Archive for August, 2010

September Lake Fork Bass Report Guide John Tanner

August 30, 2010

Hey Folks lets talk September bassin on Lake Fork. We had a blast last month in August and it looks like September will be a blast as well. I really look forward to this time of year as we are kind of winding down from summer and headed for some better and hopefully a little cooler weather in September. This means transition time for the bass. The water temps will start to cool a bit and usually the lake is getting a little lower due to dry conditions. The main lake can try to start turning over a bit in certain parts of the lake and this will put the fish on the move. The cleanest water will usaully be in the shallower areas and if you look it will be a better color. This holds true for just about any lake this time of year. We had a little cool front towards the end of last month and it cooled the surface temps down 5 or so degrees for a few days. The put a ton of bait fish in the shallow grass and alot of the big bass hit the shallows too feed on them. The lake level has been dropping as well and this really will group up the fish. Look for them along shallow drop with some good healhty grass and you will be in business. I am not saying the deep bite is washed up by any means. I am just letting you know that if the deep bite is not working out for you on a given day you can hit some shallower water and do good in September. When it gets like this schooling fish can be plentiful and easy to catch on shallow crankbaits like lipless crankbaits and swim baits like the Berkley Hollow Belly in the Gizzard Shad color. I really like to throw this bait over the grass when the fish are up feeding on the tons of baitfish that will run the grass early and late in the day. We have seen some incredible schooling action late last month and I look for it to continue this month as it normally does here on Lake Fork in the fall. Texas rigged Berkley Power Worms in either Blue Fleck or Plum colors on a 3/16 ounce Tru Tungsten bullet weight is a great bait to use and will catch plenty of fish this time of year in the shallows. For a look at the Berkley Hollow Belly Swim Baits and Power Baits go to .Or if you are in the Lake Fork area on a guided trip or just fun fishing go by Lake Fork Marina for a great selection of Berkley and other fine Pure fishing products.Other good choices are topwaters for early morning and late evening like 1/4 ounce Talon Buzzbaits in white and also topwater plugs like pop r type baits and frogs. The fish really seem to get on a frog bite in September and I like to use the Madd Maxx frog by Tru Tungsten ( It is an awesome frog and comes in some cool colors. Throw it on the matted stuff in the mornings and hang on. Dont foget to use a good braided line while throwing the frog like Spiderwire Ultra Cast. I like using the Low Vis Green in the 50 pound test. It cast like a dream on a ABU Garcia Revo Premier reel . You can make super long cast and really wing it out there which is important in frog fishing. The deep bite gets a little tricky this month but you can still hammer out deep if you get on the right spot. The main thing is to search the off shore structure very carefully with your electronics. I use the new Lowrance HDS8 unit and I tell you they are really good. It will show me the structure whether it be a hump, pond dam, road bed or deep point. It will show me in detail the cover on whatever structure I am searching either with its awesome Structure Scan and even the sonar itself is unmatched. Check them out on line at or if you are going to be here for the Mcdonalds tourney later in the month come by the Lowrance booth and let the Lowrance experts show you all about the awesome HDS units. They make my life alot easier while guiding here on Lake Fork and fishing FLW Tour events. Good rigs for the deep bite here on Lake Fork as always are carolina rigged Wacky Crawlers and Power Worms, drop shots using Wacky Crawlers and Talon Football Head Jigs with a Berkley Twin Tail grub for a trailer. Big Talon Flutter spoons “The Big Dandy” are good this time of year on suspended fish. Check them out at . September is here and the fall bite is shaping up already. If you would like to book a guided trip here on Lake Fork give us a ring toll free at 1-800-865-2282 or drop us a line at And of course you can find us on the web at Check out the awesome photo section for a look at tons of happy anglers holding their Lake Fork Trophy Bass. We will teach you all we can in a day and have a great time here on Lake Fork! While you are in the area be sure and visit our local Ranger Boat Dealer Diamond Sports Marine located on hwy154. Ask for Ben Hogan and tell em Tanner sent ya. Go by and check out the new Z521 Ranger rigged with one of the all new Yamaha VMAX SHO Four Stroke engines. One word, AWESOME!!!! I will have a 2011 demo for sale at a great price soon so if you are interested give us a ring and let us save you some serious bucks on a great boat.Go to for a look at the new model Rangers and for a look at the all new SHO Four Stroke. Remember if you want to book your fall, winter or spring trips give us a ring to make sure you get the dates you need to fit your schedule. Be sure to check out All Outdoors TV in the next couple weeks on FSN. We did a show with Bill Wilcox and it should air around the middle of the month. Thanks to Bill and gang for coming and fishing with me. I always have a blast when they come and do a show. Good Fishing and be safe.

Please pray for country as well as the sick and the lost. I am thankful to God for what I get to do each day and for what a difference He has made in my life since I turned it over to Him. Got Jesus? Read John 3:16


Clint Wright Lake Fork Report August 27, 2010

August 27, 2010

Air temp: Day 90 – 100 : Night 65 – 75
Water temp: 88-90
Clarity: Clear (no rain)
Water Level: 1.5 foot low and slowly dropping from heat.
Pattern / Season: Early Fall

August brought along a heat wave. Looks like September will cool things off a little. Night fishing this summer has been a blast. We have caught some really nice fish. In the month of September I will still run some night trips, but a majority of my trips will now start being day trips throughout the rest of the year. Lake Fork is very low right now due to the drought. Be extra careful when running the outboard on your boat as stumps are everywhere right now.

This year Lake Fork has been producing some giants as well as quantity. As I write this report I am thinking about my three hour trip with Todd Mayes yesterday. We caught over 50 fish in two hours and had a blast. We were throwing a bunch of different baits, but a lipless bait was the key for bigger fish. I landed two nice fish on one cast and had several other hook ups with one on the front hook and another on the back hook. I don’t know if I have ever averaged 25 – 30 fish an hour non-stop for two hours. My thumb is so sore it will hardly bend today.
September is an outstanding month for catching high numbers of fish. This month there will be fish biting all over the lake. If you like to fish shallow, deep, north, south, east or west anglers will find fish feeding up on shad.

Most anglers come to Lake Fork in search for bass over ten pounds. Therefore, my style of fishing and my reports will hopefully help you build a pattern to do just that.

The key to catching high numbers of bass is to down size and fish fast until schools of bass are found. One day they are in 15 to 20 foot, the next they could be schooled up in 1 – 10 foot. The key to catching bigger fish is to up size and mimic larger shad and barfish. Generally, the size of bass in any given school will depend highly on the size of the bait in the school they are feeding upon. If the barfish are feeding on 1 inch shad you will find small bass feeding with the barfish. The giant bass will be under these schools feeding on the barfish and leftovers of dead shad falling down.
My favorite two baits to catch the numbers are a drop shot Grande Bass Rattlesnake and a lipless crankbait. I like to throw the drop shot on a Custom Angle spinning rod with a reel spooled with 10 lb test line. The lipless bait I throw on a Custom Angle 7’ rod with a reel spooled with 30lb braided line (around grass) or 15-17 lb mono (in open water). If you are targeting larger fish and not worried about numbers, rig up a Santone Jig and a deep diving crankbait. Swimbaits have their time and place and will no doubt tempt big bass. These presentations only touch the tip of the iceberg as to what all will actually catch fish in September. I tell anglers to fish their strengths this month and they will do fine.

I still have a couple of openings for September and October. November I will start guiding primarily on Lake Monticello and Lake Welsh. These trips fill up fast due to my customers knowing 50 to 100 fish days being common. So call early!! These two hot water lakes allow me to fish just about any presentation a customer wants to learn and can provide a great learning opportunity. I call them my “driving range”. If you are looking to be coached on anything, let’s get a trip booked on one of these great lakes.

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 and 2011 spring 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!

Corporate and Group trips – are welcome, references available upon request. Visit for more information.

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,
Guide Clint Wright

James Caldemeyer Lake Fork Report August 25th, 2010

August 26, 2010

The dog days of summer have been relentless this year. We have definitely seen our share of 100+ degree days so far and I know a lot of us are ready for some relief. The fishing has still remained decent on most days despite the hot conditions but there have also been some days that I have really struggled to keep up with the fish. Especially during the blazing heat of the day and no wind. But, cooler days and more consistent fishing are just around the corner. The conditions are really shaping up towards some spectacular fall fishing!


          The lack of rain over the past several weeks has the lake falling fast in this heat. Water levels are a foot and a half low and declining. The water temperatures are ranging from 88-92 degrees in most areas and the water clarity is off colored in a lot of areas up north with the clearer water found on the southern end.


          The shallow water bite has been consistent around main lake and secondary points that are holding good grass and bait fish in 3-10 ft. Texas rigged worms like the new Berkley Thump Worm or 7” Power Worm have been producing a number of quality fish. I like to use a 5/16- 3/8 oz weight and peg it when fishing the grass. I will rig these on a 4/0 wide gap hook with 17 lb Trilene 100% fluorocarbon as well. Best colors are green pumpkin party, watermelon red, and june bug. Crank baits and spinner baits have also been catching some fish when the bass are up shallow chasing these shad. The top water bite has still been very inconsistent for me, but keep it tied on and close by for the fish that come up schooling during the day.


          Deep structure fishing this time of year is great also. Lately, the deep fish have been very inconsistent. One day they are on the bottom good and you can catch them all day long, then the next they are scattered and suspended all over the lake. Understanding your electronics like my Lowrance HDS’s is crucial. You can determine what the fish are doing on a given day with these units and make a decision on how to fish for them, whether it be on the bottom or employing suspended fishing tactics. Some days you may have to wave the white flag and go shallow if its just not happening out deep. Either way, good electronics are the key to a successful day of fishing! When I locate fish on the bottom and feeding out deep, I have been using several baits to catch them. Carolina rigged worms like the Berkley Wacky Crawler and 4” Power Hawg do well. Best colors are camo, green pumpkin, watermelon, and red bug. Also a Talon 5/8-3/4 oz football head jig tipped with a craw worm or twin tail grub. The best jig colors right now are watermelon candy, watermelon red, watermelon chartreuse, green pumpkin, or texas craw. Drag either of these rigs slowly through these schools of deep fish and hold on! For the bass that have been suspended (and there are a lot of them right now), a Talon “Big Dandy” flutter spoon in the Lake Fork Maniac color has been best. I work this spoon on an Abu Garcia 7’3” medium heavy rod and work it vertically through these fish. If you are not use to throwing one of these big spoons, it takes some getting use to. The bite will come as the spoon falls so keep in tune with the bait as it descends. Another great bait for catching some really nice bass right now is the 5” or 6” Berkley Power Mullet. These big swim baits have truly lifelike action and can be fished at a variety of depths. Just cast them out and count them down to the desired depth. Use a slow rolling retrieve. When they hit it, they hit it HARD!


          The Sealy McDonald’s Big Bass Splash is fast approaching and Bass Champs TFF tourney here this weekend. If you are coming out for these tournaments, please be careful out there. The water is falling and stumps pose a threat to everyone. Please wear your PFD’s and kill switches! If you get a chance, also stop by Diamond Sports Marine on highway 154 here on Lake Fork and check out the new 2011 Ranger Boats in stock. Talk to Ben Hogan and he’ll be glad to help you find the right boat for your needs or you can give them a call at (903)383-7829. If you would like to pre-fish for a tourney or are interested in booking a fishing trip for the fall, please feel free to contact me. You can reach me by email at or just give me a call (903)736-9888. You can also go to my website to get more information about Lake Fork Trophy Bass fishing!


Hebrews 11:1


Tight Lines and God Bless,

James Caldemeyer

James Henderson Lake Fork Night Report August 2010

August 5, 2010

August Fork Night Report

Just a quick report on my recent night trip on Fork. The bite at Fork during the day can be as brutal as the heat with high pressure setting in, but for those willing to get on the water in the still of the night it can be very rewarding. The last trip out produced 40 fish with numerous 5 lb fish and several pushing 8 lb. not to mention break offs due to the heavy cover and techniques being used. Fish are moving to the shallows at night feeding up on bream, crawfish and big shad. The summer heat has their metabolism in high gear and these fish want large offerings.

Areas that are producing best are main lake grass lines near deep water. The fish can be targeted in 8 to 12 ft on the outside edge of grass beds and later on up shallower along retaining walls and inside edges. Although the lower lake levels from evaporation are making the inside edges more rare, if you scout around before dark you can find some of these areas to hit later. Baits can vary depending on amount of cover, type of cover, and depth I’m targeting. I have had my best luck on big baits especially for the large bite, 10-12 inch plastics and other types of baits with a large profile are working great.

A word on safety, be sure before you hit the lake that all your equipment is in order. Lights in good working order with extra bulbs in case your running light goes out. Make sure you know exactly where your safety equipment is (throw cushion, life jackets, etc.) and that you have more than one working flash light. Lastly be cautious, I am still witnessing people on the water fishing without their lights on or using illegal forms of running lights. I ran up on a boat near the lane who had a short light pole that could not be seen over his engine. He told me he did not like the light to shine in his eyes at night and the shorter pole was better for him to fish with. I also witnessed boats pulling into areas to fish and turning out their lights. Another hazard is being careful of other boats running on GPS. A lot of these guys rely on it so much that they find themselves looking at the GPS screen more than the watching what’s coming up in front of them. Remember there are others out there to watch for and buoys sometimes drift from there original positions, I know we all have seen buoys out there busted up from someone plowing into them in the dark.

If everybody just takes a little caution we can all have a great time on the water fishing at night. I currently have several openings if anybody is interested just give me a holler, or if you just want to talk fishing and want to know more about the bite on Fork.

Be Safe and Good Luck!

Pics from my last trip:

New Personal Best 14.44lb

August 3, 2010

7-31-10  8:45pm 14.44lbs 26.75″

Jay Kendrick had found and been graphing this spot, thank you for putting me on it and netting the beast! 

Huddleston Deluxe ROF-16, Brown/Gold…25lb test