It's finally getting cold! The Berkley and McDonald tournaments are over, so the big bass will start moving and biting again. We had an awesome summer, with some really big catches on the grass and in the deep water as well as the night fishing. Considering how hot it was, temperature wise, we had a good number of bass over 10 pounds. This summer was one of the best that we have seen for over the slot bass in about 5 years and I think it will carry over into this fall and winter. Now we are armed and ready for the cold weather and some great fishing for Bass, Crappie, White bass and of course some Yellow bass.
The grass is doing good in some places which will start stacking up the shad and bass in and around the grass beds. We have had some of our best Topwater fishing in November off of the grass beds using Frogs, Swim Jigs, Buzzbaits, Zara Spooks, and of course the Yellow Magic popper, all of which will catch a lot of good bass. On cloudy days the bass can be caught all day long around the grass, but this is Fork and we will be spending a lot of our time fishing for the big girls!
This is big bass time until Christmas. The target area's will be creek channels, sharp breaking points, humps and road beds. One of the things that we like about road beds is that there are creek channels that will normally go through the road bed at some point, which means in some cases the bridge, whether it be wood or concrete may still be there. Also, there will be culverts and bar ditches, which will all hold fish. Jigs, 10 inch worms, Football head jigs, Carolina rigs with a Fluke on it, and Jigging spoons will catch a lot of big bass. This time of the year can be a lot of fun when you can sit on one spot and catch Bass, White bass, Crappie, Yellow bass and sometimes a Catfish. But beware.... if your catching a lot of the Yellow bass and they stop or slow down a lot, it usually means the big bass have moved into the area, so be ready. Many times we have had big bass scale our yellow bass while we were bringing them in or they will follow them to the surface. If this happens, we will generally pick up our Carolina rig or at times our 1 ounce spinnerbait and hang on baby!
We have really got a lot of big bass in the lake this year and lots of shad, barfish (Yellow bass), and small white bass for them to really get fat on. We have caught a lot of 9 1/2 pound bass this year that were only 23 inches long! That's a healthy bass. Like last year, if you want some eating fish, we will take you crappie or white bass fishing. This is great for the kids or wife that wants lots of action and great eating. Huge schools of fat crappie and Sand bass are ganging up for the winter and once you find them, a bunch can be caught quickly. The Crappie are already getting out in the 30 foot water now.
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HOPE TO SEE YOU SOON,
Barbara and Mark Stevenson
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Spring is on the way! We are having some very warm weather, and some bass are moving into the shallow water already. Valentine's Day for us is when spring fishing really kicks off. Lake Fork produced a giant 16 pound bass that was donated to the ShareLunker program the first week of February and that made the second lunker for the season. There was another 13+ bass caught but not donated. The ShareLunker Program is a great program that benefits old and new lakes as well as the angler that donates the bass. If you would like to learn more, please visit http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/fishboat/fish/
We are seeing a lot of the over the slot bass caught a little earlier this year, so we really think February is going to be good and March will be great! It would be nice to go into spring with the lake at full level, but even if it isn't, there is a lot to look forward to this year. Now is the time, to get your boat, tackle, rods, and reels all organized and ready for fishing. Restock on what you are low on, and take a look at some of the new baits that might give you an edge, like the Lake Fork Trophy Tackle 4.5" Boot Tail Magic Shad Swimbait. I love this bait fished on a weighted hook, or on a swim jig.
Frank and I fished a team tournament on Lake Fork this last Sunday (yes, Superbowl Sunday), and finished 14th. A lot lower than I had planned, but the bass just under the slot did not bite for us. We caught some really nice slot fish and we had about 45 fish bites our baits. Right now, the water temperature is between 51 and 56 degrees, and Rattletraps and Spinnerbaits will catch some nice bass in the creeks during the afternoon. The numbers are still in the deeper water and being caught on plastics. The 1/2 ounce jig and 3/4 ounce football head jigs will get some big bites, but not as many as the plastics. The Alabama rig is catching a lot of Sand bass or White bass and will catch some of those 3 to 4 pound black bass in the same school.
We are getting our Rattletraps, Spinnerbaits, and Jerkbaits ready for that big prespawn move by changing out worn out or broken hooks and replacing the skirts on the spinnerbaits. The less that can go wrong, the better. Even if you just have one point broken off of a treble hook or has been bent badly, replace it.... it could cost you that fish of a lifetime! We have the rods, reels, and baits waiting for you to come fish with us, so give us a call or email and get your trip booked soon. We can also help you learn some of the newer techniques used today like the drop shop. It can be a trip saver when fishing the deeper water.
Have fun most of all and practice safe boating! Look us up on Face book "Lake Fork Fishing Guide Service" and like us. Thanks, Mark
Cooler weather is finally here. At least cooler than it has been! The McDonald's tournament is over with and the winner was Jim Redmon from Waxahachie, TX. with a big bass weighing 10.40 lbs. We just had the Berkley tournament and the winner was Robert Laird Sr. of Livingston, TX. with a big bass weighing 10.24 lbs. Anglers said they caught lots of bass, just getting the right ones sometimes eluded them. The McDonald's tournament produced a lot of bass over the slot, and again shows why Lake Fork is the place to catch a bass over 10 lbs. Anglers in both tournaments said they also caught a lot of bass in the 3 - 6 lb. range. Just think about it, on any other lake, tournament anglers would love to have those bass that these anglers were releasing to be caught another day.
It took a few days for the lake to recover from all the fishing pressure, but we managed to catch 20 - 25 bass each morning on 1/2 day trips. But, the bigger bass were not easy to catch. We recently had a good cold front and will be getting another one in a few days. We think that after this front and less fishing pressure, with the water cooling down, we will start catching more of the big bass. We are seeing a lot of schooling bass and some big schools of Sandbass.
Now is the time to get a trip booked for a shot at a bass of a lifetime, for the great fall big bass bite! You can look back in history and know that big bass can come just about anytime of the year, although fall and spring can be some of the best fishing that you will ever experience. Also, I know it's early, but time to be thinking about getting those Christmas presents. A gift certificate for a half or full day guided trip on Lake Fork will be great for family, friends, employees or anyone. You can pay by credit card now using our Pay Pal.
We look forward to your calls and emails, and promise the best service that we can provide. Our goal is to satisfy your fishing requests for a personal trophy bass, learning to fish, or just going out and having fun catch numbers of quality bass, sandbass or crappie.
Barbara and Mark
Well, I can tell you that it is
plenty hot right now! Day fishing has
been pretty good overall for this time of the year if you can handle the
heat. We have been having some breeze if
not downright windy days which makes it a lot more tolerable. Not to mention drinking lots of water and
sports drinks, also wearing a good sunscreen, hat or cap and wearing good
fishing apparel that protects yet breathes.
It is so important to stay hydrated and that means starting the day
before you plan on being out in the heat.
For Day fishing, we are fishing more half days than anything and
starting out right at daylight so that we can get our clients off the water
before it gets so hot. On these
mornings, we are using some Top water baits or buzzbaits very early over
grass. We are starting to get some
really good grass now, but very little on top.
We are fishing a lot of points and humps at various depths depending on
the day. I know this sounds really
vague, but it is the truth. The bass are
following the shad and so you have to locate the bass that are willing to
bite. By mid morning we move out to
deeper water, sometimes 18 – 25 ft. using drop shots, heavy football jigs,
Carolina rigs, plastic worms and some crankbaits.
my favorite times to fish right now is in the evening starting about 5:00 p.m.
for some great bites. We are using some
spinner baits, drop shot, and plastic worms in 8 – 25 ft. The reason for such a depth difference is
because of how we are fishing some of the areas and moving back and forth. Carolina rigs have also been productive in
some areas as the bass have been suspending off the bottom. One of the techniques that we use in some of
the deeper water is fishing a heavy 1 ounce spinner bait off the bottom. I am sure that some of the swim baits will
work out there also.
Some of these deep water areas aren’t just producing good bass, but some
great White bass also. We have been
having a lot of fun with the White bass and catching enough to have a great fish
fry! You can catch the White bass on a
good number of different types of baits that have treble hooks, but we prefer
to use single hook baits whenever possible.
It makes them easier to get off without getting finned. If you want to have a fish fry, Lake Fork has
a large supply of White bass and we will fillet and bag them for you at the end
of our fishing trip. Time for a fish
fry!! The crappie are doing good under
the bridges and in brush piles. Right
now you can catch them on minnows or jigs and some really good ones are being
caught. Our water temperature has been
running about 85 degrees.
This is normally my favorite time to night fish, but we have had a lot
of wind this year and it seems to pick up during the night. We are still catching some good bass but the
bigger ones have been harder to come by when we have to deal with the
wind. We have had some really good
nights however and it is pretty spectacular out on the lake right now, as this
is when we have the most meteor showers.
Our night bass have been coming on 7” worms, 12” worms, and jigs. Some bass coming on spinner baits especially
during the dark of the moon. Most
popular time to night fish is 3 or 4 nights before and after the full moon and
we are going to have two full moons this month.
I am really looking forward to the next full moon and have high
Fall is just around the corner and it should be great this year! With the grass coming on and the lake having
water in it, we should have an excellent fall.
There are tons of shad on the lake, so the Bass and the White bass will
have plenty to fatten up on. We are
booking now for fall, so call or email and get your date for a great fishing
trip on Lake Fork. If you just want to
go catch fish or learn a specific technique, we can do the job and make it
fun. We look forward to hearing from you
and fishing with you.
Wow, time has gotten away from me once again. It has been a busy spring with lots of great clients and some great fishing. In early April we finally got a great rain in our watershed that brought Lake Fork up three foot in about 24 hours and is now less than two foot low. Have had some weather interruptions but overall temperatures have been wonderful, even summer like until a few days ago! Brrr, the last few mornings have been really cool.
There are so many ways to catch bass right now that is is hard to begin. I am trying to get out right at daylight and get on the Topwater bite in the shallows. We have some great flooded weeds, aquatic grass, and beany bushes now that all hold fish. The cover is holding lots of spawning bass and you can cast back behind the weeds like the Pond weed and get a bite before it gets hung in the weeds. If you don't get a bite, just hop it over and possibly get a bite on the outside edge of the weeds. Just don't be afraid of casting behind the great cover or you will be losing out. Other baits that are productive are the Buzzbaits, Frogs, and weightless Flukes. If there is cloud cover the topwater bite can be awesome, but it is not necessary. With having new beds being made, bass dropping eggs, and wads of fry all in the same area, there are days when you can catch bass on the Topwater all day long. It can be slow, but it can pay off really well.
Some days, by mid morning or so, I will go to a shallow diving crankbait in a shad color and focus on secondary points. A weightless fluke or one with a small split shot a few inches from the fluke in the White Ice or a Shad color is working well also. I am fishing the Flukes fairly fast on the points. A lot of people are also using Drop Shots and Jigging Spoons in the deeper water to catch large amounts of small bass. Some of the bigger bass are being caught on DD-22's or Carolina rigs in about 15 ft. of water. Plastics like lizards and creature baits rigged Texas style are working well in the heavy timber along with a Shaky head with a Zoom trick worm in Spicy Craw. One of our favorite baits right now if we don't have a lot of wind is the Wacky Rig with a straight worm in Watermelon/Red, Watermelon/Candy, Green Pumpkin/Green flake, and Spicy Craw. It looks like we will have a spawn for a few more weeks although a lot of them will be caught in about 5 - 10 ft. of water.
May and June can be some really fun fishing on Lake Fork, I just love this time of the year. We will continue to use the Topwater Baits and Buzzbaits on a daily basis as there will lots of bass guarding the fry. We will also start using a lot more of the White or Shad colored Flukes or Magic Shads, sometimes fished on a double rig. Nothing like getting two bass on at the same time! This is the time of the year when we will also start moving out more towards the points and some of the creek channels using Texas Rigs, Jigs, and Carolina Rigs. The Crankbait bite will just keep getting better also.
Around the first full moon in June, I will start my night fishing on Lake Fork. Day fishing will be good also, but I love night fishing around the full moon when the bass will move up in the shallows to feed at night. We prefer to fish areas of the lake that are shallow water with deep water access. For the night fishing, Spinnerbaits and Buzzbaits can be really good, but my overall favorite is Jigs and big Worms in Blue Fleck, Black/Blue, and Black/Neon.
We hope that you will be able to use some of the information that we have provided for you and have a great fishing trip or trips. If you would like to learn more about the techniques that we use, or more about Lake Fork and the patterns of the bass, we hope that you will give us a call or email us and book your trip. Our goal is to help you catch more bass or bigger bass, but we also book Crappie and Sandbass trips upon request. Come June, we will be booking 1/2 night trips for Crappie fishing from 7:00 p.m. - 12:00 and we will fillet and bag your catch. We will book for Sandbass anytime and we fillet and bag those for you also. If you are wanting to have a fish fry, give us a call and we will do our best to help you get enough Sandbass or Crappie to fill your limit. Individuals or group trips welcome at all times.
Please don't forget about water safety! Also, use your sunscreen, drink lots of water and wear a cap or hat and sunglasses!
Tight Lines and Big Bass,
Barbara and Mark Stevenson
Lake Fork Guide Service
Well, here we are… finally getting some rain. Some very well needed rain, but we still
could use a lot more. There are plenty
of ramps for launching. However, if you haven’t been on the lake in a
while, you really need to be careful.
There are still stumps just barely under the surface that can do a lot
of damage. Or, to be on the safe side,
just hire us to guide you and that way you don’t even have to go looking for
Last week was really nice.
Finally the fall feed was on and should continue till the middle of
December. Tons of shad and lots of
schooling bass are in the creeks and on the sides of points. We don’t have much grass this year so you
have to hunt the schools down around the creeks and timber. That is unless you are lucky enough to be
close when they come up to the top. Last
week we boated 232 bass in seven days, and just had one client in the boat all
seven days. We lost about 50 bass, but
overall, I call that some pretty good catching.
With the water cooling off the big bass will start showing up on a
regular basis. Water temperature has
been about 62 to 64 degrees in the areas that we are fishing. A lot of the big bass are going to be caught
on jigs and worms in the shallower water (5 ft. – 15 ft.) and on spoons and
jigs in deeper water (15ft. – 25 ft.), and should really get going anytime now.
We didn’t have any really big bass last week, but we really didn’t fish
for the bigger ones. But we did have a
lot of the 3 to 5 pound bass that Lake Fork is famous for. Everybody had lots of fun with just getting
the bite and fighting these strong bass to the boat.
We are again offering our crappie special for this fall. That’s $325.00 for 1 – 3 people and we
furnish all the tackle and baits. We
also fillet your catch and bag them up for you to take home to enjoy. In fact, we are getting ready to go crappie
fishing this Friday. Should be lots of
fun! The Yellow bass and Sand bass are
doing great also. Catching a lot on
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that is just learning to fish or the seasoned angler. Anglers love it when they can just fish and
not have to search for the fish or run the trolling motor… especially when it
Call and book a trip for bass or crappie if you want to have some
fun. We still have some good weekend
days open plus during the week for the last of November and December. We are now booking for spring also, so check
your calendars and give us a call or email us.
Be safe on the water and hope you have great fishing trips this fall and
Mark and Barbara Stevenson
Yes, it’s hot, but so is the bass
fishing! Just like the last time Lake
Fork got low, the fish kept biting through the summer. We have been catching 18 – 30 bass on our ½
day morning trips. Most people are not
fishing all day, so most of our day fishing trips start at daylight and finish
about 11:00a.m. You still need plenty of
water, sunscreen, sunglasses, and a cap or hat.
If you plan a fishing trip or any activity outdoors right now, you can
start by drinking plenty of water the day and night before. It is very important to keep your body
hydrated! While doing whatever activity,
if you start getting a headache or feeling bad, you need to get out of the sun
for awhile. This is why night fishing
can be more enjoyable during the summer months.
I think this good fishing will last through
the summer, and a lot of fun is to be had.
The neat thing about the day fishing is that we are not fishing over 12
foot of water, and catching some big bass.
That’s Florida strain bass for you!
There are also a lot of bass in the deep water if that is what you like
to do. When we have gone out deep, it is
almost like fall and winter fishing where you can catch bass, crappie, cat
fish, yellow bass and sand bass all on jigging spoons. We like to use jigs and worms out deep right
now and you can eliminate most everything except the bass and an occasional
Most of our bass are coming on Texas rigged
8” worms and flukes when in breaking fish.
The majority of our bass have been over 3 lbs., in fact, we are having a
hard time catching under the slot bass.
We are night fishing this week with us just being past the full
moon. Now would be a good time to book a
night trip for the last of July and August.
We have been out at night and it’s a lot cooler and some great
catching. Most of the better bass are
coming on 10” worms in blue fleck or black and blue, and a 3/8 oz. Johnson
Custom Baits jig in 3’ – 8’, on points and timber.
August and September are going to be really
good with the lake down and I don’t think it will be up until October starts
and we get some weather out of the Gulf.
October and November always offer up some great fishing on Lake
Fork. These are our two busiest months
in the fall and the bass, crappie, yellow bass, and sand bass are very
We would love for you to fish with us in
the fall and if you are locked into having to fish just weekends, try to book
as soon as you can, as the weekends always book up first. We will have a new post soon after we do these night fishing trips this
week and let you know what is happening.
If you are an experienced angler, you don’t have to fish just around the
full moon. The dark of the moon can be a
lot of fun also, so you might want to give it a chance.
Have a great and safe summer! We look forward to seeing you on the lake!
Mark and Barbara Stevenson
Special February 2011 Report
February guide trip special: $300.00 for a full day and $175.00 for a half day guide trip.
We understand that the economy is slow , so we are rolling back our prices so that you can come to Lake Fork and have a great guide trip to catch the bass of a lifetime, or learn new techniques. Enjoy this special while it lasts.
Super Bowl will be over on Sunday and we all hope to enjoy a great game and good commercials! Most of the snow and ice will be gone, and the sun will start warming the water. We have already seen 54 degree water in some areas of the lake, so at least we had a start before this weather hit. From the end of the second week to the end of February, we will make it easy to get in an early spring trip and save some money. Book a trip for the month of February and it will only cost you $300.00 for a full day trip, and $175.00 for a half day trip.
The last 2 weeks of February should be really good. With this much cold weather now, the bass will really be starting to get active with any warm-up and there has been no pressure on the bass for 3 weeks. Come fishing with us and you can expect to be using Rattletraps, Spinnerbaits, Jerkbaits, and Chatterbaits for some fine fishing and a chance to catch a giant pre-spawn bass.
We really don’t have any kind of report for this last week because of the brutal cold. Mark had to cancel his Wednesday trip, and rescheduled it for later in the month. We both fished Friday and Saturday, and the bass bit good on Friday around the timber. Saturday slowed down, but still caught some around the stumps with grass around them. The fish were caught both days on Traps, Drop-Shot, and Wacky Worms.
The last two weeks of February will be pretty good this year because the lake is down and there will be lots of the tree lines in the right depth to gang up prespawn bass. It should be really good for casting those moving baits. March will be March, as usual! There will be great days and some slow days, but every day you will have a chance to catch a fish of a lifetime. Spend all of your time in 12 foot or less and you will be in the zone.
The moving baits such as Spinnerbaits, Traps, Chatterbaits, and Suspending Jerkbaits will help you locate the active areas. Then you can switch to Jigs, Lizards, and soft plastic Jerkbaits. Also A light Carolina Rig, which you can really work an area over with really well.
Give us a call and we will take you out and show you how to locate the big Lake Fork bass! Let’s go fishing!
Mark and Barbara
After thought – Barbara’s broken wrist is healing and she needs to go fishing to get her strength back. What a rehab program!
Happy New Year
We hope you all had a great holiday season! Wow, it is hard to believe it is already 2011, and time to get your boats out of storage and serviced (for those that don’t fish through the winter). Also now is a good time to replace hooks that have rusted and organize your tackle for the upcoming season. Don’t take any chances of missing or losing that big bass you have been after, because of equipment. One good thing to do is, take a Q-Tip and go around the inside of all your guides on your rods and make sure you don’t have any broken or cracked guides. If the Q-Tip catches and pulls some of the cotton, you may want to replace that guide, as sooner or later it will cause your line to fray.
It’s not far from spring, so it’s also time check your schedule and get your trips booked, so you can catch your bass of a lifetime. We fished just before the New Year and Earl C. from Tulsa caught an 11 pound beauty. Robert F. and son-in-law fished with me on December 28th, and no big bass, but Eric caught his biggest bass ever, a fat 5 pounder on a spinnerbait. The most bass were caught on jigs, fished real slow along stumps with grass around them. These bass were caught in 2-8 foot of water. Depending on what part of the lake that you are fishing, the depth will vary with the grass. But remember, this is Lake Fork! Although you can catch bass in a lot of different depths of water, we can generally always go to the grass and catch bass.
Lots of fish in the deep water, as in 20 – 30 foot, but the wind has really hurt us on some days. When you can get out there, spoons will catch you crappie, sand bass, yellow bass, catfish, and some really good black bass. All off the same spot! Drop shot is a great way to go also; using small worms will catch you a lot of small fish in the deep water on the main lake if the wind will let you move around and search the points and humps until you find shad with bass around them. Swim baits can be another good option for searching out the big bass.
The way it looks right now, late January and all of February could be really good with the lake down like it is. We probably won’t get a lot of rain until late February or March. The last time we went into spring with the lake low we really caught a lot of big bass on Rattletraps, Spinnerbaits, and Jigs.
If you like to fish the trap and spinners, February would be a good time to come down and we can show you a lot of good places and also catch some great bass.
We will be at the Texas Fishing, Hunting, and Outdoors Show at Market Hall in Dallas from January 6 – 9th, 2011. We will be in booth 346, come on by and see us, and also catch one of our seminars. We will also be offering a special on trips if you sign up at the show. We look forward to fishing with you or seeing you on the water this year.
Mark and Barbara
It’s the first of September and two good cold fronts have gone through so far. The water temperature has fallen to approximately 87 degrees. Night fishing was a lot of fun this summer, but more wind than we would like for the most part. Now time to get back into day fishing full time. For the last two weeks there has been lots of schooling bass on the grass points and over small creeks in 14 – 20 foot of water. These schooling bass have been pretty easy to catch on topwater, spinnerbaits, and small crankbaits. For the topwater baits, we are using a popping bait, or a Zara spook. Frogs and Horny Toads are also making a comeback in the early morning. The Limit Getter in Chartreuse and White or White made by Johnson Custom baits and their 3/8 or ½ ounce Pescado is our best producing spinnerbaits. Size and color depends on the color and depth of water that we are fishing.
The McDonald’s tournament will be here September 17 – 19th. After that is over with the pressure will be off the bass and we will start catching lots of the better bass. Also, when the water temperature reaches 80 degrees and less… look out!
Right now, to catch the bigger bass, 5 lbs. and over, we are fishing jigs, worms, and big crankbaits in 14-18 foot of water. This depth seems to be the most active feeding zone for the bigger bass. Our last four trips out have been half days and once we get on an active spot we are able to catch 15-20 pretty quick. This trend should last until the last of November, with more and more of the bigger bass showing up.
We are getting all of our fall baits ready by replacing broken or rusted hooks and looking forward to you calling and getting your trips booked for the great fall season. The lake is in great shape with lots of vegetation and lots of shad to fatten the bass up.
We will be posting an updated report in about 10 days, so be sure to check back. Remember, we offer gift certificates for any or no occasion. Christmas is getting close, and a guided trip is a wonderful gift for anyone that enjoys fishing.
SET THE HOOK,
Mark and Barbara