Lake Fork Guide James Caldemeyer Report and Sealy Big Bass Splash tips

Alright everyone, the McDonald’s tournament week is finally here! I hope everyone is pumped up and ready to come out and catch some big fish. The fishing should be great with lots of cash and big prizes to be awarded. I have received numerous emails and phone calls the past couple weeks inquiring about the lake and the fishing. Here are some helpful tips and information about the lake that I hope will help you have a productive and safe fishing weekend.

The lake is currently about six and a half feet low despite heavy rains moving through the area last night. I think it basically just saturated our very dry ground and produced very little run off into the lake. I pray we get some more rain soon as it would produce good run off behind this last storm and start filling the lakes back up. You must be careful navigating the lake with the low water conditions and wear your life vest with kill switches! The boat lanes are very tight in a lot of places so travel with caution and take your time. The water temperatures are 78-80 degrees and the lake is in its fall turnover phase. As the water cools on top and drops to the bottom, the bottom rises and can make for some funky water clarity.

The top water bite has still remained consistent and I am catching fish early on Yellow Magics and Zara Spooks in shad patterns. Most mornings these fish are in 2-8 feet of water but have found some fish suspended out deep that will rise up on a top water lure too. Small spinner baits, chatter baits, lipless baits, and crank baits have also been good in the same areas. Pay attention to the water conditions in the area you are in and avoid the turbid turn over areas if you can. But most importantly make sure there is bait present in the area you are fishing. These fall fish are focused on following the schools of shad right now so if the bait is not present where you are fishing, move on. Main lake points, secondary points, and the backs of adjacent pockets are good areas to look for the concentrations of shallow fish. I am slowing down and fishing the areas thoroughly once I locate a group of active fish. Texas rigged Berkley 7” Power worms in blue fleck or watermelon colors have been very good pitched around the shallow timber. I am also rigging up a wacky style Berkley Bottom Hopper in june bug or watermelon candy and fishing it slowly around scattered grass. The bite from 8-15 feet has been good also on drop shots and shaky heads around the timber. I use the 4.25 finesse sized Berkley Bottom Hopper in the same colors for this technique. You will be surprised how many weighable fish you can catch on a spinning rod during one of these big tournaments and not just small fish. You can catch a big bass too!

The deep bite in 15-25 feet has been a lot less predictable with the lake turning over than the shallow fishing. I have been graphing smaller schools of fish grouped up on occasion with my Lowrance HDS unit. Once I locate a school I have been targeting them with Carolina rigs, Talon football head jigs, drop shots, deep swim baits, and jigging spoons. Each school of fish is different this time of year so you have to throw numerous things at them to get them to bite. The deep fishing will become more stable after the fall turnover is finished.

Please feel free to contact me anytime if you are interested in booking a guided fishing trip here at Lake Fork. You can reach me by email at or on my cell at (903)736-9888. Visit my website for other great fishing information about Lake Fork as well I have very few dates available still this fall and am already taking a number of bookings for the spring of 2012. If you are around this week for the tournament be sure and stop by Diamond Sports Marine on Hwy 154 north of the lake bridge. They have some of the new 2012 model Ranger Boats starting to arrive and you will enjoy checking them out. They will also have an excellent service department and will help you with any equipment issues you may have while you are here. You can reach Ben or Robert at (903)383-7829.

Also, stop by and see me at the Lowrance booth during the tournament hours. I will be there all weekend and can answer any questions you may have about electronics. I can also update your unit to the current 4.0 software if you bring it to me. Another booth that I will be at and you will want to check out is the new Hydrowave! This thing is the neatest new toy on my boat and I will be glad to share my testimonials of how it has worked for me since introducing it to my fishing and guiding. Stop by and see me…Hope to see you bringing the winning fish to the scales!

1 Corinthians 16:13 – Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong.

Tight Lines and God Bless,

James Caldemeyer


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One Response to “Lake Fork Guide James Caldemeyer Report and Sealy Big Bass Splash tips”

  1. Bud Says:

    Any news on tourney results? Have lots of fish been weighed in and what’s the big bass so far? Is there a local radio station discussing results throughout the weekend?

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