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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. 

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Lake Fork Guide James Caldemeyer Lake Fork Report 2-20-2014

February 20, 2014

Lake Fork Guide James Caldemeyer

Trophy Bass Fishing Report

February 20, 2014

The weather is warming up and the big bass are on the move at Lake Fork this week. My clients and I have been having great success the past week or so and I expect it to get better and better over the next week. The water temperatures are finally back into the 50’s on most areas of the lake with some surface temps reaching the upper 50’s yesterday. This last very cold snap did do a number on a lot of the green hydrilla that we had growing in the creeks but there is still enough around to hold a number of big females staging in it. Search baits like a lipless crank bait, spinner bait, or chatter bait have been good for covering water and finding groups of fish in the grass. Most of the fish are holding in 2-6 feet of water on points, drains and ditches adjacent to spawning flats. Once you catch one or two, work the area thoroughly because there will be more bass there. We have also been catching some flipping timber along the creek channels in 8-12 feet. A black & blue Talon jig with a Berkley Chigger Craw is hard to beat this time of year for a giant bass. This next week should get very interesting if the warm weather continues so if you have been holding off because of the cold to head out to the lake, now is the time to start making plans to get out here. Lake Fork is going to get real good, real quick!

Please feel free to contact me if you are headed to Lake Fork this year and are looking for a guide, I would enjoy the opportunity to take you or your group fishing and show you a great time on Lake Fork. I still have a few dates still available but be sure to schedule your 2014 date soon as I fill up very fast! As always, 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 atlakeforktrophybass@yahoo.com You can also visit my website for more information about Lake Fork and my guide service at www.officiallakeforktrophybass.com You can also find me on Facebook and follow my official Lake Fork Guide page at https://www.facebook.com/lakeforkfishingguides

I would like to thank all of my 2014 sponsors for their support: Ranger Boats, Mercury Outboards, I Am Second, Interstate Batteries, Lowrance, Power Pole, Berkley, Abu Garcia, Talon Lures, Navionics, Simms, Costa Del Mar and Elite Tungsten.

Psalms 27:1

Tight Lines and God Bless,

James Caldemeyer

Guide James Caldemeyer Lake Fork Report August 2013

August 7, 2013

James Caldemeyer’s

Lake Fork Trophy Bass

Monthly Fishing Report

August 2013

 

James Caldemeyer with an over weighed in at Bass'N'Bucks

James Caldemeyer with an over weighed in at Bass’N’Bucks

 

           

 

 

 

 

 

August is an exciting month at Lake Fork. This is a great time to get the kids out one last time before they head back to school for the year. The bass are often “school”ing too so the fishing can be a lot of fun! Last month was one of the most inconsistent weather months that I have ever seen in the Texas summer. One day it’s raining, the next it’s 100 degrees, then a cold front and its 59 degrees for a low with the lake trying to turn over. Wow! It kept the fish just as confused as anyone else and relatively inconsistent patterns were prevalent from shallow to deep. I expect August to fish the same and we could definitely see an early turnover of the lake as fall gets into swing with the mild temperatures.

 

The lake has been holding steady with the rains we’ve been getting. It is just over 5 feet low. The water temperatures are ranging from 84-90 degrees. Most of the lake is slightly to moderately stained with some clearer areas to 3 feet found in places. The hydrilla grass is really making a strong come back on the lake with lots of grass to be found at the backs of some of the northern to mid lake creeks and I have even seen some small sprigs of it growing down by the dam. That is great news and will definitely make for some awesome fishing the rest of the year.

 

The shallow bite has really turned on and been a bit more consistent than the deeper fishing lately. Lots of bass are roaming the shallows with groups of shad that have made their way to the banks. Weightless jerk baits like the Berkley Havoc “The Jerk” has been good for these bass chasing shad. I have also been catching some frog fish when the clouds and rain come in. I like the moving frogs that have a lot of kicking action in the legs when reeled on a steady retrieve over the grass and lily pads. The Berkley Chigger Toad in black or white is a great choice. Another great bait for fishing around the grass is a Texas rigged Berkley Power Worm or Havoc Juice Worm in the 7” or 8” sizes respectively. My favorite colors are black & blue, green pumpkin, and blue fleck. Of course I always like to break my Abu Garcia Villain wacky worm rod when I target these shallow fishing too. I use the 6’9” medium light version with an Abu Garcia MGX reel spooled with 12-15 lb Trilene 100% fluorocarbon line. I like to use a weedless wacky hook and a 6.25” Berkley Bottom Hopper with a small nail stuck in the end of the worm for some weight to throw it and help it sink nose down into the grass. Fishing this around the grass on Lake Fork will put them in the boat! Best colors are june bug, shady watermelon candy, and green pumpkin.

 

            The deep bite has been hit and miss lately. When I say deep I am referring to that 20-30 foot range. The inconsistency, in my opinion, has been due to the lack of a distinct thermocline setting up on the lake this summer. This is the water range of depth out deep that appears in the summer where a band of oxygen forms at a certain depth (usually 22-26 feet on Lake Fork) and gives the fish a sanctuary of comfort during the hot months of the year. It started to appear some in June but disappeared with the very mild July weather. One of two things will probably happen this month. It will either become very hot and it will set up again or it will stay mild and the lake will eventually turn over which will eliminate any possibility of a thermocline. So, depending on what transpires with the current weather, we will see what happens. Until then the most consistent deeper bite for me remains to be in the 12-18 feet range. There are a lot of big bass feeding on shad in this depth range. I like to use my Lowrance HDS units to locate bass out deep. Once I have located with my graph The Carolina rig and Talon football head jig has been best when they are close to the bottom. I like my Carolina rig on a 7’6” medium heavy Abu Garcia Villain or Veritas rod with a Revo reel spooled up with some 20 lb Trilene 100% fluorocarbon line and a 15-17 lb leader. I like to use a 1 oz Elite Tungsten weight and a 3/0 hook. I have been catching a number of fish with the new Berkley Rib Snake as well as the Berkley Havoc Bottom Hopper. The best colors have been blue fleck, watermelon, and green pumpkin. If you want to catch a big one out deep then you will want to break out the football jig too! Talon Lures 3/4 – 1 oz football head jig with a Berkley Havoc Pit Chunk trailer is a hard combination to beat. I am throwing this in the same areas as the Carolina rig and dragging it or hopping it through these deep schools of bass. Best colors right now are green pumpkin, willies, and California. A lot of the fish are suspended and even schooling on shad in some areas. These fish are a little trickier to catch. You need something that you can work in the middle to upper part of the water column. The deep diving crank bait, swim bait, a Talon Lures flutter spoon or an A-rig are all great choices. Let the bass out deep tell you what they want right now because they are all over the place and they move around in the water column. Mixing it up and trying a variety of things on a school of fish will pay off. Having good electronics is a big advantage too! I love my Lowrance HDS Gen2 Touch screen. Knowing how to read the sonar and apply it to your fishing is the most important thing though. If you are weak in this area, now is the time to get out on the water and log some time in out deep.

 

I hope this information helps you in pursuit of a trophy bass on Lake Fork this month. I am excited about this year and the bass fishing on Lake Fork! If you are thinking of coming out and would like to book a trip this year, feel free to contact me. I still have some summer dates available and am already filling up for the fall. I am dedicated to my clients and will work hard to put you on the fish of your dreams! You can contact me to book your trip by email at lakeforktrophybass@yahoo.com or give me a call at 903-736-9888. Also, visit my website to find out more information about Lake Fork bass fishing and my guide service at www.officiallakeforktrophybass.com You can also keep up with me by joining my new Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/JamesCaldemeyersLakeForkTrophyBassGuideService?ref=hl  Be sure to go by Diamond Sports Marine on Hwy 154 here at Lake Fork and see the new 2013 Ranger Boats. If you are in the market for a new boat this year its time to go see Ben or Fred for a great deal on a closeout 2013 model as the 2014 year model boats will be arriving soon. If you would like to take a test ride, feel free to contact me or call the dealership at 903-383-7829 and we will get you out on the water for a demo in one! I would like to thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for another year that He has blessed me with as well as all my 2013 Sponsors: Ranger Boats, Mercury Outboards, Berkley, I Am Second, Abu Garcia, Berkley, Interstate Batteries, Lowrance, Talon Lures, Elite Tungsten, Hamby’s, Navionics, Simms, Costa Del Mar, and Hydrowave.

Acts 3:19 -Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord

 

Tight Lines and God Bless,

James Caldemeyer

Big Bass this Week on Lake Fork

July 28, 2013

Have had a couple of big fish weighed in the past few days.  Mark Watson with a 10.15 and Tim Haven with an 11.10

Mark Watson 10.15

Mark Watson 10.15

Tim Haven 11.10 Lake Fork 7-27-13

Tim Haven 11.10 Lake Fork 7-27-13

John Morris Weekly Lake Fork Report July 21, 2013

July 21, 2013

LAKE FORK WEEKLY FISHING REPORT
FROM: J & M Guide Service

The surface water temperatures continued to rise in spite of a few rain showers this week. The temperatures went from 86 to 88 degrees. The Bass fishing remained good all week. We caught most of our Bass on “The Tackle Factory” chrome/chartreuse and chrome/blue flutter spoon in 26 feet of water on old road beds. The worm bite remained slow with a few good fish being caught early in the morning in 10 to 12 feet of water around sharp road bends. A few good fish were being caught on deep running crankbaits like the DD22’s.
The Crappie fishing is still good around all of the bridges on the lake. Minnows were still at the top of the Crappies favorite food chain. It was nothing to catch a limit of Crappie in two hours. The best water depth is still 26 feet.
The White Bass are feeding early in the morning and again around six in the evening. They were getting picky on their diet this week, wanting mostly large minnows. A few 3 pound White Bass were being caught on the chrome/chartreuse flutter spoon during the midday period.
The Catfish fishermen were still enjoying great fishing. 35 to 40 good eating size were being caught in the mornings using stink bait and cut liver. They were also being caught on trout lines using cut bait. The tight line fishermen found the 20 to 22 feet was the best water depth to catch fish in.
“Take a kid fishing”! The large Bream (Blue Gill) are really biting. Crickets are the kids best bet on catching a lot of good quality fish in 10 to 12 feet around any old stumps.
Hey guys and gals have you put off buying a new bass boat? Well don’t put it off any longer. Get on down to Nichols Marine in Longview TX and check the Nichols Edition Ranger 520c. It is loaded with such things a HSD 10 in the console, HSD 8 in the bow, custom cover, Hamby’s keel guard, and it is powered by a Mercury 250hp Pro XS. What a beautiful boat that would make anybody proud.
Do you need crickets or minnows while you are at beautiful Lake Fork? Well look no further than Lake Fork Marina. They have good quality bait on hand all of the time. Don’t forget to pick up plenty of water and ice while you are there.
We still are booking guided fishing trips for August and September. If you need help getting ready the McDonalds Big Bass Splash or the Berkley Tournament, give us a call for a guided trip. Our phone number is (Toll Free) 1-888-454-7037, or E-mail us at: bassmr@geusnet.com. Have safe fishing week.
John Morris
J & M Guide Service

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

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

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

John Morris Lake Fork Report

September 28, 2012

WEEKLY FISHING REPORT

FROM:  J & M Guide Service

 

This week it rained which caused the water surface temperatures to fall 4 degrees to 80/81 degrees.  This had two effects on the Large Mouth Bass.  One, it added oxygen into the water and second, it helped the lake to complete its turn over.  The result was the Large Mouth Bass started to feed again.  I had a pleasure to try a new bait produced by Lake Fork Trophy Lures.  It is called a 4½ inch Boot Tail Magic Shad in the natural Shad color.  I rigged it on a 5/0 weighted wide gap hook.  Wow what action!  I used it on a 7 foot medium heavy action rod and a Quantum reel with a 5.1 to 1 gear ratio.  Line of choice for this setup was 17 pound Stren line.   I am here to tell you that this new Boot Tail Magic Shad is the real deal.  It can be swam like a crank bait or used in a erratic action like a dying shad.  The tail gives the bait an extreme amount of motion and moves a lot of water.  With all of that said—it really catches a lot of good quality Large Mouth Bass and even a White Bass once in a while. 

 

The Crappie fishing remained slow.   Medium size Minnows were still there favorite food this week.

 

The White Bass could be caught this week on the Lake Fork Tackle ½ ounce flutter spoon in the Barr Fish (Yellow Bass) color.  Most of our better White Bass came in 24 foot of water over old stumps or trash piles.

 

The Catfish were still slow this week.  There diet changed from cut bait to large minnows.  But the ones being caught were still small.

 

If you are going to be on the water this weekend be careful.  The McDonalds Big Bass Splash Tournament is going to be held at Lake Fork Marina.  I would expect two to three thousand fishermen to be on the water this weekend here at Lake Fork.

 

We are still taking bookings for prime Large Mouth Bass and White Bass trips this October and November.  So give us a call here at J & M Guide Service toll free:

1-888-454-7037.     Have a safe fishing week and wear those life Jackets.

 

J & M Guide Service

(John Morris)

E-mail:  bassmr@geusnet.com

Lance Vick Summer Fishing Report July 19th, 2012

July 20, 2012

Nothing like Lake Fork Summer time fishing, ,,,the hotter the better
Why is this ?
During the hot part of the day algae bloom with the sunlight and plankton move about grazing on it,then the shad eat the plankton ,shad moving around mean bass will sitting down at the dinner table waiting for the steak to be served .
How does this help us ,well if know where the dinner tables are on the lake we
can serve up dinner.,
Where are the Dinner tables for schools of bass? Dinner Tables are high spots like,humps,points,roadbeds.
What do highs spots act as dinner tables ? Well as the bottom end of the food chain get active roaming around in the deeper water .Bass set the table
on high spots in the deep water and wait for dinner to come by them . High spots offer bass a ambush point for the shad ,using the top of the high spot
and the trees for cover they wait for the shad to come over, since they are close
to them when they are set up on the structure, they can eat without moving far
from the table .
Since the table is set its time to feed ……..
There are many deep water techniques to serve to hungry bass you can stick
with your favorite,or mix it up, I’m a rig it all up and let them pick out their
steak of the day .
Texas Rig, if I had to pick my favorite this is it
My texas rig is on a Dobyns dx 744 c with 15 lb florocarbon line
a Dominator tunsten weight 1/4 or 3/8 oz with a EWG 3/0 hook
rigged with a Grandebass 8 inch mega tail worm,trophy hunter and red bug
are favorite colors

Football head jig is rigged on a champion 736c heavy action rod
20 pound Florocarbon line 3/4 football head jig or a brush jig
colors are shades of green green pumpkin green flake is favorite
Jigs are tipped with a Grandebass Mega claw falcon craw or green pumpkin
,
Shaky head rig is rigged on a 734c Dobyns with 15 lb florocarbon with a
3/8 to 1/2 football head shakey head rigged with a straight tail worm
or a Diamond back Rattlesnake in killer green pumpkin

C-rig,is my go to when its windy out ,rigged 15 pound florocarbon on a 764 c
with a 3/4 or 1 oz Dominator tungsten weight a brass ticker, swivel ,3 foot leader 3/0 ewg hook rigged with a Grandebass 4.5 inch rattlesnake
chartreuse /watermelon , Chartreuse pepper ,or Vicks # 20

Crankbaits are also better during windy conditions rigged on a
805 CB Rm with 12 pound mono line ,Favorite crank is SK 6xd in all colors

Spoon rigged on Dobyns 764c with 20 florocarbon Big Joes spoon

These six basic techniques will catch big bass on Lake Fork in the summertime
During the morning work on shallow fish, junk fishing and topwater then as it gets warm find fish with your electronics and use the above techniques until one starts hitting,
There will be off times during the day thats when you’ve got to drink some
water, turn up the tunes, keep a lure in the water and enjoy fishing in this great
country of ours .Fish’em out they are going to feed you just have to be there for them .Good Fishing, Lance