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Lake Fork Fishing Report

Report Submitted: 12-12-2020

Lake Fork Guide Andrew Grills

December is a quiet month on Lake Fork. Most outdoorsmen are in hunting mode, and others are preoccupied with holiday plans. This is why I enjoy fishing in December so much.

To be honest, December is not one of the best months for fishing here, but it’s not the worst either. It’s also a good time for an opportunity at a big fish. Big bass are more active than smaller bass during the winter. The larger females have to eat more to compensate for the developing eggs they’ll be laying in the spring. That’s why December is more of a “quality over quantity” month.

I find fish at various depths throughout December. Some will be comfortable in deep water, as deep as 30 feet in some cases. There will also be bass in the mid depth range. I would say the 8-15 foot depth zone will hold the majority of the bigger fish. However, you’ll also find some nice fish in shallow water. I remind my customers that the heater is in the sky. There’s gonna be a lot of fish that stay in a position to get sun on their backs to warm up when the water is cold.

I keep it simple in the winter. I stick with the techniques that have worked for me through the years. My first choice, shallow or deep, is a Santone jig. If I’m probing deeper, I’ll reach for the football jig. For the mid depth and shallow areas, I’ll opt for the Rattling jig and go a little lighter.

I’ll also use lipless crankbaits, chatterbaits, and traditional crankbaits when working shallow. Moving baits can be great to get a reaction bite out a cold, lethargic December bass. I target areas with some grass or wood cover.

Another lure you’ll want to keep handy is a suspending jerkbait. On sunny days with a little breeze, I’ll have a Duo Realis jerkbait on the deck. I work it over shallow flats and through deeper timber. There will usually be some suspended fish in the winter.

Hopefully this gives you some ideas for things to try this month as you venture out on the lake. If I can be of any assistance, please let me know. Keep in mind as we celebrate Christmas, to remind our families what Christmas is really all about and why Jesus came. “But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.” Hebrews 2:9

Andrew Grills

Fishing Report by Lake Fork Guide Andrew Grills

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