Archive for March, 2010

Lake Fork Conditions report

March 25, 2010

Water 51-55 this morning, water is stained in all the regular run off areas…4 of the 5 gates open.

Should clear up by Saturday, bite was still good for BIG fish just the numbers seemed to really back off.   Had a 10.4, 9.2 and an 8lb 13oz reported on the trophy bass survey.

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Lake Fork Sharelunker 15.495

March 23, 2010

Sorry for the bad picture, I will have some more up tomorrow.  Amazing fish! 

James Henderson Lake Fork Report 3-20-2010

March 22, 2010

LAKE FORK REPORT 03/20/10

LAKE CONDITIONS:
Lake is currently above full pool and rising with temps in the low 50‘s rising up to mid 60‘s on sunny warm days. The lake is mostly dingy in the backs of the main arms clearing to stained near the dam. I have been finding new Hydrilla growth in some areas and the Gator Grass is also starting to leaf out along the banks in warmer areas. As of this report I have seen no new growth of Water Hyacinth but there are large areas of dead and decaying Hyacinth vegetation.

Fishing is inconsistent due to frontal passages and night time air temps dropping into the 30’s. The night time temps will be the key to stable patterns developing as we move into the spring. Recent trips have had numbers between 10 and 25 and reports of many fish in the double digit range being caught. There are currently fish in several phases: late winter, pre-spawn and spawn. I have already caught several good females off beds, and there are presently males in great numbers shallow.

LOCATIONS:
With the frequent drops in temperature and frontal conditions, its important to key on funnel areas to increase odds of catching fish. Look for travel routes leading to major spawn flats: tree lines, fence rows, ditches, creeks, points leading out of creeks, are all prime travel routes for fish to migrate in and out of the spawning grounds. Areas where these can converge are sweet spots for staging and migrating fish. Creek channels being the primary travel route with ditches converging, or feeder creeks adjoining, points that taper out to deeper water and or channels are all areas worth working thoroughly. Fish that are commited to the shallows will pull back to the nearest breakline (outside weed edge, or nearby drop off). Post frontal fish will also hold tight to cover(trees, weed clumps, deeper dock pilings), and their strike zone will be small. Frequently this time of year when we think the fish are not biting in the morning, they have just relocated due to cold temps at night. On days with warmer weather or later in the day when the water warms, you can concentrate on the flats themselves. As long as night time temps don’t plunge, the fish will stay in the shallows or very nearby.

LURES/BAITS:
Primary baits for me have been lipless rattle baits, Senko type baits, spinner baits, wacky rigs, jerk baits. Lures that are producing the best for bedding fish are tubes, lizards and creature baits. Another technique that’s producing numbers for the tournament fishermen is the drop shot around vertical structure and deeper locations near bedding fish.

PATTERNS AND PRESENTATIONS:
My bigger fish have been coming on the lipless rattle baits in red and on shad or chrome colors. I prefer to use the chrome/gold color on sunny days and in clearer water, and the red/crawfish colors in dingy water or cloudy days. Work the rattle baits by ticking the tops of grass; in open areas pop and twitch the bait to trigger strikes. It can be a pain to work in the heavy grass beds, but worthwhile in a big way.
The Senko type bait is working well either weightless Texas rigged or wacky. Some days you have to dead stick it, and other days they want it moving faster, so play with the retrieve untill you find what is working best. Best colors have been natural hues of green.
Spinner baits in white or white/chartreuse, 1/4oz to 3/8oz size, are also producing worked around cover. Try varying the depth of presentation, working the bait anywhere from just below the surface to where it can barely be seen.
The wacky rig, although not usually known as a big fish bait if fished correctly can produce as good as any presentation this time of year. I normally rig with a straight tail worm or soft stick bait in natural hues. Fish will usually hit it on the fall so work it slowly, lifting your rod tip to raise it and allow it to fall slowly with occasional twitches.
Stick baits or hard jerk baits are starting to come on strong and will get better as the spawn progresses. I prefer a gold with black back floating jerk bait at this time of year. I like to cast it out and let it set just a few seconds. Then just twitch my rod tip to make it wobble and flit around on the surface. This is excellent for drawing strikes around bedding bass and they will annihilate it at times. After twitching it on the surface then start to work it down with a series of sharp twitches and snaps of your rod tip. The strikes will almost always occur as your raising your rod while the bait is sitting still in the water column. Be sure you have premium hooks on because a lot fish will swipe at the lure and good hooks will ensure you catch fish that slap at the bait. Your rod for this presentation needs to have a slow action, a quality glass, or composite cranking stick will allow you to impart the most action to the bait and still land fish that are hooked in the side or outside the mouth.

SUMMARY:
As you can see a lot of techniques are producing right now, some better than others. The number one determining factor is the stage the fish are in that you are targeting. You can catch lots of pre-spawn still, with plenty of fish moving into full spawn mode. Pick the technique to fit the situation and you will catch fish. It won’t be long(a week or two maybe) before the majority of fish will be in full blown spawn. With the weather as its been, we are looking at having a large spawn centered around this next full moon. Most years we have spawning scattered starting in February increasing numbers into April and stragglers as late as June. This year it will be more concentrated and this coming full moon should see very intense spawning activity.

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If I can be of any help to anyone or if you have a question, just give me a call. I do have a few days at the end of this month open and several days next month if anyone is interested.

Lake Fork Day and Night Guide Service Clint Wright March 2010

March 21, 2010

Lake Fork Day and Night Guide Service
Fishing Report
March 2010

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. 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 http://www.boatlanes.com 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 http://www.LAKEFORKDAYANDNIGHT.us for more information. References are available upon request.

Lake Fork Day and Night endorses the following sponsors: Custom Angle Rods, Costa Del Mar Sunglasses, Santone Jigs, Gene Larew Baits, Grande Bass Baits and Sartin Marine.
Tight Lines,
Clint

Guide Clint Wright
Lake Fork Day and Night Guide Service
http://www.lakeforkdayandnight.us
“Let’s Go Fishing”
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Stephen Fatherree Lake Fork Fishing Report March 20, 2010

March 20, 2010

Lake Fork is heating up right now with more big fish being caught each day. These prespawn fish are heavy, aggressive, and put up a good fight when hooked. The right combination of lure, location and presentation can make for a great day of fishing here.

The water temperature is currently in the 55 to 60 degree range, with muddy water found on the north end of the lake, and clearer water found in coves near the dam. Many big bass are in shallow water preparing to spawn. Often times you will catch your biggest bass of the day in just a foot of water. Look for areas of grass, lily pad stems, and stumps in these shallow water areas. The best places are currently in the back 1/3 of major creeks and flats on the north end of the lake.

We have been catching bass on a few different baits, mainly in mid day and the afternoon once the sun has had a chance to warm the water. The first bait that has been productive is a black 3/8 oz spinnerbait with a colorado blade. This bait is great for the muddy conditions and often gets big fish to bite. A steady retrieve in 1-3 foot of water is working great. Also a red 1/2 oz rattletrap is catching some nice fish in 3-6 foot of water over submerged grass. Make sure you let the trap contact the grass and rip the bait out to get a reaction strike from these fish. I will make long casts with this bait and experiment with a fast and slow retrieve to see which works best. As the water warms over the next week a weightless 5 in senko will really start to work great. Make sure you slow down in any area you get a bite, usually where there is one fish this time of year, there are many more.

I still have a few days available at my $100 off discounted rate. Feel free to contact me for more details. Good luck fishing!

Lake Fork 12lb 0oz 25.5″ Dean Hewett

March 19, 2010

Grats Dean Hewett, another awesome Senko fish!

Guide Johnny Glass 11.58 23″ Lake Fork Slot fish

March 19, 2010

Here is a rare site, 23″ slot fish that goes 11.58lbs…

Fork fish are about to pop….

Big Fish showing up on Lake Fork

March 19, 2010

Day before yesterday a 13.00 was pulled out. Yesterday a 12.91, 11.51, 10.80. Today there were 5 10lbers caught…the only thing I can find in common in these fish is they are coming from the colder on the south end of the lake from 4-10 ft on stickbaits. Yamamoto Senkos, Grande Bass Rattlesnakes, Hags F4 / F5 torandoes ect….

Will give another update after the front moves through Saturday.

Lake Fork Sharelunker 3-16-2010

March 17, 2010


4ft on a Senko

Grats Randy Williams!

March 13, 2010 Tom Redington Lake Fork Report

March 13, 2010

An extended period of warm and sunny days has a lot of bass actively roaming up shallow at Lake Fork. Male bass are showing up en masse in the back of creeks, a sure sign that the females aren’t far behind. With the new moon on Monday and more nice days in the forecast, I expect our first major wave of spawning next week and a lot of big fish will be caught. (Duran Duran fans might even point out that with a “New Moon on Monday” the bass will be “Hungry Like the Wolf”. Sorry, I couldn’t resist.)

Until the bass start bedding, prespawn moving bait patterns still dominate. As the bass in the backs of creeks start to spawn, anglers will still have the choice of fishing for spawning bass in the shallows or chasing the bigger prespawn fish nearer the mouths of creeks and on the south end of the lake. With such a late start to the spawn, the spring bite should carry well into May this year.

Speaking of prespawn action, watch me catch big bass with lipless crankbaits on the “Scott Martin Challenge” fishing show on Versus. The show airs in 2-parts during the weeks of March 22nd and 29th. Check your local listings for the show times, as it’ll air several times each week.

Boat for Sale: My 2010 Ranger Z521 boat is for sale. It is a demo boat through my dealer with low hours and you’d be titled as the first owner. She’s value priced to save you big bucks off the cost a new boat. For more details and pics of the boat, please check my website (www.lakeforkguidetrips.com) or drop me a note. Here’s a video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OatBx6KpyJk

Lake Conditions: Lake Fork is full and more stained than normal, but warming. The lake level is currently 403.11’ and dropping, still 1” above full pool. Because of big rains last week, 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 51 to 56 in the main lake, while 61 was the warmest we found in the creeks yesterday.

Location Pattern: For prespawn and staging fish, key on points and along edges of flats or creek channels. Areas with submerged vegetation for cover will typically have the most fish. Main lake grass beds near the mouths of these coves are holding some fish, as are main and secondary points inside the coves. During warming trends, follow bass back into the creeks and check the edges of grass flats and creek channels. After the fronts, drop back to deeper water adjacent to where the fish were before the front and you’ll quickly relocate them. For spawning fish, look for protected bays in the north end of the lake or at the very backs of major creeks. As the water continues to warm and we move towards April, bass will start spawning nearer the mouths of creeks and in deeper creeks. The main lake flats are typically the last areas to spawn, often as late as early-May.

Presentation Pattern: For prespawn bass, spinnerbaits, crankbaits, jigs, and lipless crankbaits are catching numbers of good fish, especially on overcast and windy days. 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. ½ oz Redemption spinnerbaits with tandem or double willow blades with white or chartreuse and white skirts will produce some nice bass in the same areas that the lipless cranks work, as will shallow running crankbaits like Lucky Craft RC 2.0 or BDS4 square bills. For big bass, 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. White or white/chartreuse vibrator jigs with Fire Perch or Albino Shad Live Magic Shads work well. And for a real prespawn monster, pitching heavy cover along the first breakline and creek channels is the way to go. I go with a 3/8 oz MPack Jig in black and blue or green pumpkin jig with a Lake Fork Craw trailer in the blue bruiser or watermelon candy colors. For the Texas rig, I’ll pitch a Lake Fork Flipper or Hyper Freak in black neon, Bama Bug or watermelon/red with a 1/8 to 3/8 oz bullet weight and slowly work it around cover. Or try the new 6” Hyper Lizard from Lake Fork Trophy Lures. It features a huge thumper on a segmented tail and produces a wild thumping action when it swims and hops along cover. I like pitching all of these baits with the Dobyns Champion series 736C pitching rod. At 7’3”, it is light and easy to fish all day with a soft enough tip to pitch well, yet it has plenty of power to pull even the biggest fish out of heavy cover with big braided line.

For bass that have moved onto spawning flats, weightless Texas rigged or wacky rigged soft plastic jerkbaits like Magic Shads, Zig Zags, and the all new Hyper Stick become your best option. The Hyper Stick combines the shape of Senko-style stick worm baits with the segmented body action of the Live Magic Shad. The result is a worm with unique action from even the slightest rod movement. This year, I’m using Lake Fork Trophy Lures’ new weedless weighted wacky rigging system primarily. The small weighted disc gives it just enough weight to cast well and fall just right, while also keeping your wacky worm from flying off the hook on casts. The large size ring fits the Zig Zags and Hyper Sticks perfectly, while the smaller size works wonders with Hyper Finesse Worms, Twitch Worms, and Hyper Whack’n Worms. Shades of green pumpkin and watermelon are normally top colors, but don’t forget Blue Bruiser with the muddy water this year. These fish are often spooky, so long casts are key. For weightless soft plastic jerkbaits, I’m using Dobyns’ 733C with 14 lb FluoroHybrid Pro line. The 7’3” rod whips the baits out there, while it still has enough backbone to drive the hook through thick worms on long casts. The new FluoroHybrid Pro line has the feel and invisibility of fluorocarbon, yet it casts well and ties strong knots like mono—it’s truly the best of both worlds.

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 http://www.LakeForkGuideTrips.com , where your satisfaction is guaranteed.

Good Fishing,

Tom