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
Right now we are in the transition from spring to summer here on Lake Fork. This spring was one of the toughest because of weather mainly, but we had some of the best days I’ve experienced in the Lake Fork guide business. Up until recently, a good day for me was getting a few of those giant bass that Lake Fork is famous for (not numbers). However, numbers were great from late April up until the past week.
Every May there is a period where the shallow patterns of spring fade, and the deep patterns of summer are about to begin. That is where we are right now. It wont be long and we will be fishing that deep, offshore structure that many of us enjoy. Currently the Lake Fork level is about 7
Here are some recent pictures from incredible days here on Lake Fork in my boat. There are no two images of the same fish, so these pictures account for some awesome days.
It’s hard to beat April fishing here on Lake Fork. I always look forward to this month because things start to get more consistent. The cold fronts are normally a little more spread out and the crowds aren’t quite as bad as the spring break crowds of March.
At the time of this report the water temperature is around 60 degrees. A couple cold fronts over the past few days have kept it a little lower. The water level is .31’ below full pool. We’ve had a lot of rain, but the powers that be have been keeping it a little below pool. The fish could use every inch of shoreline vegetation the lake has to offer during spawning season.
The fishing has been great on some days and tough on others. We’ve had a lot of rain so far this year and the water level has fluctuated a good bit. When the water is rising or steady, all is well. When the level is dropping they seem to get stubborn. The muddy water, changing level, and cold fronts have kept us guides guessing. A couple days of stability usually rings the dinner bell.
This month is always a great shallow water month. We all love topwater fishing and there’s probably not a better time to do it. Shallow crankbaits and small to midsize swimbaits are big players as well. The key is covering water until you find them. Once you locate some fish, they’ll probably hang out there a few days. Timing is important as well.
Hopefully this helps point you in the right direction on your next trip to Lake Fork. If I can be of any assistance on your upcoming trip please don’t hesitate to contact me.
These are from our most recent trip with return customers Brett and Tyler! I have a lot of pictures to post, but not enough time for now. These will have to do. I don’t usually post duplicates of the same fish but that first one sure was fat. So, the first two picture are both of one fish.
Brian and Kayla put it on them too!
Lake Fork produced it’s first truly giant bass in years this past week! Weighing in at 15.49lbs, this fish is the biggest reported from Lake Fork since early 2013. It was entered into the Share-A-Lunker program, Lake Fork’s first entry since November 2014. It’s good to see the lake is still capable of producing a fish of that caliber. It would be a dream come true to see a customer of mine catch a bass like that!
The fish was caught on a jig in 4′ of water on the day of the full moon in March.
The lake has been through a lot the past couple of weeks. We had somewhere around 12 inches of rain over an 8 day period. That left the lake high and muddy. We are recovering from that now, however, and the fishing gets much better over periods of stability! Our florida strain bass here in Lake Fork are set in their ways, they don’t care much for abrupt changes in their environment!
Water temperatures are getting close to the magic 60 degree mark in some areas. The average temperature is in the upper 50’s in most areas. At the time of this report our lake level is 403.24. That is a couple inches above full pool. Having those gates closed at the dam is the most critical factor in the quality of fishing, in my opinion. Don’t ask me why, but the fishing is tough here when the Sabine River Authority is releasing water.
I’m focusing on finding the big prespawn fish as they move into their spawning areas. Things are changing daily so it is definitely helpful being on the water every day right now. A customer boated a 9lb 14oz. beauty last week, and we had a very good day later in the week when they had to close the gates. It was tougher after they opened again, but they’ve got the lake level under control now, hopefully.
It’s going to be a busy spring! If you’re looking for a Lake Fork guide, please don’t hesitate to contact me and I will help all I can!
Above is the 15.49 caught last Friday. I was not involved in this catch, but felt it was well worth including in this Lake Fork report. Below is the 9lb 14oz boated my customer last week.
Flooded cover is abundant!
As you can see from the pictures below, we’ve had some big fish recently! November wasn’t quite the numbers month it had been in years past, but it turned out to be a great month for big bass. Each big fish we boated came from deep, offshore structure.
The water temperature right now is in the mid 50’s. Hopefully it continues to go down. The fishing is better for me when we have a normal winter. The water level is about 1.5′ below full pool. As of right now, the deeper fish are holding around 20′. However, we are at the time of year where I start to go a little more shallow.
It’s no secret that I love the winter months. Winter is all about quality over quantity. Being cold blooded, they do slow down in the winter. Although, big bass, especially the females, have to eat in order to maintain their body weight and support the developing eggs they’ll be laying in spring.
Big bass always like deep water access close by, but this seems to be more important in the colder months. Big fish will position in areas where the can move vertically to change depth and still relate to the bottom. A ledge is a perfect form of structure for a bass in the winter. If the sun is out and warms the surface a bass can easily rise in the water column to “soak up some rays”. However, if a cold front comes along, all the fish will need to do is drop down a few feet to a more stable temperature.
Creek channels, ditches, and drains are prime areas for the bigger fish in winter. I like the 8-12′ depth best, but will often target areas in shallow water if conditions call for it. The presence of aquatic vegetation is a big bonus. The grass will hold some warmth from the sun, produce oxygen, and provide as cover for protection.
I’m looking forward to the next couple months. Winter is nice and quiet around here. I enjoy having the lake to myself and the anticipation of that big bite! Remember, the Texas State Record Largemouth was caught on Lake Fork in January!
Check out these giant Lake Fork bass! There are no two pictures of the same fish.