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Andrew Grills Lake Fork Report

March 4, 2014

As usual, February was great for big fish. I haven’t had the time to post pictures as often but it was a good month. A few of the fish pictured were caught in the last two days, but the rest are from the past couple weeks. We caught big fish as deep as 40′ suspended, and some as shallow as 3′. Numbers have been low, but heck, my numbers are almost always on the low side this time of year. Fortunately, we often get a big one that makes the day.

It looks like another severe cold front is coming in, and that’s right down my alley. It will position the fish in the deepest water nearby. They wont bite as good, but at least I’ll know where they’re at. It seems like the biggest fish come on the worst days weather-wise this time of year, so I never let the weather bother me as long as its safe.

Right now, I’m catching fish in 3-10′ on structure near spawning areas. Moving baits have been most productive, but on some days we have to slow down with a shaky head or an M-Pack Lures jig.








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Lake Fork Guide Andrew Grills Giant Bass Report Lake Fork 6/27

June 27, 2013

The big fish are chomping right now on Fork! The past week has been very good for quality bass. Of course there have been a couple slower days when it takes a lot of work to find fish positioned in deeper feeding areas, but overall the fishing has been consistent.

Right now I’m checking a number of spots until I see what I’m looking for on my Lowrance HDS. Once we find them, I’m throwing a variety of presentations. I have a big spoon, deep diving crankbait, Toadwrangler football jig, and Carolina rig on the deck at all times. The depths I am targeting are relative to the area of the lake and cloud cover. On the northern ends of the lake the bite seems to range from 8′ to 18′. Further down the lake I am spending most of my time in 20′ to 25′. When its cloudy, finding the fish is much more challenging as a rule. On those days I look a little shallower.

The football jig has been producing some very nice fish, several of the big fish pictured below came on Toadwrangler jigs. I use a 3/4 or 1oz jig and fish it in areas where we have caught double digit fish in the past. I usually use a slow steady drag retrieve, and be sure to allow my jig to fall straight down as I bring it over limbs or laydowns. Most of the time the big fish hit it as its falling back down.

We are coming up on one of my favorite months! July is a fantastic time to fish here. The hotter it is, the better the bite seems to be. Its also nice because the heat keeps the crowds down. Here are a few of the bigger fish we have caught this past week.








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

Andrew Grills Lake Fork Report 2-10-12

February 12, 2012

It has been an interesting week on Lake Fork. This time a week ago, 60 degree water wasn’t hard to find and some areas of the lake had been above 60 for a good while. There were actually a small number of fish spawning in some areas. Then the North wind brought a 10 degree drop in water temps accross the upper end of the lake. It hasn’t been easy to catch fish this week. However, good news is that once you find them, you can get multiple bites from a small area, and get some big fish too. My advice to anyone fishing in the next several days to try and locate some fish on the middle to lower end of the lake where the water temps have remained pretty stable and spawning wasn’t on their minds before the front. Presentation seems critical. Slow is best, and keep your confidence up and stay alert, because a day that was looking like it was going to be zero, can become a day you will never forget.
Fishing will improve soon, and its always worth a trip to Fork in February, especially if you’re after big fish. Any bite can be a big one. Sean caught this nice one earlier this week. It was a tough day, but we stuck with big fish areas and a big fish bait, the old faithful jig. Way to go Sean!

Andrew’s Lake Fork Report 1-20-2012

January 21, 2012

The warm weather coupled with strong winds really helped the bite today on Fork. The wind is definitley your friend on sunny days. Today I caught fish swimming a jig in the same areas I would normally drag it. I was fishing 3-6′ deep. The rising water temperatures really had the fish in an aggressive mood. Remember that the creek channels are highways for the fish and they don’t sulk all day next to a stump. They’re constantly moving, especially in the warmer weather. So when you find an area that holds fish, fish it several times through the day. When the bite is on, a key area can produce multiple fish. Anywhere you get one bite, can often hold several catchable fish. Timing is everything, it can seem like a slow day, and then its non-stop action for a half hour or longer.

Lake Fork Report 12-13-2008

December 13, 2008

Short report-

Fishing is a bit on the slow side.  The afternoon bite starts about 2pm and ends at dusk-  Don’t waste your time deep, find grass on a windy bank (doesn’t have to be hydrilla, coontail and milfoil do the trick) and cover a lot of water.  5/8oz Yo-Zuri traps have been producing well for me, no monster fish yet but nothing under 3lbs.  My numbers have been averaging about 5 per trip in the afternoon with fish up to 7lbs.
What is making this tough is the wind, we haven’t really had a break from very high winds in the afternoon lately so I have only been going out a couple of afternoons a week.
Catfish are insane right now.  Some customers bank fishing are catching limits on night crawlers, most in the 2.5lb range but they did weigh a 13lb channel cat.

Crappie- Slow, the normal 515 bridge and mainlake points at the dam have been out of the question with high winds.

Lake Fork Report by Guide Tom Redington October 26, 2008

October 26, 2008

Bass are settling into regular fall patterns here on Lake Fork. Normally, I’m catching fish consistently out deep at this time of year, but the offshore bite has been slow for me lately. I expect it to pick up again soon, and in the meantime, there are a lot of fish chasing shad in the shallows right now. I’m covering a lot of water to catch fish shallow, but you can normally pick up several fish from a single area once you find them. The mild days and the start of fall colors make it a joy to be on the water this time of year, and a big fish or two are just icing on the cake.

With the holidays just around the corner, I do have gift certificates available for those looking for a present for their angling buddies. 2008 has been another super year on Fork, with the lake being full and in great shape for the coming season. Prespawn starts in late-December, so it won’t be long until my favorite lunker time of the year is here, January through March. If you’re looking for a fish of a lifetime, prespawn is the time to head to Fork

Lake Conditions: High pressure has dominated Fork lately, resulting in little rain and light winds, and as a result, the water conditions are quite stable. The lake level is currently reading 402.40’ (about 7” below full pool). Most of the lake is pretty clear now, with some stained water on the north ends. Water temps are slowly dropping with the cool nights, reading from 69 to 73 in the main lake on Saturday.

Location Pattern: The best pattern for numbers of bass is fishing shallow grassbeds on the main lake and the backs of major creeks. Early and late and all day on cloudy and windy days, I’m focusing on shoreline grass, openings in clumps of grass, and the inside weedline. When the sun gets up, concentrate on the deep weed edge in 8’ to 15’. Key on points, inside turns, and along ledges and you’re likely to find more fish. Most of the shallow fish have been in groups, so you’ll fish for a while without getting a bite, and then catch several in a small area. I’m also catching bass back in the coves along creek channel bends. For the deep anglers, concentrate on main lake structure in 12’ to 32’. As the lake settles down from turnover and cools, this pattern will really turn on. Watch your graph closely and key on schools located tight to the bottom if you can find them, because they are normally easier to catch than the suspended schools.

Presentation Pattern: During fall, bass key on shad and most of my lure choices and colors reflect that preference. Shades of white or chrome are always good choices in the fall on Fork. In the shallows, topwaters are catching fish early and late, as well as Fork Frogs in the lily pads. As the sun gets up a little higher, shallow running crankbaits, small spinnerbaits, and Lake Fork Tackle’s 3.5” and 4.5” Live Magic Shad & Hyper Worm swimbaits work better, especially on windy banks. When the bass aren’t in a chasing mood, switch to a Texas rigged watermelon/red or watermelon candy 8” Fork Worm or the new Hyper Finesse Worm with a 1/8th oz bullet sinker and work it over the tops of grass and along the edges. For bigger fish, a 3/8 oz watermelon red Mega Weight Jig with a matching Fork Craw or a TX rigged watermelon/red or Bama Bug colored Hyper Freak produce well when pitched to the deep weed edge.

Out deeper, Carolina rigs, drop shots, jigs, and Texas rigs will catch bass from schools located near the bottom on deep structure. I go with a green pumpkin or watermelon red 8” or 10” Fork Worm for my Texas rigs. Meanwhile, watermelon candy, watermelon/red, or green pumpkin Baby Fork Creatures, Ring Frys, and Twitch Worms are on the business end of my Carolina rigs. Drop shots will catch good numbers of fish and the occasional big bass, rigged with a watermelon or green pumpkin Hyper Finesse Worm. When the bass are suspended, Fork Flutter Spoons and deep diving crankbaits in shad or yellow bass patterns are working better than the bottom presentations, and catching some lunkers too.

Here’s hoping you catch the lunker of your dreams. If I can be of assistance, please contact me at 214-683-9572 (days) or 972-635-6027 (evenings) or e-mail me through http://www.LakeForkGuideTrips.com , where your satisfaction is guaranteed.

Good Fishing,

Tom

9-30-08 Tom Redington Lake Fork Report

October 1, 2008

Lake Fork Report: Sep 30, 2008

After a couple of tumultuous weeks in early September dealing with many rainy days and Hurricanes Gustav and Ike, we’ve had several of the most consistent weeks of weather I can remember at Lake Fork. Every day starts off cool and clear, warming into the mid-80s under mostly sunny skies. Once you figure out the fish it is easy to stay with them, since there aren’t any fronts to change things up. Don’t expect it to last forever though, as fall is just around the corner and we’ll start getting cold fronts and chances of rain on a regular basis once again. And that’s good news, because cooling water temps usually result in good bass fishing at Lake Fork until things turn really cold in late November.

On a personal note, I finished up my season on the FLW Stren Series and did well enough to qualify for the Walmart FLW Tour next year. I’m looking forward to an exciting year in 2009, guiding for lunkers on Lake Fork and also competing against some of the world’s best anglers on the FLW Tour.

Finally, I’m headed to Mexico to fish Lake Baccarac in Nov and Dec this year for trophy bass. Our group had one angler drop out of our first trip due to health reasons, so I’m looking for someone to fill his spot for that trip. It’s Nov 21-26 and we’re flying a charter plane directly to the lake. If you’re interested, please let me know.

Lake Conditions: With no rain and light winds, the water conditions are quite stable at Fork. The lake level is currently reading 402.58’ (about 5” below full pool). Some creeks are quite clear, although much of the main lake is brownish due to the fall turnover. Water temps remain fairly warm due to the sunny days, reading in the upper 70s in most areas. As the water level has dropped this summer, the expansive hydrilla and milfoil beds are really matting up, which makes for good fishing in late summer and fall.

Location Pattern: The best pattern for numbers of bass is fishing shallow grassbeds on the main lake and in the first half of major creeks. Early and late and all day on cloudy and windy days, I’m focusing on shoreline grass, openings in clumps of grass, and the inside weedline. When the sun gets up, concentrate on the deep weed edge in 8’ to 15’. Key on points, inside turns, and along ledges and you’re likely to find more fish. Most of the shallow fish have been in groups, so you’ll fish for a while without getting a bite, and then catch several in a small area. I’m also catching some bass back in the coves along creek channel bends but this pattern hasn’t really picked up yet like it will as the water cools. For bigger bass, concentrate on main lake structure in 15’ to 35’. As the lake settles down from turnover and cools, this pattern will really turn on. Watch your graph closely and key on schools located tight to the bottom if you can find them, because they are normally easier to catch than the suspended schools.

Presentation Pattern: As fall approaches, bass will start keying on shad and most of my lure choices and colors will reflect that preference. Shades of white or chrome are always good choices in the fall on Fork. In the shallows, topwaters are catching fish early and late, as well as Fork Frogs in the lily pads. As the sun gets up a little higher, shallow running crankbaits, small spinnerbaits, and Lake Fork Tackle’s 3.5” and 4.5” Live Magic Shad swimbaits work better, especially on windy banks. When the bass aren’t in a chasing mood, switch to a Texas rigged watermelon/red or watermelon candy 8” Fork Worm or the new Hyper Finesse Worm with a 1/8th oz bullet sinker and work it over the tops of grass and along the edges. For bigger fish, a 3/8 oz watermelon red Mega Weight Jig with a matching Fork Craw or a TX rigged watermelon/red or Bama Bug colored Hyper Freak produce well when pitched to the deep weed edge.

Out deeper, Carolina rigs, drop shots, jigs, and Texas rigs will catch bass from schools located near the bottom on deep structure. I go with a green pumpkin or watermelon red 8” or 10” Fork Worm for my Texas rigs. Meanwhile, watermelon candy, watermelon/red, or green pumpkin Baby Fork Creatures, Ring Frys, and Twitch Worms are on the business end of my Carolina rigs. Drop shots will catch good numbers of fish and the occasional big bass, rigged with a watermelon or green pumpkin Hyper Finesse Worm. When the bass are suspended, Fork Flutter Spoons and deep diving crankbaits in shad or yellow bass patterns are working better than the bottom presentations, and catching some lunkers too.

Here’s hoping you catch the lunker of your dreams. If I can be of assistance, please contact me at 214-683-9572 (days) or 972-635-6027 (evenings) or e-mail me through http://www.LakeForkGuideTrips.com , where your satisfaction is guaranteed.

Good Fishing,

Tom

Lake Fork Guide Lance Vick video Report 7-25-2008

July 26, 2008

Great report by Lance Vick

Tom Redington Lake Fork Bass Fishing Report July

July 11, 2008

Bass have settled into their normal summertime patterns on Lake Fork and the fishing is pretty consistent. Grassy points produced some nice bass early and late, while I’m spending most of my days fishing deep structure for schools of big fish. Once we’ve found a school with our graph, it has been pretty easy to catch at least a few of these fish most days. Some days the fish are more scattered and the schools have been smaller and harder to find, while other days there seem to be big schools on every piece of deep structure. Keep graphing until you find a good school, then fish a variety of deep water techniques until you hook up. Once you do, the bass are coming up and jumping several feet out of the air, then diving back down and pulling like freight trains. Needless to say, we’ve been having a lot of fun on the water for the last few weeks!

As a side note, I’ve added my July article to my website. It covers my approach to fishing shallow in the summer for bass—a great technique when the deep water bass won’t bite or if they’re getting a lot of pressure. http://www.lakeforkguidetrips.com/fishingarticles.htm

Lake Conditions: A few more rains continue to keep Fork’s water level high for summertime. The lake level is currently reading 403.55’ (about 6” above full pool). Most of the lake is now clear, with some stained water on the north ends. Water temps are mild for this time of year, reading from 83 to 86 in the main lake.

Location Pattern: Early and late, I’m finding good bass feeding on points and flats near or in the main lake. These fish are mostly in 8’ to 15’, often around the deep edge of the hydrilla or milfoil. Deep structure like points, humps, and roadbeds in 18’ to 30’ continues as my main pattern, producing both good numbers and size. Some days these bass are suspended and other days they’re on the bottom. Many of these schools have been small, so watch your depth finder closely.

Presentation Pattern: First thing in the morning, I’m working shallow grass on the main lake and in the 1st half of creeks. Pitch a 3/8 oz Mega Weight jig or a Texas rigged 7” or 10” worm a few feet inside the deep weedline and work it out slowly. I’m using a green pumpkin/black or a watermelon seed jig with a watermelon/red flake Fork Craw trailer, and a watermelon/red or green pumpkin Fork Worm on the Texas rig.

Out deeper, Carolina rigs, drop shots, jigs, and Texas rigs are catching bass from schools located near the bottom on deep structure. I go with a green pumpkin or watermelon red Twitch Worm or 10” Fork Worms for Texas rigs. Meanwhile, watermelon candy, watermelon/red, or green pumpkin Baby Fork Creatures, Ring Frys, and Twitch Worms are on the business end of my Carolina rigs. Drop shots will catch good numbers of fish and the occasional big bass, rigged with a watermelon or green pumpkin Twitch Worm. ½ oz Mega Weight jigs with matching Fork Craws are also catching some big bass out deep. When the bass are suspended, swimbaits, spoons, or deep diving crankbaits in shad or yellow bass patterns are working better than the bottom presentations, and catching some lunkers too.

Boat for Sale: My 2008 Ranger Z520 boat was new in Dec ’07 and is for sale. It is fully loaded, rigged with a 250 HP Yamaha Series 2 motor with a 6 year warranty (good until 2014). It’s value priced and will save you about $10,000 off the cost of a new boat. For more details and pics of the boat, please check my website (www.lakeforkguidetrips.com) or drop me a note.

Here’s hoping you catch the lunker of your dreams. If I can be of assistance, please contact me at 214-683-9572 (days) or 972-635-6027 (evenings) or e-mail me through http://www.LakeForkGuideTrips.com , where your satisfaction is guaranteed.

Good Fishing,

Tom