John Tanner Lake Fork Report April 12, 2009

This week here at the great Lake Fork the patterns remain much the same as the spawn rolls along in stages. It looks like the spawn is going to be spread out because of all of the fronts we are having here lately. With the rains and cooler temps the fish will start pulling up and then back off some until the next warm up. There are although a few areas where they are hitting the beds pretty hard. These areas are very protected and will not get much run off from the rains and also not much wind keeping the water clearer. Much of the main lake spawning activity is yet to come and I look for it to be much like last year and continue on into May. I am glad it is spreading out, we wouldn’t want it all to be over in a week or two now would we! It should be awesome the next few weeks if the weather will give us a break. Despite the craziness we are still catching some good fish out of the grass in front of the spawning areas. Wacky rigged Berkley Sink Worms are still a great choice for wacky worming in the grass beds along the spawning flats. Lake Fork has a ton of these areas and once you locate the sweet spot within them you can hammer the big ones. Here are the baits I am keeping rigged on my All Star Rods and ABU Garcia Reels. I am using Berkley Heavy Weight Sink Worms in watermelon/red, green pumpkin and blk/blue flake. I am rigging these wacky style on 15 pound Berkley Trilene 100% flouro carbon line. I am also throwing one of the Berkley Hollow Belly Swim Baits in the spawning areas when I see baitfish working the area. Slow roll this one over the bedding areas and over the shallow grass beds. I like the Tennessee Shad color and I have been rigging it on 17 pound Trilene !00% fluorocarbon. This bait will draw some big strikes from some big mamas so hang on tight! I have also been catching some good ones on a texas rigged Berkley 4” Chigger Craw in green pumpkin color using a ¼ ounce Tru Tungsten bullet weight. Pitch the Chigger Craw on the grass edges and on the trees in the shallows. The swimming action of the bait is awesome and don’t forget to pull the pinchers apart before you use it to give it maximum action. On the bedding fish when we are sight fishing I have been using a 3” Berkley Power Tube rigged Texas style and also a wacky rigged Sink Worm in the Breen color. It is a new color and I have caught a lot of fish on it lately. I have had some bed fish I couldn’t get much of a response out of and then pitch the sinkworm in there rigged wacky style and WHAM they would hit it on the first cast as it was falling into the bed. It is a blast when you can see them inhale your lure! With my Oakley fishing specific eyewear I can see them when a lot of folks cant. They are the deal! On windy days try a Chatterbait in white and fish it over the shallow grass. They will plow this thing on days when it is too windy to fish the wacky’s and it also is a good bait to cover water with in search of a new group of fish. On Lake Fork in the spring you will find little small areas that will hold a big group of spawners. Covering water quickly is key. Once I find them with the chatter bait or the Berkley Hollow Belly Swim Bait I will then slow down and fish the other baits thoroughly through the area to maximize my catch. If you are in a big flat and get a bite put a waypoint on it and stay in the area and fish it for a while. Or if you don’t have a Lowrance unit with a GPS so you can waypoint and keep your spot just throw out a marker bouy. Chances are you will catch several more fish that are ganged up there as they spawn. Yes the spawn is still going and the best is yet to come so come on out and join in on the fun! Speaking of fun be sure and sign up for the Lake Fork Bounty Bonanza tourney while you are here. Someone may hit it big! Go to for details. Remember for all of your fishing needs and to get any of the above products mentioned call or go by Lake Fork Marina. You can even by on line at

While you are in the area be sure and visit our local Ranger Boat dealer Diamond Sports Marine. Tell Tanner sent ya! They carry a full line of Ranger Boats powered by Yamaha and be sure and check out the Z-520 Ranger. Schedule a test ride today!

Hopefully these tips will help you catch the bass of a lifetime. If you would like to book a guide trip here on Lake Fork call us toll free at 1-800-865-2282 or drop me a line at From the beginner to the expert we will make your trip to Lake Fork one to remember. We even offer services for cooperate outings. Be sure to check out all of the pages of the photo section to see a ton of happy folks holding their Lake Fork trophies!

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