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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
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Quick Fork Report 3-1-2016

March 1, 2016

These fish are about to be locked on beds VERY quickly.  The water temps are starting out around 54-55 in the morning and getting up to 60-61 later in the afternoon. As of this post the lake level is 403.25 –  If you love sight fishing now is a great time to get your trips planned.

My better fish have been caught in 1-5 foot of water in the backs of the creeks next to spawning flats. I have mainly been fishing a 3/8oz  Chatterbait  (White) with a Skinny Dipper (White) for a trailer. As it warms up I am also throwing a weightless fluke on a #3 rigging hook in (watermelon magic or watermelon candy) with a dipped chartreuse tail.

If any of y’all are looking to book a trip on Lake Fork, I would love the opportunity to show what this great lake has to offer.

Lake Fork Guide Eric Wright 972 757 7947
http://www.ericwrightlakefork.com

 

 

Lake Fork Feb. 25, 2010 Guide Tom Redington

February 25, 2010

Despite a bitterly cold winter, the bass are hanging out in their typical prespawn locations. Many are even in the very backs of creeks in 2’ of 42 to 48 degree muddy water. As soon as we get a significant warming trend the bite will become consistent and bass will start bedding. In the meantime, the bite has been very slow to fair at best most days.

The cold temps have been especially hard on the relatively fragile threadfin shad and there have been a number of significant shad kills. That’s a windfall for the bass, and they’re getting a lot of easy meals as a result. The good news is that the bass we’re catching are downright obese and full of shad. The bad news is that food is so readily available that they aren’t having to work very hard to eat and that makes it tough to catch them on lures. As opposed to normal when I favor areas where I’m seeing shad in the water, lately we haven’t been able to get bit in areas where there’s a lot of bait. Basically, if you’re seeing a number of shad struggling in the area, we’re normally not getting bit in those spots.

As the lake warms, we’re going to have a very good spring this year. The extra flooded shallow cover and the very well fed bass will make for a very productive spawn and a lot of heavy fish. In the meantime, plug away in key areas and you’ll eventually connect with some big ones. My report is large unchanged from my last one and will remain that way until the spawns gets going in March.
Lake Conditions: The lake is full and more stained than normal, plus cooler than normal. The lake level is currently 403.01’, right at full pool. The water clarity is clearer on the south end, getting more stained as you head up the lake, and quite muddy in some creeks up north. Water temps are reading 45 to 47 in the main lake, while 51 was the warmest we found in the creeks yesterday.
Location Pattern: From late-December through much of March, I concentrate on the early prespawn and staging fish on points and along edges of flats or creek channels. Areas with submerged vegetation (primarily hydrilla, milfoil, or coontail) for cover will typically have the most active fish. While about any grassy area will hold a few fish, start your search in areas that have lots of spawning fish in late February through March. It stands to reason that the coves that hold the most spawning fish in early spring will have the most prespawn fish in the winter. I’ve found fish in grass anywhere from the very backs of creeks to main lake flats, with about 2/3 the way back in creeks being most productive lately.

As I say each spring, bear in mind that the absolute water temperature is not nearly as important now as the recent water temperature trend. For instance, water temps that are showing 52 degrees can result in slow fishing if the temps were 58 a couple days ago. In contrast, fishing can be great if the temps warm up to 50 while they were 44 a few days before. In general, look for bass on the flats and farther back in creeks during warming trends; conversely, drop back to points and main lake grassbeds after cold fronts. Finally, the day of and the day after cold fronts can be absolutely miserable to fish, but these frontal days after a long warming trend are usually the most productive times to fish.

Presentation Pattern: A few simple lures produce big bass each winter from grasslines and creek channels. First and foremost are lipless crankbaits in ½ or ¾ oz, like the Lucky Craft LV500 and LVR D-7. Red and crawfish colors are most popular and they often work well, although oddball colors often produce better on any given day. Buzzing these over the top of the grass on a quick retrieve is normally best, but after cold fronts, letting the bait fall and ripping these out of the grass will trigger most of the bites. Lipless cranks are notorious for losing fish, so I’ve gone to the 8’ Dobyns 804CB cranking rod. You can whip baits a country mile and it is so well balanced that it feels like having a little 6’6” rod in your hands. The 804CB has plenty of backbone to rip baits free from grass, yet a soft tip to let the bass eat the bait deeply and to keep them on. And a long rod moves a lot of line and keeps steady pressure on fish, resulting in more landed lunkers. If you’re out at the lake, run by Lake Fork Tackle’s pro shop in Emory and check it out for yourself. ½ oz Redemption spinnerbaits with tandem or double willow blades with white or chartreuse and white skirts will produce some really large bass in the same areas that the lipless cranks work, especially on windy and cloudy days. For a true giant, try swimming a 4.5” Live Magic Shad on the back of a ½ oz Phenix Vibrator Jig and fish it in the same areas you’d throw a spinnerbait. With the spinnerbait, mono like 28 lb PowerSilk line works best, while 30 to 50 lb braided line works better with the lipless cranks and vibrating jigs to help rip them through the grass.

When the bite slows or the conditions are sunny and calm, I’ll switch to a suspending jerkbait or pitch a jig and a Texas rig. Lucky Craft’s model 100SP Pointers in gold or chrome patterns are my traditional choices, although the new Gunmetal Shad & Phantom Chartreuse Shad are my new favorites. Work these with long pauses over the grass and along the edges. A long rod with a forgiving tip helps land big fish that just slap at these baits, so I throw them on a Dobyns 705CB cranking rod. Match it with 12 to 17 lb Fluorohybrid Pro, a new line that is as clear and sensitive as fluorocarbon, yet as smooth and easy handling as mono. For jigs, I go with the new ½ oz black and blue MPack jig from Lake Fork Trophy Lures and pair it with a matching Fork Craw or Hyper Freak trailer in the blue bruiser color. For the Texas rig, I’ll pitch a Lake Fork Flipper or Hyper Freak in black neon or blue bruiser with a 3/8 oz Mega Weight. Work your jig or Texas rig very slowly along creek channels or through deep grass for a great shot at a lunker.

Cover lots of water until you get bit. Once you catch one, work the area over thoroughly with multiple passes, employing several different baits. Fish tend to stack up in key staging areas during the winter and these spots will replenish themselves with more fish during the prespawn as more and more big bass move shallow. Find some good staging spots and you’ll have a milk run of honey holes now through March.

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 http://www.LakeForkGuideTrips.com , where your satisfaction is guaranteed.

Good Fishing,
Tom Redington

Tom Redington Lake Fork Report July 2009

July 13, 2009

The temps have turned hot here at Fork, grouping up lots of fish out deep. Shallow grass and wood cover are still producing some good fish and even some big ones, especially early and late. For the majority of the day though, offshore structure fishing has been best for me. The hot, sunny afternoons of summer are prime time to catch these big schools of big fish, and thankfully we’ve had a nice breeze most days to keep us cool. If you’re looking to learn deep structure fishing skills—reading topo maps, setting up your graph correctly & decoding the images on your sonar to find schools, and learning deep water techniques like big spoons, football jigs, drop shots, Carolina rigs, swimbaits and deep crankbaits—now through early September is the time to head to Lake Fork. And not only is it a great time to learn, but you’ll probably catch a lot of big fish as well.

Boat for Sale: My 2009 Ranger Z520 boat is for sale. It is fully loaded, rigged with a 250 HP Mercury Pro XS motor with a 5 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.

Lake Conditions: Fork remains full and the grass is green and growing all over the lake. The lake level is currently at 403.21’ (about 3” above full pool) and slowly falling. The water clarity is running about normal, with stained water up north and clear greenish water on the south end. Milfoil and hydrilla are both growing rapidly and starting to mat out in places, which should make for great grass fishing in the fall. Water temps really rose this week, reading 89 to 93 degrees in most areas of the main lake. With the continued hot days and light winds, I expect the thermocline will set up around 28’ deep pretty soon, as usual.

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’ continue 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 and are relating to a few pieces of isolated cover, 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. For bass feeding over the top of the grassbeds, try a spinnerbait, chatterbait, or Fork Frogs. For bigger bass, pitch a 3/8 oz Mega Weight jig or a Texas rigged 10” Fork Worm to holes in the grass and lily pads on flats or near stumps on points in the deep weedline. I’m using a green pumpkin/black or a watermelon seed jig with a watermelon/red flake Fork Craw or Hyper Freak trailer, or a watermelon Fork Worm on the Texas rig.

Out deeper, Carolina rigs, drop shots, and Texas rigs are catching bass from schools located near the bottom on deep structure. I go with green pumpkin or red bug 8” or 10” Fork Worms for Texas rigs. Meanwhile, junebug or green pumpkin Fork Creatures, Baby Ring Frys, and the new 6” Hyper Lizard are on the business end of my Carolina rigs. The new 6” Hyper Lizard is the perfect size for Carolina rigs, and it thumping Hyper tail really calls fish in. A great set up for the C-rig is a stout 7’6” 764C Dobyns Rod with low stretch 32 lb PowerSilk mono. This set up will allow for monster casts, while still delivering strong hook sets at long distances. 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, swimbaits or deep diving crankbaits in shad or yellow bass patterns are working better than the bottom presentations, and catching some lunkers too. The trick with crankbaits is to get them deep, and light line and long casts help you do this. Therefore, I use the 805CB cranking rod from Dobyns, paired with low stretch 15 lb to 21 lb PowerSilk line. With this 8’ rod and the zero memory line, you can whip crankbaits a country mile.

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

Lance Vick Lake Fork Report 6-16-09

June 16, 2009

John Tanner Lake Fork Report December 2008

December 20, 2008

This week here at the great Lake Fork the fishing has made some changes and the winter time patterns are starting to lock in. The water temps have been in the 50’s now for a while and a good population of larger fish have moved to the shallows and will spend the winter there. These fish will hang out in the hydrilla beds that have deeper water close by. Main lake points, secondary points and large flats with healthy stands of the green stuff are good places to fish. This may seem odd to some of you who are thinking most of the larger bass spend the winter months out in deep water. However in lakes like Lake Fork that have a good amount of hydrilla, a lot of good sized bass love to spend the colder months in the comfort of this plush green vegetation that holds such a great amount of food and shelter. The same is true for other lakes that are blessed with weed beds like this. Sam Rayburn, Toledo Bend here in Texas and Lake Qauchita in ARK are other good lakes that hold a lot of shallow fish in the winter due to the hydrilla beds. These are great fisheries but do not have the number of monster bass like we are blessed with here at Lake Fork. When the larger fish start showing up in the shallow weeds as the water cools, a great bait and probably the most popular choice is a red or crawfish colored lipless crank bait. These baits cover a lot of water and generate a good number of reaction strikes out of the bass when ran over the top of the hydrilla. Berkley Frenzy and rattle traps are good ones.tanner@lakeforkbassguide.com. Or for more booking info click on the trip info section and for a look at some happy folks holding their Lake Fork Trophies be sure and click on all of the photo pages.DSM and see Ben Hogan to schedule a test ride in a Ranger. They are awesome and still built one at a time. www.rangerboats.com. Tell em tanner sent ya !Good fishin and God Bless,
John and Robin Tanner

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How do you run a lipless crankbait over the grass with out getting tangled you ask? Well that is the idea. As you are running the bait over the weeds and you feel it start to get hung , rip the bait free with a snap of the wrist and keep reeling. As the lure rips free and deflects off of the weeds , that is when ole big mama will take a wack at your crank bait. It is a blast to say the least! This time of year you may not catch as many fish as you would say in the summer months but every bite you get is usually a quality bite. That’s what I love about fish Lake Fork in the winter months, December, January and February. This time of year is also a good time to fish a jig or even a jerk bait. The jig is good while fish around trees on the edges of the grass and along the creek channels. While flipping the wood I like to use the 3/8 or ½ ounce Talon Jig in black brown or PB&J colors. On the grass edges I like to drag the ½ ounce Talon football head jig in the same colors. On the jerk bait the Lucky Craft pointers are good in chartreuse shad and American shad colors as well as the trusty ole Rogues. Fish the jerk bait over the deeper grass tops and dead stick it as much as you can between rips. Now where is all of this hydrilla you ask? Well there is a ton of places to fish here on Lake Fork that have it. But, here is a little tip. While you are running the lake keep your eyes peeled for big flocks of coots feeding along the shorelines. These guys usually hang out over a weed bed. Stop and if you see them diving down and pulling up strands of the weeds pull in there and start fishing. Turn on your Lowrance and see hoe deep the grass is growing and fish the edges of it. I have found a lot of good fishing holes like this not only here on Lake Fork but on other lakes where I was searching for hydrilla. In last January’s issue of Bassmaster magazine I did a feature article with Wade Bourne on this style if fishing. I know it has been a while back but if you still have that issue on your arsenal dig it out and give it a look. The article was titled pattern of the month. It has some other good info on fishing the grass this time of year. But what about the deep fish ? Well you can still catch some deep ones on spoons, tail kicker type baits, drop shots as well as deep running swim baits. They don’t all move shallow, but day in and day out I like my odds better while fishing the grass this time of year especially when the water temps hit the low 50’s and below and I am looking for big fish. Tackle tip: The best rig I have found for cranking the grass with a lipless crank bait is a 7 ft medium heavy Shimano Crucial Cranking rod along with a Shimano Chronarch reel or one of the new Curados either spooled with Gamma 14 to 16 pound Edge flouro carbon line. Well hopefully these angling tips will help you catch more and bigger fish this winter. While everyone is out there deer hunting you can be here fishing for the big ones. Speaking of big ones you know it is share a lunker time from now until the end of April. That being said the Lake Fork Chamber of Commerce is putting on a fishing tournament that last through the share a lunker season. Go to http://www.lakeforkchamber.org or www.lakeforkbountybonanza.com for details. Or if you are by Lake Fork Marina go in the bait shop and ask them about it. It is pretty cool ! Remember to dress accordingly this time of year and always wear your life jackets. We pulled a couple of guys out of the lake last year about this time and man it was a close one for both of them. I got my hands on one of them as he was starting to go down. If they would have been wearing their life vest it would have been not such a close call. Gear Tip :For some awesome winter fishing gear go to http://www.riverswest.com. I have been wearing their gear for a couple years now and I can tell you that they make the warmest and the most water proof clothing available. Good Fishing if you are headed this way. If you are interested in booking a trip with us here on Lake Fork call us toll free at 1-800-865-2282 or drop us a line at

While you are in the area be sure and go by and visit Diamond Sports Marine our local Ranger Boat dealer. They carry a full line of Ranger Boats powered by Yamaha outboards. I just got my 09 model Z-21 rigged with a Yamaha series 2 250 hp recently and I love it. Go by

Please pray for our country and our troops and their families as they sacrifice for our freedom. Also continue to pray for my mom Peggy Tanner and Bobby Renfro as they battle health problems. Thank you for your prayers and remember Jesus is the reason for the season ! Read Luke 2 :1-14.

Lake Fork Report December 15th 2008

December 19, 2008

Lake Fork and Local Hot Water Lakes: December 15, 2008

Lake Levels:

Fork – Full
Monticello – Full
Welsh – Full

Water Clarity:

Fork – Clear
Monticello – Clear
Welsh – Gin Clear (south end), stained (north end)
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Water temp:
Fork – varying from 42 – 52 degrees
Monticello – varying from 60 – 75 degrees
Welsh – varying from 64 – 85 degrees

Weather: Cold front today and tomorrow with highs in the 30’s, with a warming trend toward the end of the week to upper 70’s.

News: Happy Holidays from East Texas. My family, wife Kerstin and daughters Emmah, Lakyn and I wish you a very Merry Christmas. Remember, Jesus is the reason for the Season.

Fishing Report

Lake Fork: No Report due to time on hot water lakes. But, if I had to go right now I would take plenty of dynamite and some hand grenades as I am guessing the bite would be tough due to the cold fronts this week!

Hot Water Lakes: This past week the fishing on Lake Monticello and Lake Welsh has been outstanding, as expected this time of year. Cold fronts help the fish bite better. The more it snows, the better the bite.
Lake Monticello spawn is right around the corner. I have seen 7 or 8 beds in the last week. But none of the big females we are catching have shown any sign of spawning yet. I have been targeting these pre spawn fish with a Sebile Flatt Shad and a Wave Fishing Swim Bug. The lipless Flatt Shad can be fished with a cast a retrieve. Varying this retrieve from slow to fast with a sudden stop can produce some ferocious bites. The Swim Bug is best using it Texas Rigged on a ¼ ounce bullet weight and a 4/0 wide gap hook. I like to fish the light weight on Monticello due to the high levels of silt on the bottom. Colors of the Flatt Shad have not made a difference as this has been strictly a reaction bite. The best colors on the Swim Bug have been Watermelon Red and Sweet Potato Pie. For shear numbers a drop shot and shakey head will put them in the boat. My favorite bait for this has been the Tiki Trick Worm in Watermelon Candy.

Lake Welsh spawn is coming to a close. Yesterday all but one of the big females we caught was showing every sign of post spawn. Fry can seen in the shallows around lay downs and hydrilla. The biggest producer on Welsh has been imitating a bream with a ¼ ounce Revenge jig in Chartreuse Chameleon. (Those fish on Welsh love a jig) Early and late in the day try a Sebile Splasher around flooded vegetation and lay downs coming off the shore. This will for sure get you bit!


There have been a few disastrous accidents on Lake Monticello and Lake Welsh in the last two weeks. Anglers are navigating these lakes without due regard. I am seeing boaters driving at high rates of speed in timbered areas. One bad accident tore a boat in half on Lake Monticello this past week. Another bad accident resulted in a boat running on plane to hit a stump. This boat stopped and the three anglers did not. The three of them were stranded in the middle of the lake, swimming, with air temperatures in the 30’s. No major injuries were reported. Please go slow if unsure of the boat lane and please wear your Life Preservers.

The 2009 season is setting up to be a great year for bass fishing. Lower gas prices and full lakes will sure make it easier for anglers to spend time on the water. I look forward to all of my readers having the opportunity to fish with me this upcoming season.

Thanks to my sponsors Wave Fishing, Costa Del Mar Sunglasses, Gotcha Distributing (Dealer inquiries-contact Ron Peterson at 903-856-8083), Sebile Revenge Jigs, Arkie, Power Pro Fishing Line, Seaguar Fishing Line, Gene Larew.

Feel free to contact me anytime via email lakeforkdayandnight@yahoo.com or by phone 903-918-9469 if you ever have any questions about Lake Fork or to book your next guided fishing trip on this fine fishery. I hope to see you soon!

Guide Clint Wright
Lake Fork Day and Night Guide Service

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

Lake Fork Guide Clint Wright Report May 29,2008

May 30, 2008

Kelly’s 10.40 certified at Lake Fork Marina by Cameron!

Another photo of Kelly’s 10.40!


A 6.10 Kelly caught!

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Guide Clint Wright

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20+ years of Lake Fork experience

Lake Fork Report: May 29, 2008

Lake Level: Fork: Full

Water Clarity: Main Lake is clear. Most creeks are clear too.

Water temp: The water temps have varied from 75 – 78.

Weather: Highs in upper 90’s this next week.

News: I am now offering a romantic lunch for you and your spouse. We will begin our trip at safe light and when we return to Oak Ridge Marina for lunch, the staff will have a table set with a white table cloth, candles, dozen roses, chocolate covered strawberries and wine if desired. This is a way to surprise your loved one and let them know how much we appreciate the time they allow us on the water. Also available is birthday, anniversary etc…
Here are open dates that I have for you for the upcoming month. May 31, June1 and 7, July 5, 6, 12, 13, 20, 26 and 27.
Joe at VJ’s baits in Winnsboro, Texas (a new tackle store) has a wide assortment of new baits that I and many pros are using to include the new Sebile Magic Swimmer. Call Joe at 903-342-3497 or 903-975-0358 for all your tackle needs.

Fishing Report
Lake Fork:
The fishing here at Lake Fork is great. Last Sunday during the Legend Tournament Ron Peterson of Gotcha Distributing, one of my sponsors and friend caught a 10.23 lb lunker winning him a new Legend boat. Ron caught his winning fish on a Revenge Jig and a Reaction Innovations Sweet Beaver. He was fishing one of my favorite holes where we have had many fish over 10 lbs. Congratulations Ron. After the tournament was over Sunday, I had the opportunity to take a lady angler fishing. Kelly caught a huge fish from the same area weighing 10.40 lbs. Kelly caught her fish on a Reaction Innovations Big Unit. This is also the same area that Hailey caught her 11.28 lb fish with me only a few weeks ago. It is neat how some areas just hold big fish.
Once the water warms up to 75 + degrees you will very seldom find me fishing less that 15 ft of water. By this time the fish that I am targeting have already passed the post spawn phase and now are beginning their early summer pattern. Here I am looking for points, ledges, humps etc. One key thing to target once these structures are found is brush. Luckily I took the time over the years to set out brush piles in key places. These brush piles provide a habitat for fish of all sizes and species. In these brush piles I use an assortment of baits depending on how the bass are set up on them at any given time. I like to fish the tops of the trees and brush first with a Sebile Koolie Minnow (deep diver). Then I will go with a Texas rigged Reaction Innovations Big Unit on a ¼ ounce weight unpegged. This light rig will actually stay on top of the brush and usually will not fall into it. Lastly I will use two baits to penetrate the brush and catch the fish that are buried in it. A Texas rig with a 3/8 to ½ ounce weight and a ¾ to 1 ounce jig will do the trick here. When fishing deep and around brush / trees I like to use 65 – 80 lb braid. Here we are NOT looking for small fish, this is where the lunkers live. With a braided line like Power Pro, when you set the hook and start to crank, they WILL come to the boat. This line is strong.
If for some reason power fishing fails to produce for you. Try a dropshot rig or a Carolina rig and use your electronics to find schools of fish on open water drops.
Folks the night fishing is about to be phenomenal. I usually don’t promise anything on any of my trips, but night fishing here on Lake Fork is usually a sure bet. Remember that I have over 20 + years of night fishing experience and safety is my number one concern. The air temps usually fall into the mid 70’s so this makes summer time night fishing very enjoyable. I have shown folks for years that by this time of year many of the fish we catch during the day have holes in their mouths as a testimony of catch and release. But the fish we catch at night very seldom, if ever have holes in their mouths solid proof that some fish are nocturnal and only feed at night. I try to compare trophy size Bass to a trophy size whitetail deer; they only come out to feed at night!
Good Luck fishing and feel free to call me anytime with any questions.

I would like to invite you out to Lake Fork on a professional guided fishing trip. All you really need to go fishing with me is a fishing license. I provide rods, reels, tackle etc. at no extra charge. Digital Photos of your fish will be taken and will be emailed to you at no charge.

Thanks to my sponsors Gotcha Distributing, Reaction Innovations, Revenge Jigs, Sebile, Arkie, Power Pro Fishing Line, Seagaur Fishing Line, Gene Lareu, Daichi Hooks, Custom Angle Moby bass rods, Oak Ridge Marina and Hideaway Harbor Marina. I must also thank the Texas Parks and Wildlife for their efforts in keeping this lake great.
Feel free to contact me anytime via email lakeforkdayandnight@yahoo.com or by phone 903-918-9469 if you ever have any questions about Lake Fork or to book your next guided fishing trip on this fine fishery. I hope to see you soon!

Lake Fork Big Spoon by Weedless Lures (Joe Spaits)

September 27, 2007

UPDATE:  We have the spoons now .

I am getting a lot of calls about the big spoons made by the Tackle Factory.  They were used by Kelley Jordan on a recent tv show and the phone is ringing off the hook.  I do not and can not get these in stock as they are manufactured here locally.
To order here is our ebay store:
http://stores.shop.ebay.com/Lake-Fork-Marina-Fishing-Tackle__W0QQ_sidZ76918467?_nkw=big+joe