Clint Wright Lake Fork Report

Hello from Lake Fork. Spring fishing here in East Texas has never been better. Many anglers and guides are reporting catches higher than and bigger than ever before. With such a long winter, it is nice to see less cold fronts and more warming trends. May is a great month to pattern fish due to fewer fronts, but can also be challenging as the post spawn season arrives. Here are some tips to help break those post spawn blues.

March and April were the two months that most of Lake Fork bass spawn. In May, some bass will still be on beds, but generally more numbers of big fish can be found a little deeper. My clients and I will be targeting post spawn fish this month that have moved out onto the creek ledges, humps and points. Early and late in the day, we will be using two different set ups depending on the weather conditions. They are a Custom Angle Rod 7’ medium heavy with a Santone Chatterbait or a Custom Angle Rod 6’6 medium heavy with some type of topwater popper. These two baits fished in the six foot or less range can get the attention of bass still protecting fry. Generally these bites are fierce and explosive. Late in the morning and in the middle of the day, I will rig my clients up with a one of many deep water baits. One of my favorite in May is to have a Custom Angle Rod, Carolina Special, and rig up a Grande Bass Rattlesnake or Mega Tail worm on a Carolina Rig. Another deep water technique I like is ripping a ¾ ounce Santone Jig with a Grande Bass Mutant as the trailer. I use a Custom Angle 7’ Heavy action rod with 50 lb braid. We throw out on a long cast and instead of crawling the jig back to the boat, we rip it with vengeance off the bottom. This erratic way is a good way to get that reaction strike. If you are coming to Lake Fork for just one big bite, rig up a Custom Angle 7’ Heavy Action with a Texas Rigged Gene Larew El Salto Special (12 inch worm) and fish 12 – 20 foot. You will have to play around with your color selection in the soft plastics, chatterbaits and jigs as it often times changes hour to hour, day to day.

If you are a regular to Lake Fork, May is a great month to venture away from your normal fishing holes and find new water. I have found that in May a good bite can be found on the north and south ends of the lake as well as the east and west sides. Take a look at your map and find a boat ramp you have not tried in a while. By fishing new water it makes all of us better anglers. If you have a habit of fishing soft plastics, try a jig. If you have a habit of throwing soft plastics, pick up a crankbait. Trying new things in May might just surprise you of what other areas and baits are capable of producing.

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.
Billy Sartin at Sartin Marine located in Yantis, Texas (only a few minutes from Lake Fork) is available for all of your boating needs and mechanical repairs. Tell them Clint sent ya!

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. Costa Del Mar sunglasses have also increased my fishing as they allow me to see underwater vegetation, stumps, baitfish etc. Having the ability to see targets under the water that other anglers pass up is the key.

Guided trips on Lake Fork are a sure way to have a fun filled relaxing day. Our 2010 dates are filling quickly and for that we are blessed. Let me be the first guide you call for your fishing trip, as I can guarantee that I will try my hardest to #1 put you on fish, #2 have a great time doing it.

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 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.

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

Tight Lines,


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