John Tanner Lake Fork Report Jan 2012

January can really be a good time to catch some huge fish here on Lake Fork. As the days start getting a little longer and the pre spawn and spawn phases are on the horizon, we will start to see a lot of fish head towards and go into the creek channels. With the lake levels being low and all of the wood exposed I can’t think of a better time to spool up you flipping rod and and start pitching jigs and Texas rigged creature baits on the stumps along creek channels and on points at the mouths of the creeks and in front of the early spawning pockets. These areas will attract fish in January into February.

Another good way to catch some big ones this time of year is to use crank baits like the lipless or square billed models. On the jigs I like the half ounce Talon Jig in black and blue this time of year as well as green pumpkin or Texas craw color. My jig trailer of choice is a Berkley Chigger Craw in black with blue flake or green pumpkin. I also like to Texas rig these baits on a Texas rig using a tungsten eight by Affordable Tungsten and a Mustad Mega Bite Extra Wide Gap Hook in 4/0 or 5/0. Other favorite flipping and pitching baits of mine is the new Berkley Havoc “Pit Boss” and “Craw Fatty”. I like to use a heavy action rod for these techniques that have plenty of back bone but that are light weight. At the end of the day it makes a huge difference. I like to use the ABU Garcia Veritas rods with the new micro guides in the 7ft. heavy action or one of the new ABU Garcia Villain rod in the 7’3″ heavy action. For the reel I like to use the ABU Garcia Revo Premier or one of the ABU Garcia Revo MGX reels. The new MGX is a awesome new reel and only weighs 5.4 ounces. How amazing is that! Since you are fishing heavy artillery you need to use some stout line to pull those big ones off of those trees. I like to use 50 or 65 pound test Spider-wire braid or 25 pound Berkley Trilene 100% Fluorocarbon line. You never know when the BIG bite is coming so you got to be ready.

January can be a blast and I look forward to catching some toads this month. For you crappie anglers January is a good time catch catch them out deep on the points on jigs. Lake Fork is the big bass capital and also offers some world class crappie fishing, If you would like to book a guided trip here on Lake Fork with us for big bass or winter crappie call me at 903-569-7451 or drop us an email at Or for more booking info check us out on the web at or our other website at You can also find me on Facebook under John Tanner.

If you are in the market for a Ranger Boat I have a 2011 model Z521 available at a killer discount. This boat is rigged with a Mercury 250 Pro XS and came with a 5 yr warranty. It has other nice extras as well. If you are interested in saving some big bucks on this dream rig call me at 903-569-7451. I look forward to the new year and hope you are too. I am thankful to God for what I get to do and where I get to do it. I am thankful most of all for Jesus and the salvation He offers as a gift to all of us. Do you know Him? Read John 3:16. Please pray for our country and its leaders. Also pray for our troops and their families as well as the sick and the lost. Please pray also for my parents as they are both now dealing with some serious health issues. Thank you for reading this article and I hope it helps you catch more fish this month and in the months to come.

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Good fishin and God Bless,
John and Robin Tanner

John Tanners Lake Fork Guide Service
FLW Touring Pro
Public Speaker – Fishing Seminars, motivational speaker



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