The “dog days” of summer never seemed to look so good on Lake Fork. The fishing is incredible on this famous east Texas lake! Looking at the weather for the next two weeks, the action should only get better too. If you have not fished Lake Fork or have yet to land that “over the slot” monster, now could be your best chance of the summer to catch a true giant. In this report I will cover how we are catching fish deep at Fork.
Lake Fork may be one of the best trophy bass lakes available to the public. Created by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in 1980, Fork was ranked the 10th best bass lake in the world for 2017 by Bassmaster.com. Fork is consistently at the top of the bassmaters ranking year after year and it’s easy to see why, any given cast could be a double digit bass! Lake Fork does have a slot limit that protects its bass population (16-24 inches). A fish must be over 24 inches in length to be considered a keeper bass, that’s a 9-10 pound fish!
Most of the big fish at Fork live deep during the summer months. It is not uncommon to locate fish in 30-35 FOW after the spawn. As the weather warms, a thermocline will set in at a specific depth and position the fish accordingly. I have not noticed a definite thermocline this season as temperatures have been mild this summer. I am catching fish on deep structure in 20-25 FOW. Brush, rock or timber will concentrate fish, but the structure is most important (points, humps, ridges, ect.).
The bass seem to be eating shad mostly, but bar fish are also a common food source for Lake Fork. Our most productive techniques have been big football jigs and Carolina rigs. I fish both on a Temple Fork Outfitters TPM SC 747-1 casting rod, 8:1;1 or faster reel and 20lb Fluorocarbon line. ¾-1.0z weight will help keep you on the bottom and in the strike zone. Water melon or any color with purple flake has done well recently. I will admit, the bite is slow, but if you are patient you will catch some of the biggest bass of the summer.
If you are looking to break your personal best bass, Lake Fork is where you want to go. Right now, the big fish are deep and feeding on MEGA sized baits. This sort of fishing is a thrill and should be at the top of your bucket list. Currently, I have the following dates available in August; 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 and 24th. Please contact me by phone or email to book your guided trip. I looking forward to chasing Lake Fork giants with you soon!