LAKE FORK GUIDE ANDREW GRILLS

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Category – FISHING REPORTS

Lake Fork bass fishing reports and pictures from Lake Fork guide Andrew Grills

April 4 Lake Fork Report with lots of Big Bass Pictures!

What a month March was for big bass! The spring fishing season is going by fast here on Lake Fork. Right now, the water temperature is ranging from 65-70 degrees just depending on the area. The lake level is just under 2′ low.

Unusually warm temperatures throughout March and February triggered many of our fish to move up and spawn. Normally, the spawn is staggered out in stages from the upper ends of the lake down to the dam. Fish move up in waves and there are usually plenty of prespawn and postspawn fish, as well as fish on beds all at any given time. This year it sure seems like most of the fish moved up over the past few weeks.

That’s a great, however short lived scenario for bed fishermen. Not so good for those of us who target hungry pre and post spawners. The good news is that dilemma is almost behind us. April will be a month of postspawn feeding action. All those bass that moved up in March are going to be feeding up this month.

Areas to look for large groups of fish will be the mouths of spawning areas, secondary points on the way out, and main lake points as well. Topwaters will be good early, and there will be some days where the action continues into the afternoon. I’ll be focusing primarily on shallow areas, so square bills, swim jigs, chatterbaits, and light carolina rigs will be important tools.

I’m really looking forward to the fishing this month. I think it will be good, very good. If I can be of any assistance on your upcoming trip, please don’t hesitate to call.

Below are some pictures of big bass boated by my customers and I over the last few weeks here on Lake Fork.

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March 8, Lake Fork Report and Big Bass Pictures!

Fishing is good on Lake Fork right now. The lake is in great shape this year and our overall numbers of fish are better at this time and than in the last several years. We are now reaping the benefits of the good spawns we had in 2015 and 2016.

Lake Fork is currently 2.04 feet below full pool. I would prefer it to be full right now, but we have to be thankful it’s not lower with all of the water Dallas has been pumping. There is still a good amount of shallow cover to protect this year’s hatch.

The water temperature is ranging from the upper 50s to the low 60s across the lake. We had an unusually warm February, and things are shaping up for an early spring. We actually caught a 9 pound fish in early February that appeared to be spawning. The warmer weather definitely made the bigger fish harder to pattern. However, now that we are into March, big fish are moving into spawning areas on the mid to upper end of the lake, and pre-spawn staging areas as well.

I’ve been finding fish and very shallow water out to about 12 feet deep. Most of my catches have been point related and near timber. Texas rigs, Carolina rigs, and swim jigs have been producing well for me. I’m also catching some nice fish and swim baits.

If I can be of any assistance to you on your upcoming trip to Lake Fork, or if you’re looking for a Lake Fork guide, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

 

Here are some of our recent catches. I try not to do more than one photo of the same fish, but below there are couple giants worth a second look!

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February 2017, Lake Fork Report with Big Bass Photos

February has arrived and things are looking great on Lake Fork! February is probably my favorite big fish month here. There are probably more double-digit sized bass caught during the month of March, but I believe that is only because more folks are out fishing. In February the boat traffic on the lake is still pretty light, and there is no other month when more fish are at their fattest!

Lake Fork looks good for now. The water level is 2.26′ below full pool. We had a significant amount of rainfall for January and that brought the lake up almost a foot. It made the fishing tough for a little while but things are getting back to normal now. The water temperature has stayed in the low to mid-50’s for a while now.

The fishing patterns are pretty typical for this time of year. Keep in mind that the fish in the upper ends of the major creeks and the northernmost part of the main lake will spawn the earliest. This is generally where your best numbers will be right now. I’m finding fish very shallow on warmer afternoons, and there are still a lot of fish staging on secondary points and creek channel ledges. Chatterbaits, lipless, crankbaits, and jigs are what I have on the deck for these fish.

From mid-lake to the there are bass on deep main lake structure, but most of these seem to be smaller. I’m finding my biggest fish in 8-14′ of water on points and break lines leading into areas where they will eventually spawn. Jigs and jerkbaits will work in these areas. Keep in mind, in clearer water, bass will suspend closer to the surface on a warmer day.

Hopefully you found some helpful information in this report. If I can be of any assistance on your next trip to Lake Fork, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

 

Below are some recent pictures. Each group of pictures is from one day of fishing, all different bass. You can see a few where I’ve been having a good time on my days off!

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January 13 Lake Fork Guide Update

I would rate the fishing on Lake Fork right now a little above average for this time of year. As most of you know, I absolutely love fishing in the colder months. Most folks who would book a guide don’t think much about fishing in January. That means I get some days off when I can enjoy fishing on my own. Trying new areas, new techniques, or just hunting for one big bite is a lot of fun for me this time of year.

I’m catching some nice fish right now, but I’m not playing the numbers game. There are some schools of smaller fish still hanging around deep points and so forth, but I’m targeting the early pre-spawn females. This is the best shot a catching a bass like Lake Fork is famous for.

Lake Fork is a tad over 3′ low right now, and the water temperature has fluctuated quite a bit recently. Right now we are looking at mid 50’s, but last week it was in the upper 40’s pretty much all over the lake. Folks see a warming trend like this and get excited, but I don’t. It’s supposed to be cold in January and February and the big bite is much more consistent when the water is temperature is somewhere in the mid 40’s. A lot of folks find that surprising, but a look through the trophy photos will tell the tale. Big bass and cold weather clothing go hand in hand!

Here are some recent catches here on Lake Fork. If I can help you in any way on your upcoming trip, please feel free to get in touch with me. The last photo is a heck of a day I had alone earlier this week.

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December 15 Lake Fork Report

My favorite time of year has arrived! For the next few months I will be one happy camper. I live for the winter fishing on Lake Fork. If you’re serious about catching a trophy bass you need to make a trip to Lake Fork during the colder months.

Winter time isn’t the time for numbers. Sure, the possibility of catching quite a few is there, but this is a time for an opportunity at the kind of fish Lake Fork is famous for. If you’ll take a look a the Trophy Photos section of this site, you’ll find that cold weather apparel and big bass often go hand in hand!

Lake Fork is currently a tad over 3′ low. It’s good for the lake to be full, but it’s best for the fishing if the lake is a little low like it is now. I am very excited to see what this winter has in store for us. As of right now, water temperature, weather patterns, and the Lake Fork water level are all lining up for a banner January and February.

There are quite a few Lake Fork guides to choose from. If you’re planning a trip, I hope you’ll give me the opportunity to help in any way I can.

Here are a few of our catches from the past 3 guide trips.

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Lake Fork Report and Video! December 1

A lot of folks find it surprising that winter is my favorite time of year for bass fishing here on Lake Fork. I look forward to December, January, and February all year long.

There are a couple reasons I love the colder months. First, most folks are either hunting or busy with the holidays. That means the lake isn’t crowded and we have the fish all to ourselves. Second, the colder it gets the bigger our catches get! Winter isn’t a time for numbers. It is a great time to target trophy sized bass.

Right now I’m still following the fall pattern of fishing deep offshore structure in 20-25′ of water. Carolina rigs and spoons have been the top producers. Main lake points, humps, and roadbeds have been the primary areas.

As the water continues to cool, I will gradually transition to my winter pattern. I’ll be using jigs, lipless crankbaits, chatterbaits, and swimbaits in 12′ of water or less. I’ll be looking for steeper structures such as creek channels, ditches, or steep drop offs.

Right now the water temperature is 64 degrees and falling gradually. The lake level is also falling slowly and is 2.78′ low at the time of this report. Fishing is generally better in the winter with the lake a few feet below full pool.

If I can be of any assistance on your upcoming trip please let me know!

Here are some pictures from last week. Most of these fish are from a lake near Lake Fork. It’s always nice to have a back up plan! Be sure to check out the video as well.

 

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November 17, Lake Fork Guide Report

Fishing is pretty good on Lake Fork right now! Numbers have been great, but size has been a little harder to come by. However, as you can see from the pictures, we have been fortunate to catch some really nice ones. Adrian from Austrailia got the big fish of the past month with a 10lb 11oz giant! True double digit bass are rare, even here on Fork.

I’m fishing offhore structure exclusively right now. I believe that is where the best chance for size and numbers are. The colder it gets, the bigger our catches get. Keep that in mind as winter approaches.

I know there are a lot of Lake Fork guides to choose from, but I would love to have the opportunity to show you a great Lake Fork experience. Just let me know if I can help. Here’s Adrian’s big Lake Fork bass. Also, Marvin got his replica mount from our trip back in August. Marvin is serving our country, and I had the opportunity to take him fishing in the Hunting with Soldiers event we had here on Lake Fork. He had the biggest fish of the event and got the mount for first place.

 

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November 2 Lake Fork Report

We are starting to see the bass here on Lake Fork get into their normal fall patterns in spite of the unseasonably warm weather we have been having. We had one of the warmest Septembers on record, and October was the warmest on record for the Dallas area. Our water temperature is in the low to mid 70’s, almost 10 degrees warmer than it normally is in November. Hopefully we will get some cold weather soon, because the colder it gets, the bigger our average size gets.

Still, we are having some good days and a few big fish too. I’m sure there are plenty of shallow fish to be caught, however I love fishing deep, offshore structure. I feel like the deeper water gives my customers a better opportunity at a trophy bass. I’m depending on my Lowrance HDS units to find schools of fish on points, humps, roadbeds and ledges on the main lake. When I do find them, a Carolina rig, football jig, and spoon have been my top producers.

Below are some nice bass we’ve caught over the past week. November can be a great big fish month. I have been on the water nearly everyday over the past month, but I still have a few good dates open for November. If you are looking for a Lake Fork guide, I hope you’ll give me the opportunity to help you have a good fishing experience here.

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October 22, Lake Fork Report

The fishing on Lake Fork is pretty good right now. I’ve been having great numbers of 1-4lb bass on most days. I know they’re not giants, but they can sure be fun to catch and are hard fighters for their size. I’m targeting the numbers earlier in the day and looking for a few big bites in the afternoons. We’ve been lucky to catch some big fish later in the day this past week. The afternoon bi much slower than the morning for now.

The water temperature is in the mid 70’s and the water level is about 2′ low.

I’m primarily fishing deeper offshore structure now. October is a fun month because you can normally catch them deep or shallow. After working the shallow pattern on a daily basis for the past month, I was relieved to see some bass showing back up in deep water. That is where my heart is at, I love finding bass on my electronics on points, humps, roadbeds, and ledges.

I’m fishing a carolina rig and a small spoon for my numbers. These fish would probably hit a drop shot well too. In the afternoons when I try for a bigger fish, I’m using the big Joe Spaits flutter spoon, a football jig, and a swimbait on 1oz jig head. There aren’t a ton of big fish back out deep yet, but there are some and I feel like that is the best chance for a big bass.

Hopefully this helps and let me know if I can be of any assistance on your upcoming Lake Fork fishing trip.

Here are some nice ones from our past couple Lake Fork guide trips…

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