John Tanner October 2011 Lake Fork Fishing Report

Welcome to Lake Fork the big bass capital of Texas. I have been looking forward to this month and the fall fishing patterns that will come into play. Cool mornings and the sound of a big bass exploding on my topwater bait is like music to my ears. This time of year is the perfect time to do some early morning topwater fishing. I like to fish shallow points on the main lake as well as pockets just off of the main lake. You can catch some really big bass on topwater baits during the month of October. The big ones will hit a variety of baits such white Berkley Frenzy Poppers, Talon Lures Buzzbaits, spooks and even frogs. Find the shad up shallow early in the morning and get ready. Make long cast and be sure to cast your bait all the way to the bank. Some of the biggest fish will get extremely shallow early and late in the day so get it up there close. By doing this it will greatly increase your catch. You need a reel that will get you extra yardage on the cast. I love to use the ABU Garcia Revo Premier. It will cast a mile and check this out ABU is coming out with another awesome reel that will blow your mind. It is called the ABU Garcia Revo MGX. This reel is very light at 5.4 ounces and will cast a long , long way. I have had the pleasure of using one the last month or so and I really like it. They should be showing up in the stores soon. Go to and have a look. After the topwater bite back of and fish with carolina rigs, shaky heads and drop shots. Look for the fish you were catching shallow on the topwaters to move out on the points in the 12 to 15 ft range and to be hanging tight on the trees. On the carolina rig , shaky head and drop shot rigs I have been using the new Berkley Havoc Bottom Hopper worms in assorted colors. These new worms are awesome and work great on any of these techniques. Go to and check them out. Another good way to catch some big ones this month is to flip the trees along the creek channels. Cedar trees are good to flip and also any stumps or laydown logs that are right on the edge of the channels. One of my new favorite flipping baits is also in the Berkley Havoc line of soft plastics and it is called the Pit Boss. This bait is awesome and has some incredible action. I like to rig it on 20 pound Berkley Trilene 100% Flouro carbon line and use a 5/16 or 3/8 ounce Tungsten weight by Affordable Tungsten along with a 4/0 or 5/0 Mustad Mega Bite Extra Wide Gap hook.For a look at the worlds best fish hooks go to . Flip it tight to the cover and hang on. the Pit Boss will catch the big ones and comes in some amazing colors. Lake Fork Marina has a big selection of all of the new Berkley Baits so go by and see for yourself. Tell em tanner sent ya! This is a good time of year to catch them out deep as well. It will probably get get good towards the end of the month as the lake starts clearing up after the fall turn over. Football jigs are a great choice for deep fishing this time of year as well as carolina rigs and big flutter spoons. The best day of guiding I ever had was a few years ago in October as our biggest 5 that day weighed over 45 pounds. And one of those 5 was a 6 1/2 pounder. It was amazing! God blessed us tremendously that day as we caught a ton of other fish in the 4 to 5 pound range to go along with the biggest 5. All of this happened on halloween that year. The lake had cleared up and the deep bite was really good. A few weeks before that it wasn’t so good out deep because the turn over was going on. The shallow bite was better during that time. its the same every year. When the lake is turning over stay shallow and once it clears up do some deep fishing as well. Look for deep fish on points at the mouths of the creeks. Yes October is a great time to fish Lake Fork and catch some trophy sized bass. If you would like to book a trip check us out on the web at or While you are in the area be sure and drop by and visit our local Ranger Boat dealer Diamond Sports Marine. They carry a full line of Ranger Boats along Mercury Outboards. For more info on Ranger Boats got to and for info on Mercury Outboards got to Thank you for reading this article and I hope it helps you catch catch more and bigger bass this fall. And dont forget the Berkley Big Bass Tourney coming up in the middle of the month to be held at Lake Fork Marina.

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John Tanner
Outdoors ministry
John Tanners Lake Fork Guide Service
FLW Tour Angler


Phone 903 569 7451


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