Archive for April, 2013

FULL Lake Fork Guide List 2013 UPDATED

April 17, 2013

Larry Barnes 903-765-3858
Gerald Boudreaux 225-573-0513
James Caldemeyer 903-736-9888
Rick Carter 903-765-3474 cell 903-850-4007
Ron Casner 480-518-5180
Tony Clark 903-473-3956 cell 903-474-3508
Rick Collis 903-473-8820
Brian Duplechain 903-765-3131
Tom Evans 903-383-3059 cell 972-974-6552
Stephen Fatherree 214-215-9854
Nathan Fields 214-734-0788
Skeeter Fowler 903-292-9659
Johnny Glass 214-632-9200
Roy Greer 903-765-2075
Johnny Guice 817-823-1292
Heath Hardwick 903-440-2358
Andrew Hawkins 903-569-1586 (crappie)
James Henderson 214-864-2469 *Day/Night
Randy Hutto 903-975-0037
Eddie Garrett 972-979-4850
Andrew Grills 903-638-1170
Jeff Gun 903-765-2155
Jason Hoffman 903-456-3691
Ronnie Kelley 903-574-5796
Chuck Justice 580-889-6742
Larry Large 903-765-2548
Robert Littlejohn 903-292-9929
Larry Lovell 903-473-1555
Rick Loomis 903-383-3050
Cody Malone 254-722-9031
Richard McCarty 903-383-2864
Marc Mitchell 903-438-0266
Terri Moon 903-383-7773 -Crappie
Mike Moody 903-474-1244
John Morris 903-454-6910
James Niggemeyer 903-312-0780
Randy Oldfield 903-962-3056
David Ozio 409-782-4269
Mark Pack 903 569 1923 Cell 903 520 8085
Gary Paris 903-763-2801
J.W. Peterson 214-236-3320
Jim Purdy 972-495-6073
Jim Range 972-979-4850
Tom Redington 214-683-9572
Brooks Rogers 903-878-2727 cell 903-780-0680
Thurman Selman 972-345-9370
Dough Shampine 903-474-0508
Dennis Sheley 903-629-3826
Dan Silcox 903-765-3611
Gene Snider 903-638-1868
Barbara Stevenson 903-765-3120
Mark Stevenson 903-765-3120
Dean Stroman 903-383-7214
John Tanner 903-569-7451
Tommy Tatom 903-497-6994
Jim Taylor 903-355-4176- catfish
Pappy Terrell 903-850-1113 crappie
David Vance 903-629-7699
Ricky Vandergriff 903-530-2201
Ray Vereen 903-473-9528
Lance Vick 903-312-0609
James Williams 903-878-2676
Richie White 903-439-2266
Mark Woodruff 903-765-9033
Eric Wright 972-757-7947

John Morris Weekly Lake Fork Report

April 11, 2013

LAKE FORK WEEKLY FISHING REPORT

FROM:  J & M Guide Service

This week we saw warming air and water temperatures.   The water temperatures were 62 to 65 degrees in the creeks and 58 to 62 degrees on the main lake.  The Bass were moving in to the main lake sub creeks and getting ready to spawn.   We continued to catch Bass on green pumpkin/red flake Lake Fork Trophy Lures 5 inch Hyper Stick.  We were using the split shot rig because of the wind.  Remember move it very, very slowly. We also began using the Zoom 8” Magnum Lizard in the traditional watermelon red color.  One little twist we always use here at Lake Fork is we dyed the tail chartreuse.  We used the Texas rig for this application.   We also found our most productive water death was 1 to 4 feet.  One of the most asked questions I get from clients are what pound test line should I spool my reels up for Lake Fork.  Here is my answer; 17 to 20 pound test.  In this lake you don’t know if the Bass are going to be 2 pounds or 16 pounds. 

The Crappie fishermen are still having a ball.  Numerous 2 to 2 ½ pound Crappie are being taking on live minnows in three to six feet of water.  Again they are right next to stumps.  The better Crappie are being taken in that 5 to 6 feet range.

The White Bass are in the creeks getting ready to spawn and are eating all the live bait they can eat.  Any size of minnows will work.  They really like that bait moving.

The Catfish picked up this week.  Punch bait and cut bait were the two most product baits.  The best water deaths to catch the catfish in were 12 to 16 feet.  Now keep in mind when the water temperatures gets to 65 degrees the Catfish will also be moving in to spawn.

I am really seeing a lot of fishermen running down the lake without their life vest on.  Guys and gals please be advised that the lake is down 4 ½ feet and you cannot see a lot of the stumps.  Please be careful and wear those life vest if that big motor is running, “for the life you save, might be yours or a love one”.

While you are a Lake Fork, make you stop into Lake Fork Marina and pick up your minnows and a snack to go with them.  Make sure you check out the great selection of rods and crank baits while you are there.  They are a great source of information on what is happening around the lake.

We here at J & M Guide Service still have a few open days in May and June for guided fishing trips on beautiful Lake Fork.  So give us a call Toll Free: 1-888-454-7037.  Have a great fishing week.

J & M Guide Service

John Morris

E-mail: bassmr@geusnet.com

John Morris Weekly Lake Fork Report

April 11, 2013

LAKE FORK WEEKLY FISHING REPORT

FROM:  J & M Guide Service

This week we saw warming air and water temperatures.   The water temperatures were 62 to 65 degrees in the creeks and 58 to 62 degrees on the main lake.  The Bass were moving in to the main lake sub creeks and getting ready to spawn.   We continued to catch Bass on green pumpkin/red flake Lake Fork Trophy Lures 5 inch Hyper Stick.  We were using the split shot rig because of the wind.  Remember move it very, very slowly. We also began using the Zoom 8” Magnum Lizard in the traditional watermelon red color.  One little twist we always use here at Lake Fork is we dyed the tail chartreuse.  We used the Texas rig for this application.   We also found our most productive water death was 1 to 4 feet.  One of the most asked questions I get from clients are what pound test line should I spool my reels up for Lake Fork.  Here is my answer; 17 to 20 pound test.  In this lake you don’t know if the Bass are going to be 2 pounds or 16 pounds. 

The Crappie fishermen are still having a ball.  Numerous 2 to 2 ½ pound Crappie are being taking on live minnows in three to six feet of water.  Again they are right next to stumps.  The better Crappie are being taken in that 5 to 6 feet range.

The White Bass are in the creeks getting ready to spawn and are eating all the live bait they can eat.  Any size of minnows will work.  They really like that bait moving.

The Catfish picked up this week.  Punch bait and cut bait were the two most product baits.  The best water deaths to catch the catfish in were 12 to 16 feet.  Now keep in mind when the water temperatures gets to 65 degrees the Catfish will also be moving in to spawn.

I am really seeing a lot of fishermen running down the lake without their life vest on.  Guys and gals please be advised that the lake is down 4 ½ feet and you cannot see a lot of the stumps.  Please be careful and wear those life vest if that big motor is running, “for the life you save, might be yours or a love one”.

While you are a Lake Fork, make you stop into Lake Fork Marina and pick up your minnows and a snack to go with them.  Make sure you check out the great selection of rods and crank baits while you are there.  They are a great source of information on what is happening around the lake.

We here at J & M Guide Service still have a few open days in May and June for guided fishing trips on beautiful Lake Fork.  So give us a call Toll Free: 1-888-454-7037.  Have a great fishing week.

J & M Guide Service

John Morris

E-mail: bassmr@geusnet.com

Tom Redington Lake Fork Guide Report 4-4-13

April 4, 2013

Lake Fork is cranking out great big fish as regularly as any time in recent memory. Just like any lake, you’ll have your share of slow postfrontal days on Fork, but even on a tough day, some lucky anglers pop a double digit fish. And on the good days, we’ve seen true monsters, including several 13s, a 14, 15, and 16 pounder this season. A busy tourney schedule, sponsor obligations, and an additional TV show (“Belize Outdoors” which will air 13 original episodes on WFN starting in May/new episodes of “Big Bass Battle” and “Crappie Time” start this month on Sportsman Channel) have cut into my guide trips on Fork this year, but with the lunker bonanza, you can bet I get on the lake every day that I can. 

The spawn is in full gear at Fork right now and I’d estimate approximately 1/3 of the fish have already spawned, with a major wave of fish moving up all around the lake this week. Unlike the nearly cold front free spring of last year, we’re having a more normal season and the spawners should keep showing up in waves into early May. Backs of big creeks spawn first, then deeper pockets nearer the mouths of coves, with fish on flats on the main lake or mouths of pockets bringing up the rear. Each creek and pocket has its own characteristics, so one bay can be full of actively spawning fish, while its next door neighbor might be bedless. If you’re not getting bit this time of year, keep moving until you find them. With prespawn, spawning, and postspawn fish all available, there are biting fish to be had on any given day if you crack the code. 

For fish pics and regular updates from Fork and the trail, follow along at www.facebook.com/tomredingtonfishing and http://twitter.com/Tom_Redington . For more fishing info, you can check out my spring jig fishing article: http://lakeforkguidetrips.com/fishingarticles/feb2013.htm and my article on showing spring bass a new look with soft plastic swimbait/jerkbait hybrids: http://lakeforkguidetrips.com/fishingarticles/april2013.htm 

Lake Conditions: A few recent rains did little to raise the lake level, although they added some color to the creeks. The lake level is currently 398.71’ (about 4’ 3” below full pool). Water temps did a big boomerang over the past 2 weeks, going from the mid-60s to lower 50s and rebounding to around 60 now, plus or minus depending on your location. There is a bit of grass on the lake, mostly on the northern ends, and most of it is in extremely shallow water. The backs of some creeks are muddy, but most of the lake is about normal, becoming more stained as you head up the lake.

Location Pattern: For prespawn and postspawn fish that are staging on their way in and back out, key on points and creek channels near spawning flats. With little grass in the lake this year, bass are relating to the timber so make sure you are casting tight to the stumps. During warming trends, follow bass back into the creeks and check the edges of flats and creek channels. After the fronts, drop back to deeper water adjacent to where the fish were before the front and you’ll quickly relocate them. For spawning fish, look for protected bays in the back half of creeks. As the water continues to warm and we move through April, bass will start spawning nearer the mouths of creeks and in deeper creeks. The main lake flats are typically the last areas to spawn, often as late as early-May. 

Presentation Pattern: The biggest spring trend on Fork for the past 2 seasons is “Bubba” versions of finesse rigs. Drop shots and shaky heads are normally thought of as limit fillers and dink catchers, but slightly heavier duty styles of both rigs have consistently hammered big bass on Fork. Instead of 8 lb line and a spinning rod, I start with 15 lb fluoro on a baitcaster, matched with a 7’4” Dobyns Extreme DX743C rod. A long rod with lots of tip like this will throw small baits a mile, definitely a key when dealing with wary lunkers in the shallows. Furthermore, bass around spawn time often don’t eat baits well; rather, fish often nip at lures and let go quickly to run rivals and predators out of their bedding areas. A super sensitive rod like the Dobyns Extreme helps detect subtle bites before the fish drop the bait. Ever wonder why your buddy is catching fish and you can’t, even though you both are throwing the exact same bait? Might be as simple as you’re not feeling the bites you’re getting.

As far as the setups, a 3/16 or ¼ oz shaky head jig with a stout hook or a drop shot with a 1/0-3/0 offset worm hook and a 6 to 12 inch leader to a ¼ oz sinker are my normal rigs. You can play with all sorts of colors if you like, yet shades of watermelon or green pumpkin tend to work consistently on about any lake in the country, including Fork. If bass are aggressive, a Hyper Stick’s wiggling tail will produce on either rig. When the fish get fussy, downsize to a trick worm, Baby Ring Fry, or a Hyper Finesse Worm and you’ll get more bites. Cast around each and every piece of shallow wood you see, as well as the gaps in between them. A good rule of thumb is if you’re fishing it so slowly that you can hardly stand it, you’re probably still fishing way too fast. Around spawning areas, the guy fishing the slowest in the boat normally catches the most this time of year.

If you drank 5 cups of coffee and can’t stand sitting still, chase after the prespawn and postspawn bass with spinnerbaits, crankbaits, jigs, and lipless crankbaits, especially on overcast and windy days. A great search tool is a lipless crankbaits like the Lucky Craft LV RTO. Red and crawfish colors are most popular and they often work well, although oddball colors often produce better on any given day. ½ oz spinnerbaits with tandem or double willow blades with white or chartreuse and white skirts will produce some nice bass in the same areas that the lipless cranks work, as will shallow running crankbaits like Lucky Craft LC 2.5 or BDS4 square bills. For big bass, try swimming a 4.5” Live Magic Shad on the back of a 3/8 oz bladed jig and fish it in the same areas you’d throw a spinnerbait. White or white/chartreuse bladed jigs with Sun Perch or Albino Shad Live Magic Shads work well. And for a real prespawn monster, pitching heavy cover along the first breakline and creek channels with a jig or TX rig is the way to go. I go with a 3/8 oz MPack Jig in black and blue or green pumpkin with a Lake Fork Craw or Hyper Freak trailer in matching colors. For the Texas rig, I’ll pitch a Lake Fork Flipper or Craw Tube in black neon, Bama Bug or watermelon/red with a 1/8 to 3/8 oz bullet weight and slowly work it around cover. 

Here’s hoping you catch the lunker of your dreams. If I can be of assistance, please contact me at tom@lakeforkguidetrips.com or get more info on my websitehttp://www.LakeForkGuideTrips.com. 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 bywww.DiamondSportsMarine.com on Hwy 154 on the East side of Fork, Ranger Boat’s #1 dealer for 2011.

Good Fishing,

Tom