LAKE FORK GUIDE ANDREW GRILLS

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

Lake Fork Report

July ended being a good month for my customers and I here on Lake Fork! It was great to see some customers catch their personal best bass, and several of those were on father/son trips. I always enjoy those!

 

The lake is in good shape right now, just under 1′ below full pool. The water temperature is in the mid 80’s. The fish are on deeper offshore structure for the most part, but there are still some fish that stay shallow throughout the summer. The Santone football jig has produced several big fish this past month, as usual. The jig is such a great bait on Lake Fork because we have an abundant crawfish population. A couple weeks ago, we caught a fish with a big, bright red pincher sticking out of his throat!

 

We’ve also been using some Texas rigged plastics, Carolina rigs, and even topwater on some days. I just try to keep an open mind every day, because you never know how you may end up catching them. The key has been finding something the crowds have overlooked.

 

Here are a few nice fish we’ve put in the boat recently. If I can be of any assistance on your upcoming trip to Lake Fork, please let me know!

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Lake Fork Summer Report

Summer has set in here on Lake Fork. It feels like it’s gonna be a hot one this year! The fish started transitioning into summer patterns a couple weeks ago, but there are still some shallow fish to be caught for sure. 

Right now the water level is full. That’s great for the fishery, especially this time of year. Every bit of cover we can have available for the fry from this years spawn  is important. Water temperature is now in the low to mid 80’s. 

We are transitioning from the more shallow patterns of spring, to traditional summertime fishing. While fish can still be caught shallow all summer, the majority of the quality bass will be deeper.

 

We are already finding bass on deep offshore structure, and many more will show up out there soon. The depth they are holding really just depends on the area of the lake, but at the time of this report most of the deeper fish seem to prefer a depth somewhere from 15 to 20’. I find them a little more shallow on the upper ends of the lake.

 

There are many techniques that can be effective, but my favorite is a jig. I have caught more big bass on jigs than I can remember, and we are already catching some this year with it. It hangs up a lot, so you’ve gotta be clever at getting them back, but that’s part of it when it comes to fishing this lake.

 

For the jig, I always use a Santone football head jig. I use several different colors. My favorites are “beans and carrots”, “pb&j”, and “Mexican heather”. If the water is clear, ” bullfrog” is my top choice.

Be safe out there this summer, and if I can be of any assistance, please let me know. 2020 has been a trying year for our country, and this verse has been on my mind a lot. “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)

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Lake Fork Report for April

It’s early April here on Lake Fork, and my how things have changed since our last report a month ago. I know the changes in our way of life have affected all of us, and my prayer is that we realize how much we need the Lord’s help at this time.

Folks who aren’t around our lake might imagine the fish are getting a bit of a break, but it’s just the opposite! It’s like Memorial Day weekend every day of the week right now. With so many people off work due to stay at home orders, the lake is packed. 

Normally this is as good as a time to fish as you could pick on the calendar. Many fish are coming off their beds and getting the post spawn feed on, the shad are starting to do their thing, and I’m sure there’s a handful of bass that will pull up late and spawn. This is why April is such a good month. There are usually a few things going at any given time. Heavy boat traffic has made it a little tougher, but that’s a variable I can’t control so I just try to find something others have overlooked. 

The water temperature is in the upper 60’s to mid 70’s depending on the area of the lake. The water level is slightly under full pool. The water clarity varies from chocolate milk on the northern end to just right as you get closer to the dam.

For the first time in years, I have actually gotten to go fishing for fun during prime time. There’s a silver lining to all the cancellations. It’s nice to go out once in a while, with no pressure to catch fish. Just slow down, take it easy, and think about nothing but the next cast.

I’ll leave you with a Bible verse that’s more relevant than ever. ”And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.” (Romans 13:11)

Here are a few great fish from our trips since my last report!

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Lake Fork Report

Lake Fork has produced some really nice fish for me and my customers over the past couple weeks! I’m looking forward to another successful fishing season for 2020. We have had an unusually mild winter so far here on Lake Fork. Water temperatures have stayed in the low 50s throughout much of the winter. Surprisingly, that can make the fishing a little more tricky this time of year, but we have done just fine.
The water level is rising as write this report. Lake Fork has been a little low all winter, but I expect we will be fishing a full lake before February is over.
Right now, I’m finding bass in prespawn staging areas. The further up the lake you go, and the further towards the end of major creeks, the closer the fish are to spawning. That means they’ll likely be relating to shallow cover more, and will be found closer to the areas where they will actually spawn. If you can find some aquatic vegetation in one of these areas, you’ve probably got something special.
From what I’ve observed, it seems like the biggest fish will try to spawn the earliest for the most part. The rest of the true giants seem to go at the tail end, when most of us think the spawn is completely over. It’s Lake Fork though, so you never know for sure.
Here are some highlights from the past few trips!
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Below are a few big Lake Fork fish I caught while out scouting a few days before clients came!
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Looking Back on 2019 on Lake Fork!

Time flies when you’re having fun, and my how this year has flown by! I thought it would be good to share some of our most memorable fish so far this year. I have to say that we had a lot of BLESSED days in my boat this year, here on Lake Fork. Yes, there were some tough days of fishing as well. That’s fishing.

Lake Fork is the most heavily pressured reservoir in the world, as far as I know. If you go out on this lake and have a good day and catch some fish, you’ve really done something special. The vast majority of Lake Fork trips end in disappointment. That’s just reality. However, being on the water almost everyday is definitely an advantage. It’s also very nice to have so many other awesome lakes in the area for those times when Lake Fork is being stubborn.

It’s always nice to look back through the big fish photos and remember each trip. We had some miracle fish this year. Some of those fish were unexpected surprises at the end of a good day. Others were that one bite that made the trip. The biggest of 2019 for my boat, was the only bite my customer had that day! Think about that!

Right now the lake is somewhere between fall and winter mode. We’ve had nice weather, and arctic weather, and back to nice weather. The water is in the mid 50’s and the lake level is 2 feet below pool.

Here are a few highlights from 2019. These aren’t all the biggest fish, just a few to represent what a great year it was. The first picture is my favorite. That’s me and my dad. My folks spent Memorial Day weekend with me here on Lake Fork and I got to spend a few hours with them on the water!

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My Oh My, What a Month! Lake Fork Report

As you can see from the pictures, it’s been a busy several weeks for me! We’ve had some tough days and we’ve had some awesome days. Earlier in August, I slipped off to Falcon Lake for a couple weeks and took some clients after some border bass! Even though I’m a Lake Fork guide, it’s fun to get a change of scenery every now and then.

 

Lake Fork is fishing a little slow recently for me, but that’s exactly what I expect this time of year. When the weather cools off things will pick up. The water temperature right now is real close to 90. That’s hot, I don’t care where you are. There are still big ones to be caught though. As a matter of fact, my customer caught a big one this morning. That’s what’s nice about Lake Fork… Even when it’s slow, a big one could come on any cast.

 

Falcon Lake was a blast as usual. We had a few slow days, but the fish started biting a little better toward the end of the trip. The water is really low down there, and I figure it will be a few years before I’ll make that trek again. You never know though. Trips down there are fun, but it also makes you appreciate a lot of things about home. East Texas is a nice place to live.

 

Here are some pictures from our trips on Lake Fork. I’ll put the Falcon photos on the bottom.

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Here a few Falcon highlights!

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June 11 Lake Fork Report and Pictures!

June is turning out to be a great month so far here on Lake Fork! We just wrapped up another good day on the water, and most of my trips have been above average the past few weeks.

Lake Fork is a little above full pool and the water temperature is right at 82 degrees. The looks to be in good shape, and the water color couldn’t be better.

I’m mixing it up and fishing several areas a day, some shallow, some mid-depth, and some deep. I feel like I can catch a few either way right now. I’m relying on a jig mostly, but there are several techniques working.

If I can help you on a trip you are planning, please let me know!

Here are some pictures from our best recent trips…

Two great days on Lake Fork with some Tennessee boys!

Heather flat out put it on ’em! First time using a baitcaist reel and first bass on a lure! She’s hooked on Lake Fork now…

A couple from here and there…

A good half day trip with Gavin and his dad!

And finally, one of the most special days I’ve had on the water in a while. My mom and dad came to visit Lake Fork all the way from Tennessee. They wanted to take a ride in the Skeeter and watch me catch a fish or two. In just about 2 hours I was able to show them a few good ones. God has been good to me, allowing me to do what I love for a living.

 

May 7 Lake Fork Report

Lake Fork has produced some big fish for us the past few weeks! I have been having some great trips so far this year. Of course, there have been a some tough days here and there, but that’s to be expected with all the rain we’ve had. All in all, this has been one of my better spring seasons for quality fish. Numbers aren’t that great for anybody, but we are catching good quality.

The water level has been all over the place the past week, but it’s stabilized now. SRA has the lake just a little below full pool today, and I’m sure they’re relieved. Lake Fork looks pretty good right now considering how muddy it could be. Even the upper end areas don’t look too bad.

The fish are all over the place right now. Well, they’re not really all over the place, they’re actually in just a few places. However, you’ll find some shallow, and a few out deep. We are in that tricky transitional period that occurs every year at some point in May. It by no means marks the end of shallow fishing, but more fish are moving into their deeper patterns daily.

I’m excited about the next few weeks. May and early June were great last year for the most part here on Lake Fork. I have some different techniques and areas I’m looking forward to trying.

The following Scripture has really helped me this season. It’s one of those you hear all the time, but I have relied on this promise more than ever lately. “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:5 and 6.

Here are some big bass from our recent trips!

Lake Fork Report

Here’s a quick little Lake Fork report to share the current conditions and some pictures from a great trip with Denny! The fishing is pretty good right now on most days, but as always with Lake Fork, there can be a tough day in the mix.

The lake is exactly full pool at the time of this report, and that’s a wonderful thing! Heavy rain is forecasted for tomorrow, so I’m sure the lake level will be fluctuating some over the next few days. A full lake at the time of the spawn is critical to the future of our fishery. The water temperature is in the low 60’s across most of the lake.

I noted that I felt like most of the bass were spawning or had already spawned in my last report. I thought we just about out of prespawn fish. I still stand by that, however there was a pretty good little wave of fish move up since then. So, there are still a good number of fish on beds at this time. I’m sure looking forward to the coming weeks and hoping for a great post spawn bite here on Lake Fork.

If you’re planning a trip to Lake Fork, I hope you’ll give me the opportunity to help you!

Below are pictures from a great trip with Denny. On the second morning of our trip, Denny asked me if I would fish. (I never picked up a rod on the first day) So, I would wait until he covered an area, and then follow up with a few casts from the back of the boat before moving on. It ended up being a fun trip! I sure appreciate the repeat customers like Denny, who become  good friends.

Lake Fork Report, March 30

Wow! Where did March go? Time has flown by, but you know what they say, “Time flies when you’re having fun!” We sure have been having fun in my boat lately. We’ve been catching some big ones here on Lake Fork, and I’ve been having great trips on some nearby lakes on days when I expect tough fishing on Lake Fork. While I guide primarily on Lake Fork, it’s my job to be on fish for my customers first and foremost. Occasionally, a little extra driving time pays off. We’re blessed here in East Texas with good fishing on several lakes.

A cold front is passing through as I write this report, so I’m not sure how much the water temperature will be affected. As of yesterday afternoon, it was pushing 60 degrees on the main lake and a little warmer in the creeks. That will definitely change with the next several nights in the 30’s according to the forecast. Cold fronts shut down the Florida strain bass we have in Lake Fork more than most visitors can imagine. We will see how the next few days play out, but a big one could still come on any cast. That’s the beauty of Lake Fork.

Here are some highlights from the past several trips. I have pictures of several bigger ones from this week, but I’ll post them next time.

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