James Caldemeyer Lake Fork Report 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 lakeforktrophybass@yahoo.com You can also visit my website which contains all relative information to booking a trip http://www.officiallakeforktrophybass.com 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

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