Archive for March, 2013

Eric Wright 3-28-13

March 29, 2013

With the Ram Mega Bass tournament right around the corner, and the opportunity to win a Dodge truck every hour, it’s time to get excited because the spring fishing here on Lake Fork has been great, especially for bigger fish.  Last week we had some high winds and the temps dropped again. However, it seems to be warming and  my advice is to just hold the course, keep it simple and put the time on the water because fish are cruising the shallows, sitting off secondary points and hunkered down on beds. A few baits you’ll want in your boat for this tournament are a watermelon gold fluke, sun perch jig and tomato color finesse worm.  Spring is here and Lake Fork is producing some monster fish.

Here’s a nice one with a client!

client fish

Earlier  last week I fished the Bass-N-Buck$ and caught one over the slot weighing 8.87, as well as two heavier fish that went in the slot.  All my big fish have been coming on a finesse worm using a drop shot 4′ – 8′ of water. You’ll want to focus on secondary points back in the creeks. When not fishing those areas, you should be further back in the creeks sight fishing  1′ – 2′  of water while looking for fish planted in the dirt.

My over @ Bass-N-BuckS


Remember the Ram Mega Bass is being held out of Lake Fork Marina, April 7th, 2013.  A good source of material regarding the fishing conditions/reports can be found at Lake Fork Marina Fishing Report.

Water Temps as of 3-28-13:  56-60

Whether you’re looking to gain knowledge before a tournament or just want to come out and enjoy some good fishing this spring, I’d appreciate the opportunity to help and share my knowledge.  The best way to see what dates I have available is to just give me a call @ 972 – 757 – 7947

Good luck this spring!

Eric Wright,  Lake Fork Guide.


Another good one from Lake Fork caught by Brian Truskey

March 25, 2013

Another good one from Lake Fork caught by Brian Truskey

2.53lb Black Crappie

March 25, 2013

2.53lb Black Crappie

GIANT Black Crappie from 3-23-13

Mark Watson Lake Fork Giant

March 25, 2013

Mark Watson Lake Fork Giant

Another giant from Fork!

James Quisinberry

March 25, 2013

James Quisinberry

John Morris Lake Fork Report 3-25-2013

March 25, 2013

This week the wind was not our friend.   Winds ranged from 10 to 30 miles an hour and air temperatures were from the upper 40’s in the mornings to the mid to upper 70’s in the afternoon.   The water temperatures ranged from 55 to 62 degrees.  The wind kept the water stained in the upper parts of the lake.  The Bass fishing was tuff during the first part of the week.  It picked up at the end of the week with numerous nice fish being caught.  A 12.65 pound bass was weighed in at Lake Fork Marina on Sunday morning.  The fish was caught in Williams Creek.  Later that day a 12.9 Bass was also caught in Williams Creek.  A couple of baits stayed constant for us during the week.  They were a Lake Fork Trophy Lures 5 inch green pumpkin/red Hyper Stick and a watermelon/red Zoom Brush Hog.  The Hyper Stick was rigged with an LO45 Eagle Claw worm hook, dead stick style, with a small ¼ ounce split shot about 18 inches above the hook.  The Brush Hog was rigged Texas style using an LO45 worm hook and a 3/16 ounce South Bend bullet weight.  Both rigs were productive in 1 to 4 feet of water.

The Crappie fishermen were having the time of their lives.  Numerous 2 to 2 ½ pound Crappie were being caught in 2 to 3 foot of water.   Medium size minnows worked the best.  Remember folks, there is a minimum size limit for Crappie in Lake Fork, 10 inches.

The White Bass are also moving up into the creeks.  The better fish are being caught in 12 to 14 foot of water on minnows and small white spinner baits.  A small (1/2 ounce) chrome colored jigging spoon will also produce a good number of White Bass.

The Catfish fishing continued to pick up this week.  Punch bait was still at the top of the Catfish diet list.  The good eating size of Catfish were coming out of 14 to 16 feet of water around small stumps.

Lake Fork Marina has a great supply of the latest tackle needed to fish the beautiful Lake Fork.  They also have a large supply of minnows for you Crappie fishermen.   So while you are at Lake Fork, stop in and pick up all of your supplies and a few snacks to go, for your day on the water.

If you are looking for a Bass boat or a pontoon, make sure you stop by Nichols Marine in Longview, TX and take a look at the latest Rangers Bass Boats and Bennington pontoons.   Oh by the way, they have a 5 star service department.

The Bass spawn is here.  Here at J & M Guide Service we have several great days still open to take you on a guided fishing trip of a life time, here on Lake Fork.  Give us a call Toll Free: 1-888-454-7037.  Don’t forget to wear your life jacket while the big motor is running.  Have a great fishing week.

J & M Guide Service

John Morris


Lake Fork Guide Andrew Grills Fishing Report from 3-23-2013

March 25, 2013

Lake Fork is fishing good right now. The water temperature is 59-62 degrees from the dam to the head of the lake. I expect it will drop a little this coming week because of the cold front, but I believe the bite should hold up. I believe some prespawn staging fish will hold back, and stay where they are, while fish that are already on beds will stay. There will also be a wave come up with the full moon, despite the cold front. It’s shaping up to be a good spring. I think we will have several waves of fish coming up over the next month, instead of almost all at once like last year.

There are a couple dependable patterns going right now. The location is definitely the key. Some areas of the lake are fishing great while other places where we usually catch them this time of year aren’t holding catchable fish. There are a lot of fish on beds on the upper half of the lake on both arms. I am doing some sight fishing for the spawning fish with a wide variety of Texas rigged plastics. I like craws, tubes, and lizards. I will experiment with colors on tough to catch fish. If they’re catchable, there is usually a certain color or profile the fish will respond to. Sometimes it takes a natural color, but often it’s a bright flashy color that gets the fish to respond. When I see a bigger female, I usually use a jig. Something about a jig just has big fish appeal, and bigger fish seem to respond to a jig well. I also have a much better hook-up and landing ratio with a jig for bed fish. I always use a small profile jig, by trimming the skirt short and using a compact trailer in this situation. Sight fishing isn’t for everybody, so I don’t do it all the time. However, if you want a good chance for a trophy fish it is a good way to do it right now.

Another pattern is fishing for prespawn fish. These fish are still actively feeding and are fatter than ever. I’m targeting these fish on points, secondary points, and break-lines in 5-20 feet of water near spawning areas. I know, that’s a pretty wide range. The depth is secondary to the structure. These fish are relating to the drop-offs more than a certain depth. I’m using Texas rigs, Carolina rigs, and shaky heads for these fish. I have experimented with several colors and many are working. I think the main thing is fishing extremely slow.

I hope this helps you catch them on your next trip to Lake Fork.

These pictures are from the past few days here.

This is the 10lb 14ounce hawg Charlie caught with me. This was his personal best, and his dad was with us to enjoy it. She came on a carolina rig in 19’ of water.

14.06 Lake Fork Sharelunker from 3-20-2013

March 25, 2013

Donald Deville from Louisiana, 14.06. Flawless fish. Did not measure her, will let TPW do it.

Fish was scanned and did not have a chip…new addition to the sharelunker family.

Ronnie Kelley Lake Fork Report 3-23-2013

March 25, 2013

Had a GREAT day the other day and wanted to share some pics with yall. The day started off HORRIBLE as I woke up with a really bad migrain. First stop of the morning I couldnt even hold my head up, luckily we landed the first fish of the day. An 8lb 2oz donkey. She was caught on a drop shot in 3ft of water. BTW, this is Kathys from Santones mom…her new PB

Later that evening I headed back out to meet the guys I was fishing with the next day…they wanted to get a few hours on the water that evening, and im glad they did. When I got out I instantly started catching fish, Jason Hoffman had called me and clued me into something, next thing I know i have a 9lb 11oz chunk in the boat.
A few minuntes later Hoffman calls, customer has an 11ber in the boat…DANG!!!
So I catch a few more with a couple of 5-6lber and my customers arive. Pick them up at the ramp and we’re off.
Make it short, Travis had a 7lb 9oz’r on a swimbait, a 10lb 4oz on a craw tube and I caught a 7lb 4oz on a crawtube.
All in all we had (for the day) a 10-4, 9-11, 8-2, 7-9, 7-4, total of 43lbs!!! Great day, and we were throwing back some chunks.






Crappie Masters tournament results

March 9, 2013

Crappie Masters weigh in, Big Crappie 2.70, 7 fish limit, 15.41. AVERAGE WEIGHT 2.20. Those are some huge slabs….