Clint Wright Lake Fork Report 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


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