Lake Fork, Monticello, Welsh report Guide Clint Wright November 4th 2009

Lake Fork Day and Night Guide Service
Fishing Report
November 2009

My November fishing report has always been one of my favorite months to write about. It is the opening of rifle deer season and the beginning of some outstanding bass fishing. Personally, I purchase my hunting license every year and I end up fishing the entire winter. I’ve made a promise to myself to get back out in the woods at least once or twice this year. So good luck to all of the hunters out there and remember to be safe.

Most people know that November is when I begin guiding on Lake Monticello and Lake Welsh. I will still be doing some big bass hunting on Lake Fork during the winter but most of my time will be spent on the fine hot water, power plant lakes East Texas has to offer. These trips will run until the end of January. Then it is back on Lake Fork for some hot pre-spawn red rattle trap fishing.

Lake Monticello and Lake Welsh have many similarities but they also have many differences. Anglers will find that they can be fished this month identical. Just like on Lake Fork, big baits generally catch quality fish and little baits catch quantity of fish. One of my favorite techniques on these two lakes is to use a 7’ Custom Angle Wacky rod and rig it up with a drop shot, shakey head or wacky worm. These three presentations can be deadly this month. On Lake Fork, I consider a good fish anything over 7 pounds. On the hot water lakes I consider a good fish anything over 5 pounds. Unfortunately, we do not catch a bunch of 7, 8, 9 and 10 pounders like we do on Lake Fork. But, 50 – 100 fish days have been common in recent years. For the bigger fish on these lakes the presentation selections are endless. We can just about get these fish to bite whatever an angler enjoys throwing. Early and late in the day the topwater bite can be phenomenal, I like doing this when it is snowing or ice is on the ground as it seems to add to the moment. During the middle of the day I will be throwing a 7’ heavy Custom Angle Moby rod with the following rigged up, a Santone jig, a lipless bait like a Rat-L-Trap and a Texas rig. The Texas rig is one of my favorite presentations due to its versatility. On the Texas rig I like to rig up some variation of creature bait. For the biggest fish in the lake, tie on a Santone Rattlin’ Jig in ¼ ounce model. My favorite colors of Santone Jigs are #53, #64, #81 and #89. Flip this jig to the stumps and laydowns that follow the creek channel bends. Most of the time the water is very clear on these two lakes so down sizing your line and using a quality clear line can be the difference between a good day and a great day.

Remember the fish in these lakes will start their pre-spawn activity around mid to late November. We usually start seeing bed fish around the first of December. So follow these regular patterns and you will be successful.

Fishing in November can be very rewarding. If you are an experienced angler looking for a day of fishing or a new angler looking to learn a new technique for 2010, now is the time to give me a call. I feel confident that these fish will bite just about anything someone would want to learn.

In closing, these two lakes are not marked by navigation buoys. Please be careful as you are navigating these waters because they are full of stumps and shallow sandbars.

I hope these tips help you catch the bass of your dreams. Please know that I am always here to try and answer any questions you might have. Myself and several other Guides that I work with are available for public speaking, such as bass club meetings, boy scout meetings etc. at no cost to you. We can go over any topics related to Lake Fork or Bass Fishing, Boating etc.

Please practice C.P.R. (Catch, Photo, and Release). It takes many years for these fish to grow to their trophy size. By practicing a quick release, it allows other anglers to enjoy the same experience as you. Replica mounts can be made for your wall that look better and last longer than a real mount. Remember life jackets and kill switches any time the outboard motor is running or anytime you feel it would just be safer to wear it. Your safety is #1!

Lake Fork Day and Night Guide Service uses only professional Lake Fork Guides to ensure your date is available for booking. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Corporate and Group trips – no problem. Please feel free to contact me anytime with questions about Lake Fork or booking information at 903-342-3497. Or visit for more information. References are available upon request.

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