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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

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

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. Fishing in the last two weeks has been on and off due to the fall turnover, but now that we are on the tail end of that the fishing is starting to turn on!! Water temperatures are in the low to 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. The morning and afternoon  bite has been good on top water, Yellow Magic and a Zara Spook have work best for me. The shallow bite has been good on wacky worms around points and pockets in the creeks, a Trick Worm in June bug or Watermelon Red has work best for me, in 2 to 5 feet. As the water temps continue to cool, you can expect to see more and more deep schools of bass stack up. Yesterday we put 25 bass in the boat and all but 5 of our fish came on a Carolina Rig the rest on a Yellow Magic. 

For the deeper fish I have been throwing a Carolina rig with a 1 ounce weight and a 3 foot leader, with a 3/0 hook, and a Watermelon seed centipede or a Watermelon seed Baby Brush Hog. You'll also want to keep a jigging spoon handy as the water cools, jigging spoons and tail spinners can be deadly when fishing for fall and winter Big Bass. Good places to try right now are main lake points and humps roadbeds and pond dams, in 15 to 25 feet. Right now there is a lot of good fish on the old 515 East and West road beds also on Hobs Point just above the 515 East Bridge, Also on the SRA Point and the mouth of Chaney Branch, and in Little Caney from the Second Pipeline to Hideaway Harbor has been good for schooling Bass late in the day, The deep fishing will only get better as we get into November. It’s a great time of year to be on the water the weather is beautiful, and the fishing is great!!

Spring will be here before you know it, now is the time to book your spring fishing trip for best available dates, my March and April days are booking fast. If you would like to book a fall are spring trip you can call me 903-629-5085

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 early in the morning throwing a Stanley Ribbit weightless 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, and White.

Once you feel like you have caught the active fish in the area try backing up to 10 to 15 feet and work a Carolina Rig, right now the best bait for me has been a Watermelon Candy Brush Hog, we have been catching some big post spawn bass on this pattern. Today Tim West and Steve Wright fished with me and had a great day we boated 45 bass and Tim had one that went 8 lb 3oz and Steve had one that went 9 lb 12oz most of these bass came on the Carolina Rig.

May is a great month 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, and a Yellow Magic. Good places to try right now are Little Caney, Wolfe, Running Creek, Birch Creek. The weather this spring hear on Lake Fork was the coldest I have seen in a long time and the fishing was up and down. The lake is in great shape, and I think May and June are lining up to be some of the best fishing, the size and numbers has been great!  I look forward to this time of year the weather is nice and the bigger Bass will be moving out deep and will be feeding up and are easy to catch. 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

March is here and the Bass are big time on the move into the shallows, and they will start spawning soon!! You can expect many more big bass to start showing up with the weather warming back up and rising water temperatures in the shallow spawning areas. This spring is shaping up for another great spawn here at Lake Fork so if you haven't made your plans to come out and do some fishing in the next couple of months you might want to start making arrangements and head this way. Water temperatures have been ranging from 53-56 depending on what areas you are in with the warmest water being at the very backs of the creeks late in the day. The water clarity has also varied from stained to fairly clear, in most areas, but the fish have not seemed to mind either way. Warmer water temperature and grass have been the biggest factors in locating productive fishing areas.

Best baits for me have been a combination of several things right now with warming trends and cold fronts playing a role in what is most productive from one day to the next and even from morning to afternoon. On cold front days or cooler mornings, I have been starting out with lipless crank baits, Red or red/orange 1/2 oz to 3/4 oz. sizes have been best worked over the grass on main lake, secondary points, ditches, or drop offs located next to spawning flats in 3-8 feet of water. A steady retrieve while allowing the bait to dip down into the grass and then ripping it free is the key to getting bites. The spinner bait bite has also been fair early and on cooler days, best colors have been white, white/chart, with double willow blades 3/8 to 1/2 oz. sizes.

As the water temperatures rise during the day, it’s time to break out the soft plastics. Many fish will start to move onto the beds during this next warming trend, this is when I will go to a senko type bait, or a wacky rigged Trick Worm, or fluke in these areas, watermelon red, green pumpkin, June bug or black/blue are good choices. Remember working these baits too fast will result in fewer bites, the longer you let them sit in an area that these fish are starting to bed in, the better chance that one of these bass will pick up your bait and move off with it. I always tell my clients, If you think you are fishing slow, slow down some more. Good creeks to try are Long Branch, Glade Creek, Coffee Creek,  Birch Creek, these creeks always turn on early for Big spawning Bass! If you would like to book a trip and get in on some great spring fishing you can reach me at 903-629-5085 or check out my web site www.lakeforktexasbigbass.com

Good Fishing, David Vance

This warm weather has been great! The water temps have varied this week on Lake Fork ranging from 52 to settling at 53 to 56 late in the afternoon. If this weather holds the water temps should warm up more and begin to stay warm with the warmer nights we are suppose to be getting. Look for the bass to turn on and begin to move more towards the back of the creeks during the next week. All of our fish have come out of 3 to 8 feet of water, in the grass or very close to the grass. A Chatter bait and a 3/8oz Spinner bait with nickel and gold willow leaf blades has worked best for me, also lipless crank baits in red/orange, and craw patterns have been good, these baits have been the most consistent of all the baits I have thrown.

In the creeks I mean from the mouth all the way to the back. Find thick grass located in 3 to 8 feet for the best results. Some days they are out in the open grass flats and then the next day they are close to the trees located within the grass beds. This has been easy to figure out and seems to hold to every place I fish. The key to catching fish right now is to cover a lot of water. The bass are slowly moving in and they are scattered over the grass so keep on the move. Creeks that have produced some good fish for us this week are the East and West field of Glad Creek. Also Long Branch this creek always turns on early and is a great spawning creek. The bass are going to explode with a few more days of this warm weather.

Also we have had good success this week on a suspending jerk bait these baits will produce Big Bass this time of year, my best colors have been a Black back/Silver side orange Belly and a chrome/blue back. I have been fishing these baits in the same places as the lipless crank baits with good results, it has been very good as a back up bait to pick up a few fish behind the lipless cranks. Work these baits with light twitches and long pause, when you do go to twitch the bait use a light twitch or two then let it sit most bites have occurred while the bait is sitting still. Today Bobby Higgins from Dallas fished with me we put 16 bass in the boat and Bobby caught the the big Bass of the day that went 8 lbs 9 oz great job Bobby!! most of the Bass we caught today were from 3 to 5 pounds and fat and healthy. The weather looks good for the next 7 days and the fishing is only going to get better.

The pre spawn bass are on the move, and March is one of the best months to catch a bass over 10 pounds. If you would like to book a guide trip and get in on some great Spring Bass fishing here on Lake Fork Book early for best available dates. You can reach me on my Cell 903-629-5085 or 903-629-7699 Check out my Web Site www.lakeforktexasbigbass.com

Good Fishing, David Vance

Hello from Lake Fork. We are having a bitterly cold February so far, but the Big Bass are still heading to there pre- pawn locations. When we get a significant warming trend the bite will become more consistent and the bass should start Spawning in about 3 to 4 weeks, right now the bite has been very slow to fair at best most days. The cold water temps have been hard on the thread fin shad and there has been a shad kill, the good thing about this is the bass are getting a free lunch and they are going to be fat and full of shad. With the extra flooded shallow cover to fish and the lake being in such great shape and as the water warms, I think we’re going to have some of the best spring bass fishing we have seen in a long time!!

The shallow water pattern for me has stayed the same, I am still throwing lipless cranks, and slow rolling a Chart/White spinner bait, and picking up several good fish. Crank bait colors will be few but I will almost always start with the ones that have  some orange or red, also chrome, blue, and gold/black, all these colors will produce fish but almost always one will be your top producer. With these baits start working around grass located in 4 to 8 feet of water, I will be working these baits on a steady retrieve with a slight twitch while I’m reeling it in, I will give it a small twitch about 2 to 3 times in a single cast. Another good method has been letting it get loaded up in the grass and then ripping it out, and letting it fall back down for a second or two and ripping it again.

Cover lots of water until you get bit, once you catch a fish or 2, work that area over thoroughly with multiple passes, with the water this cold there strike zone is very small. With this cold weather the numbers have been down but the size we are catching makes up for that! Good Creeks to try right now are Glade Creek, Birch Creek, Wolfe Creek, and Little Caney, this past week we have caught Bass up to 8 pounds in these creeks. The next 3 months is the best fishing of the year, if you would like to book a guide trip and get in on some great spring  fishing that’s coming, up book now for best available dates. You can reach me at 903-629-5085 or 903-629-7699 Check out my Web Site www.lakeforktexasbigbass.com

Good Fishing, David Vance

 

February is big Bass time here at Lake Fork!! For all you fisherman that have been waiting for those big females to start moving to the shallows, now is the time. Lake Fork is in great shape for another great year of  fishing in 2014. The fishing has been good for size the last three days with the water temps dipping into the high 40’s The cooler water temperatures have not affected the bite as much as you would expect. Numbers of quality Bass can be found starting to stage in the grass beds around points, ditches, and creeks near spawning flats. Starting at the mouths of the creeks and working your way back is the best approach to locating these Big Per-Spawn Bass this time of year. Dearing these cold fronts the Bass are more active and concentrated on main lake and secondary points. On warmer days, you will find that the bite is better at the very back of the creeks. Once you locate a fish or two it is good to make another pass back through the area as there will usually be several more in that location. Fishing in depths of 4-8 feet has been good and will get better as the water temps rise.

As February rolls along you can expect the bite to be shallow and more consistent. Lip - less and shallow running Crank baits in red/orange colors have been best. Chartreuse and white or white Spinner baits and  Chatter baits, will also produce their share of Big Bass. Rigging your baits on the proper equipment this time of year is also a critical when looking for a Trophy Bass, make sure you have given attention to your rods reels and fishing line that have been sitting around all winter. A little oil, some new line, and a quick drag check will make all the difference, there is nothing more disappointing than losing a big fish on your first trip to the lake because of equipment failure, and by all means retie your baits often!!

Good areas right now have been Long Branch, Glade Creek, Birch Creek, Little Caney, Wolf Creek, Big Mustang; these creeks always produce Big Bass this time of year. In the last few days we have had several Bass in the 5 to 7 pound range and one over 9 lbs in these creeks. I think this February is going to produce a lot of big Bass, with the lake in such good shape. If you are looking to catch a Trophy Bass now is the time to spend as much time on the water as you can. I have been guiding on this lake a long time, and some of the best Big Bass days I have had have been on some the worst weather days,so don’t let the cold weather keep you off the water this time of year. My March, April, May, days are booking up fast! Book early for best available dates.

If you would like to book a Guide Trip and get in on some of this per-spawn action you can reach me at 903-629-7699 or cell 903-629-5086

Good Fishing, David Vance