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Lake Fork Guide List

December 15, 2016


  1. Larry Barnes 903-765-3858
  2. Gerald Boudreaux 225-573-0513
  3. James Caldemeyer 903-736-9888
  4. Rick Carter 903-765-3474/c903-850-4007
  5. Tony Clark 903-473-3956
  6. Rick Collis 903-473-8820
  7. Sam Cotton 903-268-3399
  8. Brian Duplechain 903-574-9442
  9. Tom Evans 903-383-3059
  10. Skeeter Fowler 903-292-9659
  11. Eddy Garrett 972-979-4850
  12. Johnny Glass c214-632-9200
  13. Tyler Gottiva 918-633-4589
  14. Andrew Grills 903-638-1170
  15. Johnny Guice 972-800-3882
  16. Jeff Gunn 903-765-2155
  17. Don Hampton 903-383-7748
  18. Heath Hardwick 903-440-2358
  19. James Henderson 214-864-2469
  20. Zach Hughes 972-979-4163
  21. Randy Hutto 903-975-0037
  22. Jason Hoffman 903-456-3691
  23. Chuck Justice 580-889-6742
  24. Jay Kendrick 214-566-8360
  25. Jeff Kitchens 903-649-3354
  26. Stan Kuhn 903-383-2921
  27. Larry Large 903-765-2548
  28. Billy Lawson 903-519-4542
  29. Robert Littlejohn 903-292-9929
  30. Larry Lovell 903-473-1555
  31. Rick Loomis 903-383-3050
  32. Cody Malone 254-722-9031
  33. Richard McCarty 903-383-2864
  34. Michael McFarland 602-826-1524
  35. Marc Mitchell 903-438-0266
  36. Phillip Montano 903-343-6268
  37. Mike Moody 903-474-1244
  38. Terri Moon 903-383-7773 crappie
  39. John Morris 903-413-6919
  40. James Niggemeyer 903-312-0780
  41. Randy Oldfield 903-962-3056
  42. David Ozio 409-782-4269
  43. Mark Pack  903-569-1923/c 903-520-8085
  44. Gary Paris 903-763-2801
  45. Pep Pepmiller 214-663-6683
  46. J.W. Peterson 214-236-3320
  47. Chuck Pratt 903-882-9038
  48. Josh Priest  903-474-4990
  49. Jim Purdy 972-495-6073
  50. Jim Range  214-938-7155
  51. Brooks Rogers 903-878-2727/c 903-780-0680
  52. George Rule 214-202-6641  catfish
  53. Thurman Selman  972-345-9370
  54. Dave Settle 903-440-0044
  55. Doug Shampine  940-902-3855
  56. Dennis Sheley 903-629-3826
  57. Dan Silcox 903-765-3611/903-780-6595
  58. Whitt Smith  972-743-2046
  59. Gene Snider 9103-638-1868
  60. Barbara Stevenson 903-765-3120
  61. Mark Stevenson 903-765-3120
  62. Dale Stokes 903-850-5319
  63. David Strahan 903-850-8511
  64. Dean Stroman 903-383-7214
  65. “Stubby” Stubblefield 817-366-5492  Catfish,Crappies
  66. John Tanner 903-763-0338/ 903-569-7451
  67. Tommy Tatom 903-497-6994
  68. Jim Taylor 903-355-4176 catfish
  69. Pappy Terrell   903-850-1113 crappies
  70. David Vance 903-629-7699
  71. Ricky Vandergriff 903-530-2201
  72. Ray Vereen 972-849-2685
  73. Lance Vick 903-312-0609
  74. Andrew Vineyard 214-684-3985
  75. Greg West 214-557-0135
  76. Richie White 903-439-2266/903-383-2725
  77. James Williams 903-878-2676
  78. Brad Williams 903-355-1464 crappie
  79. Eric Wright 972-757-7947

James Caldemeyer Lake Fork Report 12-07-16

December 13, 2016


Winter has arrived and the year is winding down here at Lake Fork. December is still an exciting month on Lake Fork as the fish continue to feed up in the winter. This year that bite has been extended due to the somewhat mild temperatures that we have had so far this fall. So expect plenty of opportunities to catch big bass this month while you are at Lake Fork as the big bass continue their feeding habits into early winter.

The lake is currently 3 feet low so we could use a little winter rain. The water levels are still real good going into 2017 though. Water temperatures are ranging from 58-62 degrees currently and will cool even further as the month progresses. Water clarity is fairly clear on the main lake to clear to slightly stained in some of the creeks. There is a lot of grass up in some of the creeks still so this has helped maintain the overall water clarity on the lake.

I am catching fish both shallow and out in deep water right now. It has kind of been a mixed bite for the most as fish in all ranges of the water column have been active. The shallow bite has been good from main lake points to the backs of the major creeks. I am finding most of the fish in 2-8 feet of water. Lipless crank baits and square bill crank baits have been good in any shad pattern. I like red or chrome and sexy shad colors respectively. A Santone Lures spinnerbait, chatter bait, or a 3:16 Lure Company swimbait has also been a great producer especially on windy days. Frontal cloud cover days are usually better for the shallow fishing but I often times find a lot of bass up shallow in the coldest part of the year on a sunny day. They like to sit up there in the sun as it warms the shallow water. As the waters cool and winter sets in don’t forget to break out the jerk baits also. On days that the bite gets tougher you can break out one of these and save the day. I like a traditional suspending rogue in gold/black/orange, black & chrome, or clown colors. Jerking this bait around stumps and grass with slow twitches will draw some big fish out to get it!

The deep bite is still a blast this time of year also. I am using my new Garmin 7612xsv touch screen units right now to find schools of bass offshore. And with my Garmin Clear Vu and Panoptix scans, finding brush piles is a breeze and an added bonus for more productive fishing. I can find these deep-water bass havens relatively easy and the fish love them. Most off the bass are located in 18-25 ft of water but you can find some starting to move even deeper in 26-32 ft. Humps, points, road beds, channel swings, pond dams, and ridges are great places to focus your efforts on. These big fish will be schooling up in these areas following shad, yellow bass, white bass, and crappie around looking for an easy meal. The Carolina rig is deadly on these deep bass. I like to rig my new Abu Garcia Villain 2.0 rods and Revo reels spooled up with 20 lb Trilene 100% Fluorocarbon line and a 1oz weight, 4-5 foot leader, and a 3/0 wide gap hook. The Berkley Havoc Bottom Hopper, Backslide, or a 7” Power Worm on this rig. Best colors are green pumpkin, watermelon candy, blue fleck, or chartreuse pepper. The jig bite out deep can be good for the big ones too. A 5/8- 3/4 oz Santone football jig with a Berkley Havoc Pit Chunk craw style trailer on the back will catch some of the biggest bass out of the school. Best colors on the jig are Black & blue, Bass Candy, and of course my custom “JC’s Spicy Craw” color is always a good choice. The jigging spoon and tail kicker are also very good right now. A big Lake Fork flutter spoon or KT spoon in ½ oz size has been best. Getting over the top of these big schools of fish with one of these or even a Little George can yield some real trophies and are something even the kids or wife can enjoy. I am also catching a number of fish on the Hog Farmer umbrella rig tipped with Santone Rig Heads and Berkley swimbaits. It’s not for the faint of heart casting it all day but it is a very rewarding technique for big bass this time of year for those that choose to fish it.

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 also be taking some trips to our local power plant lakes (Monticello and Welsh) for those that want to get in on some of the great winter action there. I still have a few dates available for winter and am already taking 2017 reservations as well. Most people don’t realize how quick my spring and early summer calendar fills up on Lake Fork so please be sure to start thinking about scheduling your 2017 dates soon if you would like to get on my schedule. My available dates are already becoming limited. 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. They make great Christmas presents!!! You can contact me to make your reservation at 903-736-9888 or send me an email at You can also visit my website for more information about Lake Fork and my guide service at You can find me on Facebook and follow my official Lake Fork Guide page at

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 are receiving the new 2017 Ranger Boats daily and you do not want to miss the opportunity to check out the new Z series bass boats as well as the economical 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 FLW Series tournament fishing and my guide service on Lake Fork: Toyota, Carhartt, Ranger Boats, Mercury Outboards, I Am Second, Leer, Garmin, Berkley, Abu Garcia, Santone Lures, Costa Sunglasses, Power Pole, Rigid Industries, Road Armor, Fabtech Motorsports, Royal Racks, and Elite Tungsten.

Luke 11:28 – “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.”

Tight Lines & God Bless,

James Caldemeyer


November 3, 2016



DATES:  24 – 30 October 2016

What a beautiful week to fish Lake Fork.  With the weather in the 80’s all week, the water temperatures stayed in the mid to upper 70’s.  The water clarity is great and the Bass are biting.  During this week a lot of really good fish were being caught along with a ton of really small ones.  The wacky riged Zoom chartreuse/pumpkin trick worm still was the best producing bait this week.  It even produced some really good fish such as my nice 9.2 pound Bass I caught on Tuesday morning.  If you are fishing south of the 515 bridge you might want to change to the California 420 color on your trick worm.  One pattern that really worked well was a orginal chatter bait with a Smash Tech swim bait used as a trailer.  We took the skirt off the chatter bait and just used the swim bait.  It is noted if you are fishing more than 5 foot deep you are fishing to deep!  Our equipment list for the week still remained, Duckett rods, ABU Garcia Orra SX 2 reals, Stren “orginal “ line and Zoom trick worms.

The White Bass are in the northern Creeks of the lake chasing shad.  They can be caught on small Strike King Gizzard Shad 1.5 Square Bill crankbaits.  If you are Crappie fishing in the northern creeks you will pick up a few on minnows.

The Crappie fishing remains good all over the lake.  The better Crappies are coming in 11 to 15 foot over brush piles.  Mylar with orange tails 1/16 ounce Crappie jigs worked really well.  When the bite slows down, tip the crappie jig with a minnow.  Works every time!  Have fun!!

The Catfish fishermen continue have good success in 12 foot of water using punch pait.  They are being caught around baited trees.  A few Catfish are showing up on brush piles in front of docks in 6 to 8 foot of water.  

While you are at Lake Fork, make sure you stop into Lake Fork Marina and check out all the new tackle such as the new Strike King Chatter Baits and the Smash tech swim baits.  They also have a good selection of Duckett Rods and ABU Garcia Reels.

Fall fishing is in full swing.  Here at J & M Guide Service we have several dates open for guided trips for Bass, Crappie and White Bass fishing.  Give us a call at: (903) 413-6919 or E-mail us at bassmr@geusnet.comn .  Have a great fishing week and keep a tight line. ☺




September 21, 2016

J & M Guide Service

DATES:  12 – 18 September 2016

It was very warm this week here at Lake Fork.  Due to the warm air temperatures the water temperature also rose back to 88 -89 degrees.  However, with the large amounts of Hydrilla starting to show up in the creeks, the creeks are starting to clear up.  One of my clients asked me, why does the Hydrilla look brown?  Here is the answer to that; the Hydrilla acts as a filtering system in the water.  Take a piece of Hydrilla that looks brown and run your hand down it, you will find out it is green underneath.  The Big Bass Splash is now over.  It took an 11.18 pound Bass to win the top prize in the over the slot category and a 2.59 Bass to win in the under the slot category.  Congratulation to both the anglers!  The pattern did not change much this week.  A Zoom chartreuse/pumpkin trick worm rigged wacky style was the top producer in the Hydrilla and the best water depth was 3 to 4 feet.   The Zoom watermelon/red Mag II worm worked very well in the thick pads.  The Rattle Trap bite did fall off this week due to the warmer water temperatures.  For equipment list this week we continued to use Duckett rods and ABU Garcia reels lined with Stren 17 pound test line.  Zoom worm products was our best producers.

With the water temperatures back in the upper 80’s the White Bass fishing continued to be slow.  When you found them, the Joe Spaits chrome with red eyes and the white with black stripe Flashtail ½ ounce spoon worked really well.  The moved back in to 28 to 32 foot of water.

The Crappie fishing was good this week.  Look for them in 20 foot of water over and around brush piles.   The minnow rig is still the best way to put good Crappies in the boat.

No Catfish report this week due to the Big Bass Splash.

With the Berkley tournament just around the corner, Lake Fork Marina has gotten a very large shipment of Berkley product in.  You might want to check out the Tightline UV products also.  The Tightline products are changing the complete Bass fishing Industry.  

Yes the Berkley and Bass Cat Tournaments are quickly approaching.  We have a few days open for guided bass trips to help get ready for the tournaments.  Give us a call at: (903) 413-6919 or E-mail us at: .  Have a great fishing week!

Eric Wright – Lake Fork Report

September 21, 2016

Here is Eric’s latest report.

The last two weeks this cooler weather has the water temp starting to drop down in the lower 80’s and the fish have started to move so I’ve had to change it up some. The fish have been biting very good for us, we’re not getting a lot of really big fish, but have caught some good one’s and a lot of solid under fish. I think on Sunday we might have had 40+. So, the numbers are really good right now.

I have been catching these fish shallow and deep. The fish I am on shallow are way in the backs of the creeks in 1’ – 2’ deep. I am using a Texas Rig with 1/8 oz weight and a #3 rigging hook. The best bait on that for me has been an Ultravibe speed worm (Junebug red) I am also throwing a fluke on the same hook just weightless ( watermelon magic). I am catching a few fish on a frog in the grass next to the creeks. I like throwing (black or white) ribbits. If you want you can catch these shallow fish all day or you can head out deep and wack them.

A lot of these fish are schooling out deep for me the last two weeks and I am finding these fish out in about 25 foot off points. I am using a white weightless fluke on the fish that are blowing up on shad and what I have been doing to get down to the better fish is get under them with a Storm in a (shad color) or use a big worm on a 3/8 Texas rig. I have also been throwing some C-Rigs( plum)

That’s about all I got right now and hope it helps y’all out. If you are looking to come out and catch some fish I would love to have y’all.

Thanks and I hope y’all are enjoying the great weather we’re having.

Eric Wright 972 757 7947


August 17, 2016


DATES:  1 – 7 August, 2016

It was another hot week here at Lake Fork.   With the air temperatures in the 100+ range this week the water temperatures reached 92 to 95 degrees.  The water clarity continues to improve in the main lake area and even in the back of some creeks.  The evaporation rate continues to take its toll on the lake level with the lake now being down about a foot.  What that means is some of our stump Bass ☺ are starting to show up.  Please be careful where you are running!  The other issue is the dehydration factor.  Guys and gals please drink plenty of fluids to keep yourself hydrated which will help you catch more fish here at Lake Fork.  The Bass could still be caught in 16 to 20 foot of water using a Carolina rig or you can move into 3 to 5 foot of water and use a wacky rig.  We continued to use Lake Fork Trophy Lures chartreuse/pepper ring fry on our Carolina rigs.  We also continued using the chartreuse/pumpkin Zoom trick worm rigged wacky style to catch good numbers of fish up to 6.5 pounds.  Don’t forget to put a nail in the head of the wacky worm is get it down into the grass and pads.  Our better fish came after lunch in the heat of the day.  If you can stand the heat the Bass will bite!  Duckett Ghost rods and ABU Garcia Orra SX reels did all the work for us again this week.

The White Bass remain scattered out on main lake points and creek bends.  If you can find a brush pile on a creek bend that will really help you.  24 foot of water is the key factor.  Yes, use a Joe Spaits chrome and chartreuse flutter spoon.

The Crappie fishing was slow again this week.  The 515 bridges are your best bet and use the good ole minnow rig to fill you your plate with.

Now for the Catfish report.  Just continue baiting trees in 28 to 30 foot of water and you will get bit all day and all night, use punch bait.  A few trout line fishermen are having success using cut bait.  

While you are at beautiful Lake Fork, you need to stop in at Lake Fork Marina and check out their newly remodeled tackle store.  New product is coming in every day and you really need to check out the upstairs portion and see the new clothes product lines.

Yes it is hot!  But we are booking Bass and White Bass guide trips all throughout this month.  Don’t  forget that the Big Bass Splash is coming up, so if you need help getting ready for it give us a call at: (903) 413-6919 or E-mail us at:  Keep a tight line and have a safe fishing week.


May 24, 2016

 J & M Guide Service

This week was a good week of fishing here at Lake Fork.  The water temperatures were in the upper 70’s to the low 80’s.  The water clarity continues to get better every day.  The Bass fishing was just fare this week.  The wacky rig and the Carolina rig were the most constant fish producers!  On the wacky rig we used the watermelon/red Zoom Trick worm and dyed the tail chartreuse.  On the Carolina rig we used the watermelon/red Zoom Baby Brush Hog with the tails dyed chartreuse.  The wind precluded us from doing much deep water fishing.  When we were able to move out on the points, the Carolina rig worked the best.  Our rod and reel combination this week continues to be Duckett rods and ABU Garcia Orra SX reels with Stren 17 pound test line.

The White Bass continued to be attacking Joe Spaits ½ ounce chrome Flashtail spoon.  There are on just about on every hump from 19 to 25 foot of water.  Take the kids out and let them have fun catching them.

The Crappie fishing this week was fare this.  The better Crappie were taken on straight minnow rigs in 14 to 16 foot of water.  A few good Crappies were taken under the bridges when the wind would let you stay out in the deep water.

The Catfish fishing was on fire this week again.  Numerous good Catfish were being taken in 24 to 26 foot of water on punch bait.  The key continues to be baited trees.

The Lake Fork Marina tackle shop has a great selection of Duckett rod and ABU Garcia reels.  While in the Lake Fork Marina tackle shop make sure you check out the Strike King 1.5, 6XD and 10XD crankbaits.  

The Skeeter Tournament is just around the corner.  Here at J & M Guide Service we have a few open days for guided Bass fishing trips to help you get ready for the tournament.  Give us a call at (903) 413-6919 or E-mail us at: .  Have a great fishing week and keep a tight line!

Eric Wright Lake Fork Report 3/17/16

March 17, 2016

For the last week or so I have been sight fishing 90% of the time  and we are catching about 15-25 a day. I am starting to see some bigger fish come up on beds this week.

The water temps are starting out around 60-61 degrees and warming up to 68 where I have been fishing. I am spending a lot of time around mid-lake but these fish are locking on beds everywhere right now. If I was coming out to Lake Fork all I would be doing is sight fishing. The water is stained but you are still able to find the fish.

My two main baits are a texas rigged #7 hook with a 1/4 oz weight any craw type bait(Okeechobee Craw) for bed fish and when I am searching I am throwing a weightless fluke (watermelon colors with dipped tail) or a frog.

I have several dates open at the end of April but as we get closer I will probably get those booked. If you are looking to come out and experience some incredible sight fishing please give me a call and I would love to have y’all out.

I am also starting to book up May and June so if you are looking to come out and throw some swimbaits, c-rigs and drop shots out in deeper water for some giants, book your trips soon! My full day prices will be going up to 400$, but if you get your trips booked before May 1st I will honor my current price 350$ for the day you come out to fish.

Eric Wright 972 757 7947                                                                                                                      




March 17, 2016

FROM:  J & M Guide Service

 6 – 12 March 2016

This week was a very wet week.  We saw almost 6 inches of rain and the lake came up to 1 and a 1/2 foot over full pool.  The water clarity remained heavily stained to muddy over most of the lake.   The water temperatures remained in the lower 60’s and the Bass were on the move into their spawning areas.   We caught a lot of small fish but a few between the 7 to 9 pound range.  The spinner bait, jig and fluke bite was the best for us this week. The Spinner bait of choice was a 3/8 ounce with a chartreuse/white/orange skirt, gold Colorado blades with a fire perch color Lake Fork Trophy Lures “Live” Magic Shad as a trailer.  “Great combination”!  Our jig combination was a ½ ounce jig with and Zoom Brush Hog as a trailer.  I take a full size watermelon red Brush Hog and pinch the top half off just below the wings and put the bottom half on the jig as a trailer.  One more trick, I dye the tails of the Brush Hog chartreuse.  The Zoom fluke was a great fish catcher this week.  We used the watermelon red fluke and dyed the tail chartreuse.  We rigged it split shot style.  Our rod and reel combination this continued to be Duckett rods and ABU Garcia Orra SX reels, spooled with Stren 17 pound test line.

The White Bass are starting to move up the creeks to spawn.  They can be found in 6 to 8 foot of water staging in front of sandy flats getting ready to move in to spawn.  Minnow rigs are the best way to catch them for the next few weeks.

Ok you Crappie fishermen, the Crappie are moving into the shallow water in the creeks to spawn.  They are in just about every creek on the lake and are really easy to catch with a minnow rig.  Have fun!

Lake Fork Marina has a great selection of Zoom baits, Duckett rods and spinner baits.  So when you are a t beautiful Lake Fork, make sure stop in and say hello and pick up all of your latest tackle needs.  You Crappie fishermen you can get the best minnows on the lake at the friendly Lake Fork Marina.

The Bass spawn is on!  I have a few open days in March and April for guided Bass and Crappie trips.  So give me a call at (903) 413-6919 or E-mail us at: .  Have a great fishing week.


March 8, 2016


FROM:  J & M Guide Service

DATE:  28 February – 5 March 2016

Lake Fork bass fishing is starting to pick up in a big way. We saw water temperatures rise to a great 62 degrees and the big Bass are starting to move up in creeks in a big way.  The water clarity is still highly stained to muddy in the back of creeks and stained in the main lake. We caught several good Bass on the good “ole” jig and the spinner bait was also working well.  The jig color was very critical.  We used a black and chartreuse ½ ounce jig with a watermelon red Zoom Brush Hog as a trailer.  Now about that Brush Hog, we dyed the tails chartreuse and cut the body off just below the wings, then put it on the jig hook.  The spinner bait combination was basically the same as I used last week. It was a 3/8 ounce spinnerbait body with a chartreuse/white/orange skirt with gold Colorado blades.  Now here is the twist!  I added a Lake Fork Trophy Lures “Live” Magic Shad in the fire perch color as a trailer.  A great combination!  Our rod and reel combination for the week was a Duckett Ghost 7.6 rod with an ABU Garcia Orra SX reel lined with Stren 17 pound test Line.  While you are at Lake Fork stop in Lake Fork Marina and see their great line up of new lures and check out their selection of Duckett rods and ABU Garcia reels.

The White Bass were driving the Crappie fishermen crazy.  The Crappie fishermen and the White Bass were using straight minnow rigs for bait.  So bottom line is when you are fishing for White Bass you might get a bonus with a large Crappie.

On the other hand you Crappie fishermen you might also get a surprise while using a Crappie jig or straight minnow rig, “a magnum White Bass”.  I noted the Crappies are still moving up in the water column.  There were in 12 to 14 feet over my brush piles.  Lots of fun!

The Lake Fork bass spawn is quickly approaching.  We have a few open dates for guided Bass and Crappie trips in March and April.  Give us a call at (903) 413-6919 or E-mail us at: .  Be a line watcher and have a great fishing week.