John Tanner May Lake Fork Report

May Bassin on Lake Fork

Greetings anglers from the big bass capital of Texas. May is a super duper month to fish here on Lake Fork. There are a lot of patterns that will catch big bass during this month due to all the different stages the bass are in this time if year. Depending where you are on the lake the bass can be in different stages. It is all according to how far along they are in the post spawn. The fish on the northern reaches of the lake are usually further along because they typically spawn earlier than those down on the south end of the lake. Those that are done are either guarding fry or if the fry deal is over they are hunting down and feeding on the shad.

We usually have a shad spawn in may so look for big concentrations of bait on the bank and you will usually do well around them. This is usually a early morning deal so keep that in mind. We usually still even have some spawning this month so don’t let that surprise you. Are you confused yet? Well, let me simplify it for you a litle bit. Try to find the banks where the shad are spawning in the mornings and try to catch them on topwaters like Berkley Frenzy Poppers, Talon Buzzbaits and soft plastics like the Berkley Jerk Shad in pearl white color rigged weightless on a 4/0 Mustad Mega Wide Gap Hook. Another good pattern is to fish the bluegill beds. Alot of big bass will feed on these bluegill after the spawn and will devour frogs, wacky rigged sof plastics like a Berkley Heavy Weight Sink Worm and even a blue gill colored Berkley Holly Belly swim bait. Later in the day look for fish on the humps and deep points as alot of the early spawners will already be out on the deep stuff feeding up on shad. Carolina rigged Berkley Havoc Bottom Hoppers are a great choice as well as deep running crankbaits and 1/2 ounce Talon Jigs in black/blue with a Berkley Chigger Craw for a trailer in green pumpkin color.

Hopefully this will help you this month while you are in search for you Lake Fork trophy bass. Some of these patterns were already working last month and shaould keep getting more solid as the month rolls along. I look forward to May every year and catch some really big ones during the post spawn. It is a hoot!

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Thank you for reading this article and hopefully it will help you catch more and bigger bass.

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