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Lake Fork Fishing Report

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Lake Fork Guide Andrew Grills

As we wind up another good year on Lake Fork, we are heading into one of my favorite times to fish. It's the quietest time of year on the lake, and the fishing can be pretty good.

As we transition from fall to winter, the numbers tend to go down, while the overall size average gets better. Bass fishing in the winter on Lake Fork is all about big bass, not numbers. While you can have some nice days where you catch quite a few, a bite an hour is about what I expect on an average day. The key is those bites will generally be quality bites.

I rarely fish deeper than 12' in the winter. Sure, there are tons of bass in the deeper water on the lower end of the lake. However, a lot of fish stay close to shallow water in order to warm up on sunny days. They will pull up and suspend on sunny days, or move to very shallow water on warm afternoons.

They like deeper water close by as well. I believe this gives big bass a feeling of safety. Always having an escape route and having some more comfortable water in case of severe cold snap is important. The term “deeper water” is relative. In some of the creeks on the upper end of a reservoir that could mean 6' deep. On other areas of the lake it might mean 25'. It just depends on the area and how deep the water gets in the vicinity.

Ledges become a key type of structure in the winter. This gives bass the safety of deep water access and access to more shallow water as well. They only have to move vertically to get comfortable. The main ledges I fish here on Lake Fork are the creeks, ditches, and drains that were present before the reservoir was flooded.

When searching for fish in creek channels and ditches, look for the areas that still have definition. Sometimes the creeks will silt in over time. Not all are equal. Also, keep an eye out for sharp “horseshoe” bends in the creek. A bend will almost always mean there is a deeper, steeper, more washed out part of the channel. This will be on the outside of bend.

A jig is one of my favorite techniques for winter fishing. However, in areas less than 6' deep, a chatterbait or lipless crankbait will be a good options, especially if any aquatic vegetation is present.

Hopefully this helps point you in the right direction this month. As always, feel free to contact me if I can be of any assistance on your upcoming trip.

Andrew Grills

Fishing Report by Lake Fork Guide Andrew Grills

Phone:(903) 638-1170  


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