November 8, 2016

DATES:  31 October – 6 November 2016

It was another beautiful week to fish Lake Fork, TX.  The water continues to clear up and the water temperatures stayed in the mid 70’s.  The Bass appetites did change this week.  We started catching the on California 420 Zoom Ole Monster worms and Strike King 1.5 square bill crankbaits in the Gizzard Shad pattern.  The Wacky worm bite did slowdown in the pads but we managed to catch a few in the Hydrilla.  We did notice our better worm bite with the Ole Monster worm was in 6 to 8 foot around isolated timber.  Our Worm set up this week was an Eagle Claw LO45 worm hook and a South Bend 3/16 ounce bullet weight painted to match the California 420 color Ole Monster worm.  Do not forget to dip the Ole Monster worm tail in chartreus Dip It or use a Zoom chartreuse pen.  Our equipment list was as always Duckett rods, ABU Garcia Orra SX reels and original Stren 17 lb. test line.

The White Bass fishing is still slow and they are they still spread out all over the lake.  Your best bet to catch the White Bass is to head for the back of creeks and use small in-line spinner baits or small Strike King Crankbait.

The Crappie fishing remains good in 11 to 18 foot of water over brush piles.  We are still using Mylar with an orange tail 1/16 ounce jigs and when the fishing gets slow tip it with a small minnow.

The Catfish fishing was a little slow this week.  They were being caught in 17 to 18 foot of water around baited trees.  Punch bait was still the bait of choice.

When you come to Lake Fork this fall do not forget to stop into Lake Fork Marina and check out the newly remolded tackle shop.  They have the latest in tackle, rods and reels.  If you are looking for a Christmas gift for your better half, make sure you check out the clothing in upstairs of the new tackle shop.

Yes, it is fall and fishing is getting better every day.  Here at J & M Guide Service we have some open days for guided trips for Bass, White Bass and Crappie.  Give us a call at (903) 413-6919 or E-mail us at  Have a great fishing week.


Lake Fork Marina – Customer Appreciation Month

October 31, 2016

Looking for a reason to come out to Lake Fork?

November is customer appreciation month at Lake Fork Marina.



Gandy Lure Co.

April 3, 2016

If you are a fan of hand made lures you got to check this video out. Gandy Lures can be found at Lake Fork Marina

Lake Fork Report Early March Report with John Morris

March 12, 2014


FROM:  J & M Guide Service


This week started off with one of the most pleasurable fishing days a guide could have.   I had two young fishermen as clients River Lee (13 Years old) and Tyler Evans (10 years old).  Tyler being the youngest at the ripe old age of 10, put everybody to shame.  He landed an 8.9 pound Largemouth Bass on his favorite Rattletrap.  Great job Tyler!   The Bass fishing continued to be great all week.  Water temperatures varied from 50.1 to 58.5 degrees.  The water clarity varies from lightly stained to stained in the back of creeks.  However we had an ice storm on Sunday which stirred up the lake and dropped the water temperatures.  Most fish were being caught in 3 to 7 feet of water on Rattletrap’s and white spinner baits with gold blades.  We used Ardent APEX Tournament reels and Ardent Denny Brauer signature Rods, a great combination to catch these Lake Fork trophy Bass.

The White Bass were still slow, but could be caught on Crappie minnows and small jigs.  I did notice that they are moving out of the real deep water into 10 to 14 foot of water.

The Crappie are also starting to move up creeks in preparation for their spawn.  Small Crappie minnows are the best bait at this time.  Keep a good eye on your rod because with the Bass on the move also and you might get a very large surprise.  Remember the lake record Bass was caught by a Crappie fisherman.

The Catfish fishing was fair this week, using Punch bait.  Most of the Catfish are being caught in 18 to 20 foot of water on baited holes.

Lake Fork Marina has added “Ardent reels” to their great inventory of fishing equipment for 2014.  They also have a good selection of spinner baits, Crappie jigs and minnows.

The Bass spawn has started here at Lake Fork.  Here at J & M Guide Service we have some openings during March and April for the Spring spawn.  So give us a call at Toll Free: 1-888-454-7037 or E-mail us at:   Have a safe fishing week and wear those life vest if the big motor is running and take a kid fishing.

John Morris Weekly Lake Fork Report 2-21-14

February 22, 2014


FROM:  J & M Guide Service

DATE:  15 – 21 February 2014

Well the boat shows are over and it was time for me to get back to work.  This week we saw the air and water temperatures start to rise.  The water temperatures climbed into the mid to upper 50’s and the Bass started to bite.   They were chasing red Rattle Traps and chartreuse and white spinner baits and chatter baits.  A few good fish were being caught on black and blue jigs with a black and blue craw used as a trailer.  We found our better fish on creek and ditch edges in 3 to 10 feet of water.  The other tip is that grass was near the edges of the ditches.   If you are using Rattles out of the box, please stop right now!  Two things you need to do; one, take the hooks off and throw them as far as you can and buy good quality hooks and sharpen them.  Second, if you insist on using the original hooks, you “must” sharpen them two or three times a day, especially if you are running them over grass.  With the quality of fish that we have here at Lake Fork you don’t want to lose a trophy because of a dull hook.  One last thing, if you catch a large Bass like I did on Wednesday, make sure you take a minute and check your line and always re-tie.

The White Bass fishing was slow but they could be caught on a 1/8 ounce Crappie jig tipped with a minnow.  They were being caught both 515 bridges.  A few were being caught on the 514 bridge.  Use a chartreuse and blue jig!

The Crappie were also very slow.  What few that being caught were being caught were being caught on 1/16 Crappie jigs (chartreuse/blue) tipped with a small minnow.  They also were being caught on the 515 and 514 bridges.

No report on Catfish this week.

Lake Fork Marina has a good selection of spinner baits and chatter baits for you Bass fishermen.  They also have a good selection of Crappie jigs and have plenty of minnows. 

Here at J & M guide Service we still have a few opens for guided bass trips during spawn (March & April).  Give us a call here, Toll Free: 1-888-454-7037 or e-mail us at:   Have a great week and if you are on the water with the big motor running make sure you wear your life vest.

Lake Fork 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 You can also visit my website for more information about Lake Fork and my guide service at You can also find me on Facebook and follow my official Lake Fork Guide page at

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

Lake Fork 2014!!

January 23, 2014

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


Andrew Grills Lake Fork Report 1-21-14

January 23, 2014

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

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

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

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

Lake Fork Guide John Morris Lake Fork Report August 2013

August 24, 2013


FROM:   J & M Guide Service


The hot weather continues and the water temperatures continue to be 88 to 90 degrees.  The lake is trying to turn over which means the water clarity is stained.   The Bass bite remained pretty constant and good fish were being caught all over the lake.  We found the baits of choice for Bass still have not changed much over the last two to three weeks.  We did however catch some good quality fish on a 3/16 ounce shaky head jigs with a watermelon candy Baby Brush Hog and as the water clarity got more stained we changed the Baby brush Hog color to green pumpkin and dyed the tails chartreuse.  We also found 4 to 12 foot of water was a good water depth to start in from daylight to around 8:00 AM.  Around 8:00 AM we moved into water depths of 26 to 32 feet of water using a Carolina rigged Baby Brush Hog and you guessed it, Tim Spaits chrome and chartreuse Flutter Spoon.  Once again the trick of catching the Largemouth Bass is keeping the spoon near the bottom.  If you don’t you will be catching White Bass all day long.

The Crappie fishing continued to be slow this week.  I blamed two things; one, was the warm water temperatures and second, was the lake starting to turn over.  The bridge of choice was the 515 east, this week.  Small chartreuse/pink Crappie jigs tipped with minnows were the best bait for the week.

The White Bass were still eating Joe Spaits chrome/chartreuse flutter spoon as soon as you put it in the water.  The best water depth was 28 to 32 foot of water on sharp main lake points and around the two 515 bridges.

The Bream bite remained really good this week.  Crickets were still on top of their menu.  The kid’s summer vacation is about over, so hurry and “take a child fishing”.

Lake Fork Marina has plenty of crickets and minnows to feed those large Lake Fork Crappie and Bream.  They also have a great selection of Strike King Crankbaits and Joe Spaits spoons.  Stop in and stock up on the latest tackle and don’t forget to pick up lots of water to stay hydrated with.

Well it wouldn’t be fishing without thinking about running down Lake Fork in a brand new Ranger Bass Boat from Nichols Marine in Longview, TX.   The boat of the week is a new raspberry mist Ranger Z522, powered by a Yamaha 250 SHO.  This Ranger has a Minnkota 101 Fortrex trolling motor, Lowrance HDS 8 in the console, a HDS 5 in the bow with structure scan, Pro air, Ranger cover and much more.  Stop in and see it today!

We are busy getting taking reservations for the great fall fishing here at beautiful Lake Fork, TX. We are taking reservations for September and October especially for those who are getting ready for the Big Bass Splash and the Berkley Tournaments.  So give us a call Toll Free: 1-888-454-7037 or E-mail us at:  Be safe and wear that life vest if the big motor is running.  See you on the water.

John Morris (J & M Guide Service)

Tom Redington Lake Fork Guide Report 4-4-13

April 4, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Good Fishing,