J & M Guide Service

Dates:  2 – 8 May 2016

Another great week on Lake Fork!  The water temperatures made to the upper 70’s and the water clarity is starting to improve.  Three different patterns were good this week.  The crankbait pattern continued to be the best with the Carolina rig and split shot rig a close second and third.  The Strike King Bait Company led the charge this week with the 1.5 Square Bill, 6XD and the 10XD crankbaits.  The gizzard shad was the best color in the 1.5, with the 1.5 black back/chartreuse being a close second and the powder blue back/chartreuse was the color of choice in the 6XD and 10XD. Main lake points are your best bet early in the morning with the 6XD and 10XD baits.   On the split shot and Carolina rig side of the house I used the chartreuse/pepper Lake Fork Trophy Lures Hyper Stick.  On the days that the crankbait slows down, go to the Carolina rig right away.  Fish it slow and use a sweeping retrieve.  Our rod and reel combinations this week continued to be Duckett rods and ABU Garcia Orra SX reels lined with Stren 17 pound test line.

The White Bass fishing also continued to improve this week.  We used Joe Spaits ½ ounce chrome Flashtail Spoon to put numerous White Bass in the boat.  The kids will have a ball catching them.  We found the best water depth was 19 to 20  foot over humps and brush piles.

The Crappie fishing was very slow this week.  We did manage to find a few over brush piles with silver and orange Crappie jigs and tipped it with a minnow.  There are reports that the Crappies are starting to show up back at the 515 bridges.

The Catfish fishing continued to be great this week.  A lot of two to five pound Catfish are being caught on rod and reel using punch bait.  Again, baited trees are producing great in 30 foot of water.

Lake Fork Marina has a large selection of Strike King crankbaits and Duckett Rods.  For the Crappie fishermen the they always have great minnows to catch those  giant Lake Fork Crappies with.  Warning:  make sure you keep your receipt for the live bait, it is a state law!

The post spawn Bass bite is on!  We have a few days in open for guided fishing trips this month.  Give us a call at: (903) 413-6919 or E-mail us at: .  Have a great fishing week.  “Take a child fishing this week”.



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