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Lake Fork Guide List

December 15, 2016


  1. Larry Barnes 903-765-3858
  2. Gerald Boudreaux 225-573-0513
  3. James Caldemeyer 903-736-9888
  4. Rick Carter 903-765-3474/c903-850-4007
  5. Tony Clark 903-473-3956
  6. Rick Collis 903-473-8820
  7. Sam Cotton 903-268-3399
  8. Brian Duplechain 903-574-9442
  9. Tom Evans 903-383-3059
  10. Skeeter Fowler 903-292-9659
  11. Eddy Garrett 972-979-4850
  12. Johnny Glass c214-632-9200
  13. Tyler Gottiva 918-633-4589
  14. Andrew Grills 903-638-1170
  15. Johnny Guice 972-800-3882
  16. Jeff Gunn 903-765-2155
  17. Don Hampton 903-383-7748
  18. Heath Hardwick 903-440-2358
  19. James Henderson 214-864-2469
  20. Zach Hughes 972-979-4163
  21. Randy Hutto 903-975-0037
  22. Jason Hoffman 903-456-3691
  23. Chuck Justice 580-889-6742
  24. Jay Kendrick 214-566-8360
  25. Jeff Kitchens 903-649-3354
  26. Stan Kuhn 903-383-2921
  27. Larry Large 903-765-2548
  28. Billy Lawson 903-519-4542
  29. Robert Littlejohn 903-292-9929
  30. Larry Lovell 903-473-1555
  31. Rick Loomis 903-383-3050
  32. Cody Malone 254-722-9031
  33. Richard McCarty 903-383-2864
  34. Michael McFarland 602-826-1524
  35. Marc Mitchell 903-438-0266
  36. Phillip Montano 903-343-6268
  37. Mike Moody 903-474-1244
  38. Terri Moon 903-383-7773 crappie
  39. John Morris 903-413-6919
  40. James Niggemeyer 903-312-0780
  41. Randy Oldfield 903-962-3056
  42. David Ozio 409-782-4269
  43. Mark Pack  903-569-1923/c 903-520-8085
  44. Gary Paris 903-763-2801
  45. Pep Pepmiller 214-663-6683
  46. J.W. Peterson 214-236-3320
  47. Chuck Pratt 903-882-9038
  48. Josh Priest  903-474-4990
  49. Jim Purdy 972-495-6073
  50. Jim Range  214-938-7155
  51. Brooks Rogers 903-878-2727/c 903-780-0680
  52. George Rule 214-202-6641  catfish
  53. Thurman Selman  972-345-9370
  54. Dave Settle 903-440-0044
  55. Doug Shampine  940-902-3855
  56. Dennis Sheley 903-629-3826
  57. Dan Silcox 903-765-3611/903-780-6595
  58. Whitt Smith  972-743-2046
  59. Gene Snider 9103-638-1868
  60. Barbara Stevenson 903-765-3120
  61. Mark Stevenson 903-765-3120
  62. Dale Stokes 903-850-5319
  63. David Strahan 903-850-8511
  64. Dean Stroman 903-383-7214
  65. “Stubby” Stubblefield 817-366-5492  Catfish,Crappies
  66. John Tanner 903-763-0338/ 903-569-7451
  67. Tommy Tatom 903-497-6994
  68. Jim Taylor 903-355-4176 catfish
  69. Pappy Terrell   903-850-1113 crappies
  70. David Vance 903-629-7699
  71. Ricky Vandergriff 903-530-2201
  72. Ray Vereen 972-849-2685
  73. Lance Vick 903-312-0609
  74. Andrew Vineyard 214-684-3985
  75. Greg West 214-557-0135
  76. Richie White 903-439-2266/903-383-2725
  77. James Williams 903-878-2676
  78. Brad Williams 903-355-1464 crappie
  79. Eric Wright 972-757-7947


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.

John Tanner Lake Fork Report December 2008

December 20, 2008

This week here at the great Lake Fork the fishing has made some changes and the winter time patterns are starting to lock in. The water temps have been in the 50’s now for a while and a good population of larger fish have moved to the shallows and will spend the winter there. These fish will hang out in the hydrilla beds that have deeper water close by. Main lake points, secondary points and large flats with healthy stands of the green stuff are good places to fish. This may seem odd to some of you who are thinking most of the larger bass spend the winter months out in deep water. However in lakes like Lake Fork that have a good amount of hydrilla, a lot of good sized bass love to spend the colder months in the comfort of this plush green vegetation that holds such a great amount of food and shelter. The same is true for other lakes that are blessed with weed beds like this. Sam Rayburn, Toledo Bend here in Texas and Lake Qauchita in ARK are other good lakes that hold a lot of shallow fish in the winter due to the hydrilla beds. These are great fisheries but do not have the number of monster bass like we are blessed with here at Lake Fork. When the larger fish start showing up in the shallow weeds as the water cools, a great bait and probably the most popular choice is a red or crawfish colored lipless crank bait. These baits cover a lot of water and generate a good number of reaction strikes out of the bass when ran over the top of the hydrilla. Berkley Frenzy and rattle traps are good Or for more booking info click on the trip info section and for a look at some happy folks holding their Lake Fork Trophies be sure and click on all of the photo pages.DSM and see Ben Hogan to schedule a test ride in a Ranger. They are awesome and still built one at a time. Tell em tanner sent ya !Good fishin and God Bless,
John and Robin Tanner

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How do you run a lipless crankbait over the grass with out getting tangled you ask? Well that is the idea. As you are running the bait over the weeds and you feel it start to get hung , rip the bait free with a snap of the wrist and keep reeling. As the lure rips free and deflects off of the weeds , that is when ole big mama will take a wack at your crank bait. It is a blast to say the least! This time of year you may not catch as many fish as you would say in the summer months but every bite you get is usually a quality bite. That’s what I love about fish Lake Fork in the winter months, December, January and February. This time of year is also a good time to fish a jig or even a jerk bait. The jig is good while fish around trees on the edges of the grass and along the creek channels. While flipping the wood I like to use the 3/8 or ½ ounce Talon Jig in black brown or PB&J colors. On the grass edges I like to drag the ½ ounce Talon football head jig in the same colors. On the jerk bait the Lucky Craft pointers are good in chartreuse shad and American shad colors as well as the trusty ole Rogues. Fish the jerk bait over the deeper grass tops and dead stick it as much as you can between rips. Now where is all of this hydrilla you ask? Well there is a ton of places to fish here on Lake Fork that have it. But, here is a little tip. While you are running the lake keep your eyes peeled for big flocks of coots feeding along the shorelines. These guys usually hang out over a weed bed. Stop and if you see them diving down and pulling up strands of the weeds pull in there and start fishing. Turn on your Lowrance and see hoe deep the grass is growing and fish the edges of it. I have found a lot of good fishing holes like this not only here on Lake Fork but on other lakes where I was searching for hydrilla. In last January’s issue of Bassmaster magazine I did a feature article with Wade Bourne on this style if fishing. I know it has been a while back but if you still have that issue on your arsenal dig it out and give it a look. The article was titled pattern of the month. It has some other good info on fishing the grass this time of year. But what about the deep fish ? Well you can still catch some deep ones on spoons, tail kicker type baits, drop shots as well as deep running swim baits. They don’t all move shallow, but day in and day out I like my odds better while fishing the grass this time of year especially when the water temps hit the low 50’s and below and I am looking for big fish. Tackle tip: The best rig I have found for cranking the grass with a lipless crank bait is a 7 ft medium heavy Shimano Crucial Cranking rod along with a Shimano Chronarch reel or one of the new Curados either spooled with Gamma 14 to 16 pound Edge flouro carbon line. Well hopefully these angling tips will help you catch more and bigger fish this winter. While everyone is out there deer hunting you can be here fishing for the big ones. Speaking of big ones you know it is share a lunker time from now until the end of April. That being said the Lake Fork Chamber of Commerce is putting on a fishing tournament that last through the share a lunker season. Go to or for details. Or if you are by Lake Fork Marina go in the bait shop and ask them about it. It is pretty cool ! Remember to dress accordingly this time of year and always wear your life jackets. We pulled a couple of guys out of the lake last year about this time and man it was a close one for both of them. I got my hands on one of them as he was starting to go down. If they would have been wearing their life vest it would have been not such a close call. Gear Tip :For some awesome winter fishing gear go to I have been wearing their gear for a couple years now and I can tell you that they make the warmest and the most water proof clothing available. Good Fishing if you are headed this way. If you are interested in booking a trip with us here on Lake Fork call us toll free at 1-800-865-2282 or drop us a line at

While you are in the area be sure and go by and visit Diamond Sports Marine our local Ranger Boat dealer. They carry a full line of Ranger Boats powered by Yamaha outboards. I just got my 09 model Z-21 rigged with a Yamaha series 2 250 hp recently and I love it. Go by

Please pray for our country and our troops and their families as they sacrifice for our freedom. Also continue to pray for my mom Peggy Tanner and Bobby Renfro as they battle health problems. Thank you for your prayers and remember Jesus is the reason for the season ! Read Luke 2 :1-14.

Jimmy Everett Lake Fork Report 12-13-07

December 13, 2007

Winter time fishing seems to be hear on Fork. With the weather changing so much come to Fork prepaid for anything. The deep bite has definitely been the best for numbers and overall size. There are still plenty of fish running the shallows in the grass beds located on the main lake and creeks.

My shallow water bite has been mainly covering water till I find a stretch of grass that is holding several fish. I have only been throwing a lipless crank bait for the last few days. My best colors have ranged from gold/black, chrome/blue, and any craw patterned bait with orange in it. I am throw these across grass beds on a constant retrieve with a slight twitch in the throughout the cast. The best thing to do is put the trolling motor on and cover water.

Start looking more at your creek channels in the back of creeks from 6 to 12 feet of water for some good fish. A black/blue/purple or watermelon/red 1/2ounce Strike Works Wood Jig. Flip and pitch to every piece of cover along the creek and pay attention because some of the bites are a little light and maybe just some line movement.

For that deep water action tie up a Carolina rig, a drop shot, a swim bait, and a 6 inch spoon for some good action. Turn on your graph and start graphing those deep water humps, points, ridges, and roadbeds in 20 to 35 feet of water. Look for the bass, barfish, and or shad grouped up in small areas. Once these are located this is the time to break out the tackle. For the fish near the bottom or on the bottom pick up the rig or the drop shot. My best baits for the rig will be a Zoom Super Fluke or a Gary Yamamoto Lizard and once again in the green, browns, and pumpkins with chartreuse dyed tails. Work these baits slowly along the bottom with short pauses for most of your bites. The fish are mainly feeding when found like this so the bites tend to be easy to feel. If the fish you find on your graph seem to be bunched up off the bottom, such as suspended fish, try throwing the swim baits or spoon in a shad or chrome patter through the middle of the school. The best methods I have found are the count down or a cast past the fish and try to bring it through them.

 Good luck on the water and be safe,
Guide Jimmy Everett

Tom Redington Lake Fork Guide Report December 3rd 2007

December 3, 2007

With cooler nights and shorter days, the bass at Lake Fork are settling into late fall and winter patterns. With a week of 60s and 70s forecasted, now’s a good time to avoid the crowds at Fork and enjoy some good fall fishing. As the water cools, numbers start to run lower on average, although you can catch a boatload of fish on the right days. While numbers start to decline, big fish become more common and will only continue to increase as we move towards the spawn in March and April. Go fishing after several days of stable weather, especially right before a front, and you’ll be able to catch big bass in deep or shallow water this month.

With the holidays just around the corner, I do have gift certificates available for those looking for a present for their angling buddies. 2007 has been a fantastic year on Fork, benefiting from ample rains and a full lake. With prespawn starting in late-December, it won’t be long until my favorite lunker time of the year is here, January through March. And with the lake in such good shape, Fork should be awesome in ’08.

Lake Conditions: Fork is 5” below full pool right now, currently reading 402.58’ and dropping very slowly. The lake is full of aquatic vegetation, with a deep weedline anywhere from 8’ to about 15’. The main lake is clear, while the creeks are ranging from clear to stained. Water temps are general holding in the mid-50s, good wintertime water temps for Fork.

Location Pattern: Depending on the conditions, the bite may be best in shallow grass or on deep structure. Early and late and all day on cloudy and windy days are typically the best times for the shallow grass bite. When the sun gets up, concentrate on the deep weed edge in 8’ to 15’ and creek channels running through grass flats in large coves. You’ll find fish over the flats more after warming trends, while fronts typically drive them more towards the creek channels or into thick deep grass. Most fish are in groups, so you’ll fish for a while without getting a bite, and then catch several in a small area. When the shallow bite is off, concentrate on main lake structure in 14’ to 40’. Find the schools of yellow bass and the big largemouth will be with them. Normally, you’ll find the fish schooling shallower on windy and cloudy days, while it’s not uncommon to catch fish on Fork in the wintertime in 38’ or deeper on sunny days after a front.

Presentation Pattern: As the water cools, I start to limit the variety of baits that I throw, sticking with key lures and working areas thoroughly. In the shallows, ½ oz chrome, red or crawfish colored lipless crankbaits and ½ oz white spinnerbaits are my top choice for finding fish. When they won’t chase, slow down with a suspending jerkbait and you’ll trigger inactive bass. Once I’ve found a school, weightless rigged Magic Shads and Live Magic Shads or wacky rigged Twitch worms in shades of watermelon are catching fish best. For bigger fish, a 1/2 oz blue bruiser Mega Weight jig with a matching Fork Craw trailer is your best bet when pitched to the deep weed edge or stumps along the creek channel. Out deep, Twitch Worms in watermelon or green pumpkin work well on drop shots, as do Carolina rigged Baby Ring Frys, when bass are located on the bottom. Both of these techniques will produce numbers of bass as well as the occasional big fish. For the suspended bass, I start with Lake Fork Tackle’s new big Fork Flutter Spoon in the Yellow Bass or Magic Shad colors. These catch fewer yellow bass and are great for catching really big bass. If the bass are finicky and won’t hit the big spoons, switch to ½ oz spoons and 1 oz tail spinners and you’ll catch some largemouth and lots of yellow bass with these.

Boat for Sale: My 2007 Ranger Z21 boat is now for sale and I’ve reduced the price. I picked it up in late October of last year and it is fully loaded, rigged with a 250 HP Yamaha with a 5 year warranty. It’s value priced and will save you over $10,000 off the cost of a new boat. For more details and pics of the boat, please check my website ( or drop me a note.

Website Update: My December fishing article on choosing the right hook has been added to my website: . In addition, I’ve added a discussion forum to my website. It’s new, and I’m hoping it will be a great place to find out more information about fishing Lake Fork and my services. Feel free to join the discussion at:

Mexico Update: Fishing is off to a very fast start for the 2007-2008 season at Lake Baccarac, with lots of fish over 10 lbs being caught. All Mexico lakes go through boom and bust cycles and Baccarac is certainly peaking right now. I’m also working with a new lodge at Lake Guerrero. The new owners are very friendly and put customer service first, while offering very low rates for such a clean resort. If you’re headed to Guerrero this year, let me know and I can put you in touch with them. For more info on a trip to Mexico, please check out my website: .

Here’s hoping you catch the lunker of your dreams. If I can be of assistance, please contact me at 214-683-9572 (days) or 972-635-6027 (evenings) or e-mail me through , where your satisfaction is guaranteed.

Good Fishing,