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Lake Fork Cat fishing and Crappie Fishing Report

Report Submitted 5-21-18

Lake Fork Cat fishing and Crappie Fishing Report

Well folks, its post spawn time and that means good news! The crappie have moved from the shallows to deeper water and stacking up on brushpiles. This makes them much easier to find and pattern. Both Lake Fork and Lake O the Pines are fishing excellent for big crappie and this will last until about mid July. Lets break down each lake.

Lake Fork:

To put it simply, the fishing is out of sight! Crappie have shown up on brush and they are hungry! The best technique we have been using is casting over the piles and using a slow retrieve. Best colors have been white and chartreuse on 1/16 or 1/8 oz jig head tipped with a crappie nibble. That's a deadly combination right now. You can also fish the standing timber and this will also produce results. Sometimes its not as fast action as the brush piles, but the quality can make up for that. You have be on the move with this method. Find a main lake point with a lot of timber, such as Wolf, Caney or Big Mustang. The crappie are hanging on the vertical trees in different depths. Quietly approach the standing timber with your trolling motor, make a vertical presentation with your jig, starting at the bottom of the tree and slowly work your way up the tree until you get bit. Each tree may hold 4 to 8 fish then you have to move. Sometimes you can get the "right" tree and sit there and beat em to death. When jigging timber just make sure you stay mobile, that's the key.

Lake O the Pines:
Its all about the brush on this lake! If you find brush, you will find tons of crappie! We are catching solid limits anywhere from 7 feet deep early in the morning under corks to about 16 feet after the suns comes up. Trolling small crankbaits is also a popular way to catch a lot of fish here as well. As far as the jig bite, its about the same as Fork. Once you find a brushpile holding fish, position your boat off the pile and cast the jig over the pile. Once the jig has reached the bottom start a slow retrieve by reeling about 4 to 5 turns the stop. Reel 4 to 5 turns and stop. Usually by the second time you stop that jig, the crappie will slam it. Make sure to watch your line for the bite because there will usually be some slack in your line so it can be tough to feel the bite.

Catfish on both lakes are making a strong push up shallow and you can catch tons of em using corks right now. Find an area that has some flooded grass or buck brush and target those areas hard.

I hope this helps everyone out. If you are planning a trip to either lake, give me a shout and lets try to get together. Thanks folks and go fill a cooler!


Fishing Report by Lake Fork Guide Seth Vanover

Lake Fork Guide Seth Vanover
Phone: 903-736-4557


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