John Tanner May 2011 Lake Fork Report

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!

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Good fishin and God Bless,
John and Robin Tanner

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