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!