Posts Tagged ‘Lake Fork Bass fishing’

A Couple of Monsters on Lake Fork!

July 3, 2016

I’ve been seeing a lot of large fish caught on Lake Fork the past few weeks. These two caught on the 23rd are absolute monsters!

Lake Fork Guide Eric Wright caught this monster 10.33 on June 23rd and had her certified at Lake Fork Marina.



On the same day, Lake Fork Guide Cody Malone posted a picture of his buddy Matt with a 10.95 certified at Oakridge



John Morris Weekly Lake Fork Report 2-21-14

February 22, 2014


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:   Have a great week and if you are on the water with the big motor running make sure you wear your life vest.

Lake Fork 2014!!

January 23, 2014

Looking forward to this spring!  Lake Fork has produced 3 sharelunkers in the 2014 season!  We should have an amazing spring, enjoy the photos taken by Texas Parks and Wildlife.


Andrew Grills Lake Fork Report 1-21-14

January 23, 2014

Fishing is pretty decent for bigger fish right now on Lake Fork, considering it is January. Numbers of fish caught are lower than what you would expect the rest of the year, but the average size is very good. Although the numbers aren’t that high, it isn’t unusual if we don’t catch a single fish under 4lbs in a given day. I love this time of year because the lake isn’t too crowded and the bass you do catch are probably gonna be good ones.

Saturday, my customer Bud Biram from Tulsa, who has been fishing with me on a regular basis since last June, broke his personal best again. This time it was a 9lb 10oz beauty! She is the first fish in the pictures. He had the patience to keep at it and it paid off. The main mistake I see people make this time of year is that they lose patience and confidence because they don’t get very many bites. I work specific stretches over thoroughly, with lures that have been proven to work on Lake Fork through the years, because I believe big fish are close by.

Right now I am keying in on a variety of areas. The best pattern for me has been fishing break lines adjacent to spawning flats, but the jig is still producing the better quality fish on most days. The jig bite hasn’t been what it was the past few years, but I keep checking areas with a jig because I know that its a big fish presentation. I’m basically fishing in places where fish stage up to prepare for spawning. This is a great time to catch a double digit sized fish because the larger, female fish are feeding to put on weight before they spawn and they’re full of eggs. If you look at the list of the largest bass ever caught in Texas, you’ll find many were caught in January and February.

If you’re looking to catch a trophy sized bass I encourage you to give Lake Fork a try during the next month. Its a great time to catch a big one! The following pictures are from my last two trips.

Tom Redington Lake Fork Guide Report 4-4-13

April 4, 2013

Lake Fork is cranking out great big fish as regularly as any time in recent memory. Just like any lake, you’ll have your share of slow postfrontal days on Fork, but even on a tough day, some lucky anglers pop a double digit fish. And on the good days, we’ve seen true monsters, including several 13s, a 14, 15, and 16 pounder this season. A busy tourney schedule, sponsor obligations, and an additional TV show (“Belize Outdoors” which will air 13 original episodes on WFN starting in May/new episodes of “Big Bass Battle” and “Crappie Time” start this month on Sportsman Channel) have cut into my guide trips on Fork this year, but with the lunker bonanza, you can bet I get on the lake every day that I can. 

The spawn is in full gear at Fork right now and I’d estimate approximately 1/3 of the fish have already spawned, with a major wave of fish moving up all around the lake this week. Unlike the nearly cold front free spring of last year, we’re having a more normal season and the spawners should keep showing up in waves into early May. Backs of big creeks spawn first, then deeper pockets nearer the mouths of coves, with fish on flats on the main lake or mouths of pockets bringing up the rear. Each creek and pocket has its own characteristics, so one bay can be full of actively spawning fish, while its next door neighbor might be bedless. If you’re not getting bit this time of year, keep moving until you find them. With prespawn, spawning, and postspawn fish all available, there are biting fish to be had on any given day if you crack the code. 

For fish pics and regular updates from Fork and the trail, follow along at and . For more fishing info, you can check out my spring jig fishing article: and my article on showing spring bass a new look with soft plastic swimbait/jerkbait hybrids: 

Lake Conditions: A few recent rains did little to raise the lake level, although they added some color to the creeks. The lake level is currently 398.71’ (about 4’ 3” below full pool). Water temps did a big boomerang over the past 2 weeks, going from the mid-60s to lower 50s and rebounding to around 60 now, plus or minus depending on your location. There is a bit of grass on the lake, mostly on the northern ends, and most of it is in extremely shallow water. The backs of some creeks are muddy, but most of the lake is about normal, becoming more stained as you head up the lake.

Location Pattern: For prespawn and postspawn fish that are staging on their way in and back out, key on points and creek channels near spawning flats. With little grass in the lake this year, bass are relating to the timber so make sure you are casting tight to the stumps. During warming trends, follow bass back into the creeks and check the edges of flats and creek channels. After the fronts, drop back to deeper water adjacent to where the fish were before the front and you’ll quickly relocate them. For spawning fish, look for protected bays in the back half of creeks. As the water continues to warm and we move through April, bass will start spawning nearer the mouths of creeks and in deeper creeks. The main lake flats are typically the last areas to spawn, often as late as early-May. 

Presentation Pattern: The biggest spring trend on Fork for the past 2 seasons is “Bubba” versions of finesse rigs. Drop shots and shaky heads are normally thought of as limit fillers and dink catchers, but slightly heavier duty styles of both rigs have consistently hammered big bass on Fork. Instead of 8 lb line and a spinning rod, I start with 15 lb fluoro on a baitcaster, matched with a 7’4” Dobyns Extreme DX743C rod. A long rod with lots of tip like this will throw small baits a mile, definitely a key when dealing with wary lunkers in the shallows. Furthermore, bass around spawn time often don’t eat baits well; rather, fish often nip at lures and let go quickly to run rivals and predators out of their bedding areas. A super sensitive rod like the Dobyns Extreme helps detect subtle bites before the fish drop the bait. Ever wonder why your buddy is catching fish and you can’t, even though you both are throwing the exact same bait? Might be as simple as you’re not feeling the bites you’re getting.

As far as the setups, a 3/16 or ¼ oz shaky head jig with a stout hook or a drop shot with a 1/0-3/0 offset worm hook and a 6 to 12 inch leader to a ¼ oz sinker are my normal rigs. You can play with all sorts of colors if you like, yet shades of watermelon or green pumpkin tend to work consistently on about any lake in the country, including Fork. If bass are aggressive, a Hyper Stick’s wiggling tail will produce on either rig. When the fish get fussy, downsize to a trick worm, Baby Ring Fry, or a Hyper Finesse Worm and you’ll get more bites. Cast around each and every piece of shallow wood you see, as well as the gaps in between them. A good rule of thumb is if you’re fishing it so slowly that you can hardly stand it, you’re probably still fishing way too fast. Around spawning areas, the guy fishing the slowest in the boat normally catches the most this time of year.

If you drank 5 cups of coffee and can’t stand sitting still, chase after the prespawn and postspawn bass with spinnerbaits, crankbaits, jigs, and lipless crankbaits, especially on overcast and windy days. A great search tool is a lipless crankbaits like the Lucky Craft LV RTO. Red and crawfish colors are most popular and they often work well, although oddball colors often produce better on any given day. ½ oz spinnerbaits with tandem or double willow blades with white or chartreuse and white skirts will produce some nice bass in the same areas that the lipless cranks work, as will shallow running crankbaits like Lucky Craft LC 2.5 or BDS4 square bills. For big bass, try swimming a 4.5” Live Magic Shad on the back of a 3/8 oz bladed jig and fish it in the same areas you’d throw a spinnerbait. White or white/chartreuse bladed jigs with Sun Perch or Albino Shad Live Magic Shads work well. And for a real prespawn monster, pitching heavy cover along the first breakline and creek channels with a jig or TX rig is the way to go. I go with a 3/8 oz MPack Jig in black and blue or green pumpkin with a Lake Fork Craw or Hyper Freak trailer in matching colors. For the Texas rig, I’ll pitch a Lake Fork Flipper or Craw Tube in black neon, Bama Bug or watermelon/red with a 1/8 to 3/8 oz bullet weight and slowly work it around cover. 

Here’s hoping you catch the lunker of your dreams. If I can be of assistance, please contact me at or get more info on my website If you’re in the Lake Fork area and need any boat service or want to check out the new line of Ranger boats, stop on Hwy 154 on the East side of Fork, Ranger Boat’s #1 dealer for 2011.

Good Fishing,


Mark Watson Lake Fork Giant

March 25, 2013

Mark Watson Lake Fork Giant

Another giant from Fork!

Ronnie Kelley Lake Fork Report 3-23-2013

March 25, 2013

Had a GREAT day the other day and wanted to share some pics with yall. The day started off HORRIBLE as I woke up with a really bad migrain. First stop of the morning I couldnt even hold my head up, luckily we landed the first fish of the day. An 8lb 2oz donkey. She was caught on a drop shot in 3ft of water. BTW, this is Kathys from Santones mom…her new PB

Later that evening I headed back out to meet the guys I was fishing with the next day…they wanted to get a few hours on the water that evening, and im glad they did. When I got out I instantly started catching fish, Jason Hoffman had called me and clued me into something, next thing I know i have a 9lb 11oz chunk in the boat.
A few minuntes later Hoffman calls, customer has an 11ber in the boat…DANG!!!
So I catch a few more with a couple of 5-6lber and my customers arive. Pick them up at the ramp and we’re off.
Make it short, Travis had a 7lb 9oz’r on a swimbait, a 10lb 4oz on a craw tube and I caught a 7lb 4oz on a crawtube.
All in all we had (for the day) a 10-4, 9-11, 8-2, 7-9, 7-4, total of 43lbs!!! Great day, and we were throwing back some chunks.






Lake Fork 15.02 Sharelunker caught by Gary Sims

December 13, 2012


Congrats to the angler Gary Sims.  Fishing is on!


2013 Lake Fork Guide List FULL Bass, Crappie, Catfish

November 22, 2012
I have not forgot anyone on purpose.  Please email to get on the list if you are not on it.
Larry Barnes 903-765-3858
Gerald Boudreaux 225-573-0513
James Caldemeyer 903-736-9888
Rick Carter 903-765-3474 cell 903-850-4007
Ron Casner 480-518-5180
Tony Clark 903-473-3956
Rick Collis 903-473-8820
Brian Duplechain 903-765-3131
Tom Evans 903-383-3059
Stephen Fatherree 214-215-9854
Nathan Fields 214-734-0788
Skeeter Fowler 903-292-9659
Johnny Glass 214-632-9200
Roy Greer 903-765-2075
Johnny Guice 817-917-2150
Heath Hardwick 903-440-2358
Andrew Hawkins 903-569-1586 (crappie)
James Henderson 214-864-2469 *Day/Night
Randy Hutto 903-975-0037
Eddie Garrett 972-979-4850
Andrew Grills 606-280-0100
Jeff Gun 903-765-2155
Jason Hoffman 903-456-3691
Ronnie Kelley 903-574-5796
Chuck Justice 580-889-6742
Larry Large 903-765-2548
Robert Littlejohn 903-292-9929
Larry Lovell 903-473-1555
Rick Loomis 903-383-3050
Cody Malone 254-722-9031
Richard McCarty 903-383-2864
Marc Mitchell 903-438-0266
Terri Moon 903-383-7773 -Crappie
Mike Moody 903-474-1244
John Morris 903-454-6910
James Niggemeyer 903-312-0780
Randy Oldfield 903-962-3056
Mark Pack 903 569 1923 Cell 903 520 8085
Gary Paris 903-763-2801
J.W. Peterson 214-236-3320
Jim Purdy 972-495-6073
Jim Range 972-979-4850
Tom Redington 214-683-9572
Brooks Rogers 903-878-2727 cell 903-780-0680
Thurman Selman 972-345-9370
Dough Shampine 903-474-0508
Dennis Sheley 903-629-3826
Dan Silcox 903-765-3611
Gene Snider 903-383-7668 cell 903-638-1215 *Day/Night
Barbara Stevenson 903-765-3120
Mark Stevenson 903-765-3120
Dean Stroman 903-383-7214
John Tanner 903-569-7451
Tommy Tatom 903-497-6994
Jim Taylor 903-355-4176- catfish
Pappy Terrell 903-850-1113 crappie
David Vance 903-629-7699
Ricky Vandergriff 903-530-2201
Ray Vereen 903-473-9528
Lance Vick 903-312-0609
James Williams 903-878-2676
Richie White 903-439-2266
Mark Woodruff 903-765-9033
Eric Wright 972-757-7947

Lake Fork Guide Stephen Fatherree Video Report 9-13-12

September 13, 2012



Hey fishing fans, check out the below video to learn how to catch big bass on a jig during this late summer transition period. The fishing has slowed down over the past couple weeks as the lake finishes turning over. Many of the bass are scattered and can be found in both shallow and deep water. Try flipping and pitching a jig this September on Lake Fork for the best chance at hooking a giant bass.