Lake Fork Weekly Fishing Report (July 23-30)


The weather stayed hot here at Lake Fork this week. The water temperatures remained in the mid 90s and the water clarity did improve a little this week with the falling lake level.

I spent this week with the best 36 young men and women form all over the United States in the ninth annual Lake Fork Bass Camp. They fished with professional guides in the morning, and did things like visit the Athens Fish Hatchery, tour Lake Fork Trophy Lures and many more things to broaden their fishing experience in the afternoons. They were the most well-mannered and polite young men and women I have ever had the pleasure sharing a boat with.

The bass fishing was fair this week with the jig, Carolina rig and the Joe Spaits spoon doing most of the work. The peanut butter jelly Santone ½-ounce football jig produced several quality slot fish this week. The Carolina rigged Zoom white fluke was also a good producer of quality fish this week. You had to fish it slow! The best producer of fish, bar none, was the chrome and chartreuse 5-inch Joe Spaits flutter spoon. It caught everything from bass, to white bass, to crappie to catfish.

The white bass fishing was very good this week. You can find them in 20 to 30 foot of water off main lake points and sharp creek channel bends. Use Joe Spaits 5 inch chrome and chartreuse flutter spoon. Make sure you keep it close to the bottom on your whole retrieve.

The crappie were still hungry this week. It is noted we had to change our crappie jig color to blue with an orange tail. We used Bubba’s Bait 1/8 ounce Crappie jigs in 22 foot of water. Brush piles were the best place to find them.

No catfish report this week.

Stay hydrated and have a safe fishing week.


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