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LAKE FORK WEEKLY FISHING REPORT

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 bassmr@geusnet.com.  Have a great fishing week.

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LAKE FORK WEEKLY FISHING REPORT

November 3, 2016

 

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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. ☺

 

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LAKE FORK WEEKLY FISHING REPORT

October 21, 2016

LAKE FORK WEEKLY FISHING REPORT

FROM:  J & M Guide Service

DATES:  10 – 16 October 2016

It was a very busy week here on Lake Fork.  We were busy getting ready for the Berkley Bass Tournament.  Berkley, Bass Champs and Lake Fork Marina made the tournament a huge success.  The big Bass for over the slot was a nice 10.15 pound Bass with a 2.95 pound Bass taking the honors for the fish under the slot. The weather remained good all weekend and the water temperatures remained constant in the low to middle 70’s.  The top water bite is getting fairly consistent and both the Texas rig and wacky rig worm bite remaining good.  The Berkley blue fleck power worm has been really good this week on the Texas rig and the Zoom watermelon/red Zoom trick worm is still working on the wacky rig.  Now for the zoom watermelon/red trick worm, make sure you dye the tail chartreuse and put a little nail in the head to get the worm down into the Hydrilla.  For our equipment list for the week, we continued to use the Duckett Ghost rods and the ABU Garcia Orra SX reels lined with Stren 17 pound test line.  

The White bass are getting more active as the water temperatures continue to get cooler.  This week we caught them on Joe Spaits chrome with red eyes ½ ounce Flash Tail spoon.  They have moved up in the water column to 18 to 22 foot of water.

The Crappie fishing gets better each week.  Several really good Crappies were taken on jigs and jig/minnow combination.  We found them in 11 to 18 foot of water over brush piles.

The Catfish fishermen had a lot of fun this week. Numerous good Catfish were taken in 22 to 26 foot of water around baited trees.  Punch bait was the bait of choice this week.  

Lake Fork Marina hosted the Berkley Bass Tournament this past weekend.  Ken, Dana and the whole staff did another great job of setting up and supporting the complete tournament.  Great Job folks!  Their newly remolded Tackle Shop is well stocked with all the latest tackle, Duckett rods and ABU Garcia reels.  Stop in and see the entire new product lines they have to offer.

Well finally all the major tournaments are over with for this year and we can get down to some serious Bass fishing.  I have several days open for the rest of the fall and winter for guided Bass, White Bass and Crappie trips.  Give us a call at: (903) 413-6919 or E-mail us at: bassmr@geusnet.com .  Have a great fishing week and keep a tight line.

 

LAKE FORK WEEKLY FISHING REPORT

September 21, 2016

J & M Guide Service

DATES:  12 – 18 September 2016

It was very warm this week here at Lake Fork.  Due to the warm air temperatures the water temperature also rose back to 88 -89 degrees.  However, with the large amounts of Hydrilla starting to show up in the creeks, the creeks are starting to clear up.  One of my clients asked me, why does the Hydrilla look brown?  Here is the answer to that; the Hydrilla acts as a filtering system in the water.  Take a piece of Hydrilla that looks brown and run your hand down it, you will find out it is green underneath.  The Big Bass Splash is now over.  It took an 11.18 pound Bass to win the top prize in the over the slot category and a 2.59 Bass to win in the under the slot category.  Congratulation to both the anglers!  The pattern did not change much this week.  A Zoom chartreuse/pumpkin trick worm rigged wacky style was the top producer in the Hydrilla and the best water depth was 3 to 4 feet.   The Zoom watermelon/red Mag II worm worked very well in the thick pads.  The Rattle Trap bite did fall off this week due to the warmer water temperatures.  For equipment list this week we continued to use Duckett rods and ABU Garcia reels lined with Stren 17 pound test line.  Zoom worm products was our best producers.

With the water temperatures back in the upper 80’s the White Bass fishing continued to be slow.  When you found them, the Joe Spaits chrome with red eyes and the white with black stripe Flashtail ½ ounce spoon worked really well.  The moved back in to 28 to 32 foot of water.

The Crappie fishing was good this week.  Look for them in 20 foot of water over and around brush piles.   The minnow rig is still the best way to put good Crappies in the boat.

No Catfish report this week due to the Big Bass Splash.

With the Berkley tournament just around the corner, Lake Fork Marina has gotten a very large shipment of Berkley product in.  You might want to check out the Tightline UV products also.  The Tightline products are changing the complete Bass fishing Industry.  

Yes the Berkley and Bass Cat Tournaments are quickly approaching.  We have a few days open for guided bass trips to help get ready for the tournaments.  Give us a call at: (903) 413-6919 or E-mail us at: bassmr@geusnet.com .  Have a great fishing week!

J & M Guide Service – LAKE FORK WEEKLY FISHING REPORT

August 17, 2016

 

DATES:  1 – 7 August, 2016

It was another hot week here at Lake Fork.   With the air temperatures in the 100+ range this week the water temperatures reached 92 to 95 degrees.  The water clarity continues to improve in the main lake area and even in the back of some creeks.  The evaporation rate continues to take its toll on the lake level with the lake now being down about a foot.  What that means is some of our stump Bass ☺ are starting to show up.  Please be careful where you are running!  The other issue is the dehydration factor.  Guys and gals please drink plenty of fluids to keep yourself hydrated which will help you catch more fish here at Lake Fork.  The Bass could still be caught in 16 to 20 foot of water using a Carolina rig or you can move into 3 to 5 foot of water and use a wacky rig.  We continued to use Lake Fork Trophy Lures chartreuse/pepper ring fry on our Carolina rigs.  We also continued using the chartreuse/pumpkin Zoom trick worm rigged wacky style to catch good numbers of fish up to 6.5 pounds.  Don’t forget to put a nail in the head of the wacky worm is get it down into the grass and pads.  Our better fish came after lunch in the heat of the day.  If you can stand the heat the Bass will bite!  Duckett Ghost rods and ABU Garcia Orra SX reels did all the work for us again this week.

The White Bass remain scattered out on main lake points and creek bends.  If you can find a brush pile on a creek bend that will really help you.  24 foot of water is the key factor.  Yes, use a Joe Spaits chrome and chartreuse flutter spoon.

The Crappie fishing was slow again this week.  The 515 bridges are your best bet and use the good ole minnow rig to fill you your plate with.

Now for the Catfish report.  Just continue baiting trees in 28 to 30 foot of water and you will get bit all day and all night, use punch bait.  A few trout line fishermen are having success using cut bait.  

While you are at beautiful Lake Fork, you need to stop in at Lake Fork Marina and check out their newly remodeled tackle store.  New product is coming in every day and you really need to check out the upstairs portion and see the new clothes product lines.

Yes it is hot!  But we are booking Bass and White Bass guide trips all throughout this month.  Don’t  forget that the Big Bass Splash is coming up, so if you need help getting ready for it give us a call at: (903) 413-6919 or E-mail us at: bassmr@geusnet.com.  Keep a tight line and have a safe fishing week.

J & M Guide Service Weekly Fishing Report

July 6, 2016

DATES:  28 June – 3 July 2016

Summer is here in full swing.  The water temperatures are in the upper 80’s to the lower 90’s.  The water clarity in most parts of the lake is stained to heavily stained.   The Bass are feeding in the early morning hours in 3 to 5 feet of water and then about 0800 they are moving into 12 to 20 feet of water.  The top water action has been limited in the early mornings but it has been offset by the wacky worm bite.  Look for isolated clumps of grass and throw past the clumps then work the wacky worm right into the grass. We found that the Zoom chartreuse/pepper trick worm rigged wacky style worked the best.   After 0800 move out into deeper water and use a Carolina rig.   This week I found that 12 to 14 foot of water was the best water depth, though the 20 foot level still produced a few fish.   One thing we did do a little different on our Carolina rig was change from a Zoom Baby Brush Hog to a Lake Fork Trophy Lures chartreuse/pepper Hyper Stick.  Great bait!!!  We continued to use Duckett rods and ABU Garcia Orra SX reels lined with Stren Original 17 pound test line.

The White Bass have moved into deeper water (24 to 28 foot).   We used Joe Spaits Flashtail silver with red eyes jigging spoon; it seemed to work the best.  I did notice that the bite is very light.  So expect to miss a few.  By the way, once in a while you will get a very large surprise—a largemouth Bass.  They out with the White Bass feed on the small White Bass.

The Crappie this week were a different story.  For some reason they were scattered out all over the lake.   We had to hunt for them, even under the bridges.  Minnows were the best bet to catch them.   There have been some complaints of the Crappie minnows dying quickly after they hit the 90 degree water.  Here is what is happening.  When you buy your minnows they are kept in tanks that have controlled water temperatures of 68 to 75 degrees.  When they hit the 90 degree lake water temperatures it stresses them to the max and they don’t last as long as you might like.  Keep aerators on in you minnow buckets and that will help a little.

The Catfish fishermen continued to have a good week.  They were catching them around baited trees in 26 foot of water.  The bait of choice was punch bait.

Lake Fork Marina has a good selectin of Zoom Trick Worms and minnows for you fishermen.  Don’t for get to pick up plenty of water because as the air temperature goes up so does the dehydration rate.  Stay Hydrated!

Now that I am back from vacation I am taking bookings for July and August for Bass, White Bass and Crappie trips.   Give us a call at: (903) 413-6919 or E-mail us at: bassmr@geusnet.com.  Have a great fishing week and stay haydrated.

LAKE FORK WEEKLY FISHING REPORT

June 20, 2016

FROM:  J & M Guide Service

DATES:  12 – 19 June 2016

It was good to be back at Lake Fork this week.  I have been down in Longview, TX, doing the summer boat show with Nichols Marine.  The lake is at full pool and the water is stained over most of the lake.   The water temperatures are 85 to 86 in most parts of the lake.  The Bass fishing has been fair due to the damn having two to three gates open.  You might ask why I bring this up, well these are Florida strain Bass and they “do not” like the current that is caused by the gates of the damn being open.  They are supposed to close them in the morning.  Several patterns worked this week, to include Carolina rigging, small crankbaits, jigging spoons and wacky worms.  The bait that we used on our Carolina rigs was our ole standby, watermelon/red Zoom Baby Brush Hog with chartreuse dyed tails.  We used Strike King 1.5 crankbaits early in the mornings.  Gizzard shad pattern worked the best!  Two patterns worked in the afternoon, spoons and wacky worms.  We moved in and fished the grass in the early afternoons with a chartreuse/pepper Zoom trick worm rigged wacky style.  You had to really work it slow!  The most productive pattern was by using Joe Spaits ½ ounce white with a black stripe Flashtail jigging spoon in 12 to 19 foot of water over brush piles.  Hang on! ☺   Tools for success this week continued to be Duckett Ghost rods and ABU Garcia Orra SX reels spooled with Original Stren 17 pound test line.  A deadly combination!

The White Bass were eating anything silver in the water.  We were very successful by using Joe Spaits Chrome with red eyes ½ ounce Flashtail jigging spoon in 20 to 24 foot of water on top of brush piles.   Take the kids out, they will have a ball.

The Crappie are finally showing up at the bridges in good numbers and size.  We used chartreuse/pink 1/8 ounce Crappie jigs and down sized our lines to 4 pound test.  However, with that being said, our best Crappie came off of brush piles in 19 to 22 foot of water.

You Catfish fishing folks are missing it if you are not at Lake Fork right now.  Good numbers and sizes are being caught both at night and during the day.  Punch bait still is the bait of choice around baited trees in 26 to 28 foot of water.  Have fun!

Now that outside air temperatures are reaching the upper 90’s every day you must be aware of dehydration.  Please drink plenty of water throughout the day.  If you forget your water or just simply need water and ice make sure you stop into Lake Fork Marina tackle shop and pick up it up.  While you are in the Lake Fork tackle shop make sure you check out the good selection to the Duckett rods.

I am on vacation the 20 through the 28 of June but we will be taking bookings for Bass, Crappie and White Bass trips for July.  Give us a call at (903) 413-6919 or E-mail us at: bassmr@geusnet.com .  Have a great fishing week and fish slowly and keep a tight line.  

LAKE FORK WEEKLY FISHING REPORT May 2016

May 24, 2016

 J & M Guide Service

This week was a good week of fishing here at Lake Fork.  The water temperatures were in the upper 70’s to the low 80’s.  The water clarity continues to get better every day.  The Bass fishing was just fare this week.  The wacky rig and the Carolina rig were the most constant fish producers!  On the wacky rig we used the watermelon/red Zoom Trick worm and dyed the tail chartreuse.  On the Carolina rig we used the watermelon/red Zoom Baby Brush Hog with the tails dyed chartreuse.  The wind precluded us from doing much deep water fishing.  When we were able to move out on the points, the Carolina rig worked the best.  Our rod and reel combination this week continues to be Duckett rods and ABU Garcia Orra SX reels with Stren 17 pound test line.

The White Bass continued to be attacking Joe Spaits ½ ounce chrome Flashtail spoon.  There are on just about on every hump from 19 to 25 foot of water.  Take the kids out and let them have fun catching them.

The Crappie fishing this week was fare this.  The better Crappie were taken on straight minnow rigs in 14 to 16 foot of water.  A few good Crappies were taken under the bridges when the wind would let you stay out in the deep water.

The Catfish fishing was on fire this week again.  Numerous good Catfish were being taken in 24 to 26 foot of water on punch bait.  The key continues to be baited trees.

The Lake Fork Marina tackle shop has a great selection of Duckett rod and ABU Garcia reels.  While in the Lake Fork Marina tackle shop make sure you check out the Strike King 1.5, 6XD and 10XD crankbaits.  

The Skeeter Tournament is just around the corner.  Here at J & M Guide Service we have a few open days for guided Bass fishing trips to help you get ready for the tournament.  Give us a call at (903) 413-6919 or E-mail us at:  bassmr@geusnet.com .  Have a great fishing week and keep a tight line!

LAKE FORK WEEKLY FISHING REPORT

May 10, 2016

LAKE FORK WEEKLY FISHING REPORT

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: bassmr@geusnet.com .  Have a great fishing week.  “Take a child fishing this week”.

LAKE FORK WEEKLY FISHING REPORT

March 17, 2016

FROM:  J & M Guide Service

 6 – 12 March 2016

This week was a very wet week.  We saw almost 6 inches of rain and the lake came up to 1 and a 1/2 foot over full pool.  The water clarity remained heavily stained to muddy over most of the lake.   The water temperatures remained in the lower 60’s and the Bass were on the move into their spawning areas.   We caught a lot of small fish but a few between the 7 to 9 pound range.  The spinner bait, jig and fluke bite was the best for us this week. The Spinner bait of choice was a 3/8 ounce with a chartreuse/white/orange skirt, gold Colorado blades with a fire perch color Lake Fork Trophy Lures “Live” Magic Shad as a trailer.  “Great combination”!  Our jig combination was a ½ ounce jig with and Zoom Brush Hog as a trailer.  I take a full size watermelon red Brush Hog and pinch the top half off just below the wings and put the bottom half on the jig as a trailer.  One more trick, I dye the tails of the Brush Hog chartreuse.  The Zoom fluke was a great fish catcher this week.  We used the watermelon red fluke and dyed the tail chartreuse.  We rigged it split shot style.  Our rod and reel combination this continued to be Duckett rods and ABU Garcia Orra SX reels, spooled with Stren 17 pound test line.

The White Bass are starting to move up the creeks to spawn.  They can be found in 6 to 8 foot of water staging in front of sandy flats getting ready to move in to spawn.  Minnow rigs are the best way to catch them for the next few weeks.

Ok you Crappie fishermen, the Crappie are moving into the shallow water in the creeks to spawn.  They are in just about every creek on the lake and are really easy to catch with a minnow rig.  Have fun!

Lake Fork Marina has a great selection of Zoom baits, Duckett rods and spinner baits.  So when you are a t beautiful Lake Fork, make sure stop in and say hello and pick up all of your latest tackle needs.  You Crappie fishermen you can get the best minnows on the lake at the friendly Lake Fork Marina.

The Bass spawn is on!  I have a few open days in March and April for guided Bass and Crappie trips.  So give me a call at (903) 413-6919 or E-mail us at: bassmr@geusnet.com .  Have a great fishing week.