Archive for August, 2013

Lake Fork Guide John Morris Fishing Report 8-29-13

August 29, 2013


FROM:  J & M Guide Service

DATE:  21 – 28 August 2013

This week we saw the air temperatures remain in the mid to upper 90’s which meant the water temperatures rose back to the upper 80’s and low 90’s.  The main feeder creeks like Burch and Garrett were the warmest water temperatures at 91 to 92 degrees.  The lake level also dropped to 5.6 vertical and the lake is starting to clear a little from the lake turning over.   I am starting to see more and more stumps every day.  The bass fishing remained fair to good.  The bait of choice was still the Zoom Mag II worm in the blue fleck color, Texas rigged.  The bite pattern did change a little this week.  We found our better fish being caught in 4 to 10 foot of water holding close to small stumps.  We continued to use the Denny Brauer Worm rod coupled with the Ardent Edge Tournament Reel for great hook sets on those hard to catch Lake Fork Bass.

The Crappie fishing was still very slow this week.  The straight minnow rig worked the best.

The White Bass fishing also had slowed down this week.  Joe Spaits chrome/chartreuse flutter still was the best bait to use.

The Catfish went on a diet this week.  A few Catfish were being taken on trout lines using cut bait.

Lake Fork Marina is the best place to buy the minnows and has the best selection of Joe Spaits spoons.  Their hotel also has the cleanest rooms on the lake if you need a place to stay here on beautiful Lake Fork.

Have you had a chance to check out the 2013 Stratos Bass boats?  You need to stop into Nichols Marine in Longview, Texas and check out their selection of Stratos Boats.  In particular, check out the 2013 Stratos 189VLO with a Mercury 150 Pro XS Optimax, Lowrance 5X fish finder, 2 bank charger and a Minnkota Max 70 foot control trolling motor.  It is on a single axle trailer with brakes.  What a great package!

Here at J & M Guide Service we are offering a great opportunity to get ready for the McDonalds Big Bass Splash or Berkley Bass Tournament.  We still have a few dates open for guided fishing trips to help you get ready for the big Bass tournaments.  So give a call here, Toll Free: 1-888-454-7036 or E-mail us at:  Have a great fishing week and look out for the stumps.

John Morris (J & M Guide Service)




Lake Fork Report Guide John Morris August 2013 Part 2

August 24, 2013


FROM:  J & M Guide Service


This week was very unusual for August in East Texas.  The morning temperatures got down into the mid 60’s which meant that the water temperatures dropped into the mid 80’s.  “It was great”.  The lake water clarity is heavily stained due to the lake turning over.  The Bass fishing was fair to good.   The two baits of choice were the white buzz bait and the Zoom Mag II blue fleck worm.  We used the white buzz baits on main lake points from daylight to around 07:30 AM.  After that we found our best Bass bite on creek sub points near deep water.   This bite lasted most of the rest of the day.  The Zoom worm was rigged Texas style using a 3/16 ounce South Bend bullet weight and a Eagle Claw LO45 4/0 worm hook.  The Rod and reel of choice was an Ardent Edge reel and a 7 foot 4 inch Ardent Denny Brauer worm rod.  It was a great combination with great hook setting power.

The Crappie fishing still was slow this week due to the lake turning over.  The straight minnow rig worked the best in 22 foot of water around all the main lake bridges.

The Catfish were still hungry this week.  Punch bait seemed to be their bait of choice.   It was noted the best water depth was 18 to 20 feet to catch good numbers of Catfish.

The White Bass were scattered out this week.  They were found on just about any old road bed in about 24 foot of water.  Joe Spaits chrome/chartreuse flutter spoon still worked the best.

Lake Fork Marina is the place to buy Joe’s spoons and the liveliest minnows.  Don’t forget to check out in the latest in fishing rods while you are in the store.  Plus, pick up several bottles of water to stay hydrated with.

The new 2014 Ranger boats are arriving at Nichols Marine in Longview, TX.  They now have the “NEW” Ranger Z521c in the NASCAR Edition in stock.  It is powered by a Mercury Pro Max 250 and has all the bell and whistles.  Don’t miss being the first to have one of the all new Z521c’s.

We are busy taking reservations for the fall fishing season here at the awesome Lake Fork.  We can also help you get ready for the McDonalds Big Bass Splash and Berkley tournaments.  So, give us a call at Toll Free: 1-888-454-7037 or E-mail us at: .  Have a safe boating week and keep those life vests on if that big motor is running.


John Morris

J & M Guide Service

Lake Fork Guide John Morris Lake Fork Report August 2013

August 24, 2013


FROM:   J & M Guide Service


The hot weather continues and the water temperatures continue to be 88 to 90 degrees.  The lake is trying to turn over which means the water clarity is stained.   The Bass bite remained pretty constant and good fish were being caught all over the lake.  We found the baits of choice for Bass still have not changed much over the last two to three weeks.  We did however catch some good quality fish on a 3/16 ounce shaky head jigs with a watermelon candy Baby Brush Hog and as the water clarity got more stained we changed the Baby brush Hog color to green pumpkin and dyed the tails chartreuse.  We also found 4 to 12 foot of water was a good water depth to start in from daylight to around 8:00 AM.  Around 8:00 AM we moved into water depths of 26 to 32 feet of water using a Carolina rigged Baby Brush Hog and you guessed it, Tim Spaits chrome and chartreuse Flutter Spoon.  Once again the trick of catching the Largemouth Bass is keeping the spoon near the bottom.  If you don’t you will be catching White Bass all day long.

The Crappie fishing continued to be slow this week.  I blamed two things; one, was the warm water temperatures and second, was the lake starting to turn over.  The bridge of choice was the 515 east, this week.  Small chartreuse/pink Crappie jigs tipped with minnows were the best bait for the week.

The White Bass were still eating Joe Spaits chrome/chartreuse flutter spoon as soon as you put it in the water.  The best water depth was 28 to 32 foot of water on sharp main lake points and around the two 515 bridges.

The Bream bite remained really good this week.  Crickets were still on top of their menu.  The kid’s summer vacation is about over, so hurry and “take a child fishing”.

Lake Fork Marina has plenty of crickets and minnows to feed those large Lake Fork Crappie and Bream.  They also have a great selection of Strike King Crankbaits and Joe Spaits spoons.  Stop in and stock up on the latest tackle and don’t forget to pick up lots of water to stay hydrated with.

Well it wouldn’t be fishing without thinking about running down Lake Fork in a brand new Ranger Bass Boat from Nichols Marine in Longview, TX.   The boat of the week is a new raspberry mist Ranger Z522, powered by a Yamaha 250 SHO.  This Ranger has a Minnkota 101 Fortrex trolling motor, Lowrance HDS 8 in the console, a HDS 5 in the bow with structure scan, Pro air, Ranger cover and much more.  Stop in and see it today!

We are busy getting taking reservations for the great fall fishing here at beautiful Lake Fork, TX. We are taking reservations for September and October especially for those who are getting ready for the Big Bass Splash and the Berkley Tournaments.  So give us a call Toll Free: 1-888-454-7037 or E-mail us at:  Be safe and wear that life vest if the big motor is running.  See you on the water.

John Morris (J & M Guide Service)

Guide James Caldemeyer Lake Fork Report August 2013

August 7, 2013

James Caldemeyer’s

Lake Fork Trophy Bass

Monthly Fishing Report

August 2013


James Caldemeyer with an over weighed in at Bass'N'Bucks

James Caldemeyer with an over weighed in at Bass’N’Bucks








August is an exciting month at Lake Fork. This is a great time to get the kids out one last time before they head back to school for the year. The bass are often “school”ing too so the fishing can be a lot of fun! Last month was one of the most inconsistent weather months that I have ever seen in the Texas summer. One day it’s raining, the next it’s 100 degrees, then a cold front and its 59 degrees for a low with the lake trying to turn over. Wow! It kept the fish just as confused as anyone else and relatively inconsistent patterns were prevalent from shallow to deep. I expect August to fish the same and we could definitely see an early turnover of the lake as fall gets into swing with the mild temperatures.


The lake has been holding steady with the rains we’ve been getting. It is just over 5 feet low. The water temperatures are ranging from 84-90 degrees. Most of the lake is slightly to moderately stained with some clearer areas to 3 feet found in places. The hydrilla grass is really making a strong come back on the lake with lots of grass to be found at the backs of some of the northern to mid lake creeks and I have even seen some small sprigs of it growing down by the dam. That is great news and will definitely make for some awesome fishing the rest of the year.


The shallow bite has really turned on and been a bit more consistent than the deeper fishing lately. Lots of bass are roaming the shallows with groups of shad that have made their way to the banks. Weightless jerk baits like the Berkley Havoc “The Jerk” has been good for these bass chasing shad. I have also been catching some frog fish when the clouds and rain come in. I like the moving frogs that have a lot of kicking action in the legs when reeled on a steady retrieve over the grass and lily pads. The Berkley Chigger Toad in black or white is a great choice. Another great bait for fishing around the grass is a Texas rigged Berkley Power Worm or Havoc Juice Worm in the 7” or 8” sizes respectively. My favorite colors are black & blue, green pumpkin, and blue fleck. Of course I always like to break my Abu Garcia Villain wacky worm rod when I target these shallow fishing too. I use the 6’9” medium light version with an Abu Garcia MGX reel spooled with 12-15 lb Trilene 100% fluorocarbon line. I like to use a weedless wacky hook and a 6.25” Berkley Bottom Hopper with a small nail stuck in the end of the worm for some weight to throw it and help it sink nose down into the grass. Fishing this around the grass on Lake Fork will put them in the boat! Best colors are june bug, shady watermelon candy, and green pumpkin.


            The deep bite has been hit and miss lately. When I say deep I am referring to that 20-30 foot range. The inconsistency, in my opinion, has been due to the lack of a distinct thermocline setting up on the lake this summer. This is the water range of depth out deep that appears in the summer where a band of oxygen forms at a certain depth (usually 22-26 feet on Lake Fork) and gives the fish a sanctuary of comfort during the hot months of the year. It started to appear some in June but disappeared with the very mild July weather. One of two things will probably happen this month. It will either become very hot and it will set up again or it will stay mild and the lake will eventually turn over which will eliminate any possibility of a thermocline. So, depending on what transpires with the current weather, we will see what happens. Until then the most consistent deeper bite for me remains to be in the 12-18 feet range. There are a lot of big bass feeding on shad in this depth range. I like to use my Lowrance HDS units to locate bass out deep. Once I have located with my graph The Carolina rig and Talon football head jig has been best when they are close to the bottom. I like my Carolina rig on a 7’6” medium heavy Abu Garcia Villain or Veritas rod with a Revo reel spooled up with some 20 lb Trilene 100% fluorocarbon line and a 15-17 lb leader. I like to use a 1 oz Elite Tungsten weight and a 3/0 hook. I have been catching a number of fish with the new Berkley Rib Snake as well as the Berkley Havoc Bottom Hopper. The best colors have been blue fleck, watermelon, and green pumpkin. If you want to catch a big one out deep then you will want to break out the football jig too! Talon Lures 3/4 – 1 oz football head jig with a Berkley Havoc Pit Chunk trailer is a hard combination to beat. I am throwing this in the same areas as the Carolina rig and dragging it or hopping it through these deep schools of bass. Best colors right now are green pumpkin, willies, and California. A lot of the fish are suspended and even schooling on shad in some areas. These fish are a little trickier to catch. You need something that you can work in the middle to upper part of the water column. The deep diving crank bait, swim bait, a Talon Lures flutter spoon or an A-rig are all great choices. Let the bass out deep tell you what they want right now because they are all over the place and they move around in the water column. Mixing it up and trying a variety of things on a school of fish will pay off. Having good electronics is a big advantage too! I love my Lowrance HDS Gen2 Touch screen. Knowing how to read the sonar and apply it to your fishing is the most important thing though. If you are weak in this area, now is the time to get out on the water and log some time in out deep.


I hope this information helps you in pursuit of a trophy bass on Lake Fork this month. I am excited about this year and the bass fishing on Lake Fork! If you are thinking of coming out and would like to book a trip this year, feel free to contact me. I still have some summer dates available and am already filling up for the fall. I am dedicated to my clients and will work hard to put you on the fish of your dreams! You can contact me to book your trip by email at or give me a call at 903-736-9888. Also, visit my website to find out more information about Lake Fork bass fishing and my guide service at You can also keep up with me by joining my new Facebook page at  Be sure to go by Diamond Sports Marine on Hwy 154 here at Lake Fork and see the new 2013 Ranger Boats. If you are in the market for a new boat this year its time to go see Ben or Fred for a great deal on a closeout 2013 model as the 2014 year model boats will be arriving soon. If you would like to take a test ride, feel free to contact me or call the dealership at 903-383-7829 and we will get you out on the water for a demo in one! I would like to thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for another year that He has blessed me with as well as all my 2013 Sponsors: Ranger Boats, Mercury Outboards, Berkley, I Am Second, Abu Garcia, Berkley, Interstate Batteries, Lowrance, Talon Lures, Elite Tungsten, Hamby’s, Navionics, Simms, Costa Del Mar, and Hydrowave.

Acts 3:19 -Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord


Tight Lines and God Bless,

James Caldemeyer

Lake Fork Guide John Morris Report August 7th 2013

August 7, 2013


FROM:  J & M Guide Service

I think it is safe to say “it is flat hot out there”.  With 6 straight days over 100 degrees the water temperatures reached 88 to 90 degrees.  With the water temperatures rising, the Bass, White Bass and the Crappie headed to the deeper water.  We were catching most of our fish in 30 to 35 feet of water, using Joe Spaits Flutter Spoon.  We did manage to catch a few good top water fish from 05:30 to 7:00 in the morning on white buzz baits and Heddon Zara spooks.  The Rod and reels we were using was from Ardent.  The Ardent Edge reel made for great long cast and the Ardent Denny Brauer rods gave us great fish fighting capability.

The Crappie fishing remained slow due to the rising water temperatures.  Small crappie jigs tipped with small minnows were the best bet.  The 515 West Bridge was the best bet for getting your limit.

The White Bass fishing started slowing down this week.  We found most of our good White Bass were in 30 to 35 feet of water.  Again, Joe’s spoons were the hot ticket to catching them with any regularity.

The Catfish bite was still pretty good.  There bait of choice was chopped liver.  24 foot of water was the best water depth to look for good cat’s that were willing to bite.

The Bream bite remained good.  Crickets from Lake Fork Marina were the kids best bet.

Lake Fork Marina has a good selection of live bait and Joe Spaits spoons.  They also have plenty of good cold water and ice to keep you hydrated.  The good folks at Lake Fork Marina also have all the latest information on what is happening on Lake Fork.

Need a bass boat without breaking the bank?  You need to stop into Nichols Marine in Longview, TX.  They have the Ranger Z117SC.  It is anniversary red, what a great looking boat.  It is powered by a Mercury 115hp Pro XS, coupled with a Motor Guide FW75 foot controlled trolling motor makes a great combination to hit the water with.

We are still taking bookings for guided fishing trips in September, October and November.  We can also help you get ready for the McDonalds Big Bass Splash and the Berkley tournaments.  Gives us a call Toll Free: 1-888-454-7037 or E-mail us at:  Remember drink allot of water and wear those life vest while your big motor is running, for the life you save might be your own.  See you on the water.

John Morris

(J & M Guide Service)

Updated 2014 Lake Fork Guide List

August 7, 2013
Larry Barnes 903-765-3858

James Caldemeyer 903-736-9888

Rick Carter 903-765-3474 cell 903-850-4007

Ron Casner 480-518-5180

Tony Clark 903-473-3956

Rick Collis 903-473-8820

Slade Dougharty 817-797-8762 *crappie*

Brian Duplechain 903-765-3131

Tom Evans 903-383-3059

Stephen Fatherree 214-215-9854

Nathan Fields 214-734-0788

Eddie Garrett 972-979-4850
Lonnie Gibson 903-746-4096

Johnny Glass 903-765-2731

Andrew Grills 903-638-1170

Johnny Guice 817-917-2150

Jeff Gun 903-765-2155

Heath Hardwick 903-440-2358

Andrew Hawkins 903-569-1586 (crappie)

James Henderson 214-864-2469

Randy Hutto 903-975-0037

Jason Hoffman 903-456-3691

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

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  903-638-1215

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