Archive for June, 2012

Lake Fork Guide John Morris Report

June 27, 2012

FROM: J & M Guide Service

It was great to be back on the water this week. I have been away for two weeks in North Carolina where my daughter is stationed at Pope AFB. She was promoted and my wife and I went to the pin on ceremony.

The water temperature was 84 degrees and the water clarity was good and clear in the south end of the lake. The creeks like Birch and Garrett were just a little stained but that didn’t hurt the fishing. With that being said, here is what the Bass were wanting to eat this week; Shaky head jigs tipped with Zoom Baby Brush Hogs and trick worms. The color of choice this week was watermelon/candy in both the Baby Brush Hog and trick worm. I used an olive color ¼ ounce Shaky Head Jig tipped with the Baby Brush Hog. The Shaky Head Jig worked the best dragging it through the grass, next to creek channels. Position your boat in the creek and cast in the weed lines. Just as the bait approach the edge of the weed line the fish will explode on it. So be ready and yes fish it “very slowly”. We fished the trick worm around docks and isolated timber. Again, fish it very slowly.

Wow the Crappie has been great this week. They have been taken on small minnows. That seemed to work the best. Lots of 2 and 2 ¼ pound Crappie were caught. The best water death was 24 to 26 feet.

For all of you Sand Bass fisher persons, get you an Alabama Rig and hold on!! They liked small pearl colored shad as trailers to the Alabama Rig. We found the good Sand Bass in 26 foot of water over trash piles and main lake humps. Remember there is a minimum length of 10 inches on Sand Bass in Lake Fork.

Catfishing is the best of the year right now. Large numbers of Catfish are being taken with large minnows and cut bait. Cut bait is working the best.

If you are fishing during the heat of the day don’t forget to drink several bottles of water all day long. Dehydration is a big problem during this time of water. Be Safe! Oh yes, did I mention, wear those life jackets while the big motor is running.

While you are at Lake Fork, stop into Lake Fork Marina to pick up the latest in tackle and a beverage to go with it. The friendly staff also has the latest tips on what the fish are biting on.

Have a great fishing week.

J & M Guide Service
(John Morris)
Toll free: 1-888-454-7037


Lake Fork Report by Guide Andrew Grills 6-18-12

June 19, 2012

Its been pretty quiet on here about Lake Fork lately, and for good reason. The fishing has been a little slow lately. I believe it is a combination of unstable weather for the past week, and the mega tournaments sometimes slow things down a bit. The lack of aquatic vegetation hasn’t helped either. I’m not about numbers anyway and I’ve been happy with the size of the fish we’ve been catching. We’ve had 6 fish over 7lbs in the last 2 weeks. While that isn’t really anything to brag about here on Fork, I’m happy and a couple of those fish were personal bests for my customers.

Right now I’m starting very early and trying to get a topwater bite. Some days, that topwater bite just doesn’t happen. A good alternative is a flat sided, shallow running crankbait. This is not a big fish pattern but its a good way to get some fish in the boat early and occasionally we’ll see a 5lb fish or bigger doing this.

After the sun gets up I’ve been fishing offshore structure at 15-35′ depths. The baits that are working for me are football jigs, carolina rigs, and deep diving crankbaits. I’m hitting several spots a few times throughout the day, hoping to be there when the fish move up to feed. I’m sticking to big fish type structure, where we have a legitimate shot at a big fish.

I would also like to say a word about my new carolina rig rod from Reel Time Rods. I believe rod choice is extremely important, especially when carolina rigging. I wanted a 7’11” rod, so I could make long casts with a long leader (2-5′). I also wanted a strong backbone so I could get a good hookset far from the boat in 30′ of water. Well, now I have it. To me it is the perfect carolina rig rod and it has already proven itself with a few big fish. I’m casting my rig nearly twice as far and getting great hooksets.

For my carolina rigs I’m using a 3/4 or 1oz lead sinker and bead, with a monofilament leader. Mono helps keep my bait up where I want it. As for baits, a baby brush hawg, big dead ringer, fluke, or magnum finesse worm are all good choices.

I am also doing night trips now. Night time is a good time to catch a giant fish with its guard down and the night fishing on Fork can be awesome at times.

Hope this information is helpful for your next trip to Lake Fork. The following fish was caught Saturday on the carolina rig rod. I caught it accidentally, casting off of the structure to just keep a line wet while my customer, Jorge, worked the sweet spot. Jorge later hooked a giant fish that jumped numerous times and finally got away. Please check your drag often…

Tom Redington Lake Fork Report 6-18-12

June 19, 2012

Lake Fork bass are well into summertime patterns now and I’m concentrating on deep structure almost all day on most trips. Although the storms and clouds have made for the most temperate week of June fishing in recent memory, the normal hot and sunny summer weather is typically better for the deep bite. The hotter the water gets and the brighter the sun, the more bass group up in tight schools and relate closely to the bottom. Wind, clouds, and storms tend to leave the fish a bit more scattered and often suspended, making us work harder to catch good numbers.

Powerful electronics and gps maps have turned many secret deep water honey holes into community spots. Bass still live in these areas, but pressured fish become very selective and you have to be on your game to keep catching them. This isn’t unique to Fork, as anglers on Guntersville, KY Lake, Rayburn, Falcon and other top structure lakes have to figure out how to beat the crowds too. Therefore, a combination of small factors like lure profile and color, type of retrieve, speed, line size, and angle can be the difference between no bites or 30. Use your same old baits in the same old ways on the same old spots and watch your results plummet. To get away from the crowds, Lowrance StructureScan helps you locate schools of fish that are buried in thick timber, so move off the obvious points and humps on your gps maps and find more subtle features that others miss and you’ll have some schools to yourself.

While summer is known for deep structure fishing, many bass are still caught up shallow. If you’re getting frustrated with the deep water community holes, here’s an “old school” option. My June article covers summer bass in the shallows:

A couple recent videos might help you as well. My video on reading sonar, side scan and down scan sonar is available here: And here is an inexpensive product that will completely rustproof your tackle boxes and enitre boat. They aren’t a sponsor of mine, but I’m definitely sold on them after a couple years of great results:

Lake Conditions: A few rains have kept Fork in good shape. The lake level is currently 401.03’ (about 2’ below full pool). Water temps in the main lake are in the low to mid 80s, with creeks running warmer. The main lake is the normal greenish stain of Lake Fork, although creeks are more brownish than normal because of the limited grass.

Location Pattern: Early and late and when it is cloudy/windy/rainy, you can still find bass feeding on points and flats near or in the main lake. Many creeks have flooded shoreline vegetation and you’ll find bass holding here too. Some big bass are still shallow but you can find schools of big fish offshore, so I spend most of my time off the banks on structure. Deep structure like points, humps, creek bends, and roadbeds in 8’ to 20’ are best on the cloudy days, while I look more in 20’ to about 33’ on brighter and calmer days. Bass suspend over many deep structure spots, but finding places where they are on the bottom usually results in better catches. Most of these schools are relating to a few pieces of isolated cover, so watch your depth finder closely or you’ll bypass the mother lode.

Presentation Pattern: Topwaters like Lucky Craft G Splashes, Sammys, and Gunfish are still getting some active fish early and late, as well as schooling fish when they come up during the day. Shad or chrome colors work best. Weightless rigged soft plastic jerkbaits like Magic Shads and Hyper Sticks will catch fish when the sun gets up a bit more. When the fish go down, you can often catch a few more on a TX rigged 8 or 10” Fork worm in the same areas until they start schooling again.

On offshore structure like humps and points, deep diving cranks and Fork Flutter Spoons will catch suspended fish while Carolina and TX rigs will get the bottom dwellers. The key is to first locate fish on your graph, then let their position dictate your lure selection. Lots of bass suspend during the summer and super deep cranks like Lucky Craft’s Flat CB D20 are very effective, with Sexy Chartreuse Shad and Chartreuse Light Blue being my favorite colors. Fork Flutter Spoons will trigger a lot of these same fish too as they slowly wobble down through the schools like a dying shad. Try both aggressive rips and small hops with the spoon to determine the mood of the bass. A 7’8” Dobyns Extreme DX784C rod with 20 lb FluoroHybrid Pro line handles the heavy spoons very well and keeps those leaping lunkers hooked up.

When bass group up on the bottom, they are easier to catch. Carolina and Texas rigs are my first choice. I’ll try a variety of baits on both rigs and let the bass tell me how much or how little action they want. Hyper Worms, Fork Worms, Fork Creatures, Hyper Lizards, & Hyper Freaks have a lot of action and trigger big aggressive fish. If the bass are more finicky, straight tail baits like Hyper Finesse Worms, Hyper Sticks, and Twitch Worms are normally more productive. The most productive bait seems to change daily, so experiment until you find what they want. Many of the bites are light, so a super sensitive Dobyns Extreme DX744C handles the regular rigs, while the 7’4” Mag Heavy DX745C handles big worms and football jigs better. If the bass won’t respond to those offerings, switch to a Hyper Finesse Worm on a drop shot with 12 lb FluoroHybrid Pro line and a Dobyns Extreme DX702SF spinning rod and you can still catch them, although the average bass size will run a bit smaller. In the darker water, June bug, plum and blue fleck have been good, while the various shades of watermelon and green pumpkin have worked best in the clearer water.

Here’s hoping you catch the lunker of your dreams. If I can be of assistance, please contact me at 214-683-9572 or e-mail me through , where your satisfaction is guaranteed. If you’re in the Lake Fork area and need any boat service or want to check out the new line of Ranger boats, stop by on Hwy 154 on the East side of Fork, Ranger Boat’s #1 dealer for 2011.

Good Fishing,



June 8, 2012

This is going to be an awesome tournament.  Fishing is picking up!  Deep bite, carolina rigs, dd22’s….Lake Fork Guide Stephen Fatherree smashed a 12.58 that is now our new pet at Lake Fork Marina.