Archive for June, 2013

Lake Fork Guide John Morris Fishing Report 6-27-13

June 27, 2013

LAKE FORK WEEKLY FISHING REPORT

FROM:  J & M Guide Service

Hot weather and hot fishing was on tap for this week.  With the air temperatures reaching middle 90’s and the water temperatures in the mid 80’s the Bass fishing was great.  It started off with a solid top water bite with the white buzz from daylight to about 7:30.  Then it was on to the little crankbait (KVD 1.5) for the next two hours.  Around 10:00 it is was time to move to deeper water (22 – 26 feet) and start using the “The Tackle Factories” flutter spoon.  We found that the chrome and chartreuse worked the best.  Numerous 4 to 8 pound Bass were caught during the heat of the day using the spoon.   One other pattern worked really well was the good ole Texas rigged worm.  We found the Zoom Old Monster in watermelon/candy color was what the bass wanted.  Hint/hint, make sure you dye the tails chartreuse and use at least a 4/0 hook.

The Crappie fishermen continued to do well.  The small white with chartreuse tail Crappie jig seemed to be the best producer.  The better Crappie have moved into 24 to 30 feet of water.  The main lake bridges were the favorite places for the Crappie to hang out.

The White Bass are still biting anything with chrome on it.  We caught numerous White Bass in the two to three pound category with the “The Tackle Factory” flutter spoon.  By the way they are really good eating.  We found the best water depth to catch the better White Bass was 22 to 24 feet around old brush piles on sharp creek bends.

The catfish were on the prowl.  Early morning and after 4:30 PM seemed to the best times to catch good the Channel Cats!  Cut bait and chicken livers worked the best.

Are you looking to take a kid fishing?  The Bream (Blue Gil) are eating every cricket they can find.  Take them to just about any old large stump in 10 to 12 feet of water and watch their faces light up as the bobber goes crazy.

Lake Fork Marina has a great selection of flutter spoons for the Bass and White Bass fishermen, plus crickets for the youngsters.

Looking for a new bass boat?  You need to stop into Nichols Marine in Longview, TX and check out the 2013 Ranger 520c.  It is powered by Mercury 250XS, Minnkota 101 Fortrex T/M, an HSD 10 in the console and a HSD 8 in the bow, Ranger Boat cover and much more.

We still have openings in July and August for Bass and White Bass Guided fishing trips.  If you need help with getting ready for the McDonalds Big bass Splash we have we still have some openings close to that also.  Give us a call Toll Free: 1-888-454-7037 or E-mail at: bassmr@geusnet.com.

John Morris

J & M Guide Service

Lake Fork Guide Andrew Grills Giant Bass Report Lake Fork 6/27

June 27, 2013

The big fish are chomping right now on Fork! The past week has been very good for quality bass. Of course there have been a couple slower days when it takes a lot of work to find fish positioned in deeper feeding areas, but overall the fishing has been consistent.

Right now I’m checking a number of spots until I see what I’m looking for on my Lowrance HDS. Once we find them, I’m throwing a variety of presentations. I have a big spoon, deep diving crankbait, Toadwrangler football jig, and Carolina rig on the deck at all times. The depths I am targeting are relative to the area of the lake and cloud cover. On the northern ends of the lake the bite seems to range from 8′ to 18′. Further down the lake I am spending most of my time in 20′ to 25′. When its cloudy, finding the fish is much more challenging as a rule. On those days I look a little shallower.

The football jig has been producing some very nice fish, several of the big fish pictured below came on Toadwrangler jigs. I use a 3/4 or 1oz jig and fish it in areas where we have caught double digit fish in the past. I usually use a slow steady drag retrieve, and be sure to allow my jig to fall straight down as I bring it over limbs or laydowns. Most of the time the big fish hit it as its falling back down.

We are coming up on one of my favorite months! July is a fantastic time to fish here. The hotter it is, the better the bite seems to be. Its also nice because the heat keeps the crowds down. Here are a few of the bigger fish we have caught this past week.








Guide Tom Redington Lake Fork Report & Pics—June 18, 2013

June 19, 2013

After tons of big fish spread out all over the shallows on Lake Fork during the spawn (resulting in a number of 13, 14, 15, and 16 pounders being caught), many of the lunkers are now grouping up in large schools on offshore structure. Whereas you might find bass on just about any piece of shoreline cover a month ago, now you can fish or graph large sections of the lake and not find a bass. Once you find a school though, man oooohhhhhhhhh man, it can boggle the mind with the number of good fish on one key piece of structure.

Finding these key honey holes takes some time scouting, but the payoff is worth it. Key structural spots often hold fish all summer long, and typically year after year if the water level and conditions are similar. With the water levels being down this year, bass are using some different areas, making it the perfect opportunity to find unpressured fish all for yourself. Most anglers think of deep water as the home of summertime bass, but channel swings in bigger creek arms hold lots of fish even in the dog days. In addition, shallow points on the main lake or in bigger creeks with deep water nearby are great structure spots too, especially early, late, and during the night.

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Lake Conditions: We’ve been getting regular rain showers, enough to keep the grass green, but not enough to raise the lake level. The lake level is currently 398.50’ (4’ 6” below full pool). Water temps were getting above 90 on the hot sunny days, but yesterday the surface temp was closer to 84 with the rain. Hydrilla is growing out to 5’ in a few places on the lake, but it is still not widespread. The water clarity is about normal on the lake right now, with most areas clear to stained.

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. Some big bass are still on the banks 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. This is where Lowrance’s DownScan really shines, allowing you to easily see schools of bass in thick timber that are very hard to decipher with traditional sonar.

Presentation Pattern: Topwaters like Sammys and Magic Poppers and swimbaits like 4.5” Live Magic Shad boot tails are getting some active fish early and late. As the sun gets brighter, you can often catch a few more on a TX rigged 8 or 10” Fork worm in the same areas.

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 fluorocarbon 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 the most popular 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 10 lb fluorocarbon 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 more stained 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 tom@lakeforkguidetrips.com or get more info on my websitehttp://www.LakeForkGuideTrips.com. Trying to get your son started in fishing and the outdoors? Love fishing and want to help others get involved? Check outwww.BeAScout.org and help the next generation get active outside.

Good Fishing,

Tom

Andrew Grills Lake Fork Report 6-14-13

June 15, 2013

Fishing is pretty good right now on Fork. I love summer, and it seems like the hotter it is the better the fishing gets. What makes it so exciting is the opportunity to locate schools of big bass grouped together on offshore structure. The fishing was pretty good for me last week leading up to the Skeeter Owner’s Tournament. Due to the high volume of boats on the water practicing later in the week, I opted to fish some patterns where there would be less boat traffic. We targeted bass in 1-3’ of water near areas with high concentrations of bluegill. To catch these fish we used Texas rigged soft plastics in bream colors. Getting away from the crowds paid off for my customers. We actually caught several fish in the 8-9lb range doing this, along with a decent number of smaller slot fish. I was fortunate to see a customer break their personal best bass 5 of the last 6 trips.

Today I wasn’t expecting much action. The day after a mega-tournament can be tough, but it turned out great. The best thing was only seeing a couple other boats all day. We targeted fish in deeper water today with deep-diving crankbaits and Carolina rigs. We weeded through tons of sandbass, but it was worth it when those 8lb heads came up thrashing!

These pictures were taken on my last 4 trips.