Archive for May, 2011


May 30, 2011

June Bassin on the Fork

Welcome to Big Bass country-Lake Fork Texas. I am glad to see summer time roll around and all that it brings with it. Warmer outside temps and some awesome fishing. As we go into early summer the fish here on Lake Fork go through some patterns changes and really start to gang up as the month rolls along. Early in the month the blue gill spawn is usually happening so you can find some jumbos cruising the shallows ambushing the bluegills. Topwater baits like Berkley Frenzy poppers, frog baits like the Berkley Chigger Toad and also soft plastics swim baits like the Berkley Hollow Belly and the new Berkley Havoc Grass Pig are killer baits for big bass during the blue gill spawn. If you get in some clearer water and can see the huge blue gill beds keep your eyes peeled for wolfe packs of big bass cruising around them. These fish are catchable so keep your distance and make long cast to them and hang on! Sometimes you have to tinker around a little to find the best bait for that day but once you zero in on it you can smash em. Dont rule out the shallow stumps the first part of the month either. With the bluegill spawn going on alot of big bass will hold tight to the trees in the shallow ambushing bluegill. This makes for some great flipping and pitching. Keep the Pit Boss and the new Craw Fatty handy on your flipping stick. Green pumpkin and the california color work good in the situation. Be sure to die the tail in chart to mimic the blue bill the bass are feeding on. As many of you know summer time is a great time to fish deep water offshore structure. Fish will pile up on humps, deep points, road beds and submerged pond dams. Now is the time to crank up your electronics and put them to work. I use the Lowrance HDS units. ( These are the best units I have ever used and make life a lot easier for us out there in the deep waters of Lake Fork. As always, Carolina rigged Power Worms, Wacky Crawlers, and Power Lizards are excellent choices. Other deep water killers are Texas rigged 10 inch Power Worms, Talon Football Jigs with a Berkley Twin Tail grub for a trailer, Big Talon Spoons, and the Drop Shot using Berkley Wacky Crawlers. You dont here much talk about tackle for drop shot fishing so here we go. I like to use spinning tackle while fishing this technique. My favorite reel is the ABU Garcia Soron or the new Revo spinning reel. For the rod I like to ABU Garcia Vendetta or the ABU Garcia Veritas in 6′-6″ medium heavy. I always use braided line and attach a shock leader to avoid tangles due to line twist. I use Spiderwire Ultra Cast in 20 pound test and then 12 pound Berkley Triline 100% Flourocarbon for the shock leader using a double uni knot to to attach the two lines. Try these set ups and I know you will be very pleased with them. Go to to take a look at all of the fine tackle from Berkley, Abu Garcia and others. Deep fishing is a blast once you get on the right school of fish. You can load the boat in a hurry and catch some really big bass. Yes summer time is a fun time to fish here on Lake Fork so come on out and get in on the action. If you would like to book a guided trip here on Lake Fork with us drop us a line at or give us a ring at 903-569-7451. For more booking info check us out on the world wide web at On our site we have fishing reports, awesome fishing videos, big bass photo section and more so check it out.From the beginner to the expert we will do out best to make your trip to Lake Fork one to remember. Give us a call for summer deep water instruction or even your fall bass fishing trip.While you are in the area be sure and stop by and visit Diamond Sports Marine our local Ranger Boat dealer located on hwy 154 only a mile from the lake bridge. DSM carries a full line of Ranger Boats( and has a parts and service department to handle all of your needs. Ask for Ben Hogan and tell em Tanner sent you. He will make you a good deal on a new Ranger Boat or if you can call me for info on a 2011 Demo available at a huge savings. I have a 2011 Z521 rigged with the awesome Mercury 250 Pro XS( ) available at a huge discount. Call me at 903 569-7451 for details.

Many thanks to my sponsors and friends who have supported me for so long. I am thankful to God for what I get to do for a living and where I get to do it. Check out our new ministry website You can also find me on facebook under John Tanner. Good fishing and God Bless,

Please pray for our country and our troops as they fight for our freedom. Also pray for the sick and lost. Matthew 6:33.


John Tanner
John Tanners Lake Fork Guide Service
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Public Speaker – Fishing Seminars, motivational speaker

Office 1-800-865-2282
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Lake Fork Guide James Caldemeyer Report 5-26-2011

May 26, 2011

The fishing these past few weeks has been incredible! My clients and I have been catching 30-50 fish a day on most days even despite the wind and storms. The quality of the fish has been excellent also with most days yielding 30+ lbs. with best 5 and we had a day last week with sack over 40 lbs.!

The lake is still in great shape with water levels still around 3.5 feet low. The water temperatures are ranging from 72-76 degrees. The water clarity is slightly stained in a lot of areas with clearer water on the main lake and south end. The grass is starting to grow real good in a lot of areas and the fish like it.

The top water fishing has been very good this year with poppers, yellow magic, and zara spooks in shad patterns getting the best action worked early and late around main lake points. The explosions on these baits are fierce. As the shad are finishing up their spawn a square billed crank bait, white spinner bait, chatter bait, or a Berkley Hollowbelly Swim bait fished in the same areas are doing well also. These fish are very aggressive and will pound these baits as you reel them through 2-6 feet of water.

There are also a lot of mid depth fish holding on timber in 8-12 feet. Talon jigs in 3/8–5/8 sizes in green pumpkin with matching Berkley Chigger Craw for a trailer have worked really well fished around the the standing trees and stumps. I make sure to have some 25 lb. Trilene 100% fluorocarbon line spooled up on an Abu Garcia Revo and 7’3” Veritas medium heavy flipping rod. A Texas rigged Berkley Havoc Pit Boss in big Texan, California, or green pumpkin color has been excellent A shaky head has also produced well in this depth on certain days when the fish are not as eager to bite the bulky baits.

The deep bite has really stared to turn on over the past couple of weeks. As the fish finish up spawning you can find schools of fish congregated on points, humps, creek channel bends, roadbeds, ridges, and pond dams in 18-28 feet of water. I will idle over these areas with my Lowrance HDS unit and look for schools of bass around shad, sand bass, or yellow bass. The big bass will feed on all three. Once I have located a school I have been using several different presentations. The Carolina rig has been the most effective lately. I am using a 7’6” medium heavy Abu Garcia Veritas rod rigged with a 1 oz. tungsten weight and 4-5 foot leader with a 3/0 wide gap hook. My best baits have been a Berkley 5” wacky crawler, 4” Power Hawg, lizard, or centipede in watermelon or green pumpkin colors. The football head jig bite has been good for big fish. I am using a ¾-1 oz. Talon football jig in green pumpkin, watermelon candy, Bama bug, and Willie’s weed colors with a Berkley Havoc “Deuce” in green pumpkin as a trailer A lot of these deep fish are suspended over this structure too and a deep diving crank bait, Talon “Big Dandy” spoon, or big swim baits do best. Working these baits through the middle of the water column will get you bit!

I hope this helps all you anglers that are headed to Lake Fork 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 If you are interested in learning deep structure fishing and how to read electronics, now through the end of the year is the time to book with me. 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 or at my new site I am really enjoying my new 2011 Ranger Z521 Comanche paired with a Mercury Optimax 250 Pro XS . 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 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.

Isaiah 25:1 – O LORD, you are my God; I will exalt you and praise your name, for in perfect faithfulness you have done marvelous things, things planned long ago.

Tight Lines and God Bless,

James Caldemeyer

John Morris Lake Fork May Report 2011

May 19, 2011


J & M Guide Service

9 – 16 May 2011

This has been a great week of fishing. The Bass spawn is winding down and the fishing patterns are changing. The Bass are starting to move out into 6 to 12 feet of water and are chasing shad between 5:30 and 9:00 in the morning and 6:00 to 8:00 in the evening.

The bait of choice has been a KVD 1.5 square bill crank bait in the gray with black back color. You want to fish this using an erratic retrieve. This small crank bait has been catching both small Bass and Bass up to 8 pounds. There is no doubt when the Bass hits this bait, they smash it!

When the small crank bait bite stops, the trick worm bite starts. Move to timber in 4 to 8 feet and use a V & M 8 inch Super Finesse worm. Use the watermelon/red color. The way to fish this is to fish it wacky style with a small weight inserted into the nose of the worm. You need to fish it very slowly moving your rod from the 09:00 o’clock position to the 12:00 o’clock position. The fish will hit the worm on the fall and you may not feel the strike you will just see your line moving off. When this happens set the hook really hard.

The Catfish are moving in to spawn now. They can be caught by using a small crank bait or using crawfish looking bait. When using a crawfish, fish it using ¼ ounce split shot 18 inches above the hook, moving it very slowly across the bottom in about 3 to 5 feet of water on sandy points.

For the safety note this week, the lake water level is continuing to fall. There are more and more stumps starting to show. If you are not sure where you are running, please slow down. I have seen two new boats this week with holes in them because of stumps just below the water line. Always use your life jacket when the big motor is running.

We are now taking bookings for Summer fishing trips. So give us a call here at J & M Guide Service 1-888-454-7037. Be safe and have a great fishing season.

J & M Guide Service

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John Tanner May 2011 Lake Fork Report

May 12, 2011

Hello from the great Lake Fork. May is here and boy what a fun month to fish here on the big bass capitol. here are the current lake conditions as of 5/5. Lake level according to the USGS website is averaging 399.70 and the surface temps are ranging from 72 to 75 degress. We had some cooler weather and a good bit of rain that cooled it down some but it should shot back up a bit with the warmer weather coming. There are several different patterns that are catching fish right now here on Lake Fork. You can catch them in both shallow and deep water.

Early in the morning or on cloudy or windy days topwaters (yellow magics), Talon Buzzbaits, shallow crank baits, swim baits like the Berkley Hollow Belly in gizzard shad color and wacky rigged berkley Sink Worms have been producing in the shallow areas on points and grassy flats. There is a good bit of milfoil starting to grow and the fish are relating to it nicely. Look for bait fish on wind blown main points and secondary points. There has been some schooling activity as well early morning and all morning on cloudy days. You might try swimming a Berkley Power Grub in white or milky white black flake if you see the fish chasing shad. This is a good technique and will load the boat quickly on the schooling fish.There is a good number of fish relating to the trees still so flipping and drop shotting are good methods for plucking them off of the standing timber on sunny days. Flip the Berkley Havoc “Pit Boss” in green pumpkin using a 5/16 ounce tungsten weight by Affordable Tungsten and drop shot the Berkley 7″ Shaky Worm in green pumpkin or “the general” color.

The deep bite is picking up a bit on some of the main lake points and ridges. Carolina rigging and drop shotting have been good using the Berkley Wacky Crawler June bug or green pumpkin, French fry style baits in watermelon or chartreuse and also 7″ inch Berkley Power worms in blue fleck color. ( ) Look for the fish piled up on the drops on the sides of the points in 20 to 30 ft of water. I use the Lowrance HDS units and love to see them before we catch them. its like playing a video game! Any ways May is here and the fishing is good. If you would like to book a guided trip here on Lake Fork for this summer or fall call us at 903-569-7451 or drop me a line at From the beginner to the expert we will try to make your trip to Lake Fork one to remember. While you are in the area be sure and visit our local Ranger dealer Diamond Sports Marine located on hwy 154. DSM is a full line Ranger Boat dealer ( ) with a parts and service dept to meet your needs. If you are in the market for a new Ranger go by and ask for Ben Hogan and be sure and tell him Tanner sent ya. Or if you are in the market for a 2011 model Z521 pro staff boat rigged with a Mercury 250 PRO XS ( ) and Lowrance HDS electronics, my demo will be available soon. I should have this boat by the end of the month and it will be available at a huge savings. If you are interested give me a ring at 903-569-7451. For more info on a guided trip be sure to click on the trip info page and for a look at some happy anglers holding their Lake Fork Trophies click on the awesome photo pages. I am thankful to God for what he allows us to do here on Lake Fork. It is a blessing to fish for a living and share what He is doing in our lives with others. We have a new website so take a look. It is . We are also on facebook. Search for John Tanner. Hopefully this report will help you on your next trip to Lake Fork. I look forward to hearing from you!

Please pray for our troops as they fight for our freedom. Also pray for the sick and the lost. Philippians 4:19

Good fishin and God Bless,
John and Robin Tanner

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Tom Redington May 12th 2011 Lake Fork Fishing Report

May 12, 2011

Bass are wrapping up the spawn and concentrating on eating in both the shallows and out on deep structure. Hordes of spawning shad and bluegill plus a lot of new weed growth, in addition to the tons of stumps and stained water, mean that a lot of bass will be hanging out shallow for quite a while. For these fish, crankbait, topwaters, chatterbaits and soft plastics will provide a lot of action. If fishing offshore structure is your deal, more and more fish are migrating to classic summertime haunts each day as the water temps keep rising. And in between, fish can be caught on the same points and creek channels where they staged before spawning. Shallow, deep, or in-between, May is a wide open month on Fork that allows you to fish your strengths and catch lots of good fish.

As the bass feed up after the spawn, the result is our most consistent fishing of the year for numbers of quality fish in the 3 to 7 lb range, with a shot at a 10+. That means topwaters and moving baits early or all day on cloudy days. If the sun comes out, it is offshore structure fishing the rest of the day on possibly the best structure fishing lake in the country. So if your plans didn’t allow you to take advantage of the spawn this year on Fork, don’t despair, you can still enjoy what most locals consider the best fishing of the year on Fork—May through July. In addition to catching a lot of big fish, it is also the premier time to learn how to read your electronics to graph big schools of bass on deep structure.

If you haven’t caught it yet, I’m a frequent participant and host of “The Big Bass Battle” on Versus. The show also runs on WFN (World Fishing Network), as well as on Time Warner cable in the Dallas area. More new episodes will air soon, with trips to Fork, LA, and MS.

If you want to learn more about the shad and bluegill spawns and how to catch bass following them, you can check out my May article called “The Other Spawns” here:

Lake Conditions: Despite a few storms, the lake level remains low. Currently it sits at 399.66’ (about 3’ 4” below full pool) and a ton of stumps are 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 are currently reading in the low to mid-70s. The main lake is the normal greenish clear color but many creeks and the upper end of the lake are pretty stained due to all of the wind. A decent amount of milfoil and hydrilla are showing up around the lake now, but the coverage is still significantly less than in past years.

Location Pattern: For the last of the spawners, check out the main lake flats on the south end of the lake. The slightly deeper structure like points, creek channels, and ledges in 4’ to 12’, adjacent to areas with numbers of shallow spawning bass, is where we’ve found most of the bigger females, staging on their way back to deep water. On the northern half of the lake, timber or grass flats and clay points will continue to hold numbers of fish until the bluegill and shad finish their spawns and temps turn hot. Some of the early spawners are showing up on offshore structure in 12’ to 30’ as well.

Presentation Pattern: Topwaters are not only fun to fish, but producing some big fish all day, so try your Lucky Craft G Splashes, Kelly J’s, and Gunfish. You can work these baits all day long and catch good fish, especially if you are in areas with lots of bass fry. Work these lures on a floating mono line like 15 lb PowerSilk. If the wind kicks up, spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and vibrating jigs work well in shad or bluegill color schemes. ¼ oz Redemption spinnerbaits, Lucky Craft RC 1.5 square billed cranks, and Phenix Vibrator jigs with 3.5” Live Magic Shads will all catch good bass, especially on the windy and cloudy days. For a real pig, try slow swimming a 5.5” or 8” Live Magic Shad on a swimbait hook through the same areas. You’ll get fewer bites, but some real monsters. If the action slows, rig a Hyper Stick or Ring Fry on a 12” leader and a ¼ oz weight on a Carolina rig with 17 lb FHP line and you’ll keep on catching them. Finally, I’ll pitch a 3/8 oz green pumpkin MPack jig with a matching Fork Craw with a 7’4” Dobyns Extreme DX745C rod to shallow cover like stumps, laydowns, and clumps of grass, plus pitch to the deep weed edge. Big females hang out here before and after the spawn and this is a great way to catch a lunker in the late spring.

On offshore structure like humps and points, deep diving cranks and Fork Flutter Spoons will catch suspended fish while Carolina and TX rigs will get the bottom dwellers. The key is to first locate fish on your graph, then let their position dictate your lure selection. Lots of bass suspend early in the season and super deep cranks like Lucky Craft’s Flat CB D20 and RC3.5XD are very effective, with Sexy Chartreuse Shad and Chartreuse Light Blue being my favorite colors. To get the most depth out of them, use a small diameter sinking line like 12 lb FluoroHybrid Pro and launch them as far as you can. The hands down best deep cranking rod these days is the 8’ Dobyns 805CB RM—it’s a unique blend of a rod that can cast a country mile, yet has the power to handle a leaping lunker at great distance. Deep cranks are notorious for losing fish and this rod will help you keep them on-line. Fork Flutter Spoons will trigger a lot of these same fish too as they slowly wobble down through the schools like a dying shad. When bass group up on the bottom they are easier to catch. Simply keep a Carolina rigged Baby Fork Creature or a TX rigged 10” Fork Worm in front of them long enough and they’ll eat sooner or later.

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,


Lake Fork Flathead Season is HERE

May 2, 2011

Lake Fork Catfish Guide Kenneth Jones had one heck of a day with clients!

Tommy & Zack Hightower and Jeff Camp with 400 pounds of Lake Fork catfish. The flatheads are from 13 pounds to 58 pounds. Channel cats are 12 pounds to 2 pounds.


Lake Fork Guide Stephen Fatherree Post Spawn Video Report 5-2-2011

May 2, 2011

Hey bass fishing fans, here is my most recent Lake Fork video fishing report. Lake Fork is fishing great right now. Currently the water temperature here on Lake Fork is in the low to mid 70’s and the bass are very active. Also there are areas on Fork that healthy grass is finally growing and the bite is steadily getting better. I have also seen more balls of shad this spring than most other years which should make for a great late spring and summer fishing season! Look for bass in 1-10 foot of water. Cast reaction baits such as topwaters, crankbaits, and chatterbaits during low light conditions and fish a dropshot or a neko rig when the bite gets tough. I hope this report is helpful and informative to all bass fisherman. Good luck fishing and be safe!

Check out my video fishing report to see how Lake Fork is currently fishing.

You will learn:

-the current most productive DEPTH
-where to experience some great fishing ACTION
-the BEST lures for low light conditions
-what points will hold the most BASS
-my favorite late April TOPWATER lure