Fall is in full swing and November is here. It’s a great time to be on Lake Fork with the cooler temperatures and the leaves on the trees changing. There are also a lot of big bass that are hungry and ready to be caught by those that choose to hit the lake in favor of the great fishing instead of the deer stand or a duck blind. Due to hunting season the lake traffic is minimal which is great for preserving your favorite honey hole and having most of the lake to yourself at times. It is also a great time to get the family out for some great fish catching and get the kids hooked on fishing!
The lake is currently 6 feet low. The water temperatures are ranging from 68-72 degrees. The grass is still growing like crazy on the north ends of the lake and I am even starting to see lots of emergent grass on the south end in areas. The areas that have grass are fairly clear and areas of the lake or creeks without grass remain off colored water clarity.
The shallow fishing has been a bit more consistent than the deeper bite lately. I am doing well early on top water baits like a yellow magic, on calm days, and a buzz bait or frog in the wind. Best colors have been any shad color, white, or black. I am fishing them early mostly but are very good on cloudy overcast days all day long. It’s a lot of fun catching them like that too! Texas rigged soft plastics like the Berkley Powerworm in 7” inch size has been really good lately as well. I like to stick with darker plastics this time of year. Blue fleck, plum, june bug, and black & blue are best. Fishing these slowly around timber on the points leading into the creeks is best as shad are staging to move back. When the shad move to the backs of the creeks and pockets I am switching to reaction baits like the Sebile Bull Crank square bill or Vibe Machine lipless crank bait. These shad chasing bass at the backs of the creeks will hammer these baits! For the big fish up shallow, especially around the submerged hydrilla, I have been using the 3/8 oz Talon Shibui Swim Jig with a Berkley Havoc Beat Shad or Grass Pig trailer. These Talon jigs are the best because they come through the thick grass without clogging up. Best colors in the swim jig are chartreuse sexy shad and chrome sexy shad.
The deep bite will really turn on this month on Lake Fork and if you are after that first Toyota ShareLunker of the year you will want to concentrate the majority of your fishing time in deep water. The big fish will begin congregating on the huge schools of shad, bar fish, sandies, crappie, and anything else that looks edible. The big bass on Lake Fork like to gorge themselves on anything and everything during this time of year. It is not uncommon to catch a big fish that has a mouth full already! To find these bass out deep you will need some good electronics. My new Ranger z521c has the new Lowrance HDS Touch 12 at the helm and it really draws a picture for you to see. It is very accurate at locating schools of shad and being able to differentiate between species of fish in the school that is relating to the shad school. This helps a lot and maximizes your time on and productivity on the water. Most off the bass are located in 18-25 ft of water. Humps, points, road beds, pond dams, and ridges are great places to focus your efforts on. Once you locate a school the Carolina rig is deadly on these deep bass. I like to rig my Abu Garcia Villain rods and Revo reels spooled up with 20 lb Trilene 100% Fluorocarbon line and a 1oz weight, 4-5 foot leader, and a 3/0 wide gap hook. The Berkley Havoc Backslide or a good ole 7” Power Worm is best on the c-rig. Best colors are chartreuse pepper, green pumpkin, blue fleck, or plum. The jig bite out deep is very good for the big ones too. A 5/8- 3/4 oz Talon jig with a Berkley Havoc Deuce or Pit Chunk on the back will catch some of the biggest bass out of the school. Best colors on the jig are Dark PB&J, Watermelon Candy, Green Pumpkin, and Black & Blue. The jigging spoon and tail kicker are also very good right now. A Talon Big Dandy or T-spoon in 3/8-1/2 oz sizes are best. Simply getting over the top of these big schools of fish with these and jigging them up & down can catch some real trophies and is something even the kids or wife will enjoy.
If you are headed to Lake Fork this month in pursuit of a trophy bass and are looking to book a guide, I would enjoy the opportunity to take you or your group fishing and show you a great time on the lake. I still have a couple fall dates still available and am taking spring reservations now. Be sure to schedule with me soon if you would like to fish in 2014. I fill up fast! I also have gift certificates available for those of you that are interested in purchasing a friend or loved one a guided trip on Lake Fork for the holidays! You can contact me to make your reservation at 903-736-9888 or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org You can also visit my website for more information about Lake Fork and my guide service at www.officiallakeforktrophybass.com You can find me on Facebook and follow my official Lake Fork Guide page at https://www.facebook.com/lakeforkfishingguides
I would also like to thank all of my 2013 sponsors for their support in my guiding and professional tournament fishing as well: Ranger Boats, Mercury Outboards, I Am Second, Interstate Batteries, Lowrance, Power Pole, Berkley, Abu Garcia, Talon Lures, Navionics, Simms, Costa Del Mar and Elite Tungsten.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving everyone! We all have so much to be thankful for in life. While you are at the lake be sure to stop by Diamond Sports Marine located on highway 154 just north of the bridge. They are receiving the new 2014 Ranger Boats daily and you do not want to miss the opportunity to check out the “New” Ranger Z521c. This boat has some amazing features and is definitely an eye catcher. Give Fred or Ben a call at 903-383-7829 to set up your personal demo ride in a Ranger Boat. Hope to see you on the water!
1 Thessalonians 5:18 - give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
Tight Lines and God Bless,