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John Morris'
Lake Fork Fishing Report

FROM: J & M Guide Service
Report Submitted: 8-20-17

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

DATES: 14 – 20 August 2017

Lake Fork is at full pool again after the 6+ inches of rain that we received late last week and early this week. The water temperatures are still in the upper 80’s to low 90’s and the water clarity is stained over most of the lake. The Bass fishing did pick this week due to the lake levels being up and the fish moving back shallow over some new vegetation. However, with that being said, the deep-water Bass bite picked up also. We fished the Zoom chartreuse/pumpkin trick on a ╝-ounce shaky head jig and we also fished the Zoom chartreuse/pumpkin trick worm wacky style in the shallow water. We put a nail in the head of the Zoom trick worm when we rigged it wacky style to get it down in to the grass. On our fish that was in 22 to 24 foot of water, we went back to the Carolina rig this week. We used our ole’ fateful Zoom watermelon/red Baby Brush Hog on the Carolina rig to catch some nice Bass this week. Do not forget to dye the tails of the Baby Brush Hog chartreuse! On our equipment list, this week was our 2017 Ranger Z520c powered by a Mercury 250 Pro X, Duckett rods ABU Garcia Orra SX reels, Stren original 17 pound test line and Zoom soft plastics.

The White Bass were spread out on points and the backside of sharp creek channels. Joe Spaits chartreuse and chrome flutter spoon still is the best bait to locate and catch the White Bass. They have moved up in to the 18 to 20 foot water depth. The Crappie fishing was good this week. The wind did bother the Crappie fishermen on a couple of days this week. The anglers that braved the weather did catch several good crappies. The Bubba’s Bait 1/8-ounce chartreuse/white and the pink 1/8-ounce Crappie jigs worked the best. They are stacked around the 515 bridges in 24 foot of water.

The Catfish anglers caught many good Catfish this week. They caught them in 16 to 20 foot of water around isolated trees. Jell-O bait and Punch bait worked the best.

It is getting time for the Sealy Big Bass Splash on the 15th, 16th and 17th of September and the Berkley Bass tournament on the 21 and 22 of October. We are now taking reservations for Guided Bass trips to help you get ready for those tournaments. Give us a call at (903) 413-6919 or E-mail us at Have a safe 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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