James Caldemeyer Lake Fork Trophy Bass Report 4-25-2011

Lake Fork is really going strong right now. Despite the weather and lots of wind, we have still managed to have lots of excellent fishing days with lots of numbers and big fish too. There have been several days recently that my clients and I have had 30-40 fish before lunch. The end of April and entering into May is such an awesome time to be out here because you can catch so many fish on lots of different patterns and techniques.

We have some rain coming through the area right now and forecasts are indicating that we may see some more much needed rain over the next 24 hours. Right now the lake level is sitting just under 3 ½ feet low. Water conditions are fair with water temperatures in the 70’s. The water is very stained in most of the northern part of the lake with all the high south winds churning those areas up and clearer water mid-lake to the south end.

The top water bite has been real good early or on cloudy days. Walking baits, poppers, and buzz baits in shad patterns or white have been best. If you can find areas where there is grass starting to grow or small lily pads sprouting, you are in the right spot. Square bill crank baits in shad or bream patterns have been really good fished around points, over the grass, and deflected off the stumps in 2-6 feet. If you get in some clearer water, be sure to try working a swim bait the same way as the square bill. I am using the 5” Berkley Hollow Belly in ayu or gizzard shad colors. Hold on to your rod tight because when they hit these baits its full force!

Texas rigged or weightless senkos in green pumpkin or watermelon red have also produced well along with the “new” Berkley Havoc Craw Fatty and Pit Boss. http://www.berkley-fishing.com Flipping and pitching these baits tight on the stumps has been key. There are a number of bass still spawning and they are holding tight to the timber. If the bite slows, try a drop shot with small finesse worms in these same areas. These fish can be finicky and although the drop shot is not my favorite technique, it has been very productive this spring. I am rigging mine with 1/0 drop shot hook about 14” or less above a 1/4 oz weight with any finesse type worm for best results.

The deep bite has started to pick up as well. I am graphing schools of fish on my Lowrance HDS unit in 16-22 feet feeding on schools of shad. Points, roadbeds, humps, and ridges at or near the mouth of major spawning creeks are good areas to concentrate on. My go to baits are a blue fleck, camo, or green pumpkin 7”-10” Berkley Powerbait Worm, Berkley Shaky Worm, or a Berkley Wacky Crawler on a Carolina rig. I prefer a 7’3” – 7’6” medium heavy rod like the Abu Garcia Veritas with a 1 ounce Affordable Tungsten weight and a 4-5 foot leader. If you are looking for a great tungsten weight without inserts and at a great price, you can check them out at http://www.affordabletungsten.com When you get on a good group of fish, you will have a blast catching these hungry post spawn Lake Fork bass.

I hope this helps all you anglers that are headed to Lake Fork this month in pursuit of a trophy bass! If you would like to book a guided trip on Lake Fork, feel free to contact me at (903)736-9888 or email me at lakeforktrophybass@yahoo.com My summer and fall schedule for 2011 is already filling fast so get your reservations in now for best available dates. You can also visit me at http://www.officiallakeforktrophybass.com or at my new site http://www.jamescaldemeyer.com I am really enjoying my new 2011 Ranger Z521 Comanche http://www.rangerboats.com paired with a Mercury Optimax 250 Pro XS http://www.mercurymarine.com . This new ride is an amazing machine! If you haven’t checked one of these boats out yet you can go by and see one at Diamond Sports Marine http://www.diamondsportsmarine.com on Hwy 154 while you are in the area. Test rides are available upon request. Just give Ben Hogan a call at (903)383-7829 and he’ll be glad to help you find the Ranger boat that is right for you. Again, a big thanks to all my sponsors: Ranger Boats, Mercury Outboards, I Am Second, Berkley, Abu Garcia, Oakley, Lowrance, Talon Lures, Interstate Batteries, Line & Lure Conditioner, BTS, Navionics, Sure Life, Power Pole, Hamby’s, and Affordable Tungsten.

John 14: 3 – And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.

Tight Lines and God Bless,

James Caldemeyer

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