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Lake Fork Fishing Report

FROM: Mitchell's Guide Service
Report Submitted:  2-8-18

Lake Fork Pro Guide Marc Mitchell

Well as most know it has been a very cold winter for us here on Lake Fork. It is going to be a good thing over all for the lake cause it will kill the invasive species of weeds we have right now that grow on top. This will allow more areas to fish as well as more spawning areas.

The bite has been ok but never really great so far this year but with warmer days ahead that will change. Right now the water temp is running 44-50. That is pretty cold for Fork.

The fish I have been fishing for and having some sucess are in 2-5 ft. I know that sound funny but it is true. They will go shallow to pick up any heat they can find. I target any grass I can find cause it draws heat and the fish will sit on it.

Some fish we have caught are on the sunny banks. Others have been on grass. We have had a couple of morning we started on deep brush piles cause I knew these fish would not be affected by the 23 degree mornings.

Our best baits have been Zman chatter baits in 3/8 oz Chart/White gold blade. This bait has to be the best fish catching bait I have seen in my lifetime so far.

If you throw it and have the right set up this bait will catch them. Just a great bait. We have been throwing with a medium retrieve and nothing different. Cover some water and it will find them for you.

Traps are another great bait this time of year. Orange or red traps in a 1/2 oz - 3/4 oz are very good around grass and over ditches going into a cove or a flat. Best depths 2-7ft.

Viper XP Jigs are also very good on isolated wood or structure in 4-6 ft. Big stumps or big laydowns are key if near or on a creek channel or ditch. Black and blue, purple passion are my favorites in a 3/8 oz. Using a Xcite Raptor chunk as my trailer. You can see my jigs at

I hope this helps you on your next trip to Lake Fork. If you are interested in hiring a guide on Lake Fork I would love to be your guide and show you what I know. I offer the longest running guide service on Lake Fork. Entering my 36 year since my first trip. Not to much I have not seen on this lake in all my years here.

Thanks for stopping by and reading my report. May God Bless You Special Thanks to all our Military men/women as well as our Law Enforcement.

Marc Mitchell

Fishing Report by Lake Fork Guide Marc Mitchell
Mitchell's Guide Service

Marc Mitchell's Lake Fork Guide Service
Guiding Lake Fork since 1982

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