Archive for September, 2013

Lake Fork Guide John Morris Report 9-25-13

September 25, 2013

FROM: J & M Guide Service

This week has been one of the busiest weeks of the year. This is what we call the Big Bass Splash week. We were booked with clients wanting to learn where to catch a fish of the lifetime to win the McDonalds Big Bass Splash. The McDonalds Big Bass Splash was held on the 20th, 21st and the 22nd. More than 2500 constants fished for more than $500,000 in cash and prizes. Don Atchley from Grandfield, OK, won the grand prize with a 10.61 pound Bass and took home a new Legend boat and a new Dodge Ram truck. Congratulations Don! The fish that was caught during the Big Bass Splash were caught on everything from jigs to DD22 crankbaits. The most productive bait was the 10 to 12 inch worm in the blue fleck color. Lake Fork Marina hosted the Big Bass Splash and did a tremendous job even in a 6 inch rain storm on Friday the 20th. They are now busy getting ready for the Berkley Tournament which will be held on the 19th and 20th of October. They have a great supply of Berkley baits including the Sebile Action First crankbaits made by Berkley.
The Crappie fishing really picked up this week. You could catch them with jigs or minnows. The bridges were the best bet to catch your limit.
The White Bass were on the eating rampage this week. We found them in 20 to 30 foot of water on sharp creek bends and main lake points on sharp drops in the 20 to 30 foot range. Yes you guessed it; Joes flutter spoon was still our bait of choice. Chrome and chartreuse was still the best color to use.
The Catfish are off their diet. They were being caught in 30 to 32 foot of water around baited holes. Punch bait seemed to work the best on a #6 Eagle Claw treble hook.
Need an affordable bass boat? Look no further, Nichols Marine in Longview, TX, has the new Ranger RT178 Aluminum Bass boat in stock. It is 17.8 feet in length and comes with a Mercury 75hp 4 stroke motor, Motorguide 46lb 12 volt trolling motor, 2 bank battery charger, Lowrance X4 Pro depth finder, and a recessed trolling motor foot pedal. This package is silver metallic in color and comes on a single axle trailer with a spare tire. “What a rig”! Oh yes, did I mention they also have a 5 star service department.
Here at J & M Guide Service we still have a few days open for guided fishing trips to help you get ready for the Berkley Bass tournament. Or, if you just want to come to beautiful Lake Fork to catch one of our trophy Largemouth Bass, give us a call Toll Free: 1-888-454-7037 or E-mail us at: . Remember to wear that life vest and have a great fishing week.
John Morris
J & M Guide Service


Lake Fork Guide Andrew Grills Report 9-25-13

September 25, 2013

The McDonald’s tournament is over and as I expected, there were a good number of big fish weighed in. This continues to be a great year for bigger fish, although numbers have been a little lower for me. The cold front and rain this past weekend have really changed the fishing patterns. Now I will be concentrating in shallow water and wont be fishing very deep for a few weeks. Luckily we have some good grassy areas that I’m really looking forward to fishing this fall. Fishing might be slow for the next few days, but an extended forecast of cooler weather should help the lake settle back down.

A couple techniques that will work are Texas rigged plastics and dropshots. For now, smaller baits like baby brush hogs or speedcraws will be good choices on the Texas rigs. Trick worms or finesse worms are what I always use on my dropshot.

Keep in mind that some of the best fishing Lake Fork has to offer is coming later in October through the New Year. Here are some nice fish we caught last week. If you would like to book a trip call me anytime.
(903) 638-1170

James Caldemeyer Ranger Z521C layout and walk through

September 13, 2013

Lake Fork Guide James Caldemeyer doing a “Pimp My Boat” walk through on the all new Ranger Z521C.


Andrew Grills Lake Fork Report September 13, 2013

September 13, 2013

Its been a very good year for big fish here on Lake Fork. September is one of the tougher months to consistently catch big bass, but we have had a few really nice fish and some big ones that got away. The numbers have been a little low, but we usually get a big fish on at some point on most days.

Right now, I am targeting groups of feeding fish early in the morning. In certain areas there are active fish the first couple hours of daylight. I like to throw moving baits at these fish. Lures like crankbaits, spinnerbaits, lipless baits, and topwaters can work well. I know I’m in the right areas when I see feeding fish on my Lowrance, and occasionally you will see them come to the surface. Schooling fish can be found in virtually any depth, because they’re relating more to schools of baitfish than bottom contour.

As the day progresses I will move into other areas with more cover in order to catch the fish that aren’t quite as active. Often, slowing down and fishing a small bait like a dropshot worm may be the only way I can catch them. However, there are times when aggressively fishing a deep diving crankbait through the trees can get a reaction bite. This is a very good way to catch big fish this time of year. When that crankbait careens through the branches, the fish react and hit the bait out of instinct. I like to focus on depths around 10-15′ of water this time of year, but usually catch a few shallower and deeper as well. I’m still staying close to structure like the edges of points, ridges, humps, and channel drops. This is a transition time for the fish, so there will be fish in various patterns throughout the lake.

The McDonalds Big Bass Splash is coming up and the lake will get increasingly busy with competitors practicing and going out with guides to get ready for the tournament. Remember that we are nearly 6 feet low right now, and the lake can be dangerous to navigate. There are a lot of stumps just under the surface in areas where it was safe to run when the lake was full. Be careful!

Lake Fork Guide Tony Clark September Report

September 13, 2013

The bass have been on the points and humps in 4 to 17 ft. of water,they are also schooling in 26 to 30 ft. of water and suspending about 10 to 15 ft. down in the deeper water.Small deep diving crankbaits,shakeyhead worms rigs in june bug and watermelon candy will work.small berkley and storm swimbaits along with 1/2 oz silver spoons swimmed in the schooler’s will catch’em aswell.For bigger bass the Gene Larew Biffle Bug in dark watermelon candy on a 7/16oz hardhead rig dragged on the bottom in 8 to 20ft. on the points and humps aswell.Also the drop shot worm method is a great way to catch them now,fishing the worm about 12″ to 16″ above the weight,with Zoom finesse or trick worms or your favorite drop shot bait.The LFTL magic shad in a shad or chartruse colors on a 1/2oz jig head will get bass aswell,the key is small line on the schooler’s.For the Shakeyhead,jig and Biffle Hardhead rig I’m using 15 lb. line,hope this helps some and “Good Fishing!”Remeber the lake water level is low and just because you don’t see the stumps now does not mean they are’nt there “Be Safe Folk’s