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Lake Fork Fishing Report


Report Submitted: 3-18-18

Sam Cotton March Report

Lake Fork Guide Sam Cotton

What a great year it is shaping up to be here on Lake Fork. The lake has already produce three fish over thirteen pounds and one of those was over fifteen pounds! The lake is currently almost full pool at .18 feet low. The surface temps are ranging in the low to mid sixties depending on what part of the lake and time of day. The upper parts of the northern creeks are still fairly muddy, and the fishing has been a little slow there as a result, but some very good quality fish are coming from those areas. The better numbers of fish for me lately have been coming from the mid creeks. The water is a little cooler there, but it is much clearer. The best baits for me in those areas have been chatter baits and light weighted Lake Fork Trophy Lures Hyper Sticks. Chatter baits in white/chartreuse with LFT magic shad trailers are producing well. We are Texas rigging the hyper sticks with a 1/16 oz. tungsten weight. The chatter baits seem to produce throughout the day fishing in shallow water from zero to seven feet. The hyper sticks seem to be better in the afternoons as the water warms a little. We are fishing it on the edges and behind the grass lines. Best color lately has been black magic. The rest of this month and April should be some great fishing and I’m excited to see what this phenomenal lake produces through the rest of the spring.

Hope this info helps and as always if I can be of any help or if you would like to book a trip, please feel free to contact me. You can contact me by email at or you can call or text message me at 903-268-3399. Also, please visit my website to find out more information at

If you are in the market for a boat this year, take a look at the new Skeeter ZX250. If you haven’t seen it yet, you can contact Chris Knight at Nautical Mile Marine in Tyler. They are great folks with outstanding service. If you would like a test ride in one, please feel free to call me or contact the dealership at or 903-561-0388. Also, my new 2018 ZX250 will be for sale later this year as well. Pics and info are on my website.

Thanks and God Bless,

Sam Cotton


Fishing Report by Lake Fork Guide Sam Cotton
Sam Cotton's Lake Fork Guide Service
Phone: 903-268-3399


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