By JOHN MORRIS
Lake Fork is at full pool again after the 6 plus inches of rain that we received late last week and early this week. The water temperatures are still in the upper 80s to low 90s and the water clarity is stained over most of the lake.
The bass fishing did pick up this week due to the lake levels being up and the fish moving back to shallow over some new vegetation. However, with that being said, the deep-water bass bite picked up also.
We fished the zoom chartreuse/pumpkin trick on a ¼-ounce shaky head jig and we also fished the zoom chartreuse/pumpkin trick worm wacky style in the shallow water. We put a nail in the head of the zoom trick worm when we rigged it wacky style to get it down in to the grass. On our fish that were in 22 to 24 foot of water, we went back to the Carolina rig this week. We used our ole’ fateful zoom watermelon/red Baby Brush Hog on the Carolina rig to catch some nice bass this week. Do not forget to dye the tails of the Baby Brush Hog chartreuse!
The white bass were spread out on points and the back side of sharp creek channels. Joe Spaits chartreuse and chrome flutter spoon still is the best bait to locate and catch the white bass. They have moved up in to the 18 to 20 foot water depth.
The crappie fishing was good this week. The wind did bother the crappie fishermen on a couple of days this week. The anglers that braved the weather did catch several good crappies. The Bubba’s Bait 1/8-ounce chartreuse/white and the pink 1/8-ounce crappie jigs worked the best. They are stacked around the 515 bridges in 24 foot of water.
The catfish anglers caught many good catfish this week. They caught them in 16 to 20 foot of water around isolated trees. Jell-O bait and Punch bait worked the best.
It is getting time for the Sealy Big Bass Splash on the Sept. 15, 16 and 17 of September and the Berkley Bass tournament on Oct. 21 and 22.
Have a safe fishing week and stay hydrated.