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Lake Fork, Monticello, Welsh report Guide Clint Wright November 4th 2009

November 4, 2009

Lake Fork Day and Night Guide Service
Fishing Report
November 2009

My November fishing report has always been one of my favorite months to write about. It is the opening of rifle deer season and the beginning of some outstanding bass fishing. Personally, I purchase my hunting license every year and I end up fishing the entire winter. I’ve made a promise to myself to get back out in the woods at least once or twice this year. So good luck to all of the hunters out there and remember to be safe.

Most people know that November is when I begin guiding on Lake Monticello and Lake Welsh. I will still be doing some big bass hunting on Lake Fork during the winter but most of my time will be spent on the fine hot water, power plant lakes East Texas has to offer. These trips will run until the end of January. Then it is back on Lake Fork for some hot pre-spawn red rattle trap fishing.

Lake Monticello and Lake Welsh have many similarities but they also have many differences. Anglers will find that they can be fished this month identical. Just like on Lake Fork, big baits generally catch quality fish and little baits catch quantity of fish. One of my favorite techniques on these two lakes is to use a 7’ Custom Angle Wacky rod and rig it up with a drop shot, shakey head or wacky worm. These three presentations can be deadly this month. On Lake Fork, I consider a good fish anything over 7 pounds. On the hot water lakes I consider a good fish anything over 5 pounds. Unfortunately, we do not catch a bunch of 7, 8, 9 and 10 pounders like we do on Lake Fork. But, 50 – 100 fish days have been common in recent years. For the bigger fish on these lakes the presentation selections are endless. We can just about get these fish to bite whatever an angler enjoys throwing. Early and late in the day the topwater bite can be phenomenal, I like doing this when it is snowing or ice is on the ground as it seems to add to the moment. During the middle of the day I will be throwing a 7’ heavy Custom Angle Moby rod with the following rigged up, a Santone jig, a lipless bait like a Rat-L-Trap and a Texas rig. The Texas rig is one of my favorite presentations due to its versatility. On the Texas rig I like to rig up some variation of creature bait. For the biggest fish in the lake, tie on a Santone Rattlin’ Jig in ¼ ounce model. My favorite colors of Santone Jigs are #53, #64, #81 and #89. Flip this jig to the stumps and laydowns that follow the creek channel bends. Most of the time the water is very clear on these two lakes so down sizing your line and using a quality clear line can be the difference between a good day and a great day.

Remember the fish in these lakes will start their pre-spawn activity around mid to late November. We usually start seeing bed fish around the first of December. So follow these regular patterns and you will be successful.

Fishing in November can be very rewarding. If you are an experienced angler looking for a day of fishing or a new angler looking to learn a new technique for 2010, now is the time to give me a call. I feel confident that these fish will bite just about anything someone would want to learn.

In closing, these two lakes are not marked by navigation buoys. Please be careful as you are navigating these waters because they are full of stumps and shallow sandbars.

I hope these tips help you catch the bass of your dreams. Please know that I am always here to try and answer any questions you might have. Myself and several other Guides that I work with are available for public speaking, such as bass club meetings, boy scout meetings etc. at no cost to you. We can go over any topics related to Lake Fork or Bass Fishing, Boating etc.

Please practice C.P.R. (Catch, Photo, and Release). It takes many years for these fish to grow to their trophy size. By practicing a quick release, it allows other anglers to enjoy the same experience as you. Replica mounts can be made for your wall that look better and last longer than a real mount. Remember life jackets and kill switches any time the outboard motor is running or anytime you feel it would just be safer to wear it. Your safety is #1!

Lake Fork Day and Night Guide Service uses only professional Lake Fork Guides to ensure your date is available for booking. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Corporate and Group trips – no problem. Please feel free to contact me anytime with questions about Lake Fork or booking information at 903-342-3497. Or visit for more information. References are available upon request.

Lake Fork Day and Night endorses the following sponsors: Custom Angle Rods, Costa Del Mar Sunglasses, Santone Jigs, and Sartin Marine.
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Lake Fork Guide Clint Wright August Report

August 18, 2009

August 2009
Lake Fork Day and Night Guide Service
Lake Fork Report:

Hello fellow anglers and welcome to Lake Fork. August is always a busy month here at the lake. Most anglers will be fishing the first 4 hours of a day, last 4 hours of a day and throughout the entire night. It is a given that the middle of the day is very brutal on most hot August days. Last month, I gave some tips on beating the heat. Once again, I want to reiterate much of this information. It is very important to always have plenty of bottled water on ice, sunscreen, sunglasses (Costa Del Mar’s are hard to beat), hat and a cell phone. For your night fishing trips bring some bug spray, several flashlights and a spotlight in addition to your day time checklist. These items will help make your day and night much more enjoyable. It is no secret that my favorite trips during the summer are at night. The air temperature is usually in the mid to upper 70’s and the wind is usually just a slight breeze. But, the weather is not the only reason we go hunting for monster bass under the cover of darkness. Night fishing brings upon a level of suspense which is much higher than that of fishing during the day. Many times when an angler hooks up with a quality bass, they have no idea if it weighs 7 pounds or 12 pounds until it is on board. I had the opportunity to fish with the owner of Grande Bass Bait Company this past week, Jerry Shinn. Jerry brought with him a few prototype baits, one called the Mega Tail worm that will be hitting the shelves mid to end of August. Let me tell you folks, this worm is going to blow your mind. The realistic colors, action and detail of this worm are unmatched and you have never seen anything like it before. He also had a few more baits under the Mega series that will be coming out shortly after the new worm. I brought this new worm up for one main reason, and it is to use it when night fishing. Of course it is going to be great during the day, but the action of this new tail is going to drive the night fish nuts. I will be rigging the worm up on a standard Texas Rig for night fishing. The size of the bullet weight will depend on the wind, depth and cover. I like to use as light as I can get away with. A 4/0 long shank off set hook should provide enough length to decrease short strikes that are common with worm fishing at night. Pair all of this up with a Custom Angle Rod, built here at Lake Fork and you will be ready to go Hawg Hunting!! I’ve also started using the all new jigs from Black Angel Jig Company. This jig company has a wide variety of styles and the best jig colors on the market today. Lake Fork bass eat jigs year around. I’ll have one of these tied on at all times this month. Deep or shallow, they will get you bit. Try one on a Custom Angle 7 foot heavy action rod and hold on tight!! Toward the end of August, I will start trending most of my trips to day trips. The reason is the Thermocline. By mid to late August the waters temperatures have leveled out from day after day of heat. The oxygen begins to deplete in depths greater than 18 foot in some areas and 25 foot in others. The top of the thermocline is a very important key to success in August and September. I like to fish the contour change where it meets the edge of the thermocline. These areas can be found on just about any hump, ledge, point and pond dam on the lake. Another pattern an angler might find is schooling fish around the lake. Many timesthe bass will chase schools of threadfin shad to the surface and feed for a while. These fish can be caught on lipless baits, crankbaits and my favorite a weightless Grande Bass Rattlesnake. Take the Rattlesnake and throw it into the middle of the feeding frenzy, let it fall slowly giving it a slight twitch ever so often. This will imitate a dying baitfish and will get you bit. I throw this rig on a Custom
Angle 6’8 medium action rod and your reel should have 12 – 14 lb. fluorocarbon line. The fluorocarbon line will allow the bait to sink more natural. I hope these tips help you catch the bass of your dreams. Please know that I am always here to try and answer any questions you might have. Once again, welcome to Lake Fork and Good Luck Fishing.
Please practice C.P.R. (Catch, Photo, and Release) especially during the hot summer months. The heat will cause the fish to die quickly if not released in a short period of time.

Lake Fork Day and Night Guide Service uses only professional Lake Fork Guides to ensure your date is available for booking. Corporate and Group trips – no problem. Please feel free to contact me anytime with questions about Lake Fork or booking information at 903-342-3497. Or visit for more information. References are available upon request.
Lake Fork Day and Night endorses the following sponsors: Custom Angle Rods, Costa Del Mar Sunglasses, Grande Bass Bait’s, and Sartin Marine.
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Lake Fork Report December 15th 2008

December 19, 2008

Lake Fork and Local Hot Water Lakes: December 15, 2008

Lake Levels:

Fork – Full
Monticello – Full
Welsh – Full

Water Clarity:

Fork – Clear
Monticello – Clear
Welsh – Gin Clear (south end), stained (north end)

Water temp:
Fork – varying from 42 – 52 degrees
Monticello – varying from 60 – 75 degrees
Welsh – varying from 64 – 85 degrees

Weather: Cold front today and tomorrow with highs in the 30’s, with a warming trend toward the end of the week to upper 70’s.

News: Happy Holidays from East Texas. My family, wife Kerstin and daughters Emmah, Lakyn and I wish you a very Merry Christmas. Remember, Jesus is the reason for the Season.

Fishing Report

Lake Fork: No Report due to time on hot water lakes. But, if I had to go right now I would take plenty of dynamite and some hand grenades as I am guessing the bite would be tough due to the cold fronts this week!

Hot Water Lakes: This past week the fishing on Lake Monticello and Lake Welsh has been outstanding, as expected this time of year. Cold fronts help the fish bite better. The more it snows, the better the bite.
Lake Monticello spawn is right around the corner. I have seen 7 or 8 beds in the last week. But none of the big females we are catching have shown any sign of spawning yet. I have been targeting these pre spawn fish with a Sebile Flatt Shad and a Wave Fishing Swim Bug. The lipless Flatt Shad can be fished with a cast a retrieve. Varying this retrieve from slow to fast with a sudden stop can produce some ferocious bites. The Swim Bug is best using it Texas Rigged on a ¼ ounce bullet weight and a 4/0 wide gap hook. I like to fish the light weight on Monticello due to the high levels of silt on the bottom. Colors of the Flatt Shad have not made a difference as this has been strictly a reaction bite. The best colors on the Swim Bug have been Watermelon Red and Sweet Potato Pie. For shear numbers a drop shot and shakey head will put them in the boat. My favorite bait for this has been the Tiki Trick Worm in Watermelon Candy.

Lake Welsh spawn is coming to a close. Yesterday all but one of the big females we caught was showing every sign of post spawn. Fry can seen in the shallows around lay downs and hydrilla. The biggest producer on Welsh has been imitating a bream with a ¼ ounce Revenge jig in Chartreuse Chameleon. (Those fish on Welsh love a jig) Early and late in the day try a Sebile Splasher around flooded vegetation and lay downs coming off the shore. This will for sure get you bit!

There have been a few disastrous accidents on Lake Monticello and Lake Welsh in the last two weeks. Anglers are navigating these lakes without due regard. I am seeing boaters driving at high rates of speed in timbered areas. One bad accident tore a boat in half on Lake Monticello this past week. Another bad accident resulted in a boat running on plane to hit a stump. This boat stopped and the three anglers did not. The three of them were stranded in the middle of the lake, swimming, with air temperatures in the 30’s. No major injuries were reported. Please go slow if unsure of the boat lane and please wear your Life Preservers.

The 2009 season is setting up to be a great year for bass fishing. Lower gas prices and full lakes will sure make it easier for anglers to spend time on the water. I look forward to all of my readers having the opportunity to fish with me this upcoming season.

Thanks to my sponsors Wave Fishing, Costa Del Mar Sunglasses, Gotcha Distributing (Dealer inquiries-contact Ron Peterson at 903-856-8083), Sebile Revenge Jigs, Arkie, Power Pro Fishing Line, Seaguar Fishing Line, Gene Larew.

Feel free to contact me anytime via email or by phone 903-918-9469 if you ever have any questions about Lake Fork or to book your next guided fishing trip on this fine fishery. I hope to see you soon!

Guide Clint Wright
Lake Fork Day and Night Guide Service

Lake Fork Guide Clint Wright Report May 29,2008

May 30, 2008

Kelly’s 10.40 certified at Lake Fork Marina by Cameron!

Another photo of Kelly’s 10.40!

A 6.10 Kelly caught!

Lake Fork Day and Night Guide Service

Guide Clint Wright


“Let’s go fishing”

20+ years of Lake Fork experience

Lake Fork Report: May 29, 2008

Lake Level: Fork: Full

Water Clarity: Main Lake is clear. Most creeks are clear too.

Water temp: The water temps have varied from 75 – 78.

Weather: Highs in upper 90’s this next week.

News: I am now offering a romantic lunch for you and your spouse. We will begin our trip at safe light and when we return to Oak Ridge Marina for lunch, the staff will have a table set with a white table cloth, candles, dozen roses, chocolate covered strawberries and wine if desired. This is a way to surprise your loved one and let them know how much we appreciate the time they allow us on the water. Also available is birthday, anniversary etc…
Here are open dates that I have for you for the upcoming month. May 31, June1 and 7, July 5, 6, 12, 13, 20, 26 and 27.
Joe at VJ’s baits in Winnsboro, Texas (a new tackle store) has a wide assortment of new baits that I and many pros are using to include the new Sebile Magic Swimmer. Call Joe at 903-342-3497 or 903-975-0358 for all your tackle needs.

Fishing Report
Lake Fork:
The fishing here at Lake Fork is great. Last Sunday during the Legend Tournament Ron Peterson of Gotcha Distributing, one of my sponsors and friend caught a 10.23 lb lunker winning him a new Legend boat. Ron caught his winning fish on a Revenge Jig and a Reaction Innovations Sweet Beaver. He was fishing one of my favorite holes where we have had many fish over 10 lbs. Congratulations Ron. After the tournament was over Sunday, I had the opportunity to take a lady angler fishing. Kelly caught a huge fish from the same area weighing 10.40 lbs. Kelly caught her fish on a Reaction Innovations Big Unit. This is also the same area that Hailey caught her 11.28 lb fish with me only a few weeks ago. It is neat how some areas just hold big fish.
Once the water warms up to 75 + degrees you will very seldom find me fishing less that 15 ft of water. By this time the fish that I am targeting have already passed the post spawn phase and now are beginning their early summer pattern. Here I am looking for points, ledges, humps etc. One key thing to target once these structures are found is brush. Luckily I took the time over the years to set out brush piles in key places. These brush piles provide a habitat for fish of all sizes and species. In these brush piles I use an assortment of baits depending on how the bass are set up on them at any given time. I like to fish the tops of the trees and brush first with a Sebile Koolie Minnow (deep diver). Then I will go with a Texas rigged Reaction Innovations Big Unit on a ¼ ounce weight unpegged. This light rig will actually stay on top of the brush and usually will not fall into it. Lastly I will use two baits to penetrate the brush and catch the fish that are buried in it. A Texas rig with a 3/8 to ½ ounce weight and a ¾ to 1 ounce jig will do the trick here. When fishing deep and around brush / trees I like to use 65 – 80 lb braid. Here we are NOT looking for small fish, this is where the lunkers live. With a braided line like Power Pro, when you set the hook and start to crank, they WILL come to the boat. This line is strong.
If for some reason power fishing fails to produce for you. Try a dropshot rig or a Carolina rig and use your electronics to find schools of fish on open water drops.
Folks the night fishing is about to be phenomenal. I usually don’t promise anything on any of my trips, but night fishing here on Lake Fork is usually a sure bet. Remember that I have over 20 + years of night fishing experience and safety is my number one concern. The air temps usually fall into the mid 70’s so this makes summer time night fishing very enjoyable. I have shown folks for years that by this time of year many of the fish we catch during the day have holes in their mouths as a testimony of catch and release. But the fish we catch at night very seldom, if ever have holes in their mouths solid proof that some fish are nocturnal and only feed at night. I try to compare trophy size Bass to a trophy size whitetail deer; they only come out to feed at night!
Good Luck fishing and feel free to call me anytime with any questions.

I would like to invite you out to Lake Fork on a professional guided fishing trip. All you really need to go fishing with me is a fishing license. I provide rods, reels, tackle etc. at no extra charge. Digital Photos of your fish will be taken and will be emailed to you at no charge.

Thanks to my sponsors Gotcha Distributing, Reaction Innovations, Revenge Jigs, Sebile, Arkie, Power Pro Fishing Line, Seagaur Fishing Line, Gene Lareu, Daichi Hooks, Custom Angle Moby bass rods, Oak Ridge Marina and Hideaway Harbor Marina. I must also thank the Texas Parks and Wildlife for their efforts in keeping this lake great.
Feel free to contact me anytime via email or by phone 903-918-9469 if you ever have any questions about Lake Fork or to book your next guided fishing trip on this fine fishery. I hope to see you soon!