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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


John Morris Weekly Lake Fork Fishing Report 7-10-12

July 11, 2012


FROM:  J & M Guide Service

WEEK:  1 – 8 July 2012


The weatherman brought on the hot temperatures this week.  Air temperatures approached the 100 degree mark everyday this week.  This drove the water temperature to almost 90 degrees.  This didn’t hurt the fishing though.


The Largemouth Bass continued to hit the large Lake Fork Tackle Factory 6’ spoon.  The color of choice was chrome and blue.  The pattern did change a little this week.  The Bass seem to bite the best in the mid to late afternoon.  They wanted the spoon swam slowly in about 20 foot of water.  That was there comfort zone.  The top water bite slowed down toward the weekend, however a few were being caught on a Chugbug between 05:15 and 06:30 in the morning.  After that, “go deep” using the spoon.


The White (Sand) Bass were schooling all over then lake.  We found that the Alabama rig and the Tackle Factory chrome and silver 5” spoon worked the best.  Pearl colored Berkley 3 inch shad worked the best as trailers for the Alabama rigs.  The Alabama rig worked best using an erratic retrieve with a 5.1 gear ratio rigged with 65 pound Spider Wire.  You might ask why 65 pound Spider wire.  When you catch 5 White Bass at a time on the rig, it stretches mono line to the limit.  You don’t want to loose very many Alabama rigs at 20 to 30 dollars a crack.


The Crappies were still slow this week.  Most of the Crappie fisherman had there best luck with small minnows fished in 26 to 30 foot of water around bridges and old trash piles.


The catfish still were very active this week.  Cut bait and medium size minnows were the bait of choice.  Baited holes worked the best.


Dehydration continues to be a problem with fisherman throughout the summer.  Just a few words “pump water”.  The second thing, invest in a good large full brim hat to keep the sun off you head.  I know it is not cool to be running down the lake in a full brim hat so do as I do.  Wear baseball style hat while you are running and as soon as you stop put the full brim hat on.


While you at the great Lake Fork this week, make sure you stop into Lake Fork Marina and stock on your Alabama Rig parts and lots of water.  Stay cool and good luck this week fishing.


J & M Guide Service

(John Morris)



Guide Tom Redington Lake Fork Report and Pics April 13, 2012

April 14, 2012

Although some bass are still up spawning, we’ve been catching mostly postspawn fish over the past couple of weeks on Lake Fork. A few prespawn fish are showing up every day though, so I suspect we’ll still have some fish on beds for a couple of more weeks. A quick look in the newly flooded grass around the lake reveals a ton of bass fry this year. All of the shallow cover, fry, plus the bluegill and shad spawns will have many fish staying shallow and biting aggressively for a couple months. Case in point, the first couple of hours each morning has been by far our best bite, with bass schooling up and busting shad on very shallow points. The best location changes daily, but once you find them, it’s fast action until the sun gets up. On overcast and windy days, bass will continue to aggressively chase in the shallows all day. If it turns sunny and slick, you can either slow down with soft plastics in the shallows or head to deep water, as more and more bass are showing up daily on deep structure.
As the bass feed up after the spawn, the result is our most consistent fishing of the year for numbers of quality fish in the 3 to 7 lb range, with a shot at a double digit. So if your plans didn’t allow you to take advantage of the spawn this year on Fork, don’t despair, you can still enjoy what most locals consider the best fishing of the year on Fork—May through July. In addition to catching a lot of big fish, it is also the premier time to learn how to read your electronics to graph big schools of bass on deep structure.
Many bass like to suspend in postspawn and my April article talks about how to catch them in more detail.
Lake Conditions: The spring rains have the lake up 6’ from last fall and there is newly flooded cover all over the lake. The lake level is currently 401.09’ and holding steady (about 1’ 11” below full pool). Water temps in the main lake are in the low to mid 70s, with creeks running warmer. The rising water and wind has Fork more stained than normal, especially on the northern half of the lake and in the backs of major creeks. In general, I like the clearer water on the cloudy and windy days, while I feel more comfortable in muddier water when it’s sunny and calm.
Location Pattern: For the last of the spawners, check out the main lake flats and short pockets on the southern half of the lake. The slightly deeper structure like points, creek channels, and ledges in 1’ to 8’, adjacent to areas with numbers of shallow spawning bass is where we’ve found most of the bigger females, staging on their way back to deep water. On the northern half of the lake, timber or flooded grass flats and clay points will continue to hold numbers of fish until the bluegill and shad finish their spawns and temps turn hot. Some of the early spawners are showing up on offshore structure in 12’ to 25’ as well.
Presentation Pattern: Just about every category of lure in the tackle box will work at times during the coming month, it’s just a matter of finding the best bait for the conditions. Topwaters are not only fun to fish, but also producing some really big fish so try your Lucky Craft G Splashes, Kelly J’s, and Gunfish. Best of all, you can work these baits all day long in the postspawn and catch good fish, especially if you are in areas with lots of bass fry. I’ve started throwing my topwaters on the fiberglass Dobyns Champion 704CB GLASS model rod. It weighs no more than a graphite stick and has a very soft tip. Little poppers like Yellow Magics, Pop-R’s and G-Splashes are small and often hard to cast, and then you miss a lot that bite them or jump off many that do. The soft tip of the Dobyns fiberglass rod will fling those little baits way out there and the slower action of fiberglass allows the bass to better take your bait, plus it keeps them on the treble hooks even when lightly hooked. I know that sounds like an infomercial, but since I switched to this rod, I can’t stop talking about how much I like it. Seeing monster bass explode on a topwater is pretty awesome, but it is way better if you actually get to hook and land them too.
While in the shallows, spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and vibrating jigs work well in shad or bluegill color schemes. ½ oz spinnerbaits, Lucky Craft LC 1.5 or BDS 3 square billed cranks, and bladed jigs with 3.5” Live Magic Shads will all catch good bass, especially on the windy and cloudy days. If the action slows, try a Hyper Stick or Ring Fry on a 12” leader and a ¼ oz weight on a Carolina rig and drag it around the same areas. With all of the flooded shoreline grass, it is hard to get a crankbait or spinnerbait through a lot of the weeds without fouling. A weightless TX rigged soft plastic jerkbait has been best in this situation, like a Hyper Stick or Magic Shad. Bass often hit them on the slow dying fall, but it seems like working them fast with short twitches triggers strikes better on most days.
On offshore structure like humps and points, deep diving cranks and Fork Flutter Spoons will catch suspended fish while Carolina and TX rigs will get the bottom dwellers. The key is to first locate fish on your graph, then let their position dictate your lure selection. With the new DownScan sonar from Lowrance and detailed maps from Navionics, finding those once secret deep holes is now a lot easier. Lots of bass suspend early in the season and super deep cranks like Lucky Craft’s Flat CB D20 are very effective. Fork Flutter Spoons will trigger a lot of these same fish too as they slowly wobble down through the schools like a dying shad. When bass group up on the bottom they are easier to catch. Simply keep a Carolina rigged Baby Fork Creature or a TX rigged 10” Fork Worm in front of them long enough and they’ll eat sooner or later.
Here’s hoping you catch the lunker of your dreams. If I can be of assistance, please contact me at 214-683-9572 or e-mail me through , where your satisfaction is guaranteed. 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 by on Hwy 154 on the East side of Fork, Ranger Boat’s #1 dealer for 2011.
Good Fishing,


Lake Fork Water Level March 20, 2012 by Lake Fork Guide Jason Hoffman

March 21, 2012

We have gotten several inches of rain over the past 13 hours, and the lake is already up 10″ and is now sitting at 399.38 (3.62 ft below normal pool). All of the feeder creeks around the lake are still out of their banks, so the lake will continue to rise quickly. I drove around a little bit this morning to take a look, and I took a few pictures.

Here is Birch Creek from the FM 2297 bridge several miles north of the lake:

Here are a couple of pics of Elm Creek from the FM 514 bridge as it enters the lake:

And lastly, here is Garrett Creek from the Hwy 19 bridge. This pic really doesn’t show just how far out of it’s banks Garrett Creek really is.

Lake Fork Water Level

March 13, 2012

Lake Fork Water Level as of 9:30 3-12 is at 398.47. (Full Pool at 403.00)

Lake Fork is now 4.53ft low.

Lake Fork Water Level

February 17, 2012

Lake Fork is 5.85 foot low.  Rain is in the forecast tonight…cross your fingers!

John Tanner Lake Fork Report Jan 2012

January 17, 2012

January can really be a good time to catch some huge fish here on Lake Fork. As the days start getting a little longer and the pre spawn and spawn phases are on the horizon, we will start to see a lot of fish head towards and go into the creek channels. With the lake levels being low and all of the wood exposed I can’t think of a better time to spool up you flipping rod and and start pitching jigs and Texas rigged creature baits on the stumps along creek channels and on points at the mouths of the creeks and in front of the early spawning pockets. These areas will attract fish in January into February.

Another good way to catch some big ones this time of year is to use crank baits like the lipless or square billed models. On the jigs I like the half ounce Talon Jig in black and blue this time of year as well as green pumpkin or Texas craw color. My jig trailer of choice is a Berkley Chigger Craw in black with blue flake or green pumpkin. I also like to Texas rig these baits on a Texas rig using a tungsten eight by Affordable Tungsten and a Mustad Mega Bite Extra Wide Gap Hook in 4/0 or 5/0. Other favorite flipping and pitching baits of mine is the new Berkley Havoc “Pit Boss” and “Craw Fatty”. I like to use a heavy action rod for these techniques that have plenty of back bone but that are light weight. At the end of the day it makes a huge difference. I like to use the ABU Garcia Veritas rods with the new micro guides in the 7ft. heavy action or one of the new ABU Garcia Villain rod in the 7’3″ heavy action. For the reel I like to use the ABU Garcia Revo Premier or one of the ABU Garcia Revo MGX reels. The new MGX is a awesome new reel and only weighs 5.4 ounces. How amazing is that! Since you are fishing heavy artillery you need to use some stout line to pull those big ones off of those trees. I like to use 50 or 65 pound test Spider-wire braid or 25 pound Berkley Trilene 100% Fluorocarbon line. You never know when the BIG bite is coming so you got to be ready.

January can be a blast and I look forward to catching some toads this month. For you crappie anglers January is a good time catch catch them out deep on the points on jigs. Lake Fork is the big bass capital and also offers some world class crappie fishing, If you would like to book a guided trip here on Lake Fork with us for big bass or winter crappie call me at 903-569-7451 or drop us an email at Or for more booking info check us out on the web at or our other website at You can also find me on Facebook under John Tanner.

If you are in the market for a Ranger Boat I have a 2011 model Z521 available at a killer discount. This boat is rigged with a Mercury 250 Pro XS and came with a 5 yr warranty. It has other nice extras as well. If you are interested in saving some big bucks on this dream rig call me at 903-569-7451. I look forward to the new year and hope you are too. I am thankful to God for what I get to do and where I get to do it. I am thankful most of all for Jesus and the salvation He offers as a gift to all of us. Do you know Him? Read John 3:16. Please pray for our country and its leaders. Also pray for our troops and their families as well as the sick and the lost. Please pray also for my parents as they are both now dealing with some serious health issues. Thank you for reading this article and I hope it helps you catch more fish this month and in the months to come.

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Good fishin and God Bless,
John and Robin Tanner

John Tanners Lake Fork Guide Service
FLW Touring Pro
Public Speaker – Fishing Seminars, motivational speaker


Lake Fork Water Level FACTS

September 10, 2011

Big thanks to Linda at Mustang Resort for putting this together.

CURRENTLAKELEVEL: 396.60  Full Pool 403.00 

 6.40 FEET LOW   9-10-11

 Sabine River Authority has not released water since May of 2010.  The gates have been CLOSED except for once a month testing and maintenance of gates.

 The lowest the lake has previously been since reaching full pool in 1985 was in 2005 at 5.38 foot.

 The Dallas Water Authority’s Pump Station is NOT working at this time due to engineering problems and has no drawn any water since January of 2011.

 The Sabine River Authority releases water downstream to customers at a rate of 45 million gallons per day. 

 The Dallas Water Authority can take 120 million gallons per day.

 Evaporation during the summer equals 280 million gallons per day.  Approximately ½ inch.


Ronnie Kelley Lake Fork Report August 25, 2011

August 25, 2011

Can you believe it’s almost September already? What a year on Fork, I’ll say it again, what a year on Fork!!! This has been an unbelievable year for the offshore deep structure bite on Lake Fork. As we move forward and reach the end of summer, though it doesn’t seem anywhere near, we will start to talk more about the backs of creeks and shallow water. I will miss the deep bite, but the flipping bite is just around the corner. September is one of those months where you just catch them, shad bunch up, fish get hungry and the schooling action is just awesome. While numbers are good, size doesn’t slack either, of course it is Lake Fork we are talking about.

I am proud to announce a few new sponsors that have come aboard recently. Santone Lures and Duckett Fishing. Santone Lures makes some of the finest jigs and spinnerbaits on the market. They have been a household name in East Texas as long as I can remember and have become a National favorite of many tournament anglers. They make every style of jig there is and they are always looking into tomorrow with new baits and innovative designs to help us, the anglers. Duckett Fishing, Bassmaster Classic champion Boyd Ducketts company, hit the market recently with a rod that has swept the bass fishing rod industry. They have incorporated Micro Magic, the leading micro guide system, into one of the lightest, most sensitive blanks on the market. I was blown away when Lake Fork Trophy Lures CEO Ronnie Parker loaned me one of his Duckett rods, its sensitivity with the strength is unparalleled. These are the lightest and strongest rods I have ever used, and trust me, if they handle Lake Fork fish, they’re STRONG!!!

Now for what’s happening at Fork. I am starting the mornings off fishing for schooling fish. They are coming up on a lot of points, not so much long points, but more sharp drops with tree lines. There are a few ways to target these fish. One way is walking a top water bait i.e. LC Sammy, Zara Spook. I’m throwing these on a 6’6″ Med Duckett and a 6’9″ Med/Hvy Duckett with 15lb Mono. The rod depends on which bait you’re throwing. The LC Sammy truly gets more bites, but is a lot tougher on the wallet. I am also throwing a soft plastic jerkbait and it’s probably the most productive. I’m using the LFT Magic Shad in any shad color. There is a little secret to this. First off I’m throwing it on 20lb Invizx on a 7’3″ Med/Hvy with a 4/0 Mustad Round bend hook. You want to throw past the school and burn the Magic Shad about 8 turns as you twitch your rod tip, kill it for 1 second and repeat. You have to be ready or you’ll pull the bait out of their mouth. Then comes the Big Crank. I’m throwing a DD22 in only two colors, Smokey Joe and Sexy Shad. I have been throwing this on the Duckett 7’11″ Med/Hvy Crankbait rod and there is no rod like it. I’m calling it my AT&T rod cause it will “reach out and touch somebody”. I’m pairing this with a 5.1:1 ratio reel with 15lb Invizx. The Invizx Fluorocarbon line is very important when throwing a crankbait. You are really trying to deflect the bait off everything you feel, so sensitivity is key.

As the sun gets up and the schooling action slows I turn to a few different tactics. I am keying on 8-20ft of water. Points, humps, pond dams, creek bends, and a few roadbeds. A Carolina Rig is really catching them right now. I’m using a LFT 8″ Worm and a LFT Hyper-Stick. Watermelon/Red, Green Pumpkin and Junebug have produced well. I throw my c-rig on a 7’6″ Hvy Duckett with a 25lb Invizx main-line with a 3.5-6ft 20lb Invizx leader, 1oz weight and a 3/0 Mustad round bend hook. Don’t use too big of a hook as it takes away from the baits action. I use the long rod to insure a good hook set on a long cast, a 7’6″ is not a necessity; a 7’0 rod is just fine. If the fish are off the bottom a little, or won’t hit the c-rig I get out old faithful, a 3/4oz Santone Football jig. I am not dragging the jig, I am stroking it by making 2-3ft fast jerks with my rod tip and letting it fall. The bite is fairly subtle so you have to be on your toes. The best colors are PB&J, Mexican Heather, and Bullfrog with a Lake Fork Lures Hyper-Freak in Green Pumpkin. Note: Santone Jigs come standard with two rattles but I am not using the rattles! I’m throwing the FB jig on a 7’6″ XHvy Duckett with 20lb Invizx. The FB jig truly has big fish potential. I can’t start to count how many 7lb+ fish have come on this combination this summer.

Now, in the creeks I’m throwing a couple other baits along with the DD22. I’ll throw a 3/4oz Flipping Jig and a Texas Rig 10″ worm. Key in on the first quarter of a major creek and look for sharp bends, S shape bends or bends that make a horseshoe. These areas will congregate shad and make for an incredible area. I will start with a big crank bait and move to the 3/4oz jig with a LFT Hyper-Freak. Again I’m throwing Bullfrog and I’m also throwing Black/Brown/Amber, as some of these areas don’t have the same clarity as the main lake. I’m throwing the same rod and line as with the FB jig. My Texas rig worm comes out often as it will catch them when the jig wont. The two best colors have been Redbug and Green Pumpkin. I’m using a 3\8oz weight, 20lb Invizx and a 7’3″ Med/Hvy Duckett Rod.

With the McDonalds Big Bass Splash and other tournaments around the corner I will make several more up to date reports with techniques on targeting large unders. A few lures to keep in mind are the Santone Texas Finesse jig, Santone Piglet shakey head with a LFT Zig-zag and a whackey worm. These baits cashed a lot of money for my customers last year and I’m sure this year will repeat the same. Remember, if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to shoot me an e-mail, text or a call. I hope this report helps. Keep looking on my website for new reports. “Get there early, stay late, and set the hook hard!”

John Tanner Lake Fork Report August 8-11-2011

August 11, 2011


Submitted: August 1, 2011

August Bassin on the Fork

Welcome to Lake Fork the big bass capitol. August is here already and man summer has flown by. Fishing has been good over all this summer and August fishing can be no different. One key thing to do in august is to really pay attention to the weather trends and water temps. As August rolls along it is usually hot all month but sometimes we will have a system or two roll in with a little rain that will cool the surface temps off. I know this is wishful thinking but it has happened a few times in the last few years. If and when this happens you can catch a lot of fish up in the shallows. The bait fish will move up into the shallower cooler water in the mornings and evenings and the bass will follow. I remember last year it happened the last day or two of July and we smashed em in shallow water on a texas rigged Berkley Power Worm and a topwater . So keep that in mind as we head into August and start looking for a little grass here and there. It doesn’t have to be much to hold a lot of fish. If it stays hot like it normally does you might want to keep looking in the deep water on the points , humps and other off shore structure. Carolina rigged Berkley Havoc Bottom Hoppers have been a killer deal this summer so far as well as the Blue Fleck Berkley 10″ Power Worms. On my texas rigs and Carolina rigs I like to use tungsten weights and flouro carbon line as well as the right hook for the job. On the weights I use tungsten weights by Affordable Tungsten ( ). Tungsten gives you alot better feel because of the hardness of the material. On the line I love the Berkley Trilene 100% Fluorocarbon ( ) in 17 and 20 pound test and I spool it on a ABU Garcia Reel mounted on one of the new ABU Garcia Veritas Rods. What a sweet set up! On the hook I always use the Mustad Mega Bite hooks ( ) in 4/0 or 5/0. Football Jigs are great as well this time of year as well as the big flutter spoons. I use the Talon Football Jigs in 3/4 and 1 ounce as well as the Talon Big Dandy spoons ( ). These are quality baits and built right here in America! Fish the deep fish once you find them on your Lowrance according to how they are relating to the structure. If they are ganged up on the bottom drag the big Power Worm, Carolina Rig or football jig through them. If they are ganged up but up off the bottom drop the spoon on them or even go to a drop shot using the Bottom Hopper rigged wacky style. Lake Fork Marina has a big selection of the Berkley Havoc Bottom Hoppers in stock. These worms float and work great on a Carolina rig as well as a Shaky head and wacky style fishing. Give em a try. Yes August is here and if you keep close watch on the water temps and the weather you can catch em big here on Lake Fork. Good time to catch schooling bass too. With the lake being low this year I have seen some of the biggest schools surfacing that I have ever witnessed. In other words keep your eyes peeled!

Yes, August fishing can be a blast so come on down and join in on the fun. If you would like to book a guided trip here to Lake Fork with us call 903-569-7451 or check us out on the world wide web at On the site we have fishing reports, tons of photos and awesome fish catch videos. Also check out our new website at You can also find me on facebook under John Tanner. From the beginner to the expert we will do our best to make your trip to Lake Fork one to remember.

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God is good! Matthew 5:6.

 Good fishin and God Bless,
John and Robin Tanner
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John Tanners Lake Fork Guide Service
FLW Touring Pro
Public Speaker – Fishing Seminars, motivational speaker