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James Caldemeyer Lake Fork Report 12-07-16

December 13, 2016

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Winter has arrived and the year is winding down here at Lake Fork. December is still an exciting month on Lake Fork as the fish continue to feed up in the winter. This year that bite has been extended due to the somewhat mild temperatures that we have had so far this fall. So expect plenty of opportunities to catch big bass this month while you are at Lake Fork as the big bass continue their feeding habits into early winter.

The lake is currently 3 feet low so we could use a little winter rain. The water levels are still real good going into 2017 though. Water temperatures are ranging from 58-62 degrees currently and will cool even further as the month progresses. Water clarity is fairly clear on the main lake to clear to slightly stained in some of the creeks. There is a lot of grass up in some of the creeks still so this has helped maintain the overall water clarity on the lake.

I am catching fish both shallow and out in deep water right now. It has kind of been a mixed bite for the most as fish in all ranges of the water column have been active. The shallow bite has been good from main lake points to the backs of the major creeks. I am finding most of the fish in 2-8 feet of water. Lipless crank baits and square bill crank baits have been good in any shad pattern. I like red or chrome and sexy shad colors respectively. A Santone Lures spinnerbait, chatter bait, or a 3:16 Lure Company swimbait has also been a great producer especially on windy days. Frontal cloud cover days are usually better for the shallow fishing but I often times find a lot of bass up shallow in the coldest part of the year on a sunny day. They like to sit up there in the sun as it warms the shallow water. As the waters cool and winter sets in don’t forget to break out the jerk baits also. On days that the bite gets tougher you can break out one of these and save the day. I like a traditional suspending rogue in gold/black/orange, black & chrome, or clown colors. Jerking this bait around stumps and grass with slow twitches will draw some big fish out to get it!

The deep bite is still a blast this time of year also. I am using my new Garmin 7612xsv touch screen units right now to find schools of bass offshore. And with my Garmin Clear Vu and Panoptix scans, finding brush piles is a breeze and an added bonus for more productive fishing. I can find these deep-water bass havens relatively easy and the fish love them. Most off the bass are located in 18-25 ft of water but you can find some starting to move even deeper in 26-32 ft. Humps, points, road beds, channel swings, pond dams, and ridges are great places to focus your efforts on. These big fish will be schooling up in these areas following shad, yellow bass, white bass, and crappie around looking for an easy meal. The Carolina rig is deadly on these deep bass. I like to rig my new Abu Garcia Villain 2.0 rods and Revo reels spooled up with 20 lb Trilene 100% Fluorocarbon line and a 1oz weight, 4-5 foot leader, and a 3/0 wide gap hook. The Berkley Havoc Bottom Hopper, Backslide, or a 7” Power Worm on this rig. Best colors are green pumpkin, watermelon candy, blue fleck, or chartreuse pepper. The jig bite out deep can be good for the big ones too. A 5/8- 3/4 oz Santone football jig with a Berkley Havoc Pit Chunk craw style trailer on the back will catch some of the biggest bass out of the school. Best colors on the jig are Black & blue, Bass Candy, and of course my custom “JC’s Spicy Craw” color is always a good choice. The jigging spoon and tail kicker are also very good right now. A big Lake Fork flutter spoon or KT spoon in ½ oz size has been best. Getting over the top of these big schools of fish with one of these or even a Little George can yield some real trophies and are something even the kids or wife can enjoy. I am also catching a number of fish on the Hog Farmer umbrella rig tipped with Santone Rig Heads and Berkley swimbaits. It’s not for the faint of heart casting it all day but it is a very rewarding technique for big bass this time of year for those that choose to fish it.

If you are headed to Lake Fork in pursuit of a trophy bass and are looking to book a guide, I would enjoy the opportunity to take you or your group fishing and show you a great time on Lake Fork. I will also be taking some trips to our local power plant lakes (Monticello and Welsh) for those that want to get in on some of the great winter action there. I still have a few dates available for winter and am already taking 2017 reservations as well. Most people don’t realize how quick my spring and early summer calendar fills up on Lake Fork so please be sure to start thinking about scheduling your 2017 dates soon if you would like to get on my schedule. My available dates are already becoming limited. I also have gift certificates available for those of you that are interested in purchasing a friend or loved one a guided trip on Lake Fork. They make great Christmas presents!!! You can contact me to make your reservation at 903-736-9888 or send me an email at lakeforktrophybass@yahoo.com You can also visit my website for more information about Lake Fork and my guide service at http://www.officiallakeforktrophybass.com You can find me on Facebook and follow my official Lake Fork Guide page at https://www.facebook.com/lakeforkfishingguides

Also, while you are at the lake, be sure to stop by Diamond Sports Marine located on highway 154 just north of the bridge. They are receiving the new 2017 Ranger Boats daily and you do not want to miss the opportunity to check out the new Z series bass boats as well as the economical Ranger aluminum series. These boats have some amazing features are definitely eye catchers! Give Fred a call at 903-383-7829 to set up your personal demo ride in a Ranger Boat.

I would like to thank all of my current 2016 sponsors for supporting my FLW Series tournament fishing and my guide service on Lake Fork: Toyota, Carhartt, Ranger Boats, Mercury Outboards, I Am Second, Leer, Garmin, Berkley, Abu Garcia, Santone Lures, Costa Sunglasses, Power Pole, Rigid Industries, Road Armor, Fabtech Motorsports, Royal Racks, and Elite Tungsten.

Luke 11:28 – “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.”

Tight Lines & God Bless,

James Caldemeyer

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Lake Fork Guide James Caldemeyer Trophy Bass Fishing Report January 2, 2016

January 12, 2016

Happy New Year from Lake Fork! It’s the beginning of another great year of fishing and fun here at the Big Bass Capital of Texas. I’m very excited about the 2016 season and all the fish that will be caught this year as well as the many big bass memories that will be made by those that travel here with family and friends. If you are looking for a fishing destination to plan your annual fishing trip, Lake Fork is the place to be this year!

After experiencing the wettest year of weather in the history of Texas last year, Lake Fork is in tremendous shape as we begin the fishing season. The lake is brimming full and has been that way for the past several months reaching flood levels several times in the later part of 2015. High water levels mean excellent spawns for the bass. With all the flooded cover expect Lake Fork to produce another consecutive year of young fingerlings to add to last years crop and more trophy bass in the lake for years to come.

Lake Fork is currently above full pool at just over 403 feet as the SRA continues to let water out at the dam and bring water levels down from the flooding.  The water clarity in most of the creeks is stained due to the tremendous amount of recent rain and run off. The main lake is actually fairly clear though in most areas still. Water temperatures have been well above average for this time of year holding in the mid 50’s and even reaching the 60’s around the Christmas heat wave last month. The one thing that has been predictable lately is that the weather has been very unpredictable so we will soon see what this month and early spring brings us I guess.

The bass fishing has been like chasing a cat by its tail too with all the inclement weather but that hasn’t deterred us from having some very successful fishing days. The best bite for me has been out deep, which is fairly uncommon for this time of year. Normally the shallow to mid depth bite is the more consistent for me in January. I have been targeting deep main lake humps, points, and channel bends in the mouth of the major creeks in 18-28 feet of water. Using my electronics to find these deep schools of fish has been critical. If I graph over an area and there is not any bait then there will not be any fish. But if you start to locate the giant schools of bait in an area, the big bass will be close by. My go to bait has been a Hog Farmer 5 wire umbrella rig with a combination of different swim baits depending on the conditions. These rigs are fairly expensive but they are the best made on the market. They are very durable and the action they give catches more fish than any other rig. Most of the time I am rigging it with Santone Rig Heads in 1/8 ounce and 4/0 hook. These heads are great because they have a stout hook that will hold big fish. I like to use a number of different 4” swim bait combinations and any shad color or just plain white will do but I will play around with the colors to see what the bass want from day to day. The awesome part about an umbrella rig or an “A-rig” is that you can fish it at any depth with success. You can target the bass when they are hanging close to the bottom or suspended at depths in between. Having the right rod and reel combination for this rig is very important or you will be wore out from casting it in a very short amount of time. I use a Abu Garcia 7’6” or 7’11” heavy Villain 2.0 rod paired with an Abu Garcia Revo Rocket. This combination of long heavy rod and high gear ratio will make the arm work a lot easier on your fishing. I am also catching a few fish on the big flutter spoons still as well as a Santone Lures 5/8 oz football jig in black/blue or black/blue/purple with Berkley Havoc Pit Boss matching craw trailer. I have even been doing well with a Carolina rig during the warm weather spurts.

The shallow bite will start to take shape very soon as you begin to see the big bass start into their pre-spawn feeding ritual. One of the best patterns for targeting the shallow bass in 2-8 feet of water is the lipless crank bait. These big Texas bass have a hard time resisting these baits as they begin to feed up for the spawn. I like to use the 1/2 or 5/8 oz size in most situations but will often switch to a 1/4 or 3/4 oz depending on the amount of grass and water temperatures. Ripping these baits thru the shallows, especially around vegetation is a great way to catch the big ones. A suspending jerk bait is also a great choice. Main lake and secondary points leading into the major creeks are great areas to target. Water temperature is very important from now until the spawn, as it will dictate what areas are most productive for pre-spawn feeding activity. You will want to target the warmest water you can find. Once you locate a warming area that is holding fish, begin to slow down and fish the area thoroughly. I like to pick up a flippin rod and begin pitching a 3/8 or 1/2 oz Santone flippin jig to any visible cover in 8-14 feet for the big female staging bass. With the water levels high like they are this year most of the stumps are under water with very few visible targets to flip at. Under these conditons I will also take the same Santone football jig that that I am using out deep, except in the ½ oz size,  and drag it through these areas around the submerged timber. When the fish get finicky I will downsize my bait and opt for a smaller profile jig. The Santone Texas Finesse Jig in the 5/16 or 7/16 oz size combined with a Berkley Chigger Craw as a trailer in Bruiser, PB&J, or JC’s Spicy Craw colors is the perfect combination a big bite under slow conditons!

I hope this report helps you on your next trip. If you are headed to Lake Fork in pursuit of a trophy bass and are looking to book a guide, I would enjoy the opportunity to take you or your group fishing and show you a great time on Lake Fork. I will be taking trips to the power plant lakes Monticello and Welsh for the winter as well for some great hot water lake fishing while its cold. I also still have some dates available for spring and am already taking some summer reservations, which is an excellent time for fishing on Lake Fork as well. I also have gift certificates available for those of you that are interested in purchasing a friend or loved one a guided trip on Lake Fork. You can contact me to make your reservation at 903-736-9888 or send me an email at lakeforktrophybass@yahoo.com You can also visit my website for more information about Lake Fork and my guide service at www.officiallakeforktrophybass.com You can find me on Facebook and follow my official Lake Fork Guide page at https://www.facebook.com/lakeforkfishingguides

Also, while you are at the lake, be sure to stop by Diamond Sports Marine located on highway 154 just north of the bridge. They have all the new 2016 Ranger Boats already in stock. You will not want to miss the opportunity to check out the new Z series bass boats as well as the all-new Ranger aluminum series. These boats have some amazing features are definitely eye catchers! Give Fred a call at 903-383-7829 to set up your personal demo ride in a Ranger Boat.

I would like to thank all of my current 2016 sponsors for supporting my guide service on Lake Fork and as I fish the FLW tournaments this year as well: Ranger Boats, Mercury Outboards, Toyota, I Am Second, Leer, Lowrance, Power Pole, Berkley, Abu Garcia, Santone Lures, Carhartt, Costa Sunglasses, Interstate Batteries, and Elite Tungsten.

 

Psalm 147:11 – the LORD delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love.

 

Tight Lines & God Bless,

James Caldemeyer

 

James Caldemeyer Lake Fork Report & Pics 3/4/2014

March 4, 2014
I had the pleasure of taking Steve and his son-in-law, Bobby, fishing this past Saturday. It was a beautiful day and the fish were active. We had a lot of fun and caught some nice bass. Steve even managed to catch a real nice under that weighed 2.70 and measured 15 7/8.(last pic) Thanks Bobby and Steve for sharing the day with me!
The cold front is definitely going to knock em back a bit but as you can tell from the pics, these fish are about to bust loose and spawn. As the weather warms again late this week, look for Lake Fork to turn on quick! If you are headed to Lake Fork this month be sure to check out my current fishing reports and updated Lake Fork fishing info at
http://www.officiallakeforktrophybass.com/1.1.html

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Lake Fork Guide James Caldemeyer Lake Fork Report 2-20-2014

February 20, 2014

Lake Fork Guide James Caldemeyer

Trophy Bass Fishing Report

February 20, 2014

The weather is warming up and the big bass are on the move at Lake Fork this week. My clients and I have been having great success the past week or so and I expect it to get better and better over the next week. The water temperatures are finally back into the 50’s on most areas of the lake with some surface temps reaching the upper 50’s yesterday. This last very cold snap did do a number on a lot of the green hydrilla that we had growing in the creeks but there is still enough around to hold a number of big females staging in it. Search baits like a lipless crank bait, spinner bait, or chatter bait have been good for covering water and finding groups of fish in the grass. Most of the fish are holding in 2-6 feet of water on points, drains and ditches adjacent to spawning flats. Once you catch one or two, work the area thoroughly because there will be more bass there. We have also been catching some flipping timber along the creek channels in 8-12 feet. A black & blue Talon jig with a Berkley Chigger Craw is hard to beat this time of year for a giant bass. This next week should get very interesting if the warm weather continues so if you have been holding off because of the cold to head out to the lake, now is the time to start making plans to get out here. Lake Fork is going to get real good, real quick!

Please feel free to contact me if you are headed to Lake Fork this year and are looking for a guide, I would enjoy the opportunity to take you or your group fishing and show you a great time on Lake Fork. I still have a few dates still available but be sure to schedule your 2014 date soon as I fill up very fast! As always, I also have gift certificates available for those of you that are interested in purchasing a friend or loved one a guided trip on Lake Fork. You can contact me to make your reservation at 903-736-9888 or send me an email atlakeforktrophybass@yahoo.com You can also visit my website for more information about Lake Fork and my guide service at www.officiallakeforktrophybass.com You can also find me on Facebook and follow my official Lake Fork Guide page at https://www.facebook.com/lakeforkfishingguides

I would like to thank all of my 2014 sponsors for their support: Ranger Boats, Mercury Outboards, I Am Second, Interstate Batteries, Lowrance, Power Pole, Berkley, Abu Garcia, Talon Lures, Navionics, Simms, Costa Del Mar and Elite Tungsten.

Psalms 27:1

Tight Lines and God Bless,

James Caldemeyer

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 lakeforktrophybass@yahoo.com 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 www.officiallakeforktrophybass.com You can also keep up with me by joining my new Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/JamesCaldemeyersLakeForkTrophyBassGuideService?ref=hl  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

James Caldemeyer Lake Fork Report February 2013

February 8, 2013

James Caldemeyer’s
Lake Fork Trophy Bass
Monthly Fishing Report
February 2013
February is finally here on Lake Fork! With it brings some early signs of spring on the horizon.
It is a an absolutely awesome month to catch the fish of your dreams as some of the biggest bass in Lake Fork start to prepare for the annual spring spawn. I expect to see several Share Lunker Program bass brought in between now and the end of the spring spawn on Lake Fork. There was already one fish contributed from Lake Fork on December 12 by Gary Sims that weighed 15.02 lbs. This is exciting as we move into spring and the reality of fishing Lake Fork is that you could hook on of these giant bass on any given cast.
The lake is still in great shape despite low water levels. The lake is currently 4 feet low but I anticipate spring rains should raise Lake Fork some over the next few months. Water temperatures are back up into the low to mid fifties degree range after bottoming out in the 40’s during the month of January. There is still some grass growing in areas around the lake and could really burst out if we have water levels rise. The overall clarity of the lake is good with stained water mostly in the backs of some of the creeks and other windblown areas.
The primary patterns for bass this month revolve around their pre-spawn activity. As the water warms the fish will begin migrating into the creeks from the depths into the shallower water. I always stress to anglers that are coming to Lake Fork this time of year that water temperature is everything! Its important to be observant about the water temperature as you move around on the lake. Having great electronics like the Lowrance HDS Gen2 that I use helps. It will give you an accurate reading of surface temperatures and help you eliminate less productive water. The bass are generally going to focus on the warmest water that they can find and the fish in those areas are going to be the most active. I like to look for areas that temperatures are increasing daily. A good place to look first is in the creeks and pockets that are protected from the north. These areas do not cool as fast during a front and often times warm up quicker, especially the ones furthest north on the lake. If I am in temperatures between 52-56 degrees, I consider that ideal for pre-spawn bass activity. If it gets any warmer than that you can expect them to start spawning.
One of the best baits for targeting these pre-spawn Lake Fork bass are baits like the Sebile Flatt Shad or any other lipless crank bait in the 1/4-3/4 oz size range. Anything red on Lake Fork is always great but I like to mix it up with chrome, white, and some chartreuse colors also. Main lake points and secondary points are always great places to start. I like to fish these baits in the 2-8 foot depth range as many of the bass will be holding around shallow cover looking for a meal and often times just up there sunning themselves on a warmer day. If you can find clumps of vegetation those are best. The fish will lay in the hydrilla and smoke a lipless crank bait as it comes by! Some of the biggest fish of the year are caught this way. If you had the opportunity to watch the shows that I filmed with Honey Hole All Outdoors you can see the potential of February pre-spawn feeding frenzies on Lake Fork. Here is a link to the shows if you missed them:
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If you can’t get excited about fishing watching that, then it’s time to sell boat and give your rods to someone else! Lake Fork is going to be awesome this spring but the lipless crank bait isn’t the only way to go. You can also hammer a big one with a jig! These big female bass crave crawfish this time of year so anything that resembles one is fair game. I like to use a flipping model like the Talon jig in a 3/8 or 1/2 oz size. My favorite colors are black & blue, black/blue & purple, Bama bug, green pumpkin, and tx craw with a great matching trailer like the Berkley Powerbait Chigger Chunk or the

New Berkley Havoc Pit Chunk. You will find the jig fish out a little deeper until the water warms up. I usually find them on the points and channel bends in 8-14 feet of water. Having practiced your flipping or pitching technique all winter while you had cabin fever really pays off. These bass will be tight to cover so pitching your jig right directly next to a stump or dock as opposed to a foot away from it will mean the difference between bites or a lack thereof. Be persistent if you decide to pick up a jig and go after the big ones. It is often times a technique of fewer bites but it can pay off big! On a slower day or during a cold front I like to break out a jerk bait. My favorite is a smithwick rogue or the mega bass 110 in gold, pro blue, or clown colors. These baits worked slowly through the same areas can produce when nothing much else will.
There are some fish that are holding out deep but I seldom target those fish right now as I am focused on those that are ready to start making their move to the shallows in preparation for the spring spawn. If you like to fish out deeper you will find schools of fish in 25-32 feet of water. These bass usually go for a smaller more finesse approach like a drop shot, a small spoon, or tail kicker.
I am excited about this New Year and the bass fishing on Lake Fork! If you are thinking of coming out and would like to book a trip this spring, feel free to contact me before I fill up. I still have a few choice dates available and will work hard to put you on the fish of your dreams! You can contact me to book your trip by email at lakeforktrophybass@yahoo.com 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 http://www.officiallakeforktrophybass.com You can also keep up with me by joining my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/james.caldemeyer I just picked up my new 2013 Ranger Z520c and man is this new boat model awesome! I will definitely have some excited customers when they get to ride in this thing. Be sure to go by Diamond Sports Marine on Hwy 154 here at Lake Fork and see these new 2013 Ranger Boats. If you are in the market for a new boat this year and would like to take a test ride, feel free to contact me or the dealership at 903-383-7829 and we will get you out on the water 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 Sponors: Ranger Boats, Mercury Outboards, Berkley, I Am Second, Abu Garcia, Interstate Batteries, Lowrance, Talon Lures, Elite Tungsten, Hambys, Navionics, Simms, and Power Pole.
Psalms 100: 4-5 “Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.
Tight Lines and God Bless,
James Caldemeyer

Guide James Caldemeyer Lake Fork Report 11-27-2012ja

November 27, 2012

A few fish from Travis and Aaron’s day with me last week…






The big bass on Lake Fork are in a feeding up! The fishing has been awesome the last couple of weeks. Lake Fork is down at a little over 4 feet low but the water conditions are great. Lots of beautiful clear water and great water temps in the low 60’s for catching lots of bass. The bite has been great both shallow and deep. In the shallows I am throwing a square bill or lipless crank bait in any shad pattern in 2-6 ft of water. A white chatter bait or Berkley Hollow belly swim bait has also been great in the same areas on cloudy and windy frontal days. There are also a lot of fish out deep that are active right now. The big schools of shad and bar fish(yellow bass) are plentiful and the big Lake Fork bass are actively pursuing them as the water cools and they feel an urgency to feed up for winter. These fish are literally gorging themselves on everything in sight and it’s a whole lot of fun when you get on an active school of fish. Best depths to look for them to hanging out are 20-28 ft right now. My go to baits have been a Carolina rigged Berkley Havoc Hawk Hawg, Talon jigging spoons & football jigs, and Berkley Powerbait Swim shads.
Now is the time to head out to Lake Fork if you are in pursuit of a trophy bass before winter sets in. It’s a great time to have the lake to yourself with very little fishing pressure on the water. I still have some dates available if you decide to head out for some big fish fun. I will also be running some winter trips in December and January on Lake Monticello. These trips are a whole lot of fun and we have been catching lots of big bass there the past couple of winters. Also, don’t forget to book your spring reservations soon if you are thinking of planning a trip in 2013. My dates are already filling fast and you will not want to wait until the last minute for a guide or lodging. Feel free to contact me anytime at 903-736-9888 or send me an email lakeforktrophybass@yahoo.com You can also visit my website for more information on Lake Fork and my guide service at www.officiallakeforktrophybass.com
Be sure to stop by Diamond Sports Marine on Hwy 154 if you are in the area. The new 2013 Rangers are here and you’ll want to check them out. The “new” z520c is a site to see! Let Ben or Fred show you all the amazing features it has, or even better, get a test ride in one. You can reach them at 903-383-7829 for details about boats for sale or service related inquiries. A special thanks to all my sponsors… Ranger Boats, Mercury Outboards, I Am Second, Berkley, Abu Garcia, Lowrance, Power Pole, Interstate Batteries, Elite Tungsten, Navionics, Talon Lures, and Simms.

Psalms 100: 4-5 “Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.

Tight Lines and God Bless,
James Caldemeyer

Lake Fork Report by Guide James Caldemeyer 7-26-12

July 27, 2012

The summer fishing on Lake Fork has been GREAT for big fish and some occasional numbers days but the fishing has also been fairly inconsistent. One day you catch 12-15 fish and the next may yield 40 plus bass. This is not uncommon for summer time fishing though. I am targeting main lake points, ridges, road beds, and humps in 12-28 foot depths. There are a lot of bass suspended (especially early in the morning). Using my new Lowrance HDS Gen2 electronics has been essential in locating groups of fish. Deep diving crank baits like a DD22 or 6XD have been best on these fish as well as swim baits or Talon “Big Dandy” flutter spoons. When the fish start to get on bottom the Carolina rigged Berkley Havoc 6.25” Bottom Hopper worms or finesse worms have been best. I am rigging my 7’6” med hvy Abu Garcia Veritas rod and Revo reel up with 25 lb Trilene 100% fluorocarbon and a 1 oz Elite Tungsten weight on the main line and 17 lb four foot leader with a 3/0 wide gap hook. You can also count on the big ones to hit a Talon football head jig. I like the 3/4 or 1 oz sizes in watermelon candy, willies weed, or watermelon red colors right now. These hot summer days have the lake slowly dropping but the lake is still holding well at just under 3’ low. Water temps are ranging from 86-92 degrees. Start looking for large groups of fish schooling under any of the major lake bridges over the next few weeks. The fish are biting in spurts and you have to be in the right place at the right time to capitalize on the periods of feeding activity. You can just as easily have a real slow day as you can get into a feeding frenzy so stay ready even in the midst of the hottest parts of the day. It can really pay off! Thank you to all who attended the electronics seminar at Diamond Sports Marine. If you would like to learn more about reading your electronics I offer special instructional trips and now is a great time on the lake to learn deep structure sonar, structure scan, and down scan interpretation. I still have some summer dates available for those of you that would like to get out here this summer. I am also filling up fast for fall so get your reservations in now. Feel free to contact me by phone at 903-736-9888 or by email at lakeforktrophybass@yahoo.com You can also visit my website for more information about my guide service at www.officiallakeforktrophybass.com

Galatians 2:20

Tight Lines and God Bless,
James Caldemeyer

James Caldemeyer May Lake Fork Report

May 13, 2012

May has arrived and what a great month it is for trophy bass fishing on Lake Fork. The weather is warming and early summer patterns are starting to take shape. You can catch fish just about any way you want to right now which gives many anglers the opportunity to catch fish using their favorite baits. Whether its shallow water top waters, or deep structure Carolina rigs, to anything in between, you can have a blast catching lots of Lake Fork bass right now.
The lake level is currently right at 2’ low. Water clarity has been clear 2-3 ft in most mid lake to south areas with the exception of windy days stirring the water up in certain areas. The water up north remains fairly stained. Water temperatures are in the mid to upper 70’s. The warm weather is already setting in so it will be interesting to see what kind of summer this starts out to be. I pray that it is not as dry or hot as last summer.
The shallow fishing has been excellent early and late in the day. The shad have begun spawning on windy banks all over the lake and the bass are close behind them. Top water poppers, buzz baits, shallow crank baits, spinner baits like the Talon 3/8 oz Shibui, and 5-6” Berkley Hollow belly swim baits have all been very good fished from 2-6 ft depths. Anything shad with white on it or shad patterns is best. The action can be short in the morning so you have to get out early to take advantage of the action. Days with cloudy overcast skies can be outstanding all day long on this pattern.
Mid depth fishing in 10-18 ft has been real good also. There are still some fish staging to move up and spawn as well as others that are holding in these depths to feed up after spawning. Best areas in these depths to target are points, creek channel bends, roadbeds, and humps. You can also catch these fish on a number of different baits. Deep diving crank baits in shad or bream patterns are great. The jig and Carolina rig also get the nod. I have been using a 5/8 oz Talon football head or the new Talon Roto-Rooter. Putting your favorite plastics such as a Berkley Havoc Pit Boss or your favorite craw trailer has been very effective. Green pumpkin, Big Texan, California and watermelon red have been the best colors.
As the bass move out from spawning you will find them starting to gang up on real deep structure areas. These bass are hungry in numbers and man is it fun when you get on a big school of them. I rely on my new Lowrance HDS Gen2 electronics to show me where these fish are at and how they are relating in the water column. It really makes it hard for them to hide! Deep humps, roadbeds, points, and ridges in 18-24 ft have been where they are holding. Some days they are on slow gradual breaks and other days they are on the steeper drops. Once I have established a nice school of fish with my electronics I am breaking out several different baits according to depth the fish are in. For suspended bass I am fishing deep diving crank baits and swim baits. Any shad pattern will do. Cranking these baits down to the fish or yo yo retrieving them through the school can draw some big bites! When the fish are on the bottom I am quickly picking up my Abu Garcia Veritas rod and Revo MGX combo. I like to fish with a 7-7’6” medium heavy rod spooled with 25 lb Trilene 100% fluorocarbon and a 17 lb leader. I use a long leader that is usually 4-5 ft in length. A 1oz Elite Tungsten weight is mandatory for me and my clients. If you have not ever used tungsten for your rigs you might want to try them out as there is a huge difference in sensitivity and I believe the tungsten weight makes a more appealing sound to the fish which in turn draws curiosity to the area you are dragging your bait. The tungsten is also a lot smaller so it is not as bulky as lead and less likely to get hung up. I have been rigging a 4/0 hook and Berkley Power Worm or Havoc Bottom Hopper in blue fleck or watermelon candy. The Talon football head jig is awesome this time of year in these same areas. I opt for the ¾- 1oz size out in these deep areas. Best colors are PB&J, green pumpkin, watermelon candy, and willies weed. I like to use a twin tail grub like the Berkley Havoc Deuce in matching color as a trailer.
Good luck to all the tournament anglers headed out this month for the big tournaments. I hope this helps you in your quest on Lake Fork for a trophy bass. If you are interested in coming out for some big bass action this spring or would like to just take an instructional trip to learn about electronics, seasonal patterns, or some new techniques on Lake Fork this summer, contact me anytime. I still have a few dates available and want to remind anyone that is considering reservations with me contact me as soon as possible. I book up extremely fast so get your 2012 date now before my schedule is full. You can reach me by phone at 903-736-9888 or drop me an email at lakeforktrophybass@yahoo.com You can also visit my websites for more information about trophy bass fishing on Lake Fork www.officiallakeforktrophybass.com or www.jamescaldemeyer.com
Again, a big thanks to all my sponsors: Ranger Boats, Mercury Outboards, I AM SECOND, Berkley, Abu Garcia, Interstate Batteries, Lowrance, Power Pole, Hamby’s, Talon Lures, Line & Lure Conditioner, BTS Protectant, Navionics, Oakley, Sure Life, and Elite Tungsten.
Isaiah 41:10 – So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Tight Lines and God Bless, James Caldemeyer
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