Spring is here at beautiful Lake Fork and the bass and crappie spawn is in full swing. The water clarity is stained and the water temperatures are in the rise. We saw water temperatures as high as 73 degrees this week, which helped with the overall bass spawn. Several 10-pound plus bass were caught this week and numerous bass in the 8- to 9-pound class hit the scales and released. Here at J & M Guide Service we have been finessing these bass with Zoom watermelon/red Flukes and dyed the tails chartreuse. We rigged the Fluke on a split shot rig. The other technique that you can use is the Zoom chartreuse/pumpkin trick worm rigged wacky style with a nail in the head. No matter which technique you use, fish slow.
The white bass are still in the creeks and starting to spawn. We found that crappie jigs tipped with good-sized minnows were the key to putting good numbers of white bass in the live well. Have fun!
The crappies are still the shallow areas spawning. Green and chartreuse crappie jigs fished with a slip cork work well and minnows were the back up. Enjoy!
The catfish fishing started to pick up this week. Minnows worked really worked well this week. Look for them in 4 to 8 foot of water around trees.
The spawn is on! Keep a tight line and fish slowly.