The heat returned to Lake Fork this week. Last week we had a few rain showers and they cooled the water temperatures down to the lower 80’s. This week with the hot weather returning the water temperatures returned to the mid 80’s. The water clarity is good over most of the lake except the south facing banks where the wind has being blowing into them all week. The Bass fishing is still fare at best with the best bites is still early in the morning from daylight to about 7:30 and in the evening from 6:00 to dark. The best morning bite was with the Strike King KVD 1.5 Square Bill crankbait around the edges of grass beds. The gizzard pattern on the Strike King Square Bill crankbait is the best pattern to use. Strike King builds two models of the KVD 1.5. One with a rattle and one without a rattle. I have found that the KVD 1.5 with the rattle works the best, hands down! When sun gets up high the Bass were relating to wood piles and creek bends and sharp drop offs. Normally when the sun gets overhead this time of year, I have my Carolina rig in my hand, but not this year. I have gone to the drop shot rig in 16 to 22 foot of water on woodpiles and creek bends. The Zoom and Buddy’s Custom Bait’s tomato finesse worm works the best on the drop shot rig.
The Crappie fishing has also been slow this week. They are in 22 to 24 foot of water suspended over isolated brush piles. Bubba’s Bait 1/8-ounce white with an orange tail Crappie jig worked the best.
The White Bass are still on a diet. I found that the gold fashioned minnow rig worked the best. They are in 33 foot of water around old timberlines. The water needs to cool off a little to get the White Bass more active.
No Catfish report this week.
On our equipment list, this week is our Ranger Z520c powered by a Mercury 250 Pro XS, Duckett rods, ABU Garcia reels, Stren line, Strike King Hard baits, Bubba’s Custom Baits and Zoom soft plastics.
The Big Bass Splash and the Berkley tournaments are just around the corner. If you need a guided Bass trip to help you get ready for these tournaments, give us a call at (903) 413-6919 or E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Have a safe fishing week and be courteous to your fellow anglers.