Archive for June, 2009

John Tanner Lake Fork Report

June 27, 2009

This week here at the great Lake Fork fishing has been great! We have been catching big numbers as the bass get big into the summer patterns. The deep bite had been the way to go for us during the day unless you get out way early and hit a few on topwaters over the many weed beds along the main lake points. The lake level is still at full pool and the water temps are running in the low to mid 80’s. Most of the bass we have been catching have been in deep water along the main lake humps and points. Lake Fork is known for its deep water structure fishing and right now is a great time to do it. The past few days we have been catching them of off structure that tops out in 23 to 26 ft of water. I have been locating the bigger schools on the drop offs on the deeper side of the hump or point. If there is some brush or timber on the structure, that makes it even better. I am not saying you can go to any main lake hump or point and catch a ton of fish. You have to find an area that is holding fish with your Lowrance unit. Once you find a school of bass that is bunched up and close to or on the bottom you are in business. The best rigs for us so far this week have been a carolina rig rigged on a 7 ½ foot All Star Platinum Series rod in the heavy action. On the All Star I have a ABU Garcia Revo STX reel with the 7.1 gear ratio spooled with 15 pound Berkley Trilene 100% flouro carbon line. The reason I like the faster gear ratio on my deep fishing is so you can take up more line quickly as the fish tries to come up and jump. You can keep up with them and not loose them as much. A bass can put a ton of slack in your line as he rushes to surface from the deep water and tries to jump to throw your lure. This reel will help you in that department. I love the Revo Reels and cant believe how far you can throw a Carolina rig with them, they are amazing..  On the business end of the Carolina rig we have been using a ¾ ounce Tru Tungsten flipping weight along with a 4 foot leader and a 3/0 Mustad wide gap hook. As for the bait I have been having great success with the Berkley Power Bait using the 5” Wacky Crawlers, Fat Dover crawlers and of course the 4” power hogs. These things catch fish like crazy! I have also been doing well on a drop shot with the wacky crawlers as well as the ole stand by the 10”inch Berkley Power worm in blue fleck or plum colors using a ½ ounce Tru Tungsten weight in matching colors. I like to match the weight color with the worm I am throwing and with the Tru Tungsten you can do that as they offer a lot of different colors in their weights. Yea fish is really kickin here at Lake Fork and the deep bite will be the deal right on through the summer. If you would like to book a trip and see what this deep water fishing is all about or just learn how to better use your electronics give us a ring toll free at 1-800-865-2282 or drop us a line at Or for more booking info go to the trip info section. Also be sure to click on all of the pages of the photo section for a look at some happy folks holding their Lake Fork giants. While you are here be sure to drop by our local Ranger Boat dealer Diamond Sports Marine. DSM carries a full line of Ranger Boat powered by Yamaha outboards. See Ben Hogan and tell em Tanner sent ya! Speaking of Ranger Boats I will be ordering my 2010 model soon. If you are interested in saving some serious bucks on your next rig give me a call or drop me an email. My 09 is going to its new home and it is time to order the next dream machine. Remember be safe out there, wear your life jackets and stay hydrated. Summer time fishing is a blast!

Please pray for my Mother as she is still fighting to come home. She has been in rehab for a long time now but her faith is amazing and keeps her going. Please keep lifting her up. She has told me to tell all of you who are keeping her on your prayer list that she thanks you very much. It means a lot to her. Also pray for our country, its leaders and our armed forces and their families. Also please pray for Freddie over at Lake Fork Marina as he begins his cancer treatments. Many Thanks and God Bless 
Read Psalm 31:24  


Lance Vick Lake Fork Report 6-16-09

June 16, 2009

Clint Wright Night Fishing June 12

June 14, 2009

Last night my clients and I fished from 8 pm until 4 am this morning. It was a beautiful night with high’s and low’s in the upper to middle 70’s. We managed 32 fish with a 7.1 being the biggest. We fished around the south end of the lake and managed some nice fish with one giant break off. Around 1 am, we ended up finding the mother load in Little Caney. (I’m sure this had something to do with the late arrival of the moon rise). The fish pulled up into the grass and the feeding frenzy was on. We tried many different baits, but the Grande Bass Mutant was the ticket. I rigged it up on a Texas rig with a 4/0 hook and a 1/4 ounce bullet weight. Most of the fish here were 4 – 5 pounds. There was no doubt when they hit it, they tried to pull the rod out of our hands. SO MUCH FUN!! I hope this short report assist your next trip to Lake Fork. The month of July and August is usually better than June (for night fishing), but I can’t imaging it getting any better than what it is right now. Time to go get hooked up to the boat and go back out again tonight. Good Luck fishing, Clint

Tom Redington Lake Fork Report June 4th 2009

June 4, 2009

With summer just around the corner, the bass fishing patterns are still wide open at Lake Fork due to a cooler than normal spring and high water. Up shallow, some males are still guarding fry, while many others are chasing tons of shad and spawning bluegill. As a result, some big bass are still coming from less than 8’. Meanwhile, I’m starting to catch some good fish out deep, although the schools remain relatively small. As the water warms up, look for the numbers of big bass to increase on the deep structure. In between the shallows and deep, about 8’ to 15’, lies a very productive intermediate zone. I’ve found a number of bass are relating to deep grass edges or the first drop near spawning areas as they transition from shallow to deep for the summer. Just about any bait in your tackle box will work until the water gets hot, and the fishing will continue to get better as the bass congregate in summer locations. From lunkers on topwaters to structure fishing for schools of big bass on crankbaits, swimbaits, and Carolina rigs; it’s hard to beat the summer for numbers of bass in the 3 to 8 lb range, with a shot at a 10+ pounder. Head on out to Lake Fork and find out why the summer is the favorite time for many Fork regulars.

As a side note, my June article is now posted. It’s an informative interview with Gary Dobyns, founder of Dobyns Rods and the West’s all time tournament money winner (he’s won 39 boats and over $2 million in prizes). He talks about his new line of rods, as well as discussing how to pick out the best rod for a variety of applications.

Lake Conditions: Fork is in great shape heading into the summer. The lake level is currently at 403.54’ (about 6” above full pool) and slowly falling. The water clarity has returned to normal, with stained water up north and clear water on the south end that is currently turning greenish with our first algae bloom. Milfoil and hydrilla are both growing rapidly and expanding coverage, plus the lily pads are spreading out as well. Water temps are moving closer to normal summer temps, reading 78 to 83 degrees in most areas of the main lake.

Location Pattern: As I noted before, many bass remain shallow on spawning flats chasing after bluegill, fry, and shad in the ever expanding submerged and emergent weeds. For bigger females, fish slightly deeper structure such as points, creek channels, and ledges; any of which are in close proximity to spawning areas. These fish are mostly in 8’ to 15’, often around the deep edge of the hydrilla or milfoil. Deep structure in 14’ to 30’ has turned on and will keep getting better. Some days the bass are suspended and other days they’re on the bottom. Most of these schools have been small, so watch your depth finder closely.

Presentation Pattern: First thing in the morning, I’m working shallow grass on the main lake and in the 1st half of creeks. For bass feeding over the top of the grassbeds, try a spinnerbait, chatterbait, or shallow running crankbait. Some days, bluegill color schemes work better, while shad colors like white or chrome work better for those bass chasing baitfish. Or try a swimbait like the 4.5” Live Magic Shad and 5” Hyper Worms. Rig these on 5/0 Ultimate Swimbait hooks and try the watermelon red/pearl, golden shiner, or Magic Shad colors. For bigger bass, pitch a 3/8 oz Mega Weight jig or a Texas rigged 10” Fork Worm to holes in the grass and lily pads on flats or near stumps on points in the deep weedline. I’m using a green pumpkin/black or a watermelon seed jig with a watermelon/red flake Fork Craw or Hyper Freak trailer, or a watermelon Fork Worm on the Texas rig. Rig either of these up with a 736C Dobyns pitching rod with 37 lb FluoroHybrid line and you’ll have a setup that is easy to fish and cast, while retaining more than enough power to extract big fish from heavy cover.

Out deeper, Carolina rigs, drop shots, and Texas rigs are catching bass from schools located near the bottom on deep structure. I go with a green pumpkin or watermelon red Twitch Worm or 10” worms for Texas rigs. Meanwhile, watermelon candy or green pumpkin Baby Fork Creatures, Ring Frys, and Twitch Worms are on the business end of my Carolina rigs. I like to throw this on a stout 7’6” 764C Dobyns Rod with low stretch 32 lb PowerSilk mono. This set up will allow for monster casts, while still delivering strong hook sets at long distances. Drop shots will catch good numbers of fish and the occasional big bass, rigged with a watermelon or green pumpkin Twitch Worm. When the bass are suspended, swimbaits or deep diving crankbaits in shad or yellow bass patterns are working better than the bottom presentations, and catching some lunkers too. The trick is to get the baits deep, and light line and long casts help you do this. Therefore, I use the 805CB cranking rod from Dobyns, paired with low stretch 15 lb to 21 lb PowerSilk line. With this 8’ rod and the zero memory line, you can whip crankbaits a country mile.

Here’s hoping you catch the lunker of your dreams. If I can be of assistance, please contact me at 214-683-9572 (days) or 972-635-6027 (evenings) or e-mail me through , where your satisfaction is guaranteed.

Good Fishing,


Lake Fork Pure Florida Largemouth Stocking for 2009

June 2, 2009

TPW stocked 681,000 fingerlings with an average of 1.25″ on May 18, 19, and 20. 

The areas were predetermined by Electroshock surveys.

Stocked Areas:

Birch, Pinson, White Oak, Chaney