Fishing Report

August 17, 2016 Fishing Report

posted Aug 18, 2016, 11:50 AM by Barbara Stevenson

It’s been hot!  But, things are going to change fast.  It’s the middle of August and its 75 degrees in the middle of the day.  Go figure, right!  Clouds and more rain forecast for the next 8 days or so.  This will get the fish out of the summer funk and hopefully on a solid pattern.  In fact, yesterday they bit all through the day.  It’s only going to get better!  The fall turn on is going to start up real soon this year.


  The night fishing is still good on the nights when the wind doesn’t blow.  You can triple the bites on calm nights and lots of the bigger bass can be caught.  We have had the best luck on 10 inch worms in 5 -12 foot of water.  The more wood, the better.


  In shallow water, a 3/8 ounce spinnerbait will get you some bites around stumps and scattered grass.  Being back in the creeks helps on the spinnerbait bite.  Also, you may have some schooling action.


  If you want lots of bites, go out and chase the sandbass off the points and old roadbeds.  Spoons, grubs on jig heads, and tail kicker type are the best bet.  Most of the big schools are in 15 – 22 foot of water.  If you get lucky, they will come up and school.  Then they are easy to catch on crankbaits or topwater baits.


 We will update after getting a few more night trips in this week.  We have a few nights this week and next that are open if you would like to come out and see if you can catch a giant with us.


  The Sealey’s Big Bass Splash will be September 16, 17, and 18th.  If you are going to fish the tournament, we also have some days open before the tournament to show you how to fish the lake and catch those money bass.  Come on and book your date before it’s too late. 


  Thanks and Great Fishing,

  Mark and Barbara

September 26, 2015 Fishing Report

posted Sep 26, 2015, 12:13 PM by Barbara Stevenson

  Hi everyone!  We hope that you have been catching.  But if not, we are here to help you.  If you want to just have a fun day on the lake catching bass, crappie, white bass or catfish, we can provide you with all that you need for a great trip.  Also, if you are preparing for a tournament, we can help you learn the lake and patterns for your success.  We never put other people on the same spots that we will be showing you.  Group trips, family outings, and company trips are welcome.

  Well, we are officially into fall, although you really can't tell it by the temperatures.  Lake Fork is 1.83 foot low with the surface temperature being in the low 80's.  Thanks to the drought and then the big rains in the spring, we now have an abundance of cover in the shallow water.  We had a great spawn and the bass continue to hang around the shallow cover along with an abundance of shad.

  Right now you can catch lots of bass on top water baits, frogs and small crank baits up shallow.  Later, we are dropping out to the secondary and main lake points fishing Carolina Rigs with watermelon/Red or Watermelon Magic trick worms or brush hogs.  Crank baits and swim baits are working also.  The deep bass are a little harder to catch right now but they are out there.  You may hit 4 or 5 deep spots and show bass on your electronics before you find one that will pay off.

  As soon as we get a few good cold fronts coming in, the bass will get on a strong pattern in the deep water on jigging spoons, Texas rigs, Carolina rigs, and Football jigs.  Also, the bass will gather in the coves along the creeks and flats.  Jigs will do well in the creeks and on the sides of creeks and spinnerbaits, swim baits, and lipless crankbaits  on the flats.

  We are quickly getting into big bass time.  If that's what you are after, we can show you the areas and share some of our tips that we have learned in our 35 years of catching giant bass on Lake Fork.

  Please help us keep Zebra Mussels out of Lake Fork by washing and drying your boat off before you visit Lake Fork or any lake.  Also inspect your boat for the mussels.  Thank you for visiting our page and hope to see you at the boat ramp.

  Bass Wishes,
  Mark and Barbara

February 7, 2015 Fishing Report

posted Feb 7, 2015, 9:54 PM by Barbara Stevenson   [ updated Feb 7, 2015, 9:56 PM ]

   It's February and the days are working slowly towards 12 hour of daylight.  These longer days, really starts these bass to moving even before the warming water does.  The next 3 weeks will really be the time those giant bass start moving shallower and putting on the feed bag before the big spawn starts in March.  These 3 weeks will produce some giant bass!  You just have to do your home work, get out there, pay attention to what is going on, find the pattern and catch the fish.... or you could just hire us.  We will do our best to make your trip as successful as possible.

  We are starting to catch some on suspending jerkbaits, traps, swimbaits, big spinnerbaits, and Mark's favorite, a 1/2 ounce jig worked around structure and cover.  The numbers and size is going up every couple of day and should get consistent soon.  Caught a number of fish today, but no big bites due to the wind.  Water temperature was 46 -  48 degrees and right at 7 foot below normal pool.  Will be heading out again tomorrow to catch them, so watch for some fishing reports on Facebook.    Like our page and soon we may have a special for all the anglers out there.

  We have some good days open in February and early March, so look at the weather, pick a day, and give us a call or email for a big bass trip soon.     

  Remember, replace old broken hooks, clean and oil your reels, check your guides on your rods, put new line on your reels and your set.... or as I said before, just come fish with us and we will furnish all equipment at no extra charge.  Be safe out there as the lake is still low.

  Hope your having big bass dreams, we are!
  Mark and Barbara Stevenson

December 1, 2014 Fishing Report

posted Nov 29, 2014, 11:42 PM by Barbara Stevenson   [ updated Nov 29, 2014, 11:47 PM ]

  HAPPY THANKSGIVING ALL!  We have so very much to be thankful for each and every year that goes by.  We have Christmas quickly approaching and have Gift Certificates available for that special person in your life, boss, friend, or anyone that has a love of fishing or just wants to learn.  Let us help you make someone's Christmas a special one!  

  We are so stoked about the fishing that is ahead of us on Lake Fork.  The lake may be low, but the fish are biting and will continue to do so.  You just have to get out there and keep that bait in the water to have a chance to catch your personal best or even a ShareLunker.  We can teach beginners, special techniques, help you learn more about the lake and the patterns, or even put you on fish for your freezer.  Lake Fork just recently produced the first ShareLunker of the season with a 13.88 pound bass.

  Now for the fishing report that you have been waiting on.  When you are jigging and spooning and you reel in a big Yellow Bass and a giant Bass try's to take it away from you, you know the fall trophy time is here!  Mark had made a prediction on when a ShareLunker would be caught on Lake Fork and he just missed it by a week.  He told our listeners on the Brian Hughes Texas Fishing & Outdoors Show that we give fishing reports on every Saturday and Sunday that a ShareLunker would be caught the week of Thanksgiving.  He may have missed it, but happy to see it happen when it did.  Unless we get some super bad cold fronts from now to the first of the year, there will be more of these giants caught.

  We are catching bass from 5 foot to 28 foot on Spoons, Jigs, and Carolina rigs in the deeper water.  Spinnerbaits, light Jigs, Texas rigs and wacky worms up shallow.  Not everyday produces a lot of bites, but if you are fishing right, some really quality bass are to be had.  We are trying to fish as much as possible to keep up with the fish that are trying to gang up and moving onto their winter spots.  We have some good days open now and even some weekend days, so we hope to hear from you and provide you with a great fishing trip.   Don't forget about the awesome crappie fishing on Lake Fork. For black and white crappie caught from DEC. 1 through the last day of FEB., there is no minimum length limit and all crappie caught must be retained. From March through November, minimum length is 10 inches. Year-round daily bag limit is 25 crappie in any combination.  Want to have a fish fry?  We will help you, and fillet and bag your catch.  We got to go out a few days ago together for some fun fishing and had a blast catching Yellow Bass, Bass, and a whole lot of Sandbass.  Better yet, was getting to eat them with the family.

  If you want a guide trip or Gift Certificate, please give us a call at 903-765-3120 or click on our pictures and email us.  Or to email Mark, send to, or me at
  We look forward to hearing from you and fishing with you.

  Bass Wishes,
  Mark and Barbara Stevenson

March 24, 2014 Fishing Report

posted Mar 24, 2014, 7:22 PM by Barbara Stevenson   [ updated Nov 29, 2014, 11:44 PM ]

  Geez, where has the time gone already?!  At least spring is finally here, although you can not tell it by the weather on some days.  Hopefully after this cold spell the weather will stabilize a lot and the night temperatures will start getting warmer again.  The water temps have been in the 60's but with the cold fronts, wind and cold rains that we have had, the surface temp is running between 55 and 58 degree's.  There are bass on the beds right now and are ready to bite, so get your Lake Fork Trophy "Live Magic Shads" ready and have fun.  I am fishing the Magic Shads weightless and on a weighted swim bait hook in real shallow water out to about 5 foot of water.  Also a lizard or other plastics fished Texas rigged are doing good in the Green Pumpkins and Watermelon colors.  

  I like sight fishing, but I find that a lot of the bass can be real spooky, especially after a front.  So, for the most part, I prefer to fish blind, as in, not looking for beds.  I just feel like I get a lot more bites staying backed off and also it gives us a chance to catch some of those big girls that may be spawning in deeper water where the beds may not be visible.  One of the things that I love to do is fish a mini Carolina rig with a 3/16 oz. weight and about 8 to 10 inch leader with a lizard or a frog.  You can fish it in super shallow water out to deeper water and it works great if the fish are being a little finicky or spooky.

  If I have some wind, I like to be out in it at times and use spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and swimbaits.  You make be a rockin and a rolling, but when you catch that big girl, it can be worth it.  As long as I feel safe about not going into the lake, I will be out there, just because I know the size of bass that you can catch right now.  With the water temps down, I am trying to fish a little slower if I am fishing the shallow water, but hopefully with a little sunshine and warmer days we will start seeing the temp come back up.  The clients that come in April are going to be happy happy happy!  We have some great fishing right now, but April is going to be awesome.  I hope you will call us for a guide trip and let us put you on your trophy bass of a lifetime.  We also have gift certificates for that special someone or even the "boss".  Bass Wishes and Safe Boating!

February 20, 2014 Fishing Report

posted Feb 20, 2014, 7:58 PM by Barbara Stevenson

  Thank goodness for this warmer weather!  This last week we finally saw the water warming up and found some 53 degree water in some area's.  There is still a lot of water in the 40's but it's a good start.  Some big bass are also starting to show up, although not fast and furious yet, but better.  

  Our best baits have been lip-less Crankbaits such as Rattletraps, Spinnerbaits, and just recently the Jerkbait has started catching more bass.  One of Mark's clients caught an 8 1/2 pound bass on a Jerkbait in about two foot of water.

  Mark and Frank finished 4th this last Saturday in the Budlight tournament and had to catch the under the slot bass on a 5 inch worm on a dropshot around timber.  It is time to start fishing a Jig in the back of the creeks to catch some really big bass.

  We are going to try and post fishing reports once a week all through springtime to keep you up to date on what is going on here at Lake Fork.

  We have some really good days open for the next 3 weeks, so check your calendar and book your trip now.  We look forward to helping you catch your trophy bass!

  Tight Lines,

  Barbara and Mark Stevencon

November 2013 Fishing Report

posted Nov 1, 2013, 9:25 PM by Barbara Stevenson   [ updated Nov 1, 2013, 9:30 PM ]

  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.
  DON'T FORGET ABOUT A GIFT CERTIFICATE for Christmas!  Great for the spouse, boyfriend, girlfriend, boss or great employees or anyone else on your gifting list.
Group and Individual trips welcome.  Let us guide you on your next trip to Lake Fork.  Give us a call or email and get your next trip set up before the good days are all gone. 
  Barbara and Mark Stevenson
<*)))><     Bass Wishes    <*)))))><

February 2013 Fishing Report

posted Feb 5, 2013, 11:27 AM by Barbara Stevenson   [ updated Feb 5, 2013, 11:34 AM ]

  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

  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

October 2012 Fishing Report

posted Oct 24, 2012, 11:12 PM by Barbara Stevenson   [ updated Oct 24, 2012, 11:15 PM ]


  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.

  Happy Fishing
  Barbara and Mark 

August 2012 Report

posted Aug 11, 2012, 5:12 PM by Barbara Stevenson   [ updated Aug 11, 2012, 5:19 PM ]

  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.

   One of 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 expectations.

  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.

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