Archive for September, 2012

John Morris Lake Fork Report

September 28, 2012

WEEKLY FISHING REPORT

FROM:  J & M Guide Service

 

This week it rained which caused the water surface temperatures to fall 4 degrees to 80/81 degrees.  This had two effects on the Large Mouth Bass.  One, it added oxygen into the water and second, it helped the lake to complete its turn over.  The result was the Large Mouth Bass started to feed again.  I had a pleasure to try a new bait produced by Lake Fork Trophy Lures.  It is called a 4½ inch Boot Tail Magic Shad in the natural Shad color.  I rigged it on a 5/0 weighted wide gap hook.  Wow what action!  I used it on a 7 foot medium heavy action rod and a Quantum reel with a 5.1 to 1 gear ratio.  Line of choice for this setup was 17 pound Stren line.   I am here to tell you that this new Boot Tail Magic Shad is the real deal.  It can be swam like a crank bait or used in a erratic action like a dying shad.  The tail gives the bait an extreme amount of motion and moves a lot of water.  With all of that said—it really catches a lot of good quality Large Mouth Bass and even a White Bass once in a while. 

 

The Crappie fishing remained slow.   Medium size Minnows were still there favorite food this week.

 

The White Bass could be caught this week on the Lake Fork Tackle ½ ounce flutter spoon in the Barr Fish (Yellow Bass) color.  Most of our better White Bass came in 24 foot of water over old stumps or trash piles.

 

The Catfish were still slow this week.  There diet changed from cut bait to large minnows.  But the ones being caught were still small.

 

If you are going to be on the water this weekend be careful.  The McDonalds Big Bass Splash Tournament is going to be held at Lake Fork Marina.  I would expect two to three thousand fishermen to be on the water this weekend here at Lake Fork.

 

We are still taking bookings for prime Large Mouth Bass and White Bass trips this October and November.  So give us a call here at J & M Guide Service toll free:

1-888-454-7037.     Have a safe fishing week and wear those life Jackets.

 

J & M Guide Service

(John Morris)

E-mail:  bassmr@geusnet.com

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Lake Fork Guide Stephen Fatherree Video Report 9-13-12

September 13, 2012

 

 

Hey fishing fans, check out the below video to learn how to catch big bass on a jig during this late summer transition period. The fishing has slowed down over the past couple weeks as the lake finishes turning over. Many of the bass are scattered and can be found in both shallow and deep water. Try flipping and pitching a jig this September on Lake Fork for the best chance at hooking a giant bass.

Guide John Morris September 8th, 2012 Bass Fishing Report

September 9, 2012

WEEKLY FISHING REPORT

FROM:  J & M Guide Service

DATE:  20 Aug – 8 Sept 2012

 

These last few weeks seen continual hot weather.  Water temperatures are still in the mid to upper 80’s.  The lake evaporation rate is really starting to take it toll with the lake level dropping another 4 inches and it is starting to turn over.

 

This last week I had one of the most pleasurable trips I have had in a long time.  It was with two ladies, Lisa Goodpasture and Kathy Woodard from just out side Joplin MO.  Both of the ladies could really fish and had a great since of humor.  Kathy ended up with a nice 6½ pound bass caught on a Berkley swim bait and another really nice bass caught on a KVD 1.5.  My hat is off to both of them.  Job well done ladies!

 

With the lake starting to turn over the Bass fishing has slowed down.  Most of our good fish came on Lake Fork Trophy Lures swim shad and KVD 1.5’s (shad color).  Several nice fish came on Lake Fork Trophy Lures black and blue worm.  We Texas rigged the worm with a 4/0 Eagle Claw LO45 worm hook and a black 3/16 ounce South Bend bullet weight.  We just worked around the out side edges of the grass very slowly.  They would just pick it up and move off with it, so be a line watcher.

 

The Crappie fishing remained slow.  A few good Crappie were taken around bridge pylons in 22 to 24 foot of water.  Live bait (minnows) were the only bait they really wanted.

 

The Brim bite continues to be good with crickets.  The better Brim came out of 8 to 10 feet of water around stumps.  Crickets still seams to be the best bait for them.

 

The White Bass have slowed down also.  We did manage to catch some good ones in 12 to 18 feet over brush piles on a Lake Fork Tackle Factory ½ ounce Yellow Bass fish colored flutter spoon.

 

The Catfish are still on a diet.  What few catfish that were taken were all small.    Cut bait is still is what produced Catfish.

 

While you are at Lake Fork make sure you stop by Lake Fork Marina a pick up your favorite tackle and stock up on water and ice to cut down on the dehydration factor.

 

We are taking bookings for our Fall and Winter trips.  So give us a call Toll Free: 1-888-454-7037.  Oh yes, did I mention, drink lots of fluids and wear those life vest and kill switch’s.  Have a great fish week.

 

J & M Guide Service

(John Morris)

E-mail:  bassmr@geusnet.com

 

Andrew Grills Lake Fork Report 9-8-12

September 9, 2012

The fishing on Lake Fork is getting better! Its been a tough month as most of you know. We are in the midst of a big transition that began in early August. However, the cold front this weekend should bring an end to this slow spell.

For the next few weeks we will be fishing shallow and deep. This is a good time to be a “junk fisherman”. A lot of patterns will be working. For shallow water, topwaters, shallow running crankbaits, and weightless baits will work well. For deeper fish, carolina rigs, spoons, deep divers, and football jigs will produce.

As always, I try to target big fish, so I will be targetting areas that are proven to produce big bass. I will keep 5 rods rigged on the deck: A deep running crankbait, carolina rig, shaky head, spoon, and jig. There are plenty of other ways to catch fish but these have been most productive for me.

There are a few types of structure I will key in on. All have deep water close by. I’m looking at channel swings adjacent to points, humps, pond dams, and ledges. Brush piles are also productive, as long as there is deep water access. When the sun is high and conditions are tough, don’t be afraid to break out some light line and a shaky head or drop-shot. Occasionally they produce some big fish too.

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John Morris Lake Fork Report AUGUST

September 6, 2012

Sorry for the late update John

WEEKLY FISHING REPORT
FROM: J & M Guide Service
WEEK: 20 – 26 August, 2012

Things have not changed very much this week. The water temperature remained steady at 85 degrees and the water clarity is still really good.

The Largemouth Bass really liked the Zoom 8 inch magnum watermelon/red worm this week. We found the best fish this week in 4 to 6 feet of water next to weed lines. The fish would attack to worm just as it came out of the heavy weeds and started to fall. The secondary pattern for Largemouth Bass this week was the Tackle Factory 4 inch spoon. We caught most of the fish with the spoon in 18 to 24 foot of water. Chrome and blue worked the best. The spoon will give you a mixed bag of fish, including; Bass, Crappie, Yellow Bass and an occasional Catfish.

The Crappie continued to be slow this week. Small minnows were their choice this week.

The Brim bite was still really good this week. Crickets and small red worms seemed to work the best. You need to think light line, (4 to 6 pound test worked the best).

The Catfish bite was still slow this week. Minnows and cut bait worked the best in tree tops in 14 to 18 foot of water.

While you at Lake Fork, make sure you stop into Lake Fork Marina and stock up on the Tackle Factory’s 4 and 6 inch spoons. Don’t forget to stock on lots of water while you are there.

We are now taking bookings for our Fall fishing trips. Give us a call here at J & M Guide Service Toll Free 1-888-454-7037

J & M Guide Service
(John Morris)
E-mail: bassmr@geusnet.com

John Morris AUGUST report

September 6, 2012

Sorry for the late report John.

WEEKLY FISHING REPORT
FROM: J & M Guide Service
WEEK: 12 – 19 August, 2012

This week started out with 100 degree days and water temperatures over 95 degrees. On Friday we received 2 inches of rain and on Saturday another 2 inches of rain. The water temperatures dropped to 84 degrees and The Largemouth Bass decided to eat.

On Saturday morning the Bass brought the Zoom 8 inch worm back into their diet with a vengeance. They wanted it coming through the grass in a twitching motion and fairly slow. The color of choice was watermelon/red with about one inch of the tail dyed chartreuse. We rigged it on 17 pound test Stren line with a 4/0 LO45 Eagle Claw hook and a 3/16 ounce South Bend slip sinker. You need a strong hook to get them out of the grass and Lilly Pads. This pattern continued through today.

The White Bass were slow this week. We used a 1 ounce white slab to catch most of our White Bass. Our better White Bass came out of 26 foot of water.

The Crappie were also slow. Their diet still consist of small minnows. A few were being taken with white and chartreuse or white and pink 1/8th ounce jigs.

The Brim bite was on this week. We found the better Brim in 6 to 8 foot of water. The better Brim liked a steady diet of crickets. We used 4 pound test Stren line and a number 10 long shank Brim hook. The kids loved the action.

The Catfish went on a diet this week. Very few Catfish were taken this week. Most of them were taken on cut bait.

While you are at Lake Fork, make sure you stop into Lake Fork Marina and pick up all of the latest in tackle and get the latest scoop on what the fish are doing. Make sure you pick up lots of water to fend off the dehydration factor.

We are now taking bookings for our Fall trips. So give us a call at Toll Free 1-888-454-7037. Oh yes, make sure you wear those life jackets!

J & M Guide Service
(John Morris)
E-mail: bassmr@geusnet.com