Lake Fork Weekly Fishing Report (July 17-23)

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By JOHN MORRIS

It was another hot week here at Lake Fork. The water temperatures are in the lower 90s and the water clarity is stained.

The bass fishing is fair with most of the fish being caught with Carolina rigs, crankbaits and spoons. The Carolina rig is still the most productive using the Zoom watermelon candy Baby Brush Hog and fluke. The Lake Fork Trophy Lures chartreuse/pepper ring fry is also working well on the Carolina rig in the hot afternoons. The Strike King XD6 in the Barr Fish pattern is working on main lake points from 6 to about 8:30 in the morning. After 8:30 move deep using a Carolina rig or a Joe Spaits gold and red spoon.

One thing about fishing in this hot weather is “stay hydrated!” Drink a lot of water and Gator Aid.

The white bass are still spread out on main lake points in 12 to 28 foot of water. Look for them early in the morning in 12 to 14 foot of water then move out to 28 foot of water as the sun gets high. Joe Spaits chrome and chartreuse 5-inch flutter spoon and his gold and red 5-inch flutter spoon will do the trick.

The crappie fishing picked up this week in 20 to 24 foot of water. Isolated brush piles were the best bet this week, though it is noted that more and more crappie are showing up on the main lake bridges. Chartreuse and white Bubba’s Bait 1/8 ounce Crappie jigs worked the best. We did not have luck with the minnows, this week, which was a real change.

The catfish fishing remained good this week. They were being caught around isolated trees in 30 foot of water. Punch bait is still at the top of the catfish’s menu. Bait those trees guys and gals!

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