Lake Fork - David Vance

 

 

 

Brought to you by Lake Fork Guide David Vance

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January 25th, 2010

February is big Bass time here on Lake Fork. For all you fisherman that have been waiting for those big females to start moving to the shallows, now is the time. Lake Fork is in great shape for another fantastic year of fishing in 2010. The fishing has been good for size the last three days with the water temp on the rebound after that bad cold front. Numbers of quality Bass can be found starting to stage in the grass beds around points, ditches, and creeks near spawning flats. Starting at the mouths of the creeks and working your way back is the best approach to locating pre spawn Bass this time of year.

Dearing a cold front the Bass will be more active and concentrated on main lake and/or secondary points. On warmer days, you will find that the bite is better at the very back of the creeks. Once you locate a fish or two it is good to make another pass back through the area as there will usually be several more in that location and come back and hit it again later in the day. Fishing in depths of 3-8 feet has been good and will get better as the water temps rise.

The weather this time of year is always up and down, but don’t let the cold nasty weather keep you off the water. Because this is the time of year your chances of catching a bass over ten pounds will be the best. Most of the bass I have caught over ten pounds have came on nasty weather days. Expect the bite to be shallow and more consistent as the month rolls along. Lipless crank baits in red/orange colors have been best. One bait that I have had good luck with is the Diamond Shad by Strike King and they only cost $3.99 I just can not justify paying 12 & 15 Dollars for a lipless bait and on lake fork if you don’t lose at lest 2 in a day of fishing it hard your lucky. Chartreuse and white or white Spinner baits will also produce their share of Bass as well. I use a Stanley 1/2 oz or 3/4 oz Spinner bait with double willow leaf blades, Slow Rolling a 3/4oz Spinner bait on the outside edge of the grass will produce Big pre spawn bass this time of year.

Rigging your baits on the proper equipment this time of year is also a critical factor when fishing for a trophy Bass. Make sure you have given some attention to your rods/reels and fishing line that have been sitting around all winter. A little oil, some fresh line, and a quick drag check will make all the difference; there is nothing more disappointing than losing a big fish on your first Spring outing because of equipment failure.

Good areas for me right now have been White Oak Branch, Spring Branch, Big Mustang, and Wolfe Creek, West bank of Running Creek has been good late in the day. We have had Bass in the 6 to 8 pound range in these creeks in the last few days. Larry Gaston from St Lewis Mo, fished with me yesterday and late in the day we had one over 7 and one over 8 in Running Creek. I think this February is going to produce a lot of big Bass with the lake in such good shape also there is very little boat traffic on the lake right now and you will get the jump on the crowd that will be hear in March. February is one of the best months to catch a Trophy Bass on Lake Fork, the weather can be miserable but the rewards can be Big.

If you would like to book a guide trip and get in on some pre spawn action, give a call on my cell 903-629-5085 or 903-629-7699 web site http://www.lakeforktexasfishingreports.com

Good Fishing,
David Vance



Oct6th, 2009
October is here and with it brings in some fantastic Fall Bass fishing. Lake Fork is in great shape right now and the fishing will only get better as the month rolls along. The water clarity is fairly clear mid lake to the south end.I have been catching fish on a number of different patterns and baits this past week. The shallow fishing has been best for me lately in depths ranging from 2-10 foot. With this cool cloudy weather we have had a good Spinner bait bite with numbers of good solid bass.

Today we put 27 bass in the boat and all but three came on the Spinner bait. Fishing a Spinner bait over the grass on these cloudy days this time of year is a pattern that will work great all day. The Spinner bait that works best for me this time of year is a Stanley ¼ oz Chartreuse & White Colorado Willow Nickel and gold blades. The areas we are fishing the Spinner bait have been points and pockets half way back in the creeks, there is a lot of Shad in these areas right now. This time of year I have my best luck fishing this Spinner bait fast, keeping the bait just under the surface these bass are coming out of the grass and killing the bait.

Other patterns that are working good right now are Wacky Worms and Flukes, they have been real productive in the grass as well in these same areas. Best colors have been Blue Fleck, June Bug, and Watermelon. The deep fishing is a little off right now as the lake is in the tail end of the Fall turnover. There are a lot of fish suspended right now but you can still catch them on deep diving Crank baits or a Jigging Spoon. Look for the deep fish to start getting bunched up in big schools on the bottom in 15-25 foot of water to feed up for Winter.

Good places to try right now for the above patterns are Northwest Bay, Hamilton Bay, points and pockets in Wolfe Creek, and Post Oak Branch. I always look forward to this time of year it is the start of our Big Bass Season, the weather is cool and the fishing is Hot. So don’t miss out on one of the most productive times of year to be on Lake Fork. If you would like to book a guide trip and get in on some great fall Bass fishing you can reach me at my cell 903-629-5085 or 903-629-7699 check my web site
http://www.lakeforktexasfishingreports.com

Good Fishing,
David Vance



September 15th, 2009
The bass have been biting better up shallow in the last few days with all this rain, but look for the deep bite to turn on here very soon.
For the shallow water bite look for fish to be holding around shallow grass, pads, and stick ups, in 2 to 8 feet of water on the main lake and in the first half of the major creeks. We have had a good top water bite for about the first hour of the morning. The best Top Water bait for me has been a Shad colored Pop R, and an 1/8oz Buzz bait. This bait may be little but the bass here on Lake Fork will eat it up. Also in the last two days we have had a good Spinner bait bite with this weather change. The Spinner bait that I like to throw this time of year is a 1/4oz Colorado Willow, with Nickel & Gold blades and a Chartreuse & White skirt. I have been throwing the Spinner bait in the same cover as the Top Water baits, and this pattern has held up till about mid morning.

Once this bite slows down I am hitting the main lake and secondary points located in 12-20 feet of water with a Carolina Rig. Best bait on the Carolina Rig for me has been a Watermelon Seed Brush Hog and Watermelon Seed Speed Craw. I am using a 1 ounce weight with a 4 foot leader along with a 3/0 hook. The bites have been very subtle, the bass are just holding the bait and this makes it hard to detect a bite. That’s why I tell my clients if it feels funny set the hook. Stay on points that have grass around the area that you are fishing. This is where we are catching most of our fish. This pattern will hold through out the day.

Also watch for schooling fish in depths of 20 to 40 feet of water. I kept a Ratt L Trap and a Little George tied on at all times for when these bass come up. If you are in the right place at the right time you can really bump up the numbers when these bass come up. Fish up to 3lbs have been schooling on top off and on with some nice fish to 5lbs being caught underneath them. Be ready they are up for a few seconds and then they are down. Yesterday Derrick Underwood from Dallas fished with me a half day trip and we put 16 bass in the boat by noon. Derrick will be shipping off to Afghanistan next month we had a fun day. Hope your time over there is safe and thanks for your service. The fall fishing will be in full swing soon and it is one of the best times to be on Lake Fork, the weather is great and the bass will be biting. If you would like to book a trip and get in on some of the great fall bass fishing that Lake Fork has to offer you can reach me at 903-629-7699 or my Cell 903-629-5085 web site http://www.lakeforktexasfishingreports.com

Good Fishing,
David Vance

July 28th, 2009

The fishing this week here on Lake Fork has been good for numbers of slot fish. The bass are schooling and when they come up they will hit just about anything that looks like a Shad. The best bait for me to catch these schooling bass has been a 1/2 oz Shad colored Rat-L-Trap, and a Norman Deep Little N, Shad Pattern, and when they come up you can almost catch them on every cast. Most of the schooling activity I have seen has been on the main lake and around the SRA point and the mouth of Chaney Branch at the dam and the bridges, 515 East and West – also the 154 bridge has been good.

When these bass go down, I am using a Smoking Shad Fluke on a 1/4 oz Jig Head to catch the bass that are suspended. When the schooling action slows down, I have been changing to a Carolina Rig. I am using a 1 oz weight and a four-foot leader, 15lb line. Best baits for me on the Carolina Rig have been a Watermelon Seed Centipede and a Watermelon Seed Brush Hog, water depth 15 to 25 feet.

At the first of the month, the fishing was off and on with good and tough days, but now the bass are in a solid Summer pattern. In the last three days, we have been catching 25 to 30 bass a day. The weather has cooled off a bit with this rain and it has been nice. August is always hot, but the fishing should remain good and the patterns will not change much in the next month. And, with not many boats on the lake, you just about have the lake to yourself. If you would like to book a guide trip, call me at 903-629-7699 (office) or 903-629-5085 (cell).Web Site http://www.lakeforktexasfishingreports.com
Good Fishing,
David Vance

 

May 6th, 2009

The top water bite is starting to turn on. In the last two days we have caught good numbers on a Stanley Ribbet. There are a lot of good fish still in the shallows and with all this rain there is a lot of flooded grass which makes it perfect cover for fishing a Frog. The color Frog that has worked best for me has been Watermelon and Watermelon Pearl. The Buzz bait has also been good. The one I like to throw this time of year is a 1/8oz White and Chartreuse Skirt, this bait may be little but the Bass here on Lake Fork will eat it up. Good places to fish the Frog and Buzz bait are in the Lillie pads that are starting to bloom. There are good numbers of Bass protecting the fry in these areas and they will jump all over these baits when you get it close to them.

The deep bite is also coming on strong. The bigger Bass we have been catching have been in 10 to 20 feet. Best baits for catching these deeper Bass for me has been a Shad colored DD22 Crank bait and a Carolina Rig. My set up on the Carolina Rig is a 3/4oz weight with a 2 and a half foot leader, best baits on this Rig have been a Watermelon Seed Brush Hog and a Watermelon Seed Fluke.

Darin Breedlove from Dallas fished with me today. We started out fishing the Frog and Buzz bait and caught several 3 and 4 pounders. About mid morning the top water bite slowed and we switched to the Carolina Rig and moved out deeper and on his second cast Darin caught one that weighed 8lbs 4oz. This was Darin’s biggest Bass that he had ever caught but things were about to get better, much better. With in the next 30 minutes he put two more Bass in the boat that were over 6 pounds. Then in the back of the boat his Dad Buddy Breedlove set the hook on a bass that was also over 6 pounds. We fished this spot for about another hour without a bite so I said lets move to another spot and give this one a rest.

We went to the next point and with in the next 5 casts Darin put two more in the boat a 7.4 and a 6.8. After that he said it does not get any better than this, but on Lake Fork it can, and it did. We fished this spot for about another hour and 1/2 without a bite so I decided to go and hit that spot one more time where Darin caught the 8 pounder. We pulled up to the point and on his first cast Darin set the hook and he said, “this fish is big” and after a fight that seemed to last forever, I got the Bass in the net. This Bass weighed 10 pounds 8oz. What a day. Darin’s best 5 Bass was over 39 pounds and broke his personal best two times in one day.

Congratulations Darin on an incredible day. It was fun watching you catch all those big fish. All these Bass were caught on the big Watermelon Seed Brush Hog, 15 feet deep on a secondary point. Good places to try are the mouth of White Oak Branch, Wolfe, Bell Branch, and Taylor Branch. May and June are always good for numbers and size. The Bass are coming off the spawn and they are hungry and looking for something to eat. If you would like to book a trip you can reach me at: 903-629-7699 Cell 903-629-5085 http://www.lakeforktexasfishingreports.com

Good Fishing,
David Vance

 

March 25th, 2009

The spawn is in full swing here at Lake Fork! For those of you that are looking for the opportunity to catch a Bass of a lifetime, this is the time of year to do it. There are a lot of big Bass up shallow right now just waiting to be caught. Here are some tips for catching these big Bass,

key areas to focus on right now are in the backs of the creek and points that are next to the spawning flats. Creek channels leading to these flats will produce good results. Bass can be found in a number of the many creeks and pockets on the lake right now. The Bass have exploded into their spawning ritual this year and can be found on beds just about everywhere. Finding the areas that are holding the most concentrations of Bass is the main objective.

The lake is full and in great shape, the water clarity is clear to slightly stain in most areas. The recent water temperatures have been ranging anywhere from 62 to 67 degrees in the areas that I have been fishing in recent days. Bass can be caught a number of different ways during the spawn. My clients and I have been catching the majority of our Bass on weightless rigs or slightly weighted when it is windy. A Trick Worm has been my “go to” bait lately. These baits are deadly when fished slowly over and in the grass where these Bass are making their beds. Best colors have been shades of watermelon, and green pumpkin. Fishing it very slowly, with short twitches in between pauses, works best. Flukes in watermelon colors are also producing good fish right now. Sight fishing is excellent on days when there is some sun and not too much wind. So keep your Flippin Rod ready for when you see a big Bass sitting on a bed.

Today Ken Viscount from Pennsylvania fished with me and what a day he had. He broke his personal best three times with one over 6, a 7, and the Big one of the day that went 9lbs 6oz, all these bass came on the Trick Worm. Good places to try right now are Searcy Branch, Alligator Cove, Ford Cove and Chaney Branch. If you would like to book a trip and get in on the great Spring Bass fishing Lake Fork has to offer call 903-629-7699 or cell 903-629-5085 web site http://www.lakeforktexasfishingreports.com

Good Fishing,
David Vance

 

 

 

February 20th, 2009

 

The water temps have varied this week. With this up and down weather, morning water temps have been 54 and settling at 57 late in the afternoons. Look for the bass to turn on and begin to move more towards the back of the Creeks during the next week.

 

This past week the fishing has been good with a couple of tough days mixed in. All of our fish were caught out of 8 ft of water and less, most of the time in the grass or on the outside edge of the grass.

A Lipless Crank bait in red/orange, orange, and craw patterns have been the most consistent of all the baits I have thrown. I have found most of our fish along grass lines and grass flats located in the Creeks, from the mouth all the way to the back. Find thick grass located in 3 to 8 feet of water for best results as far as numbers and size. Some days they are out in the open grass flats and after a cold front they are close to the trees located within the grass beds. This has been pretty easy to figure out and seems to hold to every place I go to. Make sure you reel a fast to medium retrieve on these Lipless Crank baits for best results.

 

I also had good success this week on a Suspending Jerk bait. I have been using a 7 inch Rogue, my best color has been a black back, chrome sides, orange belly. I have been fishing the Rogue in the same places as the Lipless Crank baits with good results, it has been very good as a back up bait to pick up some extra fish behind the Lipless Crank baits. Work these baits with light twitches and long pauses. When you do go to twitch the bait use a light twitch or two, then let it sit again. Most bites have occurred while the bait is sitting still but a few aggressive fish have hit the bait while it is moving.

We are also starting to catch some nice Bass on Soft Jerk baits fished Wacky style. When the Bass get heavy on the beds these big Worms fished Wacky style is hard to beat here on Lake Fork. Good colors that work for me are watermelon red, green pumpkin red, and June bug. There are alot of these Soft Jerk baits on the market and some cost up to $8 a bag which I think is ridiculous. There are several of these baits on the market that cost less than half of the name brands that work just as good and will save you alot of money. My best two days this week was 32. Billy Weems from Austin fished with me and out of the 32 Bass we boated in two days, Billy had one over 8lbs, one over 7lbs, and 3 over 6lbs. The 8 & 7 came on the Suspending Jerk bait. Good places right now have been Glade Creek, in the last couple of days alot of Bass have moved up in the East & West Field of Glade Creek, and also Long Branch and Rogers Creek are coming on.

The first wave of spawning Bass is just a few days away and I think this is going to be one of the best spawns we have had in a long time. The Lake is in great shape and is only about one foot low. If you would like to book a guide trip and get in on some of the great Spring Bass Fishing Lake Fork has to offer, give me a call at 903-629-7699 or my Cell 903-629-5085.

On my trips all Rods and Tackle are included. web site http://www.lakeforktexasfishingreports.com

Good Fishing,
David Vance

 

 

 

February is big Bass time here at Lake Fork. For all you fisherman that have been waiting for those big females to start moving to the shallows, now is the time. Lake Fork is in great shape for another fantastic year of fishing in 2009. The fishing has been good for size the last three days with the water temps dipping into the high 40’s. The cooler water temperatures have not affected the bite as much as you would expect. Numbers of quality Bass can be found starting to stage in the grass beds around points, ditches, and creeks near spawning flats. Starting at the mouths of the creeks and working your way back is the best approach to locating Bass this time of year.

Dearing a cold fronts the Bass are more active and concentrated on main lake and/or secondary points. On warmer days, you will find that the bite is better at the very back of the creeks. Once you locate a fish or two it is good to make another pass back through the area as there will usually be several more in that location. Fishing in depths of 3-8 feet has been good and will get better as the water temps rise.

The weather is calling for a warming trend, so expect the bite to be shallow and more consistent. Rattletraps and shallow running Crank baits in red/orange colors have been best. Chartreuse and white or white Spinner baits will also produce their share of Bass as well. I use a Stanley 1/2 oz or 3/4 oz Spinner bait with double willow leaf blades.

Rigging your baits on the proper equipment this time of year is also a critical factor when looking for a trophy Bass. Make sure you have given some attention to your rods/reels and fishing line that have been sitting around all winter. A little oil, some fresh line, and a quick drag check will make all the difference; there is nothing more disappointing than losing a big fish on your first Spring outing because of equipment failure.

Good areas for me right now have been White Oak Branch, Spring Branch, Big Mustang, and Bobcat Branch; we have had several Bass in the 5 to 7 pound range in these creeks in the last few days. I think this February is going to produce a lot of big Bass with the lake in such good shape also there is very little boat traffic on the lake right now and it really is one of the best months to catch a Trophy Bass on Lake Fork. The weather can be miserable but the rewards can be Big.

If you would like to book a Guide Trip and get in on some of this pre-spawn action you can reach me at 903-629-7699 or cell 903-629-5086 my web site http://www.lakeforktexasfishingreports.com

Good Fishing,
David Vance

 

 

anuary 20th, 2009

 

The lake is in great condition and this is the time of year we all look forward to. The Big Bass are starting to make there move to the shallows and each Angler that is looking to catch that Bass of a life time, now is the time to be on the water as much as you can. The water temperatures are ranging between 47-52 degrees in most areas of the lake and the water clarity is clear to stained depending on location. The wind has been a big factor this week, it has been blowing non-stop.

From this time of year through late February the patterns will remain relatively the same. Shallow grass beds located from main lake points, secondary points that lead into the backs of the creeks are key areas to target. Fishing the grass with 1/2 & 3/4 oz lipless Crank Baits also a Mans One Minus in red & orange, and with some chartreuse in it are great. Cover a lot of water with these baits to locate the Bass, ripping the bait off the grass will produce some big reaction strikes from these big pre-spawn Bass feeding up in preparation for the coming spawn.

When the water temps gets down into the 40s, and on calm sunny days, a suspending Jerk Bait fished over the grass very slowly can be deadly for those Bass that will not move far to hit a bait, fish it slow with long pauses between jerks and hold on! My most productive color is black, gold & orange.

Another great pattern this time of year is slow rolling a 3/4 or 1 oz Spinner Bait with a #5 or #6 Willow Life Blade. You can almost fish these big Spinner Baits like a Jig pulling the bait just enough to turn the blade, this pattern works good on these windy days. Most of the bass we have caught the last two days have been on the Spinner Bait and suspending Jerk Bait and the One Minus. All the bass we have caught have been fat and healthy. Yesterday we put 12 bass in the boat with three over seven pounds that were full of eggs. It is definitely Big Bass time hear on Lake Fork. Good places to try right now are the mouth of Big and Little Mustang starting at the old road bed and working the right side of each creek to the FM 17 bridge, these creeks always produce big pre-spawn Bass.

This weather has been a roller coaster up and down, but that is Texas weather. One day it is 75, the next it will be in the 40s. I have been guiding on this lake a long time and I have had some of my best Big Bass days on some of the worst weather days, so don’t let the cold weather keep you off the water this time of year.

If you would like to book a guide trip and get in on some of this pre-spawn action, now is the time to book, as my Spring days are booking up. On my trips, all tackle is included. You can reach at 903-629-7699 (office) or 903-629-5085 (cell). web site http://www.lakeforktexasfishingreports.com

Good Fishing
David Vance

 

 

January 1st, 2009

 

Lake Fork is in great shape going into the pre-spawn period for the 2009 spawn. Patterning pre-spawn Bass will be the primary focus from now through the month of February and even into early March. This is the time that the lake will produce some of the bigger Bass of the year. Big females will be staging in key areas to feed up for their annual migration to the shallows. Finding main lake and secondary points or pockets that are closest to spawning flats that have good grass on them is ideal. The Bass will concentrate in these grass beds ranging from 2-8 foot. A lipless Crank bait is my bait of choice during this time. Best colors are a variety of reds and oranges, chrome and blues, and crawfish colors with a little chartreuse. Different sizes and colors will produce better than others depending on the weather conditions or depth of the grass and the water clarity. I throw 1/2 oz. sizes in the shallower grass and opt for a bigger 3/4 oz. for the deeper grass. Vary the retrieve of the bait and keep in contact with the top of the grass. Letting the bait dip down in it then ripping it free is what will trigger a bite.

 

Water temperature is an important element during this time of year. Finding areas that have warmer water than others will give you the best opportunity at catching fish. Even if it is just a degree or two. I rely on my temp gauge to give me a very accurate surface temperature. Right now the water temps have been cool and have not been rising much during the day. With water temperatures recently dipping into the high 40’s, I will throw a suspending jerk bait also, jerking the bait down to the grass and then just letting it sit for several seconds, then twitching it again can be deadly for a big bite.

Concentrating on the creek channels leading back to the spawning flats is also a very productive pattern for these big pre-spawn bass. Good places that have been producing some nice bass and always do this time of year, Spring Branch, Board Tree Branch, Post Oak Branch, White Oak, Wolfe Creek. This is not the time of year to catch numbers but if you are looking to catch a Trophy Bass, Lake Fork is the best place to start putting in your time.

If you would like to book a trip for this spring to get in on the pre-spawn and spawning action, Contact me at 903-629-7699 or 903-629-5085 cell. Check out my Web Site At http://www.lakeforktexasfishingreports.com  

Happy New Year and Good Fishing,
David Vance

 

 

December 22nd, 2008

 

With this weather up and down one day it’s 75 the next it is 35 fishing has been slow for numbers, but the quality of the bass we are catching right now makes up for the numbers. This week most of our bass have came on lipless Crank baits and a Suspending Rogue. These baits have been producing some big bass this past week. Yesterday we stayed with the lipless Crank baits and Suspending Rogue all day, and we boated 12 bass with one that weighed 11 lbs 3oz. This big bass came on the Suspending Rogue on the edge of a grass line. Best water depth for me has been 5 to 10 feet of water over the grass. The bass we caught this week have come from mid lake to the dam.

Creeks that are producing good fish are Wolfe, Little Caney, Ray Branch and Williams Creek. I have been keeping my boat in ten feet of water and fishing the outside edge of the grass. A medium to fast retrieve on the lipless Crank baits have worked best. These bass are very scattered, so fish these areas 2 or 3 times before you leave and come back later in the day and hit them again. The best bite has been 10am until dark. This pattern is only going to get better on into January and February.

 

There are several different ways to fish lipless Crank baits. The most common way is reeling it straight back to the boat. Another is the yo-yo retrieve in which you are pulling the bait straight up with your rod and pulling in the slack and repeating this over and over above the grass. There is also ripping the bait where the bait hit’s the grass and you use a sideways motion to rip the bait out of the grass. My favorite is reeling it in straight with slight twitches of the rod every 4 to 6 cranks. Try all of these retrieves and let the fish tell you how they want it. On the suspending Rogue the colors I like are black/gold/orange or blue/chrome/orange. Fish these baits over grass in 4 to 10 feet deep. The retrieve I use is very basic with a twitch-twitch-twitch pause. Now the length of the pause depends on the water temp, under 50 degrees requires a long pause up to 20 seconds. When the water warms above 50 degrees try working the bait a little faster.

The key to catching these big bass this time of year is to fish the greenest grass you can find. If you are not familiar with Lake Fork the best way to locate the best grass beds is to look for the Coots. These birds only feed on grass, and if you see a huge concentration of these birds you can bet you will find a lot of green grass in the area. I always look forward to this time of year because it is the start of our Big Bass Season, and on Lake Fork you are just one cast away from catching that Bass of a lifetime. I am now booking Spring trips. Book early to get best available dates. Call . 903-629-7699 or 903-629-5085 Cell. Or Check out my website http;//www.lakeforktexasfishingreports.com

Good Fishing,
David Vance

 

 

 

November 6th, 2008

 

The Fishing here on lake fork has been good. The deep bite continues to become much better as the shallow water bite has remained strong. The fishing will continue to get better as it gets closer to winter. Even with the warm weather the fish are starting to bunch up.

 

I have found most of my big fish holding in 20 to 30 feet of water. The best places have been humps, points, ridges, and roadbeds. Your electronics will be a big key as to how successful your day on the water will be. Watch for balls of shad and bass stacked up on the screen. To catch these deep fish I have been using a Carolina Rig and a Smoking Shad Fluke on a 1/4oz-Football Jig Head. On my Carolina Rig I am using a 7 foot medium heavy action Lake Fork Pro Series Rod, a 3 to 4 foot leader, and a 1oz weight. Dragging behind it on a 3/0 hook will be a Super Fluke. My best colors have been Watermelon, and Watermelon/Red. You can play with different variations of speed during your cast. They seem to hit it good, moving slowly. The bite has been pretty hard so it is easy to tell when you get a bite. A drop shot is also taking some good numbers of fish. I have been fishing it with a 12 to 24 inch leader with a Trick Worm or a Fineness Worm in Watermelon, and Watermelon/Red.

 

The shallow water bite has really turned on for some good fish. The fish have been stacking up along the grass beds. The best depths have been 2 to 4 feet. If you like top water fishing the bass have been very aggressive. The Frog bite has been good; Stanley Ribbet or Frog type baits have been excellent around the grass. Yesterday we put 36 bass in the boat and four were over seven pounds. More than half of these bass came on the Carolina Rig and the rest early on a Trick Worm. Good places to try right now are the tire reef off the SRA point at dam, the old road bed at the mouth of Chaney Branch, the road bed at the mouth of Wolfe creek, 515 East road bed. These areas always produce good fish this time of year.

I always look forward to this time of year, the weather is great and the big fish are starting to turn on. If you would like to book a trip and get in on some great fall fishing you can reach me at 903-629-5085 or 903-629-7699 web site http://www.lakeforktexasfishingreports.com

Good Fishing,

David Vance

 

 

 

September 5th, 2008

 

This cool weather has been great, with nighttime temperatures already starting to cool down, the water temp here at Lake Fork is from 82 degrees. Lower water temps mean that the Bass are starting to get more active. This past week the Bass fishing has been good. We have had a good early morning Spinner Bait bite. This time of year I like to throw a 1/4oz Colorado Willow, Nickel and Gold blades, with a Chartreuse and White skirt. In the last few days we have been starting out fishing main lake and secondary points, covering the edge of the grass lines. Best presentation for the Spinner Bait has been fishing it fast, just barely under the surface of the water. Our best day was Monday when the front was coming in we had 45, and one that weighted 8lb 4oz, most of these bass came on the Spinner Bait. Also we are still catching some good fish early on a Wacky Worm. The best color for me has been a June bug colored Trick Worm, fished weightless on the edge of the grass lines in 2 to 4 feet of water.

By 10am the bass have been coming up schooling. Best bait for me to catch these schooling bass has been a 1/4oz Chrome and Blue or Bleeding Shad Rattletrap. When they are up you can catch them on just about every cast. A lot of the bigger bass are suspended under the schools of Shad. I have been using a Smoking Shad Fluke on a 1/4oz Football Jig Head to catch these bigger Bass. The schooling activity has been off and on throughout the day, and when it slows down I have been switching to a Carolina Rig, with a Watermelon Seed Baby Brush Hog. I am still fishing the Carolina Rig with a 1 oz. weight and a 3 foot Leader on a 7 foot medium heavy action Lake Fork Pro Series Rod. Good places to try right now are main lake and secondary points, there has been a lot of schooling Bass under the 515 West Bridge, and also the old 514 Road Bed in Birch Creek has been good. With all the rain we have had this Year, Lake Fork is in great shape. By the time we get into early October, the Fall Bass fishing will be in full swing. I love this time of year with good weather and great fishing. If you would like to book a guide trip and get in on some of the Fall Bass fishing hear on Lake Fork, you can reach me at 903-629-7699 or 903-629-5085 cell. Or check out my web site http://www.lakeforktexasfishingreports.com  

Good Fishing

David Vance

 

 

August 25th, 2008

 

The bass fishing continues to be good hear on Lake Fork. We are already starting to see some changes in the weather and with the recent rain storms that are popping up just about ever other day, conditions are starting to cool down a bit. We are catching good numbers of bass, you can load the boat right now if you’re in the right place when these bass come up schooling. The water temp at the time of this report was about 83 degrees on the main lake. In the last few days both shallow and deep patterns are working. The shallow bite has been good working the edge of the grass lines early. The best bait for me has been a Wacky Worm, Watermelon & June bug have been the best colors. By mid morning the bass are starting to school and the best bait to catch these schooling bass for me, has been a ¼oz. Chrome and Blue Rat-L-Trap and a 1/4oz Little George, you can cover all depths with this bait. When these bass go down I am still using a Smoking Shad Fluke on a ¼oz. Jig Head. Most of our bigger bass have come on the Fluke, also I am starting to catch some bigger bass on a 1/2oz White Jig with a White Salty Chunk Trailer. When the schooling slows down I have been going to the Carolina Rig, best depth has been 15 to 25 feet on main lake and secondary points. Best bait for me on the Carolina Rig has been a Watermelon Seed Fluke and a Watermelon Seed Centipede. I am using a four foot leader with a 1oz weight, 15 pound line, on a 7 foot medium heavy action Lake Fork Pro Series Rod. Good places to try are the mouths of the major creeks, Chaney Branch, the Tire Reef off the SRA point, Hobbs Point, and the old 2225 road bed are producing good numbers of bass. We are catching 25 to 30 bass a day using the above pattern. The fishing will continue to even get better as we head into the Fall Season. Look for there to be a lot of small bass up close to the grass while most of the bigger bass are still in deeper water for now. As conditions cool down over the next few weeks the bigger bass will start to move up. The Fall fishing here at Lake Fork can be some of the best anywhere, so don't miss out on some of the upcoming best bass fishing of the year. If you would like to Book a Guide Trip you can reach at 903-629-7699 or cell 903-629-5085 check out my web site http://www.lakeforktexasfishingreports.com

Good Fishing,

David Vance

 

 

 

August 18th, 2008

 

This weather change has been nice and now we are finely getting some rain, and it has turned the fishing on the last few days. There has been an early top water bite that has been good for about an hour and a half each morning, a shad colored Pop-R has worked best for me. This top water action has been on main lake points in 15-25 ft. of water where the bass are chasing the shad to the top. After these bass go down we have been using a 1/4 ounce Jig Head with a smoking shad Fluke, this works great to catch the bigger bass that are suspended. The bass are really starting to school all over the lake and when you get into these schooling bass you can catch them cast after cast. Right now I am keeping one rod rigged with a 1/4 ounce Little George, this is one of the best schooling baits you can have in the boat and you can cast it a mile. When the schooling activity slows down we are switching to a Carolina Rig working the edges of the deeper grass lines and main lake humps and roadbeds. Right now I am using a 1-ounce weight with a 4-ft. leader and a watermelon seed Fluke on a 7-foot medium heavy action Lake Fork Pro Series Rod. Areas that have been productive are the 2946 and 514 roadbeds also the mouth of White Oak, Pinson and Wolfe has been good.
With the above patterns we are averaging 30-40 bass a day. Aug. Sept. Oct. are great months for schooling bass on lake fork

I am now booking fall and spring dates. Book early to get the best available dates! Call 903-629-7699 cell 903-629-5085 or check out my website at http://www.lakeforktexasfishingreports.com

Good Fishing,

David Vance

 

 

July 29th, 2008

 

The fishing this week has been good for numbers of good slot fish. The bass are starting to school and when they come up they will hit just about anything that looks like a shad. . The best bait for me to catch these schooling bass has been a ¼ oz Chrome and Blue Rat-L-trap, when they come up you can almost catch them on every cast. Most of the schooling activity I have seen has been on the main lake and around the SRA point at the dam and the bridges, 515 east and west; also the 154 bridge has been good. When these bass go down I am using a Salt &Pepper Grub on a ¼ oz. jig head to catch the bass that are suspended. When the schooling action slows down I have been changing to a Carolina Rig. I am using a 1oz weight and a four-foot leader 15lb line on a 7ft med heavy lake fork pro series rod. Best baits for me on the Carolina Rig have been a Watermelon Seed Centipede and a Watermelon Seed Fluke, water depth 15 to 25 feet we have been catching 30 to 35 bass a day. The weather has been hot but the fishing has been good and not many boats on the lake so you just about have the lake to yourself and that is nice. If you would like to book a guide trip you can call me at 903-629-7699 or 903-629-5085

http://www.lakeforktexasfishingreports.com

Good Fishing

David Vance

 

 

 

 

August 30th, 2006

 

This fishing continues to be good hear on Lake Fork. We are already starting to see some changes in the weather and with some recent rain storms that are popping up just about ever other day, conditions are starting to cool down a bit. We are catching good numbers of 2 & 3 pound bass, you can load the boat right now if your in the right place when these bass come up schooling. The water temp at the time of this report was about 83 degrees on the main lake. Lake Fork is almost 4 feet low and that’s not bad compared to most lakes in the state.. All the public boat ramps are in good shape no problem launching your boat at all. In the last few days both shallow and deep patterns are working. The shallow bite has been good working the edge of the grass lines early, best bait for me has been a wacky worm watermelon & June bug have been best colors for me. By mid morning the bass are starting to school and best bait to catch these schooling bass for me, has been a ¼ chrome and blue rat-l-trap. When these bass go down I am still using a salt and pepper grub on a ¼ jig head, most of our bigger bass have come on the grub. When the schooling slows down I have been going to the Carolina rig, best depth has been 15 to 25 feet on main lake and secondary points. Best bait for me on the Carolina rig has been a watermelon red finesse worm and a watermelon seed centipede. Good places to try are the mouths of the creeks, big and little mustang, wolf, white oak, are producing good numbers of bass we are catching 25 to 30 a day. The fishing will continue to even get better as we head into the fall season, look for there to be a lot of small bass up close to the grass while most of the big Bass are still in deeper water for now. As conditions cool down over the next few weeks the bigger Bass will start to move up.

The Fall fishing here at Lake Fork can be some of the best anywhere, so don't miss out on some of the best Bass Fishing of the year. If you would like to Book a Guide Trip you can reach at 903-629-7699 or 903-629-5085 check out my web site http://www.lakeforktexasfishingreports.com

Good Fishing

David Vance

 

 

 

 

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