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Gandy Lure Co.

April 3, 2016

If you are a fan of hand made lures you got to check this video out. Gandy Lures can be found at Lake Fork Marina

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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

 

John Morris Weekly Lake Fork Report 2-21-14

February 22, 2014

LAKE FORK WEEKLY FISHING REPORT

FROM:  J & M Guide Service

DATE:  15 – 21 February 2014

Well the boat shows are over and it was time for me to get back to work.  This week we saw the air and water temperatures start to rise.  The water temperatures climbed into the mid to upper 50’s and the Bass started to bite.   They were chasing red Rattle Traps and chartreuse and white spinner baits and chatter baits.  A few good fish were being caught on black and blue jigs with a black and blue craw used as a trailer.  We found our better fish on creek and ditch edges in 3 to 10 feet of water.  The other tip is that grass was near the edges of the ditches.   If you are using Rattles out of the box, please stop right now!  Two things you need to do; one, take the hooks off and throw them as far as you can and buy good quality hooks and sharpen them.  Second, if you insist on using the original hooks, you “must” sharpen them two or three times a day, especially if you are running them over grass.  With the quality of fish that we have here at Lake Fork you don’t want to lose a trophy because of a dull hook.  One last thing, if you catch a large Bass like I did on Wednesday, make sure you take a minute and check your line and always re-tie.

The White Bass fishing was slow but they could be caught on a 1/8 ounce Crappie jig tipped with a minnow.  They were being caught both 515 bridges.  A few were being caught on the 514 bridge.  Use a chartreuse and blue jig!

The Crappie were also very slow.  What few that being caught were being caught were being caught on 1/16 Crappie jigs (chartreuse/blue) tipped with a small minnow.  They also were being caught on the 515 and 514 bridges.

No report on Catfish this week.

Lake Fork Marina has a good selection of spinner baits and chatter baits for you Bass fishermen.  They also have a good selection of Crappie jigs and have plenty of minnows. 

Here at J & M guide Service we still have a few opens for guided bass trips during spawn (March & April).  Give us a call here, Toll Free: 1-888-454-7037 or e-mail us at: bassmr@geusnet.com   Have a great week and if you are on the water with the big motor running make sure you wear your life vest.

David Ozio Lake Fork Report 2-20-14

February 20, 2014

I had the privilege to guide Linda and Alan Marr yesterday and can’t say enough about what great people they are. It was both a fishing and educational trip and we accomplished all the above in one day. The bite wasn’t fantastic but we did manage to boat twelve nice chunks with Linda capturing the Wall of Fame honors with this nice gorilla pictured below. The trap bite is slowing considerably due to the amount of pressure that the grass has sustained and it may take major warming trend to resurrect it. The fish are still there but the numbers per day have dwindled immensely. Even though the water temps were in the mid fifties yesterday, that is still not enough to get these big girls ramped up. We will need these warm days to hang around for quite a while to convince them that it is time.

I am now focused on the creeks as the push to spawn is right around the corner. Fish will stage outside of the spawning areas with secondary points and channel swings being the best place to start your search. C-rigs, Texas rigs and light jigs will garner a lot of bites and the next warming trend could usher in the swimbait bite. Can’t wait!

Also, I picked up my new Skeeter FX last week and I’m here to tell you that this is an incredible ride. It has a ton of bells and whistles and exceeds every expectation that I had with the boat. Love the rod box latches. The Yamaha SHO speaks for itself, bad to the bone. I have some dates available in March if you have a mind to tackle some of these Lake Fork behemoths. 

Cold Front and Warm up! 1-25-14

January 25, 2014

Very strange weather we are having.  High of 65 today, night before last it was 16 degrees with surface water temps hovering in the upper 30s early yesterday morning.  Not many people did well yesterday, we had a 8.98 weighed in with an air bladder.

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The following pics are from Guide James Caldemeyer (903-736-9888) caught on 1-24-14.  James said Jerkbaits and Crankbaits in 2-6 foot have been producing for him.  

 

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John Morris Weekly Lake Fork Report

April 11, 2013

LAKE FORK WEEKLY FISHING REPORT

FROM:  J & M Guide Service

This week we saw warming air and water temperatures.   The water temperatures were 62 to 65 degrees in the creeks and 58 to 62 degrees on the main lake.  The Bass were moving in to the main lake sub creeks and getting ready to spawn.   We continued to catch Bass on green pumpkin/red flake Lake Fork Trophy Lures 5 inch Hyper Stick.  We were using the split shot rig because of the wind.  Remember move it very, very slowly. We also began using the Zoom 8” Magnum Lizard in the traditional watermelon red color.  One little twist we always use here at Lake Fork is we dyed the tail chartreuse.  We used the Texas rig for this application.   We also found our most productive water death was 1 to 4 feet.  One of the most asked questions I get from clients are what pound test line should I spool my reels up for Lake Fork.  Here is my answer; 17 to 20 pound test.  In this lake you don’t know if the Bass are going to be 2 pounds or 16 pounds. 

The Crappie fishermen are still having a ball.  Numerous 2 to 2 ½ pound Crappie are being taking on live minnows in three to six feet of water.  Again they are right next to stumps.  The better Crappie are being taken in that 5 to 6 feet range.

The White Bass are in the creeks getting ready to spawn and are eating all the live bait they can eat.  Any size of minnows will work.  They really like that bait moving.

The Catfish picked up this week.  Punch bait and cut bait were the two most product baits.  The best water deaths to catch the catfish in were 12 to 16 feet.  Now keep in mind when the water temperatures gets to 65 degrees the Catfish will also be moving in to spawn.

I am really seeing a lot of fishermen running down the lake without their life vest on.  Guys and gals please be advised that the lake is down 4 ½ feet and you cannot see a lot of the stumps.  Please be careful and wear those life vest if that big motor is running, “for the life you save, might be yours or a love one”.

While you are a Lake Fork, make you stop into Lake Fork Marina and pick up your minnows and a snack to go with them.  Make sure you check out the great selection of rods and crank baits while you are there.  They are a great source of information on what is happening around the lake.

We here at J & M Guide Service still have a few open days in May and June for guided fishing trips on beautiful Lake Fork.  So give us a call Toll Free: 1-888-454-7037.  Have a great fishing week.

J & M Guide Service

John Morris

E-mail: bassmr@geusnet.com

Mark Watson Lake Fork Giant

March 25, 2013

Mark Watson Lake Fork Giant

Another giant from Fork!

16.04 caught on Fork 2-2-13

February 8, 2013

16.04 caught on Fork, weighed at the minnow bucket. Angler Richard Scibek.Image

Lake Fork 15.02 Sharelunker caught by Gary Sims

December 13, 2012

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Congrats to the angler Gary Sims.  Fishing is on!

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John Morris Lake Fork Report October 1-7

October 8, 2012

WEEKLY FISHING REPORT
FROM: J & M Guide Service
DATE: 1 – 7 October 2012

What a beautiful week on Lake Fork. The water temperatures stayed in the upper 70’s and the water in the lower lake is good and clear. The upper parts in Garrett and Birch creeks are stained. On Saturday the North wind hit and cooled the water temperatures down to 75 degrees, which did not hurt the fishing. The pattern did changed a little. We found using a Lake Fork Trophy Tackle 8 inch black and blue worm on a 5/16 ounce shaky head jig was very productive. We fished Lilly pads in stained water. We pitched the shaky head setup on top of the pads and slowly dragged it off of the pad into an opening. The Largemouth would hit it on the drop. I highly recommend a 7 ½ foot rod with 20 pound test line to do this. You will find the Largemouth Bass will try to wind your around the pad stocks and hydrila. You need a stiff rod and good line to get them out. In south end of the lake where the water is clearer the little crank bait is still working. The KVD 1.5 in shad color is still the bait of choice for this method. Don’t forget the erratic retrieve. That is part of the secret of using this bait.

The Crappies fishing was fare this week. Most of the good Crappies are being taking with medium sized minnows around bridge pylons. The 515 west bridge is still the best.

The big White Bass are scattered and can be taken on the Tackle Factory ½ ounce flutter spoon. With the water temperatures falling today the White Bass fishing should pick up this week.

The Catfish fishing is continuing to pick up. Numerous Catfish are being taken using Yellow bait. Look for isolate timber in 20 to 24 foot of water, close to deepwater drops.
Cut bait will work great also.

While you are at Lake Fork, make sure you stop into Lake Fork Marina and stock up on the latest in fishing tackle. Make sure you take at look at there great selection of fishing rods while your there.

With the Berkley Tournament fast approaching us, we are booking guided fishing trips if you need some help here at Lake Fork. Give us a call here toll free: 1-888-454-7037.
Have a great fishing week and wear those life vest while the big motor is running.

J & M Guide Service
(John Morris)
E-mail: bassmr@geusnet.com