Posts Tagged ‘Lake Fork’

Leaving The Marina

October 25, 2016

James Caldemeyer heading to work.  10-24-2016



Pinson 10-25-2016

October 25, 2016




September 21, 2016

J & M Guide Service

DATES:  12 – 18 September 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Couple of Monsters on Lake Fork!

July 3, 2016

I’ve been seeing a lot of large fish caught on Lake Fork the past few weeks. These two caught on the 23rd are absolute monsters!

Lake Fork Guide Eric Wright caught this monster 10.33 on June 23rd and had her certified at Lake Fork Marina.



On the same day, Lake Fork Guide Cody Malone posted a picture of his buddy Matt with a 10.95 certified at Oakridge



June 20, 2016

FROM:  J & M Guide Service

DATES:  12 – 19 June 2016

It was good to be back at Lake Fork this week.  I have been down in Longview, TX, doing the summer boat show with Nichols Marine.  The lake is at full pool and the water is stained over most of the lake.   The water temperatures are 85 to 86 in most parts of the lake.  The Bass fishing has been fair due to the damn having two to three gates open.  You might ask why I bring this up, well these are Florida strain Bass and they “do not” like the current that is caused by the gates of the damn being open.  They are supposed to close them in the morning.  Several patterns worked this week, to include Carolina rigging, small crankbaits, jigging spoons and wacky worms.  The bait that we used on our Carolina rigs was our ole standby, watermelon/red Zoom Baby Brush Hog with chartreuse dyed tails.  We used Strike King 1.5 crankbaits early in the mornings.  Gizzard shad pattern worked the best!  Two patterns worked in the afternoon, spoons and wacky worms.  We moved in and fished the grass in the early afternoons with a chartreuse/pepper Zoom trick worm rigged wacky style.  You had to really work it slow!  The most productive pattern was by using Joe Spaits ½ ounce white with a black stripe Flashtail jigging spoon in 12 to 19 foot of water over brush piles.  Hang on! ☺   Tools for success this week continued to be Duckett Ghost rods and ABU Garcia Orra SX reels spooled with Original Stren 17 pound test line.  A deadly combination!

The White Bass were eating anything silver in the water.  We were very successful by using Joe Spaits Chrome with red eyes ½ ounce Flashtail jigging spoon in 20 to 24 foot of water on top of brush piles.   Take the kids out, they will have a ball.

The Crappie are finally showing up at the bridges in good numbers and size.  We used chartreuse/pink 1/8 ounce Crappie jigs and down sized our lines to 4 pound test.  However, with that being said, our best Crappie came off of brush piles in 19 to 22 foot of water.

You Catfish fishing folks are missing it if you are not at Lake Fork right now.  Good numbers and sizes are being caught both at night and during the day.  Punch bait still is the bait of choice around baited trees in 26 to 28 foot of water.  Have fun!

Now that outside air temperatures are reaching the upper 90’s every day you must be aware of dehydration.  Please drink plenty of water throughout the day.  If you forget your water or just simply need water and ice make sure you stop into Lake Fork Marina tackle shop and pick up it up.  While you are in the Lake Fork tackle shop make sure you check out the good selection to the Duckett rods.

I am on vacation the 20 through the 28 of June but we will be taking bookings for Bass, Crappie and White Bass trips for July.  Give us a call at (903) 413-6919 or E-mail us at: .  Have a great fishing week and fish slowly and keep a tight line.  

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

Eric Wright Lake Fork Report 3/17/16

March 17, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

Eric Wright 972 757 7947                                                                                                                      



Brian Duplechain

March 1, 2016

Congratulations to Lake Fork Guide Brian Duplechain on catching this amazing 12.6 MONSTER!

Lake Fork 2/25/16 on a white 3:16 Weedless Rising Son!

Brian Duplechain




Mark and Barbara Stevenson

March 1, 2016

This is such a great video by Ozarka and a must see for all the Lake Fork fans. Thank you all for putting together such a great video!  If you would like to learn more about Mark and Barbara Stevenson please visit their site.

On a side note, the Rusty Nail Lodge at Lake Fork Marina looked awesome!


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.