John Tanner Mid April Fishing Report 2011

Well folks its mid april and here is an updated Lake Fork fishing report. Current lake levels are 399.70 as of 4/19. Surface water temps very from 67 to 74 degrees depending on your location. There are a few different patterns going on now as the spring rolls along. You have alot of fish that have already spawned, some on beds and some yet to spawn. This makes it fun. Now we have had a good bit of wind this spring so finding areas to fish has required some moving around and trailering to other ramps to avoid long boat rides but it has been working out good. It hasnt been rough every day but you know in the spring we are going to have some wind. its just part of the time of year. If you like to flip wood now is a good time to be here at Lake Fork. there are a ton of fish relating to the stumps in the shallow spawning coves and creeks as well the shallow points at the mouths of the coves. This is the case most of the time when the water is low in the spring like it is now. The trees will support spawning fish as the fish like to use the base of the bigger stumps to nest. The trees will also support fish that are gaurding fry. These fish are usually pretty aggresive and will attack your bait when it gets close to the ball of fry. Good bait choices are flipping baits like the new Berkley Havoc “Pit Boss” and “Craw fatty”. Good colors are green pumpkin, california, big tex and balsk blue. I like to rig these baits on 20 pound Berkley Trilene 100% flourocarbon line using a 5/16 ounce Tungsten sinker by Affordable Tungsten and also a 5/0 Mustad Mega Bite Hook. For the rod and reel combo I really like to use the new ABU Garcia Veritas Rods along with one of the ABU Garcia Revo Premier reels. Man what a set up! For a look at the new Berkley Havoc baits and ABU Garcia products go to or if you are in the Lake Fork area be sure and go by Lake Fork Marina. They have the best selection in the Lake Fork area. Tell em tanner sent ya! Other good ways to catch them off of the trees is using wacky rigged plastics like the Berkley Heavy Weight Sink Worm in watermelon/red and green pumpkin/watermelon as well as floating jerkbaits like a gold rattling rogue. I am starting to see some small patches of milfoil growing along some of the sandy spots along the banks. There are some fish gaurding fry in this stuff too so start throwing your topwaters like the Pop r’s and buzzbaits like the Talon Buzzbait in white. Keep in mind the bluegill are starting to head in so if you see em keep those Hollow Belly blue gill colored swim baits ready. Talk about fun, when they get on the swim bait you wont want to fish anythign else. they will smash it! Could be anyday so keep your eyes peeled for the blue gill beds to get thick. Now some of the early spawners are already over the spawn and out on deeper water feeding up and getting back on their feet. Some of the shallower humps and points will have some crank bait fish along with some carolina rig and texas rigged10 inch Power Worm fish. So if you are struggling in the shallows head out deeper crank up your Lowrance and find you a school of fish on some off shore structure and go to town on em. I like to use the Lowrance HDS units. These units are awesome and with the addition of the Lowrance Structure Scan you just cant beat them. I have been using Lowrance for years and I can tell you from experience that they are the best out there with the best definition and resolution. Go to and give them a look.Yea there is alot going on right now here on the Fork. Alot of different patterns and techniques are in play so come on out and get in on the action. This is a good time of year to catch some big ones and enjoy the spring weather. If you would like to book a guided trip here on Lake Fork for call us tolls free at 1-800-865-2282 or drop us a line at From the beginner to the expert we will do our best to make your trip to Lake Fork one to remember . Be sure and click on the photo section for a look at a ton of happy anglers holding their Lake Fork trophies. For more booking info click on the trip info page. While you are in the area and need service or are in the market for a new or used boat be sure and go by Diamond Sports Marine on hwy 154 our local Ranger Boat dealer . They carry a full line of Ranger Boats  and have a service and parts dept to support you. See Ben Hogan and tell him I sent you or my 2011 model pro staff boat will be available soon. It is a Ranger Z521 rigged with a Mercury 250ProXS  and Lowrance HDS electronics. If you are interested in saving some big bucks on an awesome boat give me a ring. I sell these low hour boats quite often and can make you a great deal. Well that is about it for now so hopefully these fishing tips will help you here on Lake Fork. Be sure to check our new ministry website .And if you are on facebook give us a look and lets link up. You can find me just search for John Tanner.  Please pray for our country and our troops as they fight for our freedom. Also pray for all of the folks that lost thier homes in the fires that have been raging through west Texas this past week. Read Psalm 37:4   
John Tanner
John Tanners Lake Fork Guide Service
FLW Touring Pro
Public Speaker – Fishing Seminars, motivational speaker
Office 1-800-865-2282
Cell 903-569-7451

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