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.