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The bass fishing continues to be good here on Lake Fork for numbers of small schooling bass. If you're looking to only catch a trophy bass, September is not the best month to come to Lake Fork. But if you're looking for numbers and schooling action, it can be good. September is a very tricky month... the lake will start to turn over with the weather cooling down and it can make the fishing tough, after the turnover the bigger bass will start showing up. If you are planning a trip in the next two or three months, mid October and November is our best fall fishing! Also, there is a lot of tournaments here on the weekends in September. If you're not fishing these tournaments, it's not a good time to plan your trip.The big bass splash is September 16th , 17th, and 18th. There are over 2000 people in this tournament.. I even stay off the lake those 3 days.

We are already starting to see some changes in the weather, and with the recent rain storms that have been popping up just about every other day, conditions are starting to cool down a bit. We are catching good numbers of bass most are small but, you can load the boat right now, if you’re in the right place when these bass come up schooling. The water temp at the time of this report was about 83 degrees on the main lake. In the last few days both shallow and deep patterns are working. The shallow bite has been good, working the edge of the grass lines early. The best bait for me has been a Wacky Worm, Watermelon & June Bug. They have been the best colors for me. By mid morning the bass are starting to school and the best bait to catch these schooling bass for me, has been a ¼ oz. Chrome and Blue Rat-L-Trap and a ¼ oz Little George. You can cover all depths with this bait. When these bass go down, I am also using a Smoking Shad Fluke on a ¼ oz. Jig Head. Most of our bigger bass have come on the Fluke.

When the schooling slows down, I have been going to the Carolina Rig. Best depth has been 15 to 20 feet on main lake and secondary points. Best bait for me on the Carolina Rig has been a Watermelon Red Boss Hog and a Watermelon Seed Centipede. I am using a three foot leader with a 1oz weight, 15 pound line. Good places to try are the mouths of the major creeks, Chaney Branch, Wolf, the SRA point, Hobbs Point, and the old 2946. 515 east and west road beds are producing good numbers of bass. We are catching 25 to 30 bass a day, using the above pattern. The fishing will continue to get even better as we head into October and November Fall Season. Look for there to be a lot of small bass up close to the grass, while most of the bigger bass are still in deeper water for now. As conditions cool down over the next few weeks, the bigger bass will start to move up and feed on big schools of shad .

The Fall fishing here October and November can be some of the best anywhere, so don't miss out on some of the upcoming best bass fishing of the year. I am now booking 2017 spring trips book early for best available dates If you would like to Book a Guide Trip you can reach me at 903-629-5085. Check out my web site... www.lakeforktexasbigbass.com

Good Fishing,
David Vance

The bass fishing here on Lake Fork has been slow for numbers this month. February is not a big numbers month. Anyone who says it is are most likely fishing a power plant lake, not Lake Fork. If you're looking for both numbers and size mid-March, April, May, June, are prime time! But if you're looking only to catch a trophy bass and beat the crowd who will be here in March and April, now is the time to start being on Lake Fork as much as you can. With big pre-spawn bass just now starting to move up, your next cast could be a bass of a lifetime. Right now most of our bass have come on lipless Crank Baits, Suspending Rogues, Jigs, and Chatter Baits. These baits will produce some big bass this time of year. The bass we have been catching this week have come from mid-lake to the dam on main lake and secondary points.

The weather is a lot warmer this year than last year at this time, and they're calling for above average tempters this winter. It looks like they are right so far, and if the weather stays mild, big pre-spawn bass will start moving in early this year. Creeks that turn on early are Long Branch, Glade, Running Creek, Wolfe, Little Caney, and North West Bay. I have been keeping my boat in five to ten feet of water and fishing the outside edge of the grass, a medium to fast retrieve on the lipless Crank Baits have worked best. Right now the bass are very scattered, so fish these areas 2 or 3 times before you leave and come back later in the day and hit them again. The best bite has been 10 am until dark. This pattern is always good for catching big bass in February.

There are several different ways to fish lipless Crank Baits this time of year. The most common way is reeling it straight back to the boat. Another is the yo-yo retrieve in which you are pulling the bait straight up with your rod and pulling in the slack and repeating this over and over above the grass. There's also ripping the bait when the bait hit’s the grass and you use a sideways motion to rip the bait out of the grass. My favorite is reeling it in straight with slight twitches of the rod every 4 to 6 cranks. Try all of these retrieves and let the fish tell you how they want it. On the suspending Rogue, the colors I like are black/gold/orange or blue/chrome/orange. Fish these baits on the edge of the timber and grass lines in 8 to 15 feet deep water. The retrieve I use is very basic jerking the bait down with a pause twitch-twitch- pause.

Starting the year off with a full lake and all the new flooded cover I think this is going to be some of the best spring fishing we have seen in years here on Lake Fork. I always look forward to this time of year because it's the start of our Big Bass Season, and on Lake Fork, you're just one cast away from catching that bass of a lifetime. If you would like to book a guide trip and get in on some great spring bass fishing, now is the time to call. My March, April, May, and June books up fast. Book now for best available dates. Call 903-629-5085 or check out my Web Site www.lakeforktexasbigbass.com

Good Fishing, David Vance

With all the rain we have been getting Lake Fork is full and in great shape going into the 2016 spawn. Pre spawn Bass will be the primary focus from now through February and even into early March. This is the time lake Fork will produce some of the bigger Bass of the year. Big females will be staging in key areas to feed up for their annual migration to the shallows to spawn. Finding main lake and secondary points or pockets that are closest to spawning flats that have any grass is ideal. Square Bill and  Lipless Crank baits also Suspending Jerk Baits are my baits of choice during this time. Best colors are a variety of reds and oranges, chrome and blues, and crawfish colors. Different sizes and colors will produce better than others depending on weather conditions or depth of the grass and water clarity. I throw 1/2 oz. sizes in the shallower grass and opt for a bigger 3/4 oz. for the deeper grass, vary the retrieve of the bait and keep in contact with the top of the grass, letting the bait dip down in it then ripping it free is what will trigger a bite.

Water temperature is important during this time of year, finding areas that have warmer water than others will give you the best opportunity at catching fish, even if it is just a degree or two I rely on my temp gauge to give me a very accurate surface temperature. Right now the water temps are in the fifty's and is warm for this time of year, but it looks like we are going start getting some cold weather and water temps will dip into the forty's that's when I will throw a suspending jerk bait,  jerking the bait down and then just letting it sit for several seconds, then twitching it again this bait can be deadly for a big bite in cold water.

Concentrating on creek channels leading to the spawning flats is a very productive pattern for these big pre-spawn bass. Good places that are great for producing some big bass and always do this time of year, Spring Branch, Board Tree Branch, Post Oak Branch, White Oak, Wolfe Creek, North West Bay, Long Branch. This is not the time of year to catch numbers but if you are looking to catch a Trophy Bass, Lake Fork is the best place to start putting your time in. The lake is full and in great shape going into this years spawn, I think the fishing is going to be some of the best we have seen in years! With all this new flooded cover it's almost like a new lake. If you would like to book a trip and get in on the pre-spawn and spawning action, now is the time to book your trip my spring days go fast so book early for best available dates Contact me at  903-629-5085 cell. Check out my Web Site At  http://www.lakeforktexasbigbass.com

Happy New Year and Good Fishing, David Vance

The bass are in a full fall pattern here on Lake Fork. You will find plenty of feeding activity on all parts of the lake and have an opportunity to catch some big bass. Water conditions at Lake Fork are good with most of the lake fair to clear. Temperatures have been ranging from the mid to upper 60’s the bass fishing over the past three days has been very good. As we get away from this warm weather and the cold fronts move in, the bigger bass will put their feed bags on. The shallow bite has been good from the mouths of the creeks to the backs of some of them. Top water baits like a Zara Spook, and buzz baits have been good early and late. Wacky worms are also doing well, best colors have been watermelon seed and green pumpkin, Shad colored shallow running crank baits, chrome lipless cranks and spinner baits are also catching some good bass. Today we boated over 50 bass most of these bass came on a Carolina Rig and a lipless crank bait we caught fish everywhere we fished today.

The deep fishing for those big Lake Fork Bass is also starting to pick up. Deep humps, road beds, points, ridges and old pond dams in 15-25+ feet will all hold schools of bass feeding on shad, and bar fish this time of year. When the weather cools off more and that looks like that is going to happen this weekend, the fish will be ganging up more on the deep structure areas and gorge! If you are on one of these spots at the right time, you can load the boat. A Carolina rigged centipede, or fluke, 3-4 foot leader and a 3/0 wide gap hook is what I’m using. Best bait colors have been watermelon seed, Watermelon Red, or chart pepper. I am also starting to catch some good fish on a 1/4 oz. football jig head with a smoking shad fluke I have good luck catching suspended fish with this bait this time of year.

November & December is an great time to be on the lake, there is less pressure on the lake and the fish are biting. Spring will be here before you know it so if you are thanking about a spring trip now is the the time to book your trip, my spring books up very fast, so book early for best available dates. If I am booked on the day you would like to go I can book you with one of the full time professional guides that work with me don't trust your trip to a part time guide. You can reach me on my cell 903-629-5085 or 903-629-7699

Good Fishing, David Vance

Fall is here and with it brings cooler temperatures, and less fishing pressure and lots of bass that are feeding up before winter sets in. The bass are biting and the weather is great, today Darryl Pope from  Houston fished with me and we boated over 70 bass most of the bass we are catching are small but a lot of fun and nonstop action, fishing in the last few days has been great for numbers. Water temperatures are in the mid 70's and water clarity is fairly clear on most of the main lake and clear to stained in the back of some of the creeks.

Bast baits for me have been a shad colored lip less crank bait and a Spinner bait. The spinner bait that works best for me this time of year is a Stanley ¼ oz Chartreuse & White Colorado Willow Nickel and gold blades. The areas we are fishing the Spinner bait have been points and pockets on the main lake and half way back in the creeks, there is a lot of Shad in these areas right now. This time of year I have my best luck fishing a Spinner bait fast, keeping the bait just under the surface these bass are coming up and killing the bait. Most of the bass we are catching are suspended and pushing shad to the top.

Good places to try right now are the mouth of Wolf Creek, Chaney Branch, the 515 east and west roadbeds also the 154 and the 2946 roadbeds are always good this time of year. It’s a great time of year to be on the water the weather is beautiful, and the fishing is Great. If you would like to book a Guide trip and get in on  some great fall fishing action you can call me at 903-629-5085 or check out my web site www.lakeforktexasbigbass.com

Good Fishing,

David Vance

The fishing here on Lake Fork has been great the last few days. There are fish in all depths from a foot  of water out to 20 feet. The shallow water bite has been excellent with all the new flooded cover early in the morning throwing frogs over the top of scattered grass and cover. The Frog bite has been very aggressive, and when you get bit you will definitely know they are killing it, best color on the frog for me has been Black, Watermelon, or White.

Once you feel like you have caught the active fish in the area try moving out to main lake and secondary points and work a Carolina Rig, right now the best bait for me has been a Watermelon Red Brush Hog, we have been catching some big post spawn bass on this pattern. Bill Amos and his Dad James from St Louis fished with me the last two days and we boated 45 bass and Bill had one that went 8 lb 3oz and 7 lb 12oz most of these bass came on the Carolina Rig.

May and June are great months to fish Lake Fork it is our best top water time, and it can last all day. My best top water baits right now are a Stanley Ribbit, a 1/8 oz Buzz Bait,  Yellow Magic. Good places to try right now are Little Caney, Wolfe, Chaney Branch, Ray Branch, Bell Branch The lake has come up over 7 feet and is full now and is in great shape,  now through June are lining up to be some of the best fishing of the year. If you are looking for some great May and June fishing Lake Fork is the place to be, book your trip now for best available dates you can reach me at 903-629-5085 or check out my web site www.lakeforktexasbigbass.com

Good Fishing, David Vance

With the last few days of warm weather, the bass have made a major move to the shallows to spawn, and with the new flooded vegetation and cover this should be one of the best spawns in years. Most of the Bass we are catching right now are in 3 to 5 feet over the spawning flats. With a colder than usual March, April is lining up for for some great spawning action. Marvin Kauh from Houston  fished with me yesterday and today and we put 44 bass in the boat, and Marvin caught 3 over seven pounds and one  that weighed 7lbs.14oz. What a great two days of fishing, all these fish came on Brush hogs. This week we have also caught fish on a June bug Trick worm and a Watermelon Red senko fished wacky style. Good areas to try right now are Chaney Branch, Bell Branch, North West Bay,.Long Branch, Little Mustang, Leafy Branch, these creeks have bass moving on the beds and have been producing some big fish this week. Lake Fork has come up over 4 feet and is in the best shape I have seen it in a long time. With March being so cold we are going to see the spawn go into May, and with the lake almost full and all the new cover April, May, June, the fishing is going to be awesome!!

So if you are looking for some great Spring fishing, Lake Fork is the place to be. If you would like to book a Guide Trip, book now for best available dates if I am booked on the day you would like to go I can book you with one of the full time professional guides that work with me don’t trust your trip with a part time guide.  You can reach me at # 903-629-7699 or cell# 903-629-5085. Website www.lakeforktexasbigbass.com

Lake Fork is about 7 feet low but still in great shape going into the pre-spawn period for the 2015 spawn. For me patterning per-spawn bass will be the primary focus for February and even into early March. This is the time of year that the lake will produce some of the bigger Bass of the year. Big females will be staging in key areas to feed up for their annual migration to the shallows. Finding main lake and secondary points or pockets that are closest to spawning flats, that have good grass or heavy cover on them is ideal. Bass will concentrate in these areas ranging from 3-8 foot. a lip less Crank bait is my bait of choice during this time. Best colors are a variety of reds and oranges, chrome and blues and craw fish colors with a little chartreuse. Different sizes and colors will produce better than others depending on weather conditions, depth of the grass, and the water clarity. I throw 1/2 oz sizes in the shallower grass and opt for a bigger 3/4 oz. for the deeper grass, vary the retrieve of these baits and keep in contact with the top of the grass, letting the bait dip down in it then ripping it free is what will trigger a bite.

Water temperature is important during this time of year. Finding areas that have warmer water than others will give you the best opportunity at catching fish even if it is just a degree or two. I rely on my temp gauge to give me a  accurate surface temperature. Right now the water temps have been coming up a little with the last few days of warm weather, and this will trigger more bass to move into staging areas. February and early March we can have some major cold fronts move through and drop the water temperature and fishing will get tough. A go to bait for me at this time is a suspending jerk bait. Jerking the bait down, and then just letting it sit for several seconds then twitching it again can be deadly for a big bite on these cold front days. Right now concentrating on creek channels leading back to the spawning flats is a very productive pattern for these big pre-spawn bass. Good places that have been producing some nice bass and always do this time of year, Bell Branch, Little Caney, Wolf Creek, Birch Creek, Long Branch. Running Creek. February is not the time of year to catch numbers but if you are looking to catch a Trophy Bass this is the time the bigger bass start to make there move to the shallows, and you get the jump on the crowd of fisherman that will be here in March..

If you would like to book a spring Guide Trip book now for best available dates February, March, April, May, are prime time and book up very fast, also try to book your trip during the week to avoid the weekend crowd and all the tournaments that are held here on Saturdays and Sundays you will have a much better trip on weekdays!!! If I am booked on the day you would like to go I can book you with one of the full time professional guides that work with me, don’t trust your trip with a part time guide. To get in on some great pre-spawn and spawning action, contact me at 903-629-5085 cell or 903-629-7699. Check out my Web Site At http://www.lakeforktexasbigbass.com

Good Fishing, David Vance