Lake Fork Weekly Fishing Report


The heat was up here at Lake Fork this week and the fishing was on fire. The water temperatures were in the upper 80s and the water clarity continues to get better. Bass were being caught all over the lake. both in the deep and shallow water.

The morning bass bite was outstanding on the River 2 Sea WPL 90 Whopper Popper in the #14-bone color. You need to fish it over grass near sea walls an around docks. The wacky rig continued to be the big producer this week. We fished the Zoom chartreuse/pumpkin Trick Worm and put a nail in the head on the wacky rig. The best place to fish the wacky rig is in the heavy grass around docks and in small creek channels. You can’t move the wacky worm slow enough. There were a few fish being caught in the 18- to 20-foot range on a Carolina rig. We found a Buddy’s Custom Bait Stick “O” bait in the watermelon/candy/red color was the best bait to use on the Carolina rig. Fish the Carolina rig very slowly over isolated brush piles for best results.

The crappie fishing slowed down this week. Crappie anglers were having trouble with bass this week, especially around the bridges. The crappie anglers who targeted isolated brush piles found the crappie bite to be good. The Bubba’s Bait chartreuse 1/8-ounce crappie jig tipped with a minnow worked the best.

The white bass fishing this week continued to be a lot of fun. They have moved into the shallow water in main creek channels chasing large balls of shad. We used Strike King’s KVD 1.5 square bill in the gizzard shad pattern to catch large numbers of the white bass. Have fun!

The catfish anglers were also having fun this week. The catfish have settled into their summer time pattern and are in 22 to 24 feet of water over brush piles and around isolated old trees. The catfish anglers that were having the best luck were baiting their trees.

On our equipment list this week was our Ranger Z520c from Nichols Marine in Longview powered by a Mercury 250 Pro XS, Duckett rods, ABU Garcia reels, Stren line, Buddy’s Custom Baits from here at Lake Fork, Bubba’s Crappie jigs, Zoom soft plastics and Strike King hard baits.

Here at J&M Guide Service, we are now taking bookings for September and October to get you ready for the Big Bass Splash and Berkley tournaments. Give us a call at (903) 413-6919 or e-mail us at Have a safe fishing week and stay hydrated.