Archive for February, 2010

Lake Fork Report Feb 2010 James Caldemeyer

February 25, 2010

Lake Fork water conditions right now are great as we move toward the spring with levels at full pool. This means lots of shallow water places for these big bass to hide in for the spawn. The water clarity has been fluctuating from being fairly clear in some areas to stained back in the creeks. This is common in the spring but I try to keep up with the areas that are clearer. It is more important to watch surface temperatures than clarity as spring approaches. Water temperatures are the single most influential factor involved in determining how to approach catching fish. Most of the temperatures are ranging in the mid to upper 40’s but are reaching into the 50’s on the warmer days. The weather is always very unpredictable this time of year but if you are paying attention to the water temperature changes where you are fishing and making adjustments to your fishing accordingly, you will have a lot more successful day on the water.

The shallow water patterns are my primary focus this time of year as most of the fish congregate to isolated patches of vegetation that survive the cold winter and new grass that is forming. The best and most effective way to catch a lot of big bass while the water temperatures are in the low to mid 50’s is a lipless crank bait and covering lots of water in 2-8 ft. Red or any combination of red/orange crawfish pattern lipless baits in 1/4-3/4 oz sizes are my number one choice to get bit. Main lake points, secondary points, drains, or ditches adjacent to spawning areas are where you will find the concentrations of fish staging. I like to use a 7’ Med. Heavy rod like the new Abu Garcia Vendetta paired with the Revo SX-HS spooled with 17-20 lb Trilene 100% Fluorocarbon. The high speed 7:1 gear ratio reel combined with the heavier line allows me to keep the bait elevated above the grass without wearing your arm out retrieving this bait all day long. You can easily make several hundred casts during the course of a day and having the right equipment will make things a lot easier on you. The key to working these baits over the grass is fishing them slow enough to tip the top of the grass and then ripping it free. You can even implement a yo-yo type retrieve that is very productive. Fishing them too fast does not allow you to come in contact with the grass and will result in fewer bites. Another great bait to use over the grass when the water is warming is a blade bait like a chatter type bait or spinner bait. I like to go with the 1/2 oz sizes in both in most situations. White or white/chartreuse colors are best. I use either the original Chatter Bait or the Phenix Vibrator Jig. For the spinner bait, I use the Talon “Shibui”. This spinner bait is really good in the spring with either double willow or colorado/willow blade combinations. If you haven’t seen these yet, you better check them out!

You can also fish a suspending jerk bait in the same areas as the lipless baits to catch a giant. I like gold/black/orange or a clown color best. Jerk baits like the Smithwick Rogue and Luck Craft Pointer are most effective on those calm sunny days or when the water temperatures are down in the 40’s. Jerking the bait down to the top of these grass beds and letting it sit between twitches can draw some big strikes. The main thing is to fish it SLOW!

Keep your jig rod handy this time of year as well. You can often times locate areas that are holding fish with the moving baits and slow down with the jig to catch a big one. A 3/8-1/2 oz black/blue, black/blue/purple, or black/red Talon jig tipped with a matching Berkley Chigger Craw as a trailer is a great choice. Flipping every piece of timber in the area including those deeper creek channel edges in 10-14 ft of water can pay off. Fish it slow and focus on your presentation as many of these bites are very light. A lot of times when I am fishing a jig, I will flip it near a piece of cover and let it sit there for a 20 count before I even move it.

If you are headed out to Lake Fork this year and would like to book a guided trip, feel free to email me at or you can reach me by phone at (903)736-9888. You can also get more information about Lake Fork by visiting my website My new 2010 Ranger Z521 Comanche paired with a Mercury Optimax 250 Pro XS is here and ready to fish. This new ride is an amazing! If you have not checked one of these boats out yet, you can go by and see one at Diamond Sports Marine on Hwy 154 while you are in the area. Test rides are available upon request. Just give Mike Garner a call at (903)383-7829 and he’ll be glad to help you find the Ranger boat that is right for you! Or you can visit the new Diamond Sports Marine location in Rockwall if you are close to the metroplex. Just ask for Ben Hogan. Big thanks to all my sponsors: Ranger Boats, Mercury Outboards, “I Am Second”, Berkley, Abu Garcia, All Star, Oakley, Talon Lures, Interstate Batteries, Line & Lure, BTS Protectant, Navionics, Sure Life, and newest addition DFW MRI.

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Tight Lines and God Bless,
James Caldemeyer


Lake Fork Report by Guide John Tanner Feb 2010

February 25, 2010


Hello everyone from the great Lake Fork. Here is a report on how fishing has been as well as current water levels and surface temps from the last few days. The current water levels here on Lake Fork as of 2/22 at 9:15CST are at 403.01 according to the USGS website. Due to the below average air temps the water surface temps have been pretty chilly. We have had some warmer weather the last few days and have seen a bit of a warm up with surface temps ranging from 48 to 53 degrees over the weekend. That isn’t too bad considering the weather we have been having. We have another pretty solid front coming in so it will cool of a little but never the less the fish are still moving up. Fishing last week was tough but starting showing some improvement towards the end of the week as the water warmed up. It has all been about timing. The bite seemed to be best the first hour of the day and then kicked on again in the afternoon say from 2:30 till around 4:30( the warmest part of the day). This is typical for this time of year if we have had some cooler weather. We are still catching them in shallow water on red lipless crankbaits, suspending jerkbaits in shad patterns and I have noticed some good ones being caught on spinner baits the last few days. I haven’t been throwing them as much but when I do I use the Talon Spinner Bait. I like the double willows with a chartreuse skirt in dirty water. I have seen some good ones being caught on spinner baits from other boats that have been fishing around us. I also saw where someone weighed a fish over 11 pounds in at Lake Fork Marina that was caught on a spinner bait over the weekend. Looks like it time to keep that spinner bait in my hand a little longer.. The fish here at Lake Fork are feeding on shad over the grass beds. I have seen a lot of baitfish in some of the protected pockets. These areas have been the best producers. I have actually seen some fish chasing shad in the last few outings. Another key to catching fish in the last few days has been the speed of your retrieve, especially on the lipless crankbaits and spinner baits. We have been rolling them pretty slow and with a steady retrieve. Not so much jerking it out of the grass. When the bait hits the grass pulling it through the grass instead of ripping it free has produced much better for us. On the suspending jerkbait after jerking it down we have been letting it sit for a long time between twitches, say 10 to 12 seconds. This has been the best retrieve for that and we have had some really nice fish on them. As a matter of fact you can go to our new video section and see some of them from recent trips. These are fun to watch so check them out! On the lipless crankbait my rod and reel choices have been one of the new ABU Garcia Premier Reels along with a ABU Garcia Vendetta Rods in the 7′-3″ medium heavy and also the All Star ASR Series Crankin Stick. I have one spooled with 17 pound Berkley Trilene 100% Flouro one of the best mehcarbon line and another spooled with good ole Berkley Big Game. Both of these lines are outstanding and do a great job. On the new Premier reels I am here to tell you I do believe these are the best reels I have used. They have 2 sets of brakes and you can adjust them and make the reel do whatever you want. If you want to make a super long cast click all of the internal brakes in and hang on! This thing will cast a mile. I like making long cast while fishing grass. It makes a big difference as you can cover more water with each cast and find those pockets of fish. This time of year during the pre spawn they will be bunched up in small groups so covering tons of water is most productive. These patterns should hold until the water warms up later in the week as the forecast for then is looking pretty good. If the water warms and stays in the 50’s for a few days start fishing with some weightless soft plastics and use the dead sticking technique. Two of my favorites are the Berkley Power Slug in the Red Shad color and the other is the new Berkley Sink Worm. I rig the Power Slug weightless using a 5/0 Mustad Mega Wide Gap hook and on the Sink Worm I rig it wacky style. The cool thing about the Sink Worm is that you don’t need to insert a weight into the worm. The worm is weighted and is perfect for wacky worming and cast a mile because of the weight of the worm. Give them a try. Fish these two baits along the grass edges leading into the spawning pockets. I always fish these type of baits on Berkley Trilene 100% Fluorocarbon. The flouro has less stretch and is very sensitive and is also less abrasive. For info on any ABU, All Star, or Berkley products go to They have it all ! Or if you are in the area go by Lake Fork Marina, they have a great selection of Berkley products. Yes the weather has been cooler than normal but the fish are still pulling up. They know it wont be long before the spawn get started in the early spawning areas of Lake Fork. It is time to get rolling! If you would like to book a guide trip with us here at Lake Fork call us toll free at 1-800-865-2282 or drop us a line at Don’t forget about the new video section and check out the photo page as well for a look at some happy folks holding their Lake Fork trophies. Also check us out on Facebook. Search word John Tanner.

While you are in the area be sure and go by and visit our local Ranger Boat dealer Diamond Sports Marine located on hwy 154. DSM carries a full line of Ranger Boats and has the new models for 2010 in the show room. I am running one of the new Ranger Z-521’s rigged with a Yamaha 250 series2 outboard and it is amazing. Go by and schedule and schedule a test ride when you can and be sure and tell them Tanner sent ya. If you are in the Dallas area go by and visit the new location in Rockwall TX on hwy 276 in behind Southern Junction. Ask for Ben Hogan tell him JT sent ya. At DSM Rockwall they have a hired one of the best outboard mechanics around so if you need some great service they have it. For more info on Ranger Boats go to For info on Yamaha outboards including the SHO four stroke go to

Please pray for our country. Also pray for our military personnel and their families as they put it on the line for us daily. The sick and the lost need our prayers as well. I am thankful to God for each and everyday. He is in control of every second of our lives, and if we trust in Him and put him first in all that we do our needs will be met according to Him. Read Matthew 6:25 – 33.

Good fishin and God Bless,
John and Robin Tanner

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Lake Fork Prespawn 2010 Guide Stephen Fatherree

February 25, 2010
March is almost here and these Lake Fork bass are well set into their pre-spawn pattern. There are days in February and March where one fish after another can be caught in one spot. The bass can be very predictable and often times quite easy to catch. With a few tips, you’ll be sure to have the right combination of lure and location for your early spring fishing trip. This is the time of year that not only huge fish are caught, but also anglers will find that where you find one bass, you find many.

The cool nights, short days, and chilly rainfall all contribute to lake temperature staying in the mid 40 to 50 degree range until warmer March weather arrives. Currently the water temperature is 45-50 degrees around most of the lake with warmer water being found in the backs of creeks and along banks that are protected from winters harsh north wind. The water clarity is currently stained to muddy. For a few days following a rainfall you can expect to find dirtier water in the back of long creeks and small main lake pockets.

There are three main patterns that I will focus on over the next few weeks. I concentrate my effort on the upper ½ of the lake and fish water anywhere from 5-25 ft deep. One thing in common with these bass is they prefer some type of quick access to deeper water. On a 5 ft deep flat, that change may only need to be 1 or 2 feet and come in the form of a creek channel or small depression. While in deeper water the fish usually prefer at least 10 foot of deeper water within a couple hundred yards or so. This allows the fish to quickly move to warmer water in a short distance and also not have to travel very far to feed on the shallower structure and begin spawning. In shallow water I will look for grass or timber covered flats with access to some depth change, and on deeper structure such as submerged humps, bridges, and ponds, I will look for the sharpest drop in that area. As a general rule, the shallow water bite is best after two to three days of unseasonably warm sunny days, while the deep bite is usually best from late morning to early afternoon when the sun is at its highest.

Many anglers think that just because the water is cold, most fish stay deep. Well that is definitely not true due to the fact that there are many resident fish that prefer shallow water and will stay there for most of their lives. On Lake Fork this is especially true considering the abundance of cover available in shallow water. One of the best baits day after day is a red rattle trap. I prefer a red or red with an orange belly trap in the ¼ to ½ oz size. Occasionally I will upgrade to a ¾ oz when fishing 5-10 foot deep, or on a very windy day where you need the extra weight to get that cast out there. When fishing this bait a long cast is very important. You want to cover as much water as possible with each cast to increase your chances of getting bit. I recommend using a rod that is at least 7 ft in length and has a medium action to prevent the fish from pulling out the hooks during the fight. I will throw the ¼ bait on 14lb fluorocarbon line and have a rod rigged with 17lb fluorocarbon for my ½ and ¾ oz traps. I will focus throwing this trap in the back ½ of creeks on the bank that has the most protection from a north wind. Areas with grass, timber, and creek nearby are always most productive. Sometimes the fish prefer you burn the bait back as fast as possible, while others a slow retrieve is best. Make sure that regardless of which retrieve you use, whenever your trap contacts grass you rip the bait out which often times will trigger a fish to bite. Also be aware that when you hook a fish that he or she was there for a reason, and many times fish will stack up very tight in that sweet spot. Make multiple casts to and around that area and visit it throughout the day to take advantage of your trip.

The second pattern that exists on Lake Fork in late February and early March is deep water structure fishing. I will focus on submerged humps, bridges, and creek channels in 15-25ft of water on the lower ½ of the lake. Pay careful attention to your electronics as they will tell you when your boat passes over that bridge, or where the sharpest drop on a hump lies. I will always throw a marker buoy overboard before fishing a spot as a reference to where the structure lies. Now its time to start fishing. My favorite baits for this deep water fishing are a brown 3/4oz football jig and a 1/2oz silver spoon. After locating an area to fish I will fan cast the area with jig. Let the jig settle to the bottom and slowly drag and hop the bait back to the boat. I cannot emphasize the importance of working the bait slowly. Most every bite you will get on the jig will be while it is sitting dead still on the bottom. I will sometimes pause the bait for up to 30 seconds and never move the bait more than a few inches at a time. When a fish bites you may feel one subtle thump in your line or you may just pick up on the bait and feel mushy pressure. Regardless of which one, set the hook, hard and fast. Don’t give any bass much time to swim off with the bait because they will not hold on long. For this technique I will use a 7-7 1/2 foot medium heavy rod and no less that 20lb fluorocarbon line. This is strictly a big fish technique and it is important to have the proper equipment. If I am unable to get a bite on my football jig, then I will work the same area with the spoon. Spoon fishing is easy and can often be the most productive for numbers of pre-spawn fish. I will let my spoon fall directly under the boat on slack line. Once on bottom, lift and jerk the spoon off the bottom repeatedly, letting it fall straight back down. This is another technique where you need to let the fish tell you how they want it presented. Sometimes they want the spoon hopped just a few inches off the bottom, while some days a sharp jerk of 1-3 feet is preferred. Always make sure you let the bait fall on slack line back to the bottom after your jerks, and as soon as the bait contacts bottom, lift again. Most bites will come right before the spoon contacts bottom. Instead of your line going slack, you will feel a distinct thump. And considering you will be repeatedly jerking the bait up, you will most days accidentally set the hook on them. This is a great way for kids to fish too because a hard fast hookset is not always necessary. Keep in mind that if you are catching small yellow bass on your spoon you are probably not far from largemouth. Many times a client will be reeling in a barfish and catch a giant bass that was after him. For the spoon I prefer a 6’6 medium heavy line and 14-17lb monofiliment line.

Between a shallow water rattle trap bite, and a deep structure bite, any angler should be able to make the most out of their early pre-spawn fishing trip here at Lake Fork. These techniques will stay productive until mid March when the bass have spawning on their minds. Here is a list of the baits you can expect to see on the deck of my boat throughout the early pre-spawn season.

-1/4 and ½ oz red trap
-1/2 and 3/4oz brown and black football jig
-3/8oz black and blue jig
-red craw bandit 200 series crankbait

I still have many days available this spring that I am looking to book soon. Make sure you check out my new Military Discount Pricing for all active, reserve, and retired United States Military.

I hope this report is helpful to all Lake Fork fishing fans!

-Stephen Fatherree

Lake Fork Feb. 25, 2010 Guide Tom Redington

February 25, 2010

Despite a bitterly cold winter, the bass are hanging out in their typical prespawn locations. Many are even in the very backs of creeks in 2’ of 42 to 48 degree muddy water. As soon as we get a significant warming trend the bite will become consistent and bass will start bedding. In the meantime, the bite has been very slow to fair at best most days.

The cold temps have been especially hard on the relatively fragile threadfin shad and there have been a number of significant shad kills. That’s a windfall for the bass, and they’re getting a lot of easy meals as a result. The good news is that the bass we’re catching are downright obese and full of shad. The bad news is that food is so readily available that they aren’t having to work very hard to eat and that makes it tough to catch them on lures. As opposed to normal when I favor areas where I’m seeing shad in the water, lately we haven’t been able to get bit in areas where there’s a lot of bait. Basically, if you’re seeing a number of shad struggling in the area, we’re normally not getting bit in those spots.

As the lake warms, we’re going to have a very good spring this year. The extra flooded shallow cover and the very well fed bass will make for a very productive spawn and a lot of heavy fish. In the meantime, plug away in key areas and you’ll eventually connect with some big ones. My report is large unchanged from my last one and will remain that way until the spawns gets going in March.
Lake Conditions: The lake is full and more stained than normal, plus cooler than normal. The lake level is currently 403.01’, right at full pool. The water clarity is clearer on the south end, getting more stained as you head up the lake, and quite muddy in some creeks up north. Water temps are reading 45 to 47 in the main lake, while 51 was the warmest we found in the creeks yesterday.
Location Pattern: From late-December through much of March, I concentrate on the early prespawn and staging fish on points and along edges of flats or creek channels. Areas with submerged vegetation (primarily hydrilla, milfoil, or coontail) for cover will typically have the most active fish. While about any grassy area will hold a few fish, start your search in areas that have lots of spawning fish in late February through March. It stands to reason that the coves that hold the most spawning fish in early spring will have the most prespawn fish in the winter. I’ve found fish in grass anywhere from the very backs of creeks to main lake flats, with about 2/3 the way back in creeks being most productive lately.

As I say each spring, bear in mind that the absolute water temperature is not nearly as important now as the recent water temperature trend. For instance, water temps that are showing 52 degrees can result in slow fishing if the temps were 58 a couple days ago. In contrast, fishing can be great if the temps warm up to 50 while they were 44 a few days before. In general, look for bass on the flats and farther back in creeks during warming trends; conversely, drop back to points and main lake grassbeds after cold fronts. Finally, the day of and the day after cold fronts can be absolutely miserable to fish, but these frontal days after a long warming trend are usually the most productive times to fish.

Presentation Pattern: A few simple lures produce big bass each winter from grasslines and creek channels. First and foremost are lipless crankbaits in ½ or ¾ oz, like the Lucky Craft LV500 and LVR D-7. Red and crawfish colors are most popular and they often work well, although oddball colors often produce better on any given day. Buzzing these over the top of the grass on a quick retrieve is normally best, but after cold fronts, letting the bait fall and ripping these out of the grass will trigger most of the bites. Lipless cranks are notorious for losing fish, so I’ve gone to the 8’ Dobyns 804CB cranking rod. You can whip baits a country mile and it is so well balanced that it feels like having a little 6’6” rod in your hands. The 804CB has plenty of backbone to rip baits free from grass, yet a soft tip to let the bass eat the bait deeply and to keep them on. And a long rod moves a lot of line and keeps steady pressure on fish, resulting in more landed lunkers. If you’re out at the lake, run by Lake Fork Tackle’s pro shop in Emory and check it out for yourself. ½ oz Redemption spinnerbaits with tandem or double willow blades with white or chartreuse and white skirts will produce some really large bass in the same areas that the lipless cranks work, especially on windy and cloudy days. For a true giant, try swimming a 4.5” Live Magic Shad on the back of a ½ oz Phenix Vibrator Jig and fish it in the same areas you’d throw a spinnerbait. With the spinnerbait, mono like 28 lb PowerSilk line works best, while 30 to 50 lb braided line works better with the lipless cranks and vibrating jigs to help rip them through the grass.

When the bite slows or the conditions are sunny and calm, I’ll switch to a suspending jerkbait or pitch a jig and a Texas rig. Lucky Craft’s model 100SP Pointers in gold or chrome patterns are my traditional choices, although the new Gunmetal Shad & Phantom Chartreuse Shad are my new favorites. Work these with long pauses over the grass and along the edges. A long rod with a forgiving tip helps land big fish that just slap at these baits, so I throw them on a Dobyns 705CB cranking rod. Match it with 12 to 17 lb Fluorohybrid Pro, a new line that is as clear and sensitive as fluorocarbon, yet as smooth and easy handling as mono. For jigs, I go with the new ½ oz black and blue MPack jig from Lake Fork Trophy Lures and pair it with a matching Fork Craw or Hyper Freak trailer in the blue bruiser color. For the Texas rig, I’ll pitch a Lake Fork Flipper or Hyper Freak in black neon or blue bruiser with a 3/8 oz Mega Weight. Work your jig or Texas rig very slowly along creek channels or through deep grass for a great shot at a lunker.

Cover lots of water until you get bit. Once you catch one, work the area over thoroughly with multiple passes, employing several different baits. Fish tend to stack up in key staging areas during the winter and these spots will replenish themselves with more fish during the prespawn as more and more big bass move shallow. Find some good staging spots and you’ll have a milk run of honey holes now through March.

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

Good Fishing,
Tom Redington

March 2010 Lake Fork Report Guide Clint Wright

February 25, 2010

Lake Fork Day and Night Guide Service
Guide Clint Wright
Fishing Report
March 2010

“Let’s Go Fishing”

Hello from Lake Fork.  My March report is always a great report to write. Winter is over and warm weather is coming. Many anglers have been looking forward to a warming trend, I know that I have.

Historically, March is known for the spawn here at Lake Fork. I love to fish deep water, but March and April I will be fishing shallow. To me shallow is 10 foot or less, this is where most of the bass in Lake Fork will be. Many anglers fish up in one or two foot this time of year. What they don’t realize is that the really big fish are under their boat in 5 – 10 foot. These big fish did not grow up in one of the nations most pressured lakes by living in one or two foot of water. They got big by learning how to hide out, just out of sight. I’m going to explain a little and give a few tips that will hopefully put you on one of the cold water trophies.

When I am fishing Lake Fork in March, I look for a few key characteristics of an area before fishing it. The number one thing I look for is shallow water, close to deep water. thumb Second, Grass (milfoil or hydrilla). Third, a hard sandy bottom. These three ingredients will usually equal quality bites. In these areas I like to throw an array of different baits. For covering water quickly, I throw a Santone Chatterbait on a 7’ Custom Angle Rod heavy action, with 20 pound fluorocarbon on a high speed reel. When I slow down, I like to throw a Texas rigged Gene Larew Biggle Bug or a Grande Bass Mutant, rigged on a 7’ Custom Angle Rod heavy action and 50 lb braided line. When the bite seems tough or the water is clear, rig up a shakey head. My two favorite shakey head baits are a Gene Larew 4” salt craw or a Grande Bass Rattlesnake. These two baits will flat out catch fish year around. I like to fish the shakey head on Custom Angle Rod with 12 fluorocarbon line. Remember that these big fish use the creek channels and ditches as highways, to and from deep water. Find these areas and this will be where they should be. I like to start at the back of a creek and fish my way out. In March, I like a creek that is 10 foot deep with 3 or 4 foot on the sides. This is a really good spot.

A popular fishing method for March and April is bed fishing. Without a doubt it is very effective. Using Costa Del Mar sunglasses, anglers are able to see the fish laying eggs in shallow water. Many times these fish can be relatively easy to catch. Here I like to use a Santone finesse jig with a Gene Larew finesse craw behind it. The Santone jig company uses Gamakatsu hooks, which are the sharpest and most durable hooks on the market. The sharp hook is very important. I have yet to find a bass spawning that does not go nuts over that set up, although you will have to play around with colors of the craw to find one she cannot stand.

If you fish Lake Fork on a regular basis, or if you are just visiting, having a chip from is a must. Just insert into your gps unit, download and whoala, all of the boat lanes right there as waypoints. No more tearing your boat up, not being sure if you should be running there or not.

Please remember that the sun will still cause damage to your eyes while fishing. So wear your Costa Del Mar polarized sunglasses anytime the sun is shining.

Guided trips on Lake Fork are a sure way to have a fun filled relaxing day. Our spring dates are filling quickly and for that we are blessed. Let me be the first one you call for your guide trip, as all I can guarantee is that I will try my hardest to #1 catch fish, #2 have a great time doing it.

Often I get asked about whom I trust to work on my outboard motor or who should I buy a boat from. I have to say Sartin Marine in Yantis, Texas is the go to place. Billy, Wayne and staff will take care of anything you need. Give them a call if you ever have a boat or motor question.

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, Monticello, Welsh or booking information at 903-342-3497. Or visit for more information. References are available upon request.

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Tight Lines,

2-23-10 Fork Snow Bite

February 23, 2010

We had a bunch of people check out early due to the forecast of snow.  We have had a tiny tiny bit, but it is melting before it hits the ground.  Streets are dry and the wind isn’t brutal…actually a nice day. 

There is a corporate group here that booked several guides… Big bass as of noon was 11.40, numbers are good and another 7lb 5oz reported.  Lake Fork prespawn is on..

Plane Spraying Feb 18th, 2010?

February 22, 2010

We had several anglers report a low flying plane was spraying some chemical in the lake.  Several people contacted the river authority and they had not had any spraying scheduled. 

Was an older WWII style plane and was making it a point to buzz over anglers and the dam.

Not the best photos, but shows the cloud of stuff dropped in several places, I figured it was just smoke but 2 guys reported it was without a doubt some sort of chemical. 

Lake Fork February 21, 2010

February 22, 2010

We had an 11.78 weighed in, the anglers were in a paper tournament and I believe they weighed in just under 33lbs on 5 fish. Very surprising considering water temps were high 40’s low 50’s…

All I know is the mans name is Bob, lol. If anyone can fill me in on his last name I will give him credit.

Mid Fork Feb 2010

February 20, 2010

Just a short write up, I’m bored and still stuck at work.

We had a shad kill a few days ago, still a few swimming sideways and bass are gorging. One man said 2 of his 6 fish today were throwing up fresh threadfin shad and another one had 2 tails sticking out of the gullet.

Bite is extremely slow for nearly everyone, water temp main lake mid/high 40’s…heard of some 52-53 in the very backs of some muddy creeks up north. The majority of the people I have talked to the past 2 days have been in the east field of glade at some point, none of which have reported catching much… which is surprising considering it has been the go-to place for the past 3-4 years prespawn / early spawn.

1/4oz spinnerbaits white/chart or straight white with double willow or single colorado slow rolled and 1/2oz red traps are all selling well…Yo-Zuri Rattlnvibes and Bill Lewis in product code SY8.

Good luck, I hope to get out several days during the week.

Lake Fork February Prespawn 2010 with Guide John Tanner

February 9, 2010

John Tanner has been one of the few people fishing on a regular basis the last few weeks. It has been what I would consider miserable, but he is consistantly been on fish. Here are some pics of some NICE prespawn fish coming out of mid 40 degree water.

Here is a short youtube video: