So far the year is off with a bang!! here on Lake Fork, there has been a 13, 15, and one over 16 pounds caught and it’s just the first of February, I think this is just a preview of what is to come this year. The bass have been on the move into the shallows here at Lake Fork. You can expect many more big bass to start showing up with the current warm weather and rising water temperatures in the shallow spawning areas. Looks like things are shaping up for another great spawn here at Lake Fork, so if you haven’t already made your plans to come out and do some fishing in the next three months you might want to start making arrangements. Lake conditions are great right now going into the spring spawning season here at Lake Fork, water level is about 4 foot low but in great shape. Water temperatures have been ranging from 52-55 depending on what areas you are in with the warmest water being at the very backs of the creeks during the peak of the day. The water clarity has also varied from stained to fairly clear, in some areas, but the fish have not seemed to mind either way.
Best baits and presentations for me have been a combination of several things right now, with the warming trends and cold fronts playing a big role in what is most productive from day to day and even from early morning to afternoon. On the cold front days and cooler mornings, I have been starting out with lipless crank baits and shallow running crank baits, Red or red/orange, and shad colors have been best, around secondary points, ditches, and near spawning flats in 3 to 8 feet of water. The spinner bait bite has also been good early and late on wind blown main lake and secondary points and pockets. On days like today high blue sky and light winds can make fishing tough this time of year, when you get these conditions I like to fish a Jig tight to cover a ½ oz black/blue, with a black #11 pork trailer works best for me. Bobby Higgins from Dallas fished with me today all of our fish came on Jigs in 5 to 10 feet holding tight to cover, Big bass of the day went 8 lbs 6oz this big bass was very healthy and full of eggs.
Good Luck and Great Fishing !