Archive for November, 2010

Stephen Fatherree Lake Fork Report November 2010

November 27, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving bass fishing fans! Lake Fork has been producing some nice bass this fall. We had a great time fishing today as we caught at least 25 bass and one fish nearly 8 lbs on the last cast. The bass are biting great right now as Lake Fork’s water temperature is still in the low to mid 60s in many areas! With the water being a few feet low, you can easily fish many stumps and treelines. I am not at all surprised that a bass over 12 lbs was weighed in at Lake Fork Marina today!

Many of the bass we have been catching over the past few weeks have been on a Hag’s F-5 Tornado in watermelon red or green pumpkin. In shallower water look for healthy grass beds and timber in the back of main lake pockets. Fish the Tornado on a light weight texas rig on the edge of the grass and next to big stumps. Work this bait slowly in these areas. Another great bait to pitch to stumps for big fish is a 3/8 oz black and blue Ezee jig with a Zoom Super Chunk trailer. During low light conditions or on rainy days cast a white spinnerbait or chatterbait in these same areas. A yellow magic topwater has been catching a few fish as well.

On sunny days look for bass in 18-30 foot of water on main lake points, humps, and roadbeds. A small size 1/2 oz spoon will catch some nice bass when hopped off of the bottom or jigged underneath the boat. A dropshot or carolina rigged Hag’s Tornado has been working well on sunny days with light wind. Finding bait fish next to the edges of this deep structure on your graph is key. When you catch a fish throw out a marker bouy close by to stay in the right depth and on the school.

Lake Fork is fishing very well right now. I have talked to other fisherman that are also catching bass in good numbers and size in the past few weeks. If you have a chance, its not too late to get down here and enjoy some great fishing action! The bass fishing should continue to be great as December arrives. Please feel free to contact me with any questions regarding the lake. I hope this information was helpful to all Lake Fork fishing fans!


John Tanner November 2010 Lake Fork Report

November 19, 2010

Greetings from the great Lake Fork. You gotta love this time of year. The weather is cooling down and the seasons are changing as Thanksgiving draws near. Hunting season also is kicking in and is in full swing. I like that because it takes alot of people of off the lake and reduces the fishing pressure. November is a really good time of year to catch big bass. The fish do some heavy feeding this month as we head into winter. I guess you could say that the big mamas are putting on their winter coat! Current water levels are running about 3 1/2 ft. low and the surface water temps are running between 65 and 67 degrees. We had some much needed rain the past few days and it was a cool rain cooling down the temps a bit. It has been pretty dry and I am thankful to God for sending the good rain.One of the good things about this time of year is that many different patterns will boat their share of fish. And with the lake being pretty low this year it will hold especially true. You can catch them both deep and shallow which is what we have been doing the last week or so. I like that because you can fish according to the conditions you are dealt by the weather and with a good concentration of fish in deep and shallow water it gives you more options to work with. How good is that! In the shallows topwaters, Talon buzzbaits, spinner baits and Chatter Baits using Berkley Jerk Shad for a trailer will do a great job catching fish this month. Texas rigged Plastics such as the Berkley Crazy Legs Chigger Craw and the all new Berkley Flipping Tail Worm are great choices to fish on a Texas rig using a 1/4 ounce Tru Tungsten bullet weight. With the water being low you can smash them while flipping stumps along creek channels and drop offs leading into the creeks. Be sure and use some strong line like Trilene 100% Flouro carbon. I love this stuff. It is super strong and will handle the big ones in the heavy cover. On the flip side of things the deep bite is a good way to go for big ones as well. You can find schools of big bass on points leading into creek channel hanging around the huge schools of shad and yellow bass. Good depths are 22 to 30 ft. once you find them on your graph you can catch them on Carolina rigged Berkley Wacky Crawlers, Talon Football Jigs with a Berkley Twin Tail Grub for a trailer and also big flutter spoons. The big ones will be right in the middle of the schools of barfish sometimes as they love to feed on these tasty little dudes. The barfish ( yellow bass ) are an excellent source of protein for the bass.

Yes, November is a great month to fish Lake Fork and catch some Hogs. If you would like to book a guided trip with us call toll free 1-800-865-2282 or check us out on the web at Click on the trip info section for more booking info and be sure to click on the photo section for a look at a ton of happy folks holding their Lake Fork Giants. You can also see some cool videos on our website.From the beginner to the expert we will make your trip to Lake Fork one to remember. While you are in the area be sure and visit Diamond Sports Marine our local Ranger Boat Dealer and tell em Tanner sent ya. I have a 2011 Ranger Z521 rigged with one of the new Yamaha SHO Four Strokes available. This boat is a demo and will come with full warranties on the boat and motor. Give me a ring if you are interested or call Ben Hogan at Diamond Sports Marine at 903-383-7829. Happy Thanksgiving and God Bless.

Please Pray for our country and our troops. Also pray for the sick and the lost. Read Matthew 6:33. Got Jesus??

Good fishin and God Bless,
John and Robin Tanner
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Tom Redington Lake Fork Report November 18, 2010

November 18, 2010

This fall has been very mild and a lot of fun on Lake Fork. Last year’s autumn was rainy and cold, with muddy water and overall the slowest fall and winter bite that I can recall. Fall 2010, on the other hand, has generally been mild, dry, and warm; and the fish have responded. After an active shallow bite in the first half of the fall, Fork finished up turnover in October and the deep bite has been quite consistent. I’m still catching most of my offshore fish in the shallower range, about 17 to 25 feet, whereas I normally catch a lot of fish in 28’ to 38’ zone by this time of year, so expect the good fall bite to carry on for a while. Furthermore, with the warm water temps and low water levels, winter and spring fishing should be excellent this year for wintering and early staging females in the creeks.

With the holidays just around the corner, I do have gift certificates available for those looking for a present for their angling buddies. 2010 has been another super year on Fork, and the prospects for 2011 look even better with the low lake level and warm temps. Moreover, forecasters are calling for a warmer and drier than normal winter and spring, setting up perfectly for good spring fishing. Prespawn starts in late-December, so it won’t be long until my favorite lunker time of the year is here, January through March. If you’re looking for a fish of a lifetime, prespawn is the time to head to Fork.

My fishing report is below. If you want more information on fall fishing, check out the articles on my website: . Included is the In-Fisherman story from the October issue with me talking about fall fishing, an article with my flutter spoon techniques in Bass West, plus the dozens of articles I’ve written, including the Nov 2010 article about the basics of deep water fishing.

Boat for Sale: My 2010 Ranger Z521 boat is for sale. It is a demo boat through my dealer and you’d be titled as the first owner. She’s value priced to save you big bucks off the cost of a new boat. For more details and pics of the boat, please check my website ( or drop me a note. Here’s a video:

Lake Conditions: Fork’s water level continues to slowly drop, as it has all autumn. The lake level is currently 400.04’ (just less than 3’ below full pool) and a lot of stumps are now visible. The boat lanes are still safe to run in general, but definitely exercise caution when heading out of the clear-cut areas. Water temps have been bouncing up and down with the regular passage of fronts, but in general the main lake has been holding in the mid-60s. The main lake has returned to the normal greenish clear color, except on the north ends where it is more stained. Some of the creeks are stained, but those with grass are pretty clear.

Location Pattern: There are still lots of fish to be caught up shallow. Grass on the main lake or around points in the creeks has been consistently good, while I haven’t done as well in the very backs of creeks lately. With all of the exposed timber, creek channel edges, fencerows, and treelines are all productive areas as well. For the past couple of weeks, the deep bite has been my most consistent bite during the middle of the days. The schools have been big and easy to find with your graph. Some of the schools are very large, with huge numbers of yellow bass, white bass, and catfish mixed in the with largemouth; while other schools have been entirely largemouth. It is a safe assumption this time of year that if you find the white bass and yellow bass, the largemouth will be there with them. Usually it is just a matter of figuring out some that the bass will eat and the smaller fish will leave alone, but sometimes you just have to weed through all the smaller fish to get to the black bass. Shallower main lake structures still seem to be best for the offshore bite, with areas topping out in 17’ to 25’ being the most productive.

Presentation Pattern: During fall, bass key on shad and most of my lure choices and colors will reflect that preference. Shades of white or chrome are always good choices in the fall on Fork. In the shallows, the topwater action has slowed for me, especially on cool mornings. I have had better luck, especially in the afternoons, in areas with loosely matted grass using topwaters like buzzbaits and Fork Frogs. Shallow running crankbaits like Lucky Craft’s RC 1.5 or BDS3 square bills, spinnerbaits and rattle baits, and 3/8 oz chatterbaits with 3.5” Live Magic shads have been productive, especially on the windy and cloudy days. As I mentioned before, bass are grouping on grass points, main lake grass, and treelines, so try these lures out in those areas and experiment until you find the hot lure that day. As you might expect, the best bait and color changes dramatically from day-to-day. It’s the time of year when dozens of different baits will work, so having several jack-of-all-trade rods on the deck is more helpful than a few specialized Carolina rig or cranking rods. Rods like the Dobyns Champion 733C and 734C (7’3” rods in medium to medium heavy powers) are equally adept at throwing topwaters and spinnerbaits to weightless soft plastics and jigs. Pair them with easy casting 15 lb PowerSilk mono and you’ll have some rigs that will be up to all but the most demanding bass fishing tasks this fall.

If the bass aren’t in a chasing mood, switch to a Carolina rigged Baby Ring Fry or Baby Fork Creature with a ¼ oz weight and a 12” leader and work along the grass edges for quality fish. If the bass won’t respond to the C-rig, slow down even more with a wacky rigged Hyper Finesse Worm and the slow fall of these worms will get lots of action from the smaller fish and an occasional good one. For these soft plastics, green pumpkin and junebug colors are working best on cloudy days, while watermelon/red and watermelon candy are better on sunny days. These techniques will also catch additional fish in areas where I’ve already caught some fish on crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and topwaters. For a shot at a true lunker, a 3/8 oz green pumpkin or blue bruiser colored MPack Jig with a matching Fork Craw or Hyper Freak trailer or a 10” Fork Worm Texas rigged will produce big bass when pitched to the deep weed edge, especially on points and around creek channels.

For the bass out deep, Fork Flutter Spoons and tail spinners are catching a lot of suspended fish. The more wind and cloud cover, the greater the likelihood that the bass will be suspended. Here again, the 3 and 4 power Dobyns rods do these chores well, with the 733C working great with tail spinners and smaller spoons, while the 734C is better when you break out 1 oz jigging spoons or throw the big 5” and 6” Fork Flutter Spoons. Fish relating to the bottom are a lot more dependable, so seek out these schools if you can locate them. Carolina rigged Baby Ring Frys and Twitch Worms and drop shotting Hyper Finesse worms work best. Once you get around a good school, catching these fish is usually just a matter of staying on them. The real key is finding the good schools with your graph.

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,


James Henderson Lake Fork Report November 14th

November 14, 2010

Lake Fork fishing is going strong right now, with lots of patterns working from shallow to deep. The following are just a few of the techniques/patterns that are working RIGHT NOW.

Lake Conditions:

Fall on Fork is in full swing and the leaves are beginning to turn. Water is slightly stained and the turn over is completed all over the lake. Current water temps are ranging from low to mid 60’s at main lake and lake levels are a little over 2 ½ foot low. Grass has started dying back in a lot of areas and the Lilly pads are beginning to yellow.


The bass on Lake Fork are like a lot of east Texas lakes, they are chasing and feeding on what ever they can catch. Shad, crayfish, frogs, bream, yellow bass, and many other species. I caught one recently that spit out a half digested 4 inch catfish.

Fish are roaming in small wolf packs early, schooling up in shallows and along creek channels. Its an exciting time to work these areas keying on grass lines, creeks, and tree lines. You can’t work baits too shallow this time of year, I have seen fish chasing shad up into the dirt during the Fall, and have caught really big fish in water that would barely cover their back, especially early in the day. When working grass lines be sure and check inside grass edge as well as outside and holes across the mat. In creek channels look for bends or junctions that create points, these can be ambush areas for some real giants. Anywhere a ditch dumps into a creek, should be worked thoroughly from the creek to where the ditch begins and the surrounding flat. Best creeks to work this Fall are Wolf, Little Caney, Penson, Little Mustang, Big Mustang, Williams and Leafy Branch..
Moving out into deeper water look for secondary points going back into the flats and shallow creeks. Transition areas like these can hold the mother load and produce fish when all else fails.
The main lake fish are setting up on points, deep creek/river channel ledges, and humps from 20 to 40 ft. These deeper fish feed mainly on shad and yellow bass so baits that mimic this type of forage are producing best out deep and can make for some great action. Good electronics are essential for staying on these deep water dwellers. Points around Little Caney, Big Caney, Mustang, and many others are all excellent this time of year.

Patterns and Techniques:

I have to admit I’m a top water junkie, and this is an awesome time of year to get a trophy blow up on top waters early in the day. With cloud cover and rainy days hitting almost every week the top water bite can last all day. Buzz baits and big walking top waters can call up some vicious strikes from monster fish. I have had fish over 10 lbs this time of year on big Zara Spooks in surprisingly shallow water. Keep a follow up bait nearby incase the fish are not aggressive enough to break the surface for your offering. Weightless plastics like soft stick baits and flukes are excellent follow up baits to close the deal on apprehensive fish. If the fish are boiling behind your bait and not hooking up, a subsurface presentation may be needed. Good techniques for this are shallow cranks like a Mann’s One Minus, or the weightless plastics already mentioned. Circus rigs or twitch worming can usually coax these reluctant fish to commit also. Other good baits and techniques are spinner baits, swim baits, and swim jigs, fished just below the surface. Be sure and where polarized sunglasses when using these techniques, a lot of times you will see fish follow your bait or flash behind it. When that occurs get your follow up bait into the strike zone quickly.

Working creek channels is prime this time of year shallow and deep. Starting in the backs of the creeks, you can usually follow the channel and flip and pitch jigs, t-rigs, light c-rigs. Watch for tree lines that may indicate small feeders or ditches, these areas can be specially good after a good rain despite the murkier water. Moving deeper along the creek into the 10 to 18 ft range, crank baits banged off the trees can trigger bites. I like fishing these type of creek depths on bluebird days when the fish seem to be tight lipped. Jigs can also produce reaction bites in the creek timbers and a heavier bait falling fast usually is the ticket on the tough days. Moving out into the deepest creeks and river channel, it’s a great time to learn how to use a spoon. I like a big flutter spoon, to cut down on the nuisance bites from yellow bass, sand bass and crappie, that will wear you out on a small spoon. When I fish these areas I want the behemoths that are there to feed on the other species. A big flutter spoon or football jig at are ideal for this type of fishing. Points or secondary points are best worked with cranks, and Carolina rigs. Lots of fish are being caught on lip-less cranks worked around points and grass beds. The lipless rattle baits can also be very productive on flats adjacent to creeks.

I have also been on a big fish bite at night still, or during the pre-dawn hours, using the same tactics as during the summer but keying more on creeks.



Now is the time to get on Fork for fast Fall action, either for numbers or big fish. The fish are putting on weight and I expect the fishing to be great for weeks to come. With deer season upon us, I have plenty of openings, and for Veterans Day I am offering ½ day prices on full day trips for veterans, or current members of the military the remainder of November. As always, if I can be of any help to anyone just give a holler.

Good Luck and Be Safe,

Been almost 1 month….

November 14, 2010

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Been almost a full month since we posted a report. Not holding out, just not much going on until now.

We finally have started to see some toads coming out of Fork again.

Most fish coming out of deep water main lake. A lot of sandbass showing up, but some big girls right in with them.