David Vance's Lake Fork Report
For the shallow water bite look for fish to be holding around shallow grass, pads, and stick ups, in 2 to 8 feet of water on the main lake and in the first half of the major creeks. We have had a good top water bite for about the first hour of the morning. The best Top Water bait for me has been a Shad colored Pop R, and an 1/8oz Buzz bait. This bait may be little but the bass here on Lake Fork will eat it up. Also in the last two days we have had a good Spinner bait bite with this weather change. The Spinner bait that I like to throw this time of year is a 1/4oz Colorado Willow, with Nickel & Gold blades and a Chartreuse & White skirt. I have been throwing the Spinner bait in the same cover as the Top Water baits, and this pattern has held up till about mid morning.
Once this bite slows down I am hitting the main lake and secondary points located in 12-20 feet of water with a Carolina Rig. Best bait on the Carolina Rig for me has been a Watermelon Seed Brush Hog and Watermelon Seed Speed Craw. I am using a 1 ounce weight with a 4 foot leader along with a 3/0 hook. The bites have been very subtle, the bass are just holding the bait and this makes it hard to detect a bite. That's why I tell my clients if it feels funny set the hook. Stay on points that have grass around the area that you are fishing. This is where we are catching most of our fish. This pattern will hold through out the day.
Also watch for schooling fish in depths of 20 to 40 feet of water. I kept a Ratt L Trap and a Little George tied on at all times for when these bass come up. If you are in the right place at the right time you can really bump up the numbers when these bass come up. Fish up to 3lbs have been schooling on top off and on with some nice fish to 5lbs being caught underneath them. Be ready they are up for a few seconds and then they are down. Yesterday Derrick Underwood from Dallas fished with me a half day trip and we put 16 bass in the boat by noon. Derrick will be shipping off to Afghanistan next month we had a fun day. Hope your time over there is safe and thanks for your service. The fall fishing will be in full swing soon and it is one of the best times to be on Lake Fork, the weather is great and the bass will be biting. If you would like to book a trip and get in on some of the great fall bass fishing that Lake Fork has to offer you can reach me at 903-629-7699 or my Cell 903-629-5085 web site http://www.lakeforktexasfishingreports.com
About The Author: Captain David Vance
Company: Lake Fork Guide Service
Area Reporting: Lake Fork
Bio: Fork literally being built. David would hunt and fish the area as a boy and knows every road hump, old bridge, pond, creek, and timber underwater. All of this combined makes David Vance the most experienced Top Guide on Lake Fork. This gives his clients the advantage for a successful experience. A Ranger Boat is Second to None. When you fish with David you will fish off of a late model, fully rigged Ranger Boat. Call David at 903-629-3683 or Email David to book your Lake Fork Guide Fishing Trip. Don\'t miss out on the fishing adventure of a lifetime. Book early for best selection dates.