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January 1, 2012

Happy New Year!
Lake Fork is 7.27 feet low

Had trouble recovering a password and finally recovered it last week and updated a few things.

2012 is going to be a great year on Fork. Going to be keeping site updated with reports, videos and pictures much better than years before.



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)

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 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

Lake Fork Report 10-25-2008

October 25, 2008

Went out from 9:45 to 11:45 this morning and decided try and find some new fish.  All three holes I stopped at produced fish, most in the 12-14″ range and had 2 slots that were 18″ and 18.5″, ended up with 17 and left fish biting.  Just find a grass line and go to town.

I feel like a broken record giving similar reports over and over…but A LOT of people are struggling and there is absolutely no reason you can’t go out and have an exceptional day of fishing.

3/8 oz Yo-zuri Rattlin Vibe in Ghost Minnow or Baby Bass.

I threw a bill lewis 1/4oz for a while and didn’t have a strike…tried the slightly larger 5/8oz Yo-zuri and no luck.  If you are looking for the 3/8oz Rattlin Vibe try and find them around your home lake or on the internet.  I am sold out and I bought the only 2 on the lake I could find for my personal stash.

Tom Redington Lake Fork Report July 24, 2008

July 25, 2008

It is the normal summertime scenario on Lake Fork—lots of hot days and a lot of hot fishing action. Fishing has been good for numbers most days with some big fish mixed in, like the 10 lb 4 oz and 8 lb lunkers we had on our last trip. It appears that the thermocline has developed as usual and many bass are now scattered or suspended, often making for smaller schools that are concentrated in small key locations. The big bass seemed to be mixed in with a lot of smaller bass, so watch your depth finder closely until you find a school, then work them over thoroughly until you’ve caught every bass in the area.

Lake Conditions: A couple weeks without significant rains has Fork’s water level slowly dropping, but still in great shape for the summer. The lake level is currently reading 403.21’ (about 3” above full pool). Most of the lake is now clear, with some stained water on the north ends. Water temps are normal for the summer, reading anywhere from 84 to 89 in the main lake. As the water continues to drop, the expansive hydrilla and milfoil beds are starting to mat up, which should make for good fishing later this summer and fall.

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 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. Pitch a 3/8 oz Mega Weight jig or a Texas rigged 8” 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.

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 , where your satisfaction is guaranteed.

Good Fishing,


Lake Fork Trophy Bass Report 6-2-2008 & BIG BASS PICS

June 3, 2008

Lake Fork Trophy Bass Report
Submitted June 2, 2008
By Guide James Caldemeyer

June is here and with it comes the warmer weather as well as a lot of excellent post-spawn feeding action for big bass on Lake Fork. This month is one of my most favorite months for fishing because you can catch a lot of numbers and the quality of those fish is great! For example, I had a client on Wednesday that caught 42 bass with the biggest five weighing 35+ pounds. A 9lb. 10oz. and an 8lb. 4oz. fish anchored that sack! These are the kind of days that you can expect to see a lot of this month and even into the middle of summer on Lake Fork.
The water conditions on the lake are great right now. We are sitting at about 6 inches above full pool at 403.57. I think everyone expected the Sabine River Authority to open the gates this week after recent rains but I spoke to them Friday and they said they did not intend to open the dam up unless we got more rain. This is great for us going into the summer and great for the fishing. The water clarity on the main lake areas is clear 2-3 feet and the water in the backs of the major creeks is not as stained as it has been this spring.
The top water bite has been decent lately early and late on yellow magic’s, white buzz baits and frogs fished over the shallow grass beds/lily pads in 2-8 feet of water. After the top water bite slows, I have been switching over to trick worms rigged wacky style in june bug and any watermelon color. Fish these slow over the grass in the same areas for actively feeding post-spawners. A fluke and a swim bait have also worked well in the same places.
After the shallow early morning bite starts to die, I head for deep water. The deep structure fishing on Lake Fork is phenomenal this time of year and the lake offers lots of points, roadbeds, humps, and ridges for these deep fish to congregate. Using your electronics to these schools of fish can be very rewarding! I use my Lowrance to locate shad and bar fish in 18-30 feet of water where there is some kind of bottom change. The bass will be close by. Once I have marked a school of bass, I have been using a number of different presentations to catch them. The carolina rig has been the most productive. I have been rigging my Shimano 7’6” Heavy action Crucial/Chronarch reels with 20 lb Gamma Edge Fluorocarbon. I use a heavy 1 oz. tungsten weight with a bead behind it attached to a swivel and a 4-5 foot leader. A 3/0 wide gap hook with a centipede, ring fry or Wave Worm Tiki Stick has been very productive. Best colors have been watermelon red, watermelon chartreuse, and chart. pepper. Dragging this rig through these schools of fish with a slow retrieve and an occasional twitch will get your rod bent pretty good! I have also been throwing a 3/4 or 1-ounce Talon football head jig in these same areas and working it just like the c-rig with success. Best colors have been watermelon/chart, green pumpkin, and watermelon gold with a matching trailer. On days that the wind is calm, the fish have started schooling some during the heat of the day. The big flutter spoons, small jigging spoons, DD 22’s, a swim bait and even a drop shot is very effective during this time as well.
If you are interested in coming to Lake Fork to get in on some great post-spawn and summer fishing and would like to book a trip with a full time guide who knows the lake and deep structure fishing, feel free to give me a call at (903)736-9888 or you can email me at With school out for the year, now is a great time to bring the kids out for some great fishing for big bass! I would like to thank all my sponsors for their support and to the good Lord for giving me strength. I hope to see you out on the water soon!

Romans 5:8- But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Tight Lines and God Bless,
James Caldemeyer