Archive for July, 2011

Eric Wright Lake Fork Report 7-30-2011

July 30, 2011









10-20ft in the morning moving out to 25ft in the afternoon.
Full day going for numbers I have had days as high as 85 with the lowest in the past 2 weeks being 51.
Drop shot finesse worms in a wide variety of colors. 3/8oz, 15lb Seaguar Fluorocarbon.
Here is a 9lb over I caught during the Tuesday night tournament out of the minnow bucket.
Doing weekday trips 8 hours for $300 for Texas Fishing Forum members, give me a call 972-757-7947.


James Caldemeyer Lake Fork Report July 28, 2011

July 28, 2011

The fishing lately has been fantastic despite the 100+ degree weather. Most trips have averaged 30 or more bass with lots of good quality fish and some big ones as well. If you are thinking of making a trip to Lake Fork, do not let the heat hold you back. The fishing is as good as it has been in awhile.

Water levels are still very low with the lake at 5 feet low and steadily falling as most all of Texas is in a severe drought. My prayers have been for much needed rain and I am sure we will see some soon. Water temperatures are in the 87-91 degree range and the water clarity is fairly stained.

Most of the bass we are catching right now are coming from deep water. The weather has been so hot and water temperatures are very warm. Couple that with low water levels and it has concentrated the bass into certain areas and has made them easier to catch. I am targeting humps, roadbeds, points, and deep channel swings in 20-32 feet. I always rely on my Lowrance HDS electronics to find schools of fish. These units are extremely accurate and knowing your electronics is a great asset in targeting deep bass. Most of the schools I locate are on the bottom and feeding. The best presentations for these fish right now are a Carolina rig with a 4-5 foot leader and 1 oz weight. I use a 3/0 hook tipped with the new Berkley Havoc “Bottom Hopper”. This is a cool new worm with lots of action to entice those big bass into biting. The football jig has also been great in 5/8- 3/4 oz sizes. I use the Talon jig and their best colors are watermelon red, green pumpkin, watermelon candy, texas craw, or willies weed. I am using a craw worm or Berkley Havoc “Deuce” twin tail grub as a trailer in matching color. When I get around a school of deep bass that are suspended I am throwing a deep diving crank bait, swim bait, flutter spoon, or swim jig. If you can get one of these baits in front of one of those shad chasers, they will eat it. Counting the lure down and keeping in tune where the bait is in the water column is important so pay attention to your graph as you work your bait through the fish. You will also find numbers of bass schooling heavily under the bridges on certain days.

The shallow bite has been decent early and late in the day on top water baits like a popper or frog worked shallow around grass and lily pads. A texas rigged Berkley Power Worm has also been good in these same areas. Best colors have been tequila sunrise and blue fleck.

If you are interested in coming out to Lake Fork for a guided fishing trip this summer, feel free to contact me. I have dates available in August and am filling up quickly for the fall already. You can reach me by phone at (903)736-9888 or email me You can also visit my website which contains all relative information to booking a trip Make sure and stop by America’s #1 Ranger Boats dealership right here on Lake Fork while you are in the area. The new 2012 Rangers will be arriving soon so you’ll want to go by and see what’s new. Ben Hogan and the rest of the gang at Diamond Sports Marine on Hwy 154 are available for all your boating needs and test rides are also available upon request. Be safe on the lake with low water levels, wear your life vests, and kill switches!

Proverbs 3:5,6

Tight Lines and God Bless,

James Caldemeyer

James Henderson Lake Fork Report Late July Early August 2011

July 28, 2011

First off I would like to apologize for not reporting last month, but as some of you know I have been dealing with some personal issues. I lost my Father a few weeks back after a long and brutal fight with cancer. All prayers for my family have been greatly appreciated and I know he is in a better place and no longer suffering.

Lake Fork fishing is in full swing summer patterns now with plenty of big fish being caught deep and shallow. Pop up showers have kept fish biting well late in the day, and you can catch fish on a lot of different techniques right now.

Lake Conditions:
The lake is currently 4.95 feet low but dropping steadily, with no substantial rain in the forecast other than isolated late thunderstorms it could be a dangerous summer with lots of stumps now showing up near boat lanes. Water surface temps are in the upper 80’s to low 90’s. The vegetation around the lake is sparse for the most part due to the hard freezes from this past winter. Milfoil is the dominant grass with some coontail and hydrilla near main lake. Low water conditions are affecting shoreline floating grass such as lily pads, duck weed, and gator grass. Water clarity is excellent to lightly stained. The thermocline will come into play more as the lake continues to stratify.

The early top water bite shallow has been fair near grass around bream beds and on points out to 6ft deep. Main lake pockets and points are areas to key on for top water bites early. Moving out as the day progresses working drop offs, and tree lines.

The deep bite has been the most predictable with fish moving on to points, ridges, and humps above or at the thermocline to feed. The schools of fish will generally suspend over deeper water when not feeding but will move in and out feeding periodically during the day. Electronics are key to finding fish on these structures and even though you don’t catch them at first, it can pay off to hit these locations more than once in a day if there are bait or fish suspended near by.

Shallow morning bite for me means a big walking bait over points and near drops. Zara Spooks, Sammys or other similar baits, have all been working well from 6 inches deep out to 10 feet. Popper baits are also putting fish in the boat and can produce a lot of numbers at times. Areas where you can see a lot of small bait fish flicking the surface, call for the poppers in shad or clear colors. Another good option in this situation is also a prop bait. Prop baits are not seen by fish on Fork very much anymore and can be real productive. A torpedo in clear or a devils horse still works to catch big fish. If fish are slapping at your baits and not hooking up, try changing the size or color of the bait. You can also try a weightless plastic just below the surface like a wacky worm, fluke or shallow square billed cranks.

Deep structure fishing and crankbaits go hand in hand. The two best ways to cover a piece of structure deep is with a crank or carolina rig. Boat position is critical when casting a big crank because you are only in the strike zone for a short time due to the pendulum effect. You want to make contact with the structure or the cover. Be ready to mark any location where you get bit, by lining up objects on shore or by kicking a buoy in the water as a reference point. On deep structure you will find “spots on spots” that will concentrate fish. You may be fishing a deep point but find a nub off the side or a drain/ditch along the side that are key to getting bit or not at all.
Right now on a lot of days you can find numbers on a lot of deep structures, and sometimes it seems like you can catch them on virtualy every cast. But when things get tough another technique that works well especially for fishing road beds, bridges and ridges is strolling, or trolling. This involves first casting your crank bait and either using your trolling motor or big engine to let all or most of the line out of your reel. You can then either start cranking or trolling, this along with using a thin diameter gets your bait down quick and keeps it in contact with the strike zone for hundreds of feet of the retrieve. The only problem is with other anglers pulling up on to your structure as you troll out of it, and it can be very problematic on Fork. For really deep cranking try DD-22s, Hot Lips, or Fat Free shads. Most of the time crank colors are simple with shad colors working best, during low light situations or overcast skies a darker shade or chartreuse is preferred.
Jigs , spoon, and heavy swim baits are also working around structure when the fish are suspended. Stroking a jig or ripping a swim bait through a school of fish can get your rod yanked out of your hand and trigger a school of fish to feed. Other times you may rip a lure off the bottom and it does not fall quit as far down because a fish sucked it in on slack line and you didn’t feel it. Watch your line always when fishing deep like this because you will usually see your line jump even if you don’t feel it.
Other deep water presentations working well right now are carolina rigs with various soft plastics in shades of green such as watermelon, pumpkin or chartreuse. Texas rigs, football jigs, and shaky heads are also pulling fish worked in the same areas and along the outside weed edges.

Lake Fork Marina’s new boat ramp complete!

July 22, 2011

Our new boat ramp is complete!  Short video…this was the 3rd piece to be jabbed in the water…

Current Lake Fork Water Level

July 22, 2011

Looks as though by the end of the week the Lake Fork Water Level will drop below 5 foot.

Full pool is 403.00

Current level is 398.20 and falling.


Lake Fork Mini Report & Pics July 15, 2011 Tom Redington

July 16, 2011

I’m scrambling to head out the door for my final FLW Tour stop of the year on Pickwick next week, so I’ll cut to the chase in an abridged fishing report for Lake Fork. The lake is dropping fast, already pushing past the 4.5’ low mark. The 154 and 515W public ramps are in good shape still but you’ll want to ask locally about a lot of the other ramps before launching. The water is clearing and remains warm, reading 86 to 92 in the day. A little bit of grass has grown up around the lake but stumps and timber are still the main deal in most of the shallower areas.

The offshore structure bite remains good for both numbers and size. With the thermocline setting up about 28’ right now, a few more fish are suspending and they aren’t eating on almost every spot like they were in most of May and June. You’ll have to do a lot of graphing and hunting to find the key spots out deep, but once you find them, it is normally a very big school and you can work on them for a couple hours. Humps, ridges, points, bridges, and roads in 18’ to 28’ have been best. Shallower channel bends and high spots near the creeks have been better on some days near the mouths of creeks and in the main lake, with bass in 5’ to 12’. Worms of various types and rigs have been best for me. Drop shots, TX rigs, and Carolina rigs are all working and I’m primarily using Hyper Finesse Worms and 8 or 10 inch Fork Worms, along with Ring Frys and Baby Rings Frys. Watermelon, red bug, green pumpkin, plum, blue fleck, and chartreuse pepper colors have all worked at times. Fork Flutter spoons, deep diving cranks, and football jigs also work sporadically, but the worm rigs have been the most consistent. I love using the Dobyns Extreme DX744C for my worm rigs, as it will throw any worm rig from light TX rigs up to heavy football jigs and Carolina rigs and the rod is super sensitive and a joy to fish. If you’re looking for a good worm set up, check it out, it is one of the most loved of all the Dobyns sticks.

A little bit of a surprise to me right now is the strength of the topwater bite. We’ve had consistent topwater bites a number of mornings until 9 or 9:30 AM, well after the sun has gotten high and bright. It’ll take a little scouting to find good areas, but a dead giveaway is a lot of shad activity and breaking fish. If you see a lot of shad running around and fish chasing them from time-to-time, you can definitely get them to come up for a bait. Poppers have worked some days but walking baits like Sammies have been far better for me. American Shad and Ghost Minnow colors have worked well. If you don’t know how to walk the dog with Sammies and Spooks, check out the video on my site for a bit of how-to.

For more details on my patterns and techniques, you can look around my website at my articles. I have a current article on tips for fishing the flutter spoons. In addition, the forum on my site has past fishing reports and the summer patterns are very similar to what was working a few weeks ago.

A final bit of congratulations to Diamond Sports Marine (DSM). DSM is the Ranger dealer located on Lake Fork and also in Rockwall. Ranger recently honored them with the award for the top Ranger dealer in the US for the 2011 model year. The award is not only based on sales but also on customer service, so a job well done to the guys at DSM for their accomplishment!

Best of luck on your Lake Fork adventures. Hopefully the Pickwick ledge fish will play nice like the Fork ones are. Keep the Fork bass company while I’m gone. wink

Good Fishing,


Guide John Morris Early July 2011 report

July 8, 2011

It was great to back on the water this week.  Even though our lake is down 4 feet and the water temperatures are reaching 88 degrees the Bass were really biting.   In this report I will break down the day in three time periods.  So with that being said lets get started.


Midnight to 5:30 AM:

     Night fishing here at Lake Fork has always been special.  With that being said, the bait selection has not changed over the years.   Three baits which include a 12 inch black worm, a black three bladed buzz bait and a black spinner bait.  This week the black 14 inch V & M giant worm was the ticket.  We used a 3/8 ounce South Bend bullet weight with a 4/0 Eagle Claw LO45 hook rigged Texas style.  With this big worm I suggest at a 7 foot heavy action rod with at least 17 pound test line on your real.  The bite was very light so you had to be on top of your game.  If the rod tip started to load up (get heavy), set the hook.   Just about 5:00 PM the top water bite started and we used the three bladed buzz bait until just after day light.


5:30 AM to 10:00 AM:

     I switched to a big white buzz bait around 6:00 AM and fished it to around 7:00 AM. Then we went to a crankbait.  This week it was all about the KVD 1.5 in silver shad color.  We caught numerous Bass around the edges of the grass in 2 to 5 foot of water.  If there was an isolated stick up a round the edge of the grass you need to make several cast in that area because the bass were there.  The fish would really strike the bait hard so hold that rod tight.


10:00 AM to 8:00 PM

     Well about 10:00 AM it was time to head for the deep water.  This week the Tackle Factory (Joe Spaits) jigging spoon was the ticket.  We used the ½ ounce spoon in the chrome and blue pattern.  We fished isolated brush piles on ditch and creek drop off’s.  Most of our bites came in about 22 to 24 foot.  They wanted the bait fished vertically, really slow.  When the fish hit the bait it was a very light strike and the rod tip would just get heavy.  Be patient and the fish will bite.


For all of you that follow my reports you know I usually have a Safety tip.  Well this report is no different.  This time of year it is all about pumping water.  For the last few weeks the air temperature has reached the high 90’s every day.  This means you sweat a lot and loose a tremendous amount of body fluids and you will get dehydrated very quickly.  You need to drink at least a half of gallon of water every hour.  That seems like a lot but you need to replace the fluids that you are sweating out.  Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are common this time of year if you don’t keep up with your fluids.  “Drink water”!


For all of your Lake Fork tackle needs you can see the friendly folks at Lake Fork Marina tackle shop where you can stock on V & M worms and Joes spoons.  Stay cool this week and drink plenty of fluids.


J & M Guide Service

(John Morris)



John Tanner July 8th, 2011 Lake Fork Report

July 8, 2011
Greetings from Lake Fork Texas! Can you believe it is July already? It just seems like this year is flying by and boom here we are in summer time already. Well I guess like the old saying goes, time flies when you are having fun! And fun we are having here on Lake Fork. This time of year when the hot weather comes the fish move into their summer patterns. This is one my favorite times of year because the bass get into really big schools and set up on deep off shore structure. Now this summer with the water levels being low due to lack of rain it really bunches the fish up in even bigger schools because of less places to go. As of July 4th the water level here on Lake Fork was 399.71 according to the USGS website. That is a little over 4 feet down from normal pool. I like it at this level and even lower because it really stacks the fish up in places where you can really catch em. I am not saying you can’t catch them in shallow water this time of year because you can. Some of the major creek channels along the channel bends will hold big concentations of fish as well but I just know the deep bite can really shine when the conditions are such as they are now. Now early in the morning along the main lake points you can catch some good ones early on topwaters like the Berkley Frenzy Popper and on texas rigged Berkley Power Worms in Blue Fleck or Plum color. White Talon Buzzbaits and medium running crank baits work well too in the first hour of the day. Some of these fish will move up really shallow in pursuit of the shad they are feeding on. This bite can be short and sweet as the sun pops up so hit it early. After the early morning shallow bite is done try going back into one of the major creeks and hit the channel bends in say 8 to 12 ft with the same texas rigged Power Worms or a 1/2 ounce Talon Jig in Texas Craw color tipped with a Berkley Chigger Craw for a trailer in green pumpkin. This is a deadly combo. These fish will school in these areas as well so be ready with you topwater baits for explosive action. In the mornings the main lake points will have some schooling activities from time to time also so be ready. On these deeper water schooling fish the topwater is a good way to go but so is a Talon Big Flutter Spoon and a Berkley Jerk Shad rigged on a Mustad weighted hook in the pearl white color. On the deep fish that are hanging around the humps , pond dams, road beds, deep points etc. Go with the carolina rigged Power worms or here is a new one for you. Berkley has a new line of soft plastics that recently hit the market called Berkley Havoc. ( ). Berkley Havoc comes in several new shapes and colors and are designed by some of top Pros like Larry Nixon, Gary Klien, Skeet Reece just to name a few. They have flipping baits such as the Pit Boss and Craw Fatty, twin tail grub called the Duece to use for jig trailers and even a new worm called the Bottom Hopper that comes in two fish catching sizes. I have been cleaning up using the Bottom Hopper on a carolina rig and shaky head here lately. As a matter of fact one day on one of my guide trips we caught so many on the Bottom Hopper Worm I had to drop my guys of for lunch and go to Lake Fork Marina and pick up 4 more bags to get through the day. It was a hoot! Look for these deep fish on deep points , humps, road beds or submerged pond dams. Crank up your sonar unit and have a look at the area. I use Lowrance electronics and have for years ( ). I really like to use the new HDS units because of their power and clarity. I can see what is really down there making each day on the water more and more productvie. It will show me cover , bait fish and the bass. To take it one step further check out the Structure Scan and Down Scan Imaging. The Lowrance GPS Mapping will help you find the hot spots and you can dial it in with the Structure Scan finding the cover and other goodies others are not seeing. Once I find some deep fish on a spot most of the time the Carolina Rig will be the first thing I will use. It will usually catch the first few quickly and get the school fired up a bit. I will then follow if the bite slows down with the 3/4 ounce Talon football jig ( ), the 10 or 12 inch texas rigged Berkley Power Worm or the Big Talon Spoon. I might even try the Berkley Power Mullet Swim Bait. On my carolina rigs and texas rigs I will use Tungsten weights by Affordable Tungsten ( ) and Mustad Hooks all the time. With the feel of the tungsten you will be able to catch more fish simply because you are feeling the cover and each bite better. It is way more sensative then lead sinkers and if you use Berkley Trilene 100% Flourocarbon line along with the Affordable Tungsten it makes it even more sensative. Trilene Flourocarbon line is very strong and sensative and is the best I have fished with. I dont know what kind of hooks you are using but I tell you with the hooks from Mustad you cant go wrong. Mustad makes hooks for every kind of fishing in the world and has been doing so for years. I love the Mega Bite worm hook on my soft plastics because of their chemically sharpended point, offset shank and extra wide bend.They even make the worlds best swivels. Check them out at ( ). There is a lot of excellent equipment available for the fisherman these days and it will truly help your fishing and make for more productive days on the water. Everything keeps getting better and better. Especially the rods and reels. I have been using the new ABU Garcia Veritas rods for a while now. These new rods are really something and a joy to fish with all day. The Veritas is super sensative and very strong. This rod along with one of the new ABU Garcia Revo MGX reels is no doubt one of the most awesome rod and reel combos on the market today. The new Revo MGX is the lightest baitcast reel on the market at 5.4 ounces. Is that amazing or what!  Go to your local retailer and put one in your hands, they are awesome! Yes summer time fishing here on Lake Fork has kicked into full gear. Its a great time of year to catch fish and hone in on your deep water fishing skills. It is also a good time to night fish for you night owls. It is much cooler and can be awesome. If you would like to book a guided trip with us here on Lake Fork and find out what this deep water off shore fishing for big bass is all about or if we can be of any help drop us a line at or give a call at 903-569-7451. From the beginner to the expert we will do our best to make your trip to Lake Fork one to remember. For more booking info click on the trip info page and be sure to click on the awesome vidoes and have a look also at our awesome photo section. Tons of happy folks holding their Lake Fork Trophy. We even do cooprate outings with lodging and catering available upon request. Lets talk boats and motors. I recently started driving one of the new Ranger Z521’s rigged with a Mercury 250 Pro XS outboard engine. I am just amazed at the ride and performance of the Ranger Z521 and the power, fuel economy and low oil consumption on the Mercury Pro 250XS. The are unmatched! This 2011 model demo is available and will be ready to go soon. If you are interested in saving some big bucks on an awesome rig. I sell these demos every year and will make you a great deal. Call me at 903-569-7451 for details. Click on the boat for sale section for pics of this awesome boat. Go to for a look at the best bass boats in the world and for a look at the best outboards in the world go the . If you are in the Lake Fork area or in the D/FW metroplex look up Diamond Sports Marine and schedule yourself a test ride. They have a location here on Lake Fork on hwy 154 and also in Rockwall TX on hwy 276 in behind southern junction. Tell am tanner sent ya!
Hopefully this info will be helpful in your next fishing trip here to Lake Fork. Thank you for reading my fishing report and have a great summer fishing season. I am thankful to God for what I get to do for a living and where He allows me to do it. Lake Fork TX is a special place in the world and I am grateful for it. Please pray for the following – Peggy Tanner ( my mother) she has MS, Mike Rice – Brain Tumor , our Troops and their families as they put it on the line for our freedom every day , our country , the sick and the lost. Read John 3:16..
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John Tanner
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Matthew 6:33


Lake Fork Water Level 7-6-2011

July 7, 2011

Lake is 4.36 foot low.  Despite rumors of it being 7 or 8 foot low… Sabine River Authority kept Lake Fork at 404.10 for an extended period of time, which is the reason it looks much worse than it actually is.