Lake Fork Weekly Fishing Report


It was another awesome week to fish Lake Fork. The water clarity is stained, but the clarity is improving. The water temperatures are in the lower 80s.

The bass fishing was very good this week with three distinct patterns leading the way to success. The best way to catch these Florida strain bass was with a Carolina rigged watermelon/candy/red Boss Hog from Buddy’s Custom Baits here at Lake Fork. Note: we dyed the tails of the Boss Hog chartreuse. The best water depth was 16 to 18 feet of water around creek channel bends and creek sub-points. You can use this pattern in the early morning hours on main lake points that have some brush on it. The second pattern was using a Strike King KVD 1.5 and a 8.0 square bill crankbait on main lake points and around creek entrances that have weeds on them. The sexy shad pattern on the crankbaits work the best. Third but not the least is the wacky rig. We continue to use the Zoom chartreuse/pumpkin trick worm rigged wacky style and put a nail in the head of it. This pattern works the best around docks that have weeds around them.

The crappie fishing remained good this week. The Bubba’s Bait 1/8 ounce chartreuse crappie jig worked the best in 20 to 24 feet of water over the top of isolated brush piles. The crappie fishing around the bridges slowed down this week.

The white bass fishing remained good. The best bait to use for the white bass this week was the chrome and chartreuse ½ ounce Joe Spaits Flashtail jigging spoon. The white bass remained in 20 to 24 feet of water on main lake humps.

The catfish anglers had good success this week on punch bait in 18 to 20 feet of water around baited old trees.

On our equipment list this week is our Ranger 520c powered by our Mercury 250 Pro XS, Duckett rods, ABU Garcia reels, Stren Line, Eagle Claw hooks, Strike King hard baits, Buddy’s Custom Baits, and Bubba’s crappie jigs.

Here at J&M Guide Service we have two dates left open in June for guided bass trips. Give us a call at 903-413-6919 or e-mail us at Have a safe fishing week and stay hydrated.