It’s hard to believe we’re already talking about fall fishing here on Lake Fork! We’ve had a nice, gradual cool down over the past few weeks, and the fishing has remained fairly steady.
Most years, and abrupt cold front in mid to late September will sort of shock the fish and trigger the lake to turn over. It’s been nice this year with the steady change.
The water is still warm at this time, ranging in the mid to low 70’s. The water level is right at 1.8’ below full pool. The water is stained in many of the creeks, but looks good further down the lake.
I’m following the baitfish in their fall migrations. Seems like every year at this time they’ll push into the creeks. However, there’s still a lot of fish out deep and I don’t think they’re going anywhere. So there’s a lot potential patterns going at the moment. This can make it tough, because fish aren’t concentrated in a particular depth. That means you need to be prepared for shallow and deep on any given day.
For shallow water, I’ve got a topwater like DUO Realis pencil, a Santone swimjig, and some small swimbaits. For deep water, I’m gonna have a Carolina rig, small spoon, and a Santone football jig handy. Deep structure, like humps, points, and roadbeds will hold schools of fish.
Hopefully this gives you some ideas about how to approach the lake over the next few weeks. If I can be of any assistance, feel free to contact me. “He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?” Romans 8:32
Here are a few pictures from my most recent trip.