Lake Fork Report by Chris Sinkey

Well, here we are. The time of year when any cast can produce a fish of a lifetime for any angler. The weather on Lake Fork has still been a roller coaster like normal this time of year. A few days in the 70’s, then down to a few days in the 50’s. The main thing for right now is to keep an eye on your water temps. The warmer the water, the more bites you will get. We were even lucky enough to find a few fish on beds this last week. So I’m expecting the next few weeks on Fork to just be on fire!

-Crawfish colored Rattle Traps in 1/2 oz. and 3/4 oz.
-Weightless Grandebass Rattlesnakes in Green Pumpkin and Watermelon Red.
-Whacky Rigged Grandebass Trickster worms in Watermelon/Green Pumpkin and Black and Blue.
-Carolina rigged Grandebass Diamondback Rattlesnake in Green Pumpkin with blue fleck with a 1/2 oz. weight and shorter (2 ft. leader).
-Jig- 1/2 oz. Balck, Brown, Amber by V&M Jigs.

This time of year is trap, trap, trap, time. Throwing the red traps will get you bit in shallow grass from 2 to 8 ft. right now. I have not been throwing the trap as much, but staying mainly with soft plastics.
I have mainly been switching between 2 in the shallow grass. I’m throwing a weightless Grandebass Rattlesnake and slowly working the bait back and letting it fall and sit over the tops of the grass beds. Also, Whacky rigging a 6in. Grandebass Trickster worm and working it the same way. Most of these bites are very stout and leave no doubt if you have a fish or not.
The Jig and the Carolina Rig have been my big fish baits in creek channels. I am mainly flipping timber on the edges of the creek and throwing the C-rig in any direction possible just trying to get the “1” bite that can change everything!
I had the opprotunity to show a few guys Friday on the water, the Diamondback Rattlesnake is action. During which, was able to land some good solid 5 and 3 lbs. fish. This is going to be a bait to change things in fishing!

I’m still staying in the Northern creeks and finding the warmest water I can find. Before the front last week, the main lake was reading around 53 on average, but I was able to find 59 and 60 degree water in the backs of creeks, and the fish were stacked! LOOK FOR THE WARMEST WATER! Thats the key right now!

I hope this helps anybody looking to go catch a few fish here in the next week or so. As many of you know, I’m not a guide on the lake but have fished it heavily since 1989. So my reports are done just to help anyone I can catch fish. And thats what fishing is about to me. Helping the person next to you. It will always come back to you in the long run.


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4 Responses to “Lake Fork Report by Chris Sinkey”

  1. Charlie Says:


  2. Dennis Says:

    Tnx for the info. Good report. I am coming down last of March first week of April.
    Was wanting to try some of the new Plastic Swim baits that everyone is coming out with but not sure of color on Fork in the Spring. Any idea?
    Where do you fish out of I have been coming to Fork for years couple time each season usualy Stay at the Minnow Bucket.

  3. Thomas Benson Says:

    chish thang for your update we willbe on the lake from the 2-23-09 to the 27 will seeyou there

  4. lfmfr Says:

    How did you do Chris?

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