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Lake Fork Fishing Report

FROM: J & M Guide Service
Report Submitted: 10-18-2020

Lake Fork Pro Guide John Morris of J&M Guide Service with a 9.7 bass caught April 26, 2012

DATES: 12 – 18 October 2020

This week the leaves were starting to turn and the water temperatures are starting to fall pretty quickly. The lake turn over is just about over which that means the lake will start to clear up this week. The Bass fishing is starting to make a rebound from the summer pattern which means that baits like the small crankbaits, creature baits and jigs will start to really start to come into play. This week the Strike King KVD 1.5 in the sexy shad pattern was on the top of the Bass’s menu. The main way that worked the best is a “slow” erratic retrieve. The next is a bait that I haven’t talked about much yet, is the Zoom Z-Hog. We rigged it on a 3/0 Eagle Claw LO45 hook and went to a South Bend 3/8-ounce bullet weight. We flipped it under and around docks and isolated stumps. It really worked. Last but not least is the Jig. The pumpkin seed and chartreuse J & M flipping jig rigged with a Zoom green pumpkin Z-hog junior as a trailer also worked for the finicky Lake Fork Bass on isolated small stumps. You had to let it just sit at the base of the stump for a few seconds before you moved it. When you did move the jig, it had to be very slow.

The Crappie anglers had better luck this week. It is noted that the Crappie are starting to move up in the water column. We found that the Crappie were more active in 14 to 16 foot of water around old trees and brush piles. Minnows were at the top of the Crappies menu.

The Catfish anglers were a little disappointed this week. The Catfish numbers slowed down but the quality was better. It was a 50/50 shot at the best bait this week. If you were fishing brush piles the minnow worked the best and if you were fishing trees, punch bait worked the best.

On our equipment list this week is our Ranger 520c powered by a Mercury 250 Pro XS from Nichols Marine in Longview, TX, Duckett rods, ABU Garcia reels, Stren line, Strike King hard baits, Bubba’s Baits Crappie Jigs, Buddy’s Custom Baits from here at Lake Fork, and Zoom soft plastics.

The Berkley Tournament is over with and we can get to business with Fall fishing. I have a few open dates in November for guided Bass fishing trips. Give us a call at (903) 413-6919 or E-mail us at Have a safe fishing week.

John Morris

Fishing Report by Lake Fork Guide John Morris
J & M Guide Service
(903) 413-6919


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