way to get around (at least for me) is having a good GPS unit on board.  My Lowrance 111C-HD combo has been an amazing asset for navigating.  I’ve been able to make my own trails that I know are safe to get around and boy is that a “peace of mind”!  If you’re considering upgrading your electronics, do yourself a favor and get the GPS combo.  I promise it will enhance your fishing experience.  Some of us need all the help we can get.

So, if the weather is too bad for fishing, get out there to some of the boat and tackle shows in your area.   Lowrance will be at the Texas Fishing and Outdoor Show in Arlington and the Houston International Boat Show in Houston.  This way you can see all the latest Lowrance has to offer and have any questions answered right away.  Maybe I’ll see you there!

Be sure and stop by the Shimano booth to see their latest surprises for 2009.  Gamma fishing line and Wave fishing will also be attending.  Rumor has it they are going to start taking crappie fishing into consideration!  I can’t wait!  I’ve already caught some really nice crappie on their small bas grubs and the Tiki Drop.  So, it looks like even crappie will like the “Wave MoLoPo”!  I’ll keep you posted about Wave Worms future crappie baits.

Well finally if you do find a nice day to venture out, I would target 25 to 35 foot in 30 to 45 foot of water.  Keep a close eye on your depth finder.  It will tell you how deep you need to be fishing.  As far as colors to use I would stick to darker colors with murky water conditions.  Black, Gray, navy with a chartreuse tail.  When in clearer water try the lighter colors.  White, green, and blue with chartreuse are working well.  When the bite slows down and you are still marking fish, don’t be afraid to change up your color cominations.

If you don’t see you at the shows, I hope to see you on the water!

Terri Moon 903-383-7773

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One Response to “January Lake Fork Crappie Report by Guide Terri Moon”

  1. Jim Barnes Says:

    I’m glad to see you posting crappie fishing reports for lake fork on TFF. We are new to the lake and camp there every week end. I crappie fish 99% of the time @ fork and need all the info I can get. I also read the report you print in a local lake fork paper but that only comes out once a month, hope you post weekly reportson the tff.Will try to hire you for a guide trip this year. Good luck fishing hope to see you out on the lake.

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