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Terri Moon November Crappie Report

November 8, 2016

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

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

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

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

Terri Moon ph# 903-383-7773

2.53lb Black Crappie

March 25, 2013

2.53lb Black Crappie

GIANT Black Crappie from 3-23-13

Crappie Masters tournament results

March 9, 2013

Crappie Masters weigh in, Big Crappie 2.70, 7 fish limit, 15.41. AVERAGE WEIGHT 2.20. Those are some huge slabs….

Terri Moon Lake Fork Report March 2013

March 7, 2013

CONTACT TERRI MOON: 903-383-7773 I always have 2-3 emails from people wanting to contact Ms. Moon for a guide trip.

WOW-  March got here in the “blink of an eye!”  But the 30 and 40mph winds have been brutal!  I’m ready for some “light and variable” winds.  Pre-spawn crappie can be tough to figure out but it all comes down to water temperature that triggers spawning activity.

We’ve had some mild temperatures and main lake temperatures reached the mid 50’s.  The crappie started their transition up the creeks.  Then front after front came through and knocked water temps to the low 50’s and then the crappie would back off to deeper water.  Then we had a very cold rain that dropped the cove temperatures 4-5 cooler than the main lake temps.  So needless to say these crappie have been on the move!

We’ve caught them in 30ft, 15ft, and as shallow as 10ft.  We are checking around the main creeks and secondary points.  When water temp reaches 55 to 60 degrees, you should find the males in the shallows and the females will stage around the nearest deep water structure.  But once again, we’re at the mercy of the weather.  Just when things get right here comes another northern!  This can set the movement back a few days or a couple of weeks so you might have to do a lot of searching.  Don’t just hang around in a spot hoping they’ll show up.  Don’t give up on the deep water crappie.  There are still a bunch down the lake and they are still a bunch down the lake and they are less effected by the cold fronts.

I don’t know about you but I can’t wait to have fun with a slip bobber!  Also remember, in the early stages of prespawn the crappie are not aggressive so NO MOTION with your bait is more effective.  It will be very light bite so really pay attention to your line.  It might just go slack, but if you feel anything at all- JERK!  You’ll find the more shallow they are the harder they’ll hit!

The baits working for us have been Lake Fork Tackle’s “Live Baby Shad” in sun perch and watermelon/red pearl.  We’re also catching them on Pro Angler Tackle‘s tube baits in chartreuse and pearl.

I have to say once again, THANK YOU TO ALL who contributed to helping me get through such a tough time the past couple of months.  YOur generosity and compassion has been overwhelming.

I wish many blessings to you all.  It is so great to be back on the water.  It wouldn’t have been possible without each and every one of you!  God Bless you all!

Giant Crappie released by Guide Terri Moon

March 20, 2011

Lake Fork Crappie Guide Terri Moon June Report 2010

June 5, 2010

Summer Fun on Fork

By Terri Moon

We’ve finally hit post spawn crappie on Fork. The last of the white crappie has fin-ished spawning the past few weeks. I must say it has been an incredible year of fishing so far (proba-bly the best it’s been for several years). The crappie are mov-ing out to that 20 to 30 ft. depths and are hitting at 16 to 24 ft.
When fishing the bridges, we’re double rigging jigs about a foot apart. Some days the crappie want it straight down with little or no movement and other days they are wanting it on the fall (there is nothing more fun when this happens). Another cool thing about using two jigs is that you never know when you’ll catch them two at a time!! Recently I was reeling in two crappie with a great big bass trying his best to eat my crap-pie. It can be pretty exciting!
Now as far as fish-ing the brush, I rec-ommend only using a single jig (unless you’re fishing above the brush). But, if you are fishing down in it, a vertical presentation is best. We’ve been using 1/16 oz. jigs unless the wind gets up, then you might want to switch to a 1/8 oz. jig so it won’t drift on you as bad.
Be sure and keep a close eye on your depth finder for any changes of depth in the crappie activity. It will change through-out the day. I must say my Lowrance has to be my “number one” tool for a pro-ductive day of fish-ing.
Next, I have to give credit to “Lake Fork Marina” for always keeping up with the newest baits on the market (no matter what species you are fishing for). A big “thank you” to Cam-eron Burnett for his endless research on the “Best New Baits” available. He has definitely found a great one by Berkley Powerbait called the “Atomic Teaser.” This bait has been attracting some really big crappie (and as an added bonus, the bream and bar fish love it too).
It’s amazing the amount of color com-binations they have available. The colors I’ve been testing have been “Black Shad”, “Yellow Orange”, “Smoke Pumpkin” and my very favorite “Chartreuse Silver.” These baits have un-believable action. It’s like a miniature “gitzit” with a trailer. I’m using the 1/16 oz. size but they also come in 1/32 oz. for those of you who like a lighter jig. If you’re wanting to try some of these baits but aren’t close to Lake Fork, just give the marina a call (903-765-2764). They will be happy to ship them to you or you can or-der them on line at
Now that the kids are out of school, it’s time to pass on your love of fishing to your kids and grandkids. There is nothing I en-joy more than seeing the excitement of their first fishing ex-perience and know-ing, like me, they will remember it the rest of their lives! So make it fun for them… throw in a bucket of crickets or nightcrawlers and you’re sure to have some exciting action.
So, don’t miss out on Fork’s summer-time fun! June has to be one of my favorite months to fish.
Also, don’t forget the first weekend in June is the “Skeeter Boat Owners Tour-nament” and want to thank them for all their hard work put-ting on such a great event.
Hope to see you all on the water!
“Happy Anniversary to my mom & dad, Bob & Nova Carleton of Leesville MO… “Love you!!”

Guide Terri Moon 903-383-7773

Crappie fishing

November 11, 2009

Morning was cooler today, wind swapped directions at around 11am this morning. The crappie bite on Fork is still very good. Seems like the bite keeps moving earlier and earlier (of course I can’t get out until 8:30-9am) but slacks during midday. We didn’t have but 10 or so keepers this morning (9:15-11:30) and 5 throw backs…we talked to a few people that got out at daybreak that had a full livewell. Very light bite

Catching them on a mix of 1/16th oz crappie busters and minnows under bridges. You almost have to have reservations after 10am because the traffic gets heavy and the game of leap frog / musical chairs starts. One person moves out, someone takes there pillar and so and down the line.

Going to get away from the bridge and move to the trees tomorrow morning and do some scouting.

Terri Moon Lake Fork Crappie Report November 2009

November 3, 2009

Two monster black crappie part of her clients 75 fish limit.

October could not have been more awesome!  It started out a little slow, but after a couple of cold fronts things started getting real good.  These big slabs have gone into a feeding frenzy.  November should be incredible.  Personally, it’s my favorite time to fish.

There are good crappie showing up at all the bridges.  I’m pitching double rigged jigs alongside the pilings at about 20-25 feet and just let it fall back to the boat.  They are hitting the jigs “on the fall” so watch your line close.  They are not hitting it hard.  Your line will just go slack so when in doubt JERK!

At daybreak they can be up to 12 to 16 feet.  This all depends on the depth of the baitfish that are moving through.  So keep monitoring your depth finder and adjust your casts accordingly.

The colors that are working for me are “Dr. Ginger” (Innamon w/ blue tail) “Bad Shad” (gray w/ black and gray tail)  or “Ghost” (gray w/ blue tail).

If you hit a day where crappie just won’t cooperate at the bridges, it’s time to head south and start checking the main lake points and deep humps.  I generally correlate the depth I’m catching them at the bridges and graph these depths first.  They have been showing up in 22 to 28 foot.  Once again, look for baitfish.

Any bright color jig seems to be working.  I’m using double rigged “Hotsy Totsy” bright pink w/ yellow tail and green w/ blue tail.  Gently hop these jigs one to three cranks off the bottom.

If you want to have some fun, you need to try Joe Spait’s flash tail spoons.  I’m finding these baits are catching larger crappie.  The fun of this bait is you’ll not only catch crappie but yellow bass, largemouth, and even catfish.  Needless to say we have had a great time with these baits, especially on my Shimano Ultra lights!  They make fishing fun!

I hope all of you have a wonderful thanksgiving!  Be safe, especially on the water!

Terri Moon 903-383-7773

Terri Moon Lake Fork Report September 2009

September 5, 2009

It’s September!  Do you know what that means?  FALL is just around the corner!  Now that gets me excited.  Hands down, it has to be my very favorite time of year to fish!  They are already predicting cooler temperatures in the next few weeks.  That’s just a bonus!  In spite of the warmer temperatures in August, the fishing has been quite good.  So, if we have a cooler September, the fishing should be awesome! 

Now as far as the fishing, watch for surface temperatures to start to drop and get ready for the fall frenzy.  The water temperature is the key factor to getting the shad to move out of the deep watyer.  The shad will move up to the flats and secondary points so be sure to watch for schools of shad.

This is why GOOD electronics are so important.  It can make the difference between a poor day of fishing and a GREAT day of fishing.  I still take a few hours a week and just go graphing with my Lowrance LCX-10HD.  This gave me a better idea of what the fish are doing.  Early morning or late evening, the crappie will start showing up in 5 to 15ft. of water.  But as the day heats up try looking a little deeper in the 15 to 25ft range.  Look for structure near creek channels, flats and humps.

The colors that have been working are green w/ blue tail and cinnamon w/ chart.  Now as far as the bream, we’re still finding them in 8 to 12 feet just off the bottom using crickets or worms.  September means its time for the McDonalds Big Bass Splash out of Lake Fork Marina again.  So if you get a chance come by.  It’s a good time to see the latest fishing equipment.  Shimano and Lowrance will be there and it’s always exciting to see what they have come up with!  So, hope to see you there.  Don’t foreget- it’s time to renew your fishing license.

Lake Fork Crappie Report Guide Terri Moon

July 5, 2009

Well it’s here- those 90 to 100 degree days…but, don’t give up on the fishing.  We’ve had some pretty good days.  We have just been starting early so we can be off the water before it gets too hot.  One thing I’ve found is that it’s not near as hot when you’re catching fish!  But, if the fishing gets a little slow, it really helps to have some umbrellas rigged up in your boat.  It can make all the difference during these summer months.  Also, don’t forget the sun block and plenty of water.

The next important thing for this time of year is to utilize your depth finder to locate clouds of baitfish.  The crappie will be close by.  Be sure to monitor the depth the fish are moving through at then target these depths with a vertical presentation.  A good bait for tihs has been a Gene Larew “Slab Slayer” in electric chicken or orange/chartreuse.  As the bait falls, use a twitch and pause presentation.

The crappie we’re finding have been in the 15 to 25 ft. depths in 20 to 30 ft. of water.  Check vertical timber and brush piles.  The crappie will tend to scatter this time of year so also check the deep water humps and any dropoffs!

The main piece of advice I can give you is DON’T just hang out in one place all day!  You’ve got to keep moving to have a succesful day of fishing.  What we are finding is that you might get 3 or 4 fish in one spot, then move to the next and pick up another good group.

Now if you’re out there and the crappie just won’t bite, alway shave plan B in mind especially if you have kids on board.  Either take along crickets or night crawlers.  The bream are very active this time of year.  If you are lucky enough to be here around a new or full moon, they will be around the grass and brush in 2 to 6 foot of water…a slip cork is great for this.

As the bream back off the bank target 6 to 15 foot using just a small number 6 hook and aplit shot…and tight line.  This is especially effective around the cross members of the bridges.  You can get a kid hooked for life on these fish! Don’t forget to check aorund docks and big stumps while bream fishing.  Once you find a school of these, there is nothing more exciting!  This is the time of year when if I have a day off, you’ll usually find me out looking for bream.  They have to be my all time favorite fish to catch and eat.  A little cornmeal and salt and you’re good to go!

Another thing to remember is that don’t be surprised when you are fishing with crickets, you never know what you are going to catch!  Big crappie, monster catfish and even bass love crickets!  So hang on tight!

I hope you all have a great summer and a safe 4th of July!  Good fishing!