Archive for November, 2016


November 8, 2016

DATES:  31 October – 6 November 2016

It was another beautiful week to fish Lake Fork, TX.  The water continues to clear up and the water temperatures stayed in the mid 70’s.  The Bass appetites did change this week.  We started catching the on California 420 Zoom Ole Monster worms and Strike King 1.5 square bill crankbaits in the Gizzard Shad pattern.  The Wacky worm bite did slowdown in the pads but we managed to catch a few in the Hydrilla.  We did notice our better worm bite with the Ole Monster worm was in 6 to 8 foot around isolated timber.  Our Worm set up this week was an Eagle Claw LO45 worm hook and a South Bend 3/16 ounce bullet weight painted to match the California 420 color Ole Monster worm.  Do not forget to dip the Ole Monster worm tail in chartreus Dip It or use a Zoom chartreuse pen.  Our equipment list was as always Duckett rods, ABU Garcia Orra SX reels and original Stren 17 lb. test line.

The White Bass fishing is still slow and they are they still spread out all over the lake.  Your best bet to catch the White Bass is to head for the back of creeks and use small in-line spinner baits or small Strike King Crankbait.

The Crappie fishing remains good in 11 to 18 foot of water over brush piles.  We are still using Mylar with an orange tail 1/16 ounce jigs and when the fishing gets slow tip it with a small minnow.

The Catfish fishing was a little slow this week.  They were being caught in 17 to 18 foot of water around baited trees.  Punch bait was still the bait of choice.

When you come to Lake Fork this fall do not forget to stop into Lake Fork Marina and check out the newly remolded tackle shop.  They have the latest in tackle, rods and reels.  If you are looking for a Christmas gift for your better half, make sure you check out the clothing in upstairs of the new tackle shop.

Yes, it is fall and fishing is getting better every day.  Here at J & M Guide Service we have some open days for guided trips for Bass, White Bass and Crappie.  Give us a call at (903) 413-6919 or E-mail us at  Have a great fishing week.


Terri Moon November Crappie Report

November 8, 2016

It’s here – my very favorite time of year to fish! The couple of cool snaps we had in October was perfect to start these crappie into their fall transition. It definitely put them in a feeding mode, and are really starting to fatten up. This past week we’ve caught some of the nicest crappie I’ve seen in a long time! I’ll be very honest with you – there is NO “Magic Spot” right now. We are moving around a lot and getting a few here and a few there. Then the bass will move in and seems to run the crappie off. So, we just move on to the next spot.

We’re also having some big bream move in to the brush piles and around the bridges. We are targeting 12 to 24 ft. of water – but, throughout the day they can be as shallow as 8 ft. or as deep as 22 ft. so really watch that depth finder to monitor any changes in depths of the fish and adjust your casts accordingly…(depth is very critical)! It won’t be long and they will be migrating up the creeks following the baitfish.

This time of year a good depth finder is priceless. I just put a Lowrance HDS12 Gen 3 on the front of my boat and it is awesome! That large screen is sure appreciated by these “old eyes”! Something else I’m sure appreciating is not having to jerk my trolling motor up and down 20 times a day – then to have the anchor button – “PRICELESS!” MinnKota has got it going on! I’m amazing people every day when they see this Ulterra in action. It has definitely made my life easier and the older I get the more I like easier! Now as far as the baits we’re using – Lake Fork Tackle’s “Live Baby Shad” w/paddle tail in just about anything with pink in it – like pink/pearl, pink/ chartreuse and on darker days pink/black have been producing for us. Also it doesn’t hurt to tip it with a Berkley Power Nibble. Really watch your line – these crappie have been pushing the bait up. If you see slack line, it’s probably a fish! It’s really been a fun month of fishing and my thanks to all of you!

Don’t forget this is “Customer Appreciation” month at Lake Fork Marina. The rooms are $50 and 25% off all tackle, gifts and apparel. It’s a great time to start your Christmas shopping for the fishermen in your life. My best to you all and “Happy Birthday” to my brother John and glad you’re feeling better Pops! Love to all!!

Terri Moon ph# 903-383-7773

Andrew Grills Lake Fork Report 11- 2-16

November 8, 2016

We are starting to see the bass here on Lake Fork get into their normal fall patterns in spite of the unseasonably warm weather we have been having. We had one of the warmest Septembers on record, and October was the warmest on record for the Dallas area. Our water temperature is in the low to mid 70’s, almost 10 degrees warmer than it normally is in November. Hopefully we will get some cold weather soon, because the colder it gets, the bigger our average size gets.

Still, we are having some good days and a few big fish too. I’m sure there are plenty of shallow fish to be caught, however I love fishing deep, offshore structure. I feel like the deeper water gives my customers a better opportunity at a trophy bass. I’m depending on my Lowrance HDS units to find schools of fish on points, humps, roadbeds and ledges on the main lake. When I do find them, a Carolina rig, football jig, and spoon have been my top producers.

Below are some nice bass we’ve caught over the past week. November can be a great big fish month. I have been on the water nearly everyday over the past month, but I still have a few good dates open for November. If you are looking for a Lake Fork guide, I hope you’ll give me the opportunity to help you have a good fishing experience here.

Lake Fork Guide Andrew Grills


November 3, 2016



DATES:  24 – 30 October 2016

What a beautiful week to fish Lake Fork.  With the weather in the 80’s all week, the water temperatures stayed in the mid to upper 70’s.  The water clarity is great and the Bass are biting.  During this week a lot of really good fish were being caught along with a ton of really small ones.  The wacky riged Zoom chartreuse/pumpkin trick worm still was the best producing bait this week.  It even produced some really good fish such as my nice 9.2 pound Bass I caught on Tuesday morning.  If you are fishing south of the 515 bridge you might want to change to the California 420 color on your trick worm.  One pattern that really worked well was a orginal chatter bait with a Smash Tech swim bait used as a trailer.  We took the skirt off the chatter bait and just used the swim bait.  It is noted if you are fishing more than 5 foot deep you are fishing to deep!  Our equipment list for the week still remained, Duckett rods, ABU Garcia Orra SX 2 reals, Stren “orginal “ line and Zoom trick worms.

The White Bass are in the northern Creeks of the lake chasing shad.  They can be caught on small Strike King Gizzard Shad 1.5 Square Bill crankbaits.  If you are Crappie fishing in the northern creeks you will pick up a few on minnows.

The Crappie fishing remains good all over the lake.  The better Crappies are coming in 11 to 15 foot over brush piles.  Mylar with orange tails 1/16 ounce Crappie jigs worked really well.  When the bite slows down, tip the crappie jig with a minnow.  Works every time!  Have fun!!

The Catfish fishermen continue have good success in 12 foot of water using punch pait.  They are being caught around baited trees.  A few Catfish are showing up on brush piles in front of docks in 6 to 8 foot of water.  

While you are at Lake Fork, make sure you stop into Lake Fork Marina and check out all the new tackle such as the new Strike King Chatter Baits and the Smash tech swim baits.  They also have a good selection of Duckett Rods and ABU Garcia Reels.

Fall fishing is in full swing.  Here at J & M Guide Service we have several dates open for guided trips for Bass, Crappie and White Bass fishing.  Give us a call at: (903) 413-6919 or E-mail us at bassmr@geusnet.comn .  Have a great fishing week and keep a tight line. ☺