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!
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.
Here a few Falcon highlights!
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.
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!
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.
It’s hard to believe we are already well into March here on Lake Fork! It sure hasn’t felt much like March, that’s for sure. We fished one of the coldest days I have ever fished this past week, with the high temperature barely climbing out of the 20’s! The water temperature on Lake Fork took a big hit, and was pushed back into the mid 40’s. Things are gradually warming back up now, and I saw some water in the upper 50’s yesterday afternoon. Shallow, muddy water will warm quickly on a sunny afternoon. However, the main lake temperature is still in the low 50’s at the time of this report.
The water level is about 6″ below pool currently. I believe the Sabine River Authority is trying to keep the lake slightly low in order to stay ahead of flood risks considering all the rain we’ve had so far this year.
In spite of all the temperature and water level fluctuations, we have managed to catch some nice fish the past couple of weeks. Last week a customer joined the double digit club with a 10.7 pound Lake Fork trophy! I was happy for him and thankful for the catch. I’m looking forward to seeing more fish like that in my boat this year!
On a side note, I’m loving my new boat! The ride is better than ever, and I can say she’s officially broken in now that she’s seen her first 10 pound bass of the season.
Here are some pictures from recent trips.
Things have sure changed a lot here on Lake Fork over the past few weeks! If you’ve been watching the news, you know east Texas has gotten plenty of rain over the past two weeks. We haven’t had any issues here around the lake though. We received just enough rain to bring the level up nearly to full pool. Right now we are sitting at a few inches below full.
We got a big time cool down with the rain, breaking low temperature records for this time of year in our area as well. So that brought the water temperature down significantly. Mid 60’s around most of the lake.
There are plenty of fish shallow, for those who like that style of fishing. Topwater early, then light Texas rigs, small swimbaits, and jigs are working for the shallow fishermen I know. The drop shot will continue to produce as well.
There are some fish in deeper water as well. Look for fish out at the ends of points, on main lake humps, and pond dams. Road beds always get good in the fall as well. More finesse type presentations will do best this time of year. When the water really cools down near the end of the month, the bigger fish will start to show up with more regularity.
If I can be of any assistance on your upcoming trip, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Good luck out there. “In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.” I John 4:9
July can be a good month here on Lake Fork. I enjoy fishing this time of year because I don’t mind the heat so much, and the lake is not quite as crowded. Keep in mind we have a strong Florida strain influence in our bass population, and Florida bass seem to like hot weather.
The fishing has been pretty good so far this summer. It was excellent leading up to the Skeeter Owners Tournament, a little tougher afterwards, but still not too bad. Size has been better than numbers for me.
The water temperature is in the mid 80’s, and that is where it usually is heading into July. The water level is 1.25’ below full pool, but will likely drop throughout the month. We need a full lake to maintain a healthy fishery, but it sure seems to “fish” better during the summer when it’s a couple feet low.
I’m fishing a variety of depths from shallow as deep as 25’ deep. I have some areas that tend to hold them shallow in the summer, and a lot of deep offshore spots where they congregate deeper.
On the deeper spots I normally rely on my electronics to see if they’re home before we stop. However, sometimes I’ll just go ahead and fish the area for a few minutes with my graphs turned off and then check the spot before I leave it. As we get into July there has been so much pressure from anglers on the deep holes, the fish seem to pick up on the boat and sonar noise. I’ll notice this when we graph a school, and the fish move before we can get a cast to them.
There are a lot of lure options that could work on any given day. Football jigs, Carolina rigs, spoons, crankbaits (if they’re the right depth), etc. I usually try a couple presentations on a given spot.
Hopefully this report helps you for your next fishing trip. As always feel free to contact me if I can be of any assistance. I’ll leave you with one of my favorite Bible verses from a fellow fisherman. “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” John 1:12