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John Morris'
Lake Fork Fishing Report

FROM: J & M Guide Service
Report Submitted: 8-3-2020

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

DATES: 26 July – 1 August 2020

The summer heat is taking its toll on the lake. We are down about a foot and a half. Which is not too bad but the stumps are starting to appear. The water clarity is still a little stained int the upper creeks, but the main lake is in perfect condition for fishing. The water temperatures are ranging from 88 to 92 degrees. The Bass fishing is fare with most good fish being taken from daylight to 9:00 AM and from 4:00 to dark. I found my favorite Strike King KVD 1.5 has been working well in the early morning hours. In the afternoon The Carolina rig is the way to put fish in the boat. The Zoom Ol Monster black with blue flake and the California 420 are working the best on the Carolina rig.

The Crappie anglers are still having fun catching nice Crappies in 22 to 24 foot of water over main lake brush piles. Minnows are on the top of the Crappies menu. However, if you take a Bubba’s Bait 1/8th ounce white with an orange tail crappie jig and tip it with a minnow your odds of catching some really nice Crappies is greatly enhanced.

The White Bass have been on a month-long diet. They are on the main lake humps but really scattered out. Joe Spaits chrome with silver scales flutter spoon is the best bait to catch the White Bass. Note: keep the spoon really close to the bottom while retrieving it.

The Catfish anglers have had a great week. The Catfish have found all of the isolated brush piles the Crappie anglers have put out 😊. The Catfish can be caught on minnows or punch bait; however, minnows are on the top of their menu. Look for them in 22 foot if water over brush piles.

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, X-VIII Custom Baits and Zoom soft plastics.

Here at J & M Guide Service we have several openings for Bass and Crappie trips in August, September and October. Give us a call at (903) 413-6919 or E-mail us at Have a great fishing week and stay hydrated.

John Morris

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


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