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Lake Fork plays host to big time bass event

One of the nation’s largest and most elite bass tournaments is coming to Lake Fork for a four-day run filled with fishing, entertainment, vendors, fun activities and more.

The third annual Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest is set for May 2-6 on Lake Fork at the Sabine River Authority (SRA) Complex. The event will benefit the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

Wood County Industrial Commission is the lead host in conjunction with Lake Fork Chamber of Commerce, Sabine River Authority, Quitman Development Corp. and Emory Tourism.

Highly skilled anglers from across the country will contend for the Century Belt, which is awarded to anglers who catch more than 100 pounds of bass during a four-day Elite Series event.

This is a first for Lake Fork to host a fishing event of this magnitude. more

Singles camping group heading to Grand Saline

The “Border Lows,” a local chapter of “Loners on Wheels” (lonersonwheels.com) will be having their monthly camp out May 8-12 at Bedrock RV Park, CR 1803 in Grand Saline. Full hook ups are … more

Local fishing teams advance to state

Six high school fishing teams from Quitman, Alba-Golden and Winnsboro qualified for the Texas High School Bass Association State Tournament after competing at the regional fishing tournament at Lake … more

Deadline approaching for vendor spaces at Bassmasters

The opportunity to have a vendor booth at the Bassmaster Elite Series tournament at Lake Fork will soon close. The deadline to turn in a contract application is April 26. Toyota Bassmaster Texas … more

Area singles April camping event planned

The “Border Lows,” a local chapter of “Loners on Wheels” (lonersonwheels.com) will be having its monthly camp out April 10-14 at Wright Patman Lake – Clear Springs Campground, US Army Corps … more

Anglers break Lake Fork record

Norbert Samok and Laszlo Kovacs broke the Lake Fork record for the smallmouth buffalo species. The duo reeled in a 71.5-pound catch, according to the Lake Fork Chamber of Commerce. The catch was recorded by Evan Cartabiano of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. The previous lake record was held by Bogdan C. Bucur Tarean, who caught a 66-pound fish on March 3, 2012, according to the TPWD website. more

Quitman Pilots host Special Olympics track & field meet

Athletes from Wood County and beyond participated in Friday’s Special Olympics in Quitman, sponsored by the Quitman Pilot Club. Athletes opened the day with the oath, "Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt." Every competitor shown here embodied those words. more

WCIC approves sponsorship for Lake Fork fishing tournament

The Wood County Industrial Commission (WCIC) will be a sponsor for the second annual Department of Public Safety Bass Fishing Tournament at Lake Fork. At its monthly meeting on March 7, the WCID … more

Registration begins for Holly Brook golf tourney

Registration is under way for men and women golfers to play in an area-wide golf tournament April 9 at the Holly Lake Ranch golf course, starting at 11:30 a.m. Players may sign up in the church … more

Commissioners give OK to Bassmaster host agreement

Wood County commissioners last week approved the Bassmaster host agreement for the four-day Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest at Lake Fork in May.

The agreement between Bassmaster and Wood County spells out the host’s responsibilities. As a part of the contract, Wood County Industrial Commission will pay a host fee of $65,000 to Bassmaster.

Addendums to the agreement were made to share the cost with the Quitman Development Corp. (QDC), City of Emory and Lake Fork Chamber of Commerce as co-sponsors of the event. QDC, on behalf of the City of Quitman, agreed to contribute $10,000. Lake Fork Chamber agreed to contribute $5,000. City of Emory, on behalf of the tourism department, agreed to contribute $10,000. more

Mineola High fishing duo qualifies for regionals

The regular season for the Texas High School Bass Association – Northeast Division finished at Lake O’the Pines on Saturday, March 2. The Mineola High School Fishing Team has one team that … more

Lake Fork Weekly Fishing Report Feb. 10-16

Happy 2019 to everybody. It was great to be back to work this week on beautiful Lake Fork. I was greeted by water temperatures in to the lower 50s and stained to muddy water. However, I was surprised … more
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