May 2009 Lake Fork Report by Guide John Tanner


 1. John Tanner 9 pounds caught  on a topwater
 2.W H with Martin Gas Co. with a 7 3/4 pound hog 
 3. Buff Mckever from shreveport with a 7 pounder
 4. Tommy Duke with a 7 pound 14 ounce beauty
 5. John Tanner with a 10 pound Hog

This week here on the great Lake Fork fishing has been crazy! You can catch them doing just about anything. Yesterday we caught them both shallow and deep. In the deep water we are catching them on Carolina rigged Berkley Fat Dover Crawlers and Wacky Crawlers also by Berkley. Good colors are green pumpkin and chartreuse with gold flake on the Crawler. On my All Star Carolina rig rod I spool my Abu Revo reel with 15 to 17 pound Berkley Trilene 100% flouro carbon line and use a ¾ ounce Tru Tungsten bullet weight. The best hook for the C- rig is the Mustad 2/0 or 3/0 wide gap hook. On the leader go with a length of about 4 foot. Besides catching them on a Carolina rig we are also catching them on a deep running crank bait like a DD-22. In the shallows you can catch them on a topwater like a yellow magic early in the day and then switch to the plastics for a while. Try a wacky worm out on the grass in front of the spawning beds once the sun gets up a little and the topwater bite slows down. Go with the Berkley Shaky Worm in watermelon red or green pumpkin with a dipped tail. Put a nail in the head of the worm to give it a little weight to get it down in the grass a little for best results. There are a ton of fish guarding fry as well . Go after them with any fluke type bait or a floating worm combo. We got in an area yesterday and caught fish sight fishing on a 3” white Berkley tube. Then, while we were sight fishing we saw some big ones cruising the blue gill beds and caught some of those cruisers on fluke type baits just throwing at them as they were following the blue gill around and then, noticed some big bass guarding fry and caught some of those as well on weightless worms. It was crazy! May is usually like that. There is always a lot of different things you can do to catch them here at Lake Fork this time of year. The deep bite will be getting better and better as the month rolls along too. But if the lake stays full and the weather stays cooler the shallow fishing should be good for a while yet. On the deep fish don’t forget about the football head jig. They are starting to bit it pretty good. I like to use the Talon football head jig tipped with a Berkley Twin tail grub. This a great bait and will catch the big ones on the deep stuff. Yea fishing has been pretty exciting the last few days and man I can’t wait to get in my Ranger Boat with my Yamaha engine and hit the lake again tomorrow. The first part of the month Tommy Duke fished with me and that day we pulled on a hump and caught 5 that went 38 pounds and some change. It was awesome and what can happen here at Lake Fork in May! Check out the photo section for a few pics. It is a great time of year! If you would like to book a guided trip here on Lake Fork this summer or fall give a call toll free at 1-800-865-2282 or drop us a line at Or for more booking info check us out at on the world wide web at Click on the trip info page for booking info and be sure to click on all of the pages of the photo section for a look at tons of happy folks holding there Lake Fork trophies. I look forward to talking with you and helping you plan your next fishing trip. For any of the products mentioned stop by Lake Fork Marina while you are here or you can shop on line at

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