Archive for May 19th, 2011

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.

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