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Lake Fork Fishing reports 4-18
As I mentioned in my last report, I didn't believe we were done with the cold. Last weekend, it got cool and this weekend it should cool down some more. The water temps went from 75 degrees to 67 degrees on the main lake. This should help to delay the spawn some more, but it's well ahead of normal. I've never had a year where I didn't catch bedding bass in May and I don't expect this year to be much different. However, there are a ton of fish already guarding fry. If I didn't know better, I would think the spawn was about over. But I'm still catching them on the beds and will do so for 3 more weeks.
Most of our fish are coming on tubes, ring frys, and lizards on the nests. Weightless ring frys, senkos, and flukes are the best baits for the calm days. In the wind, I like a crankbait or a chatterbait. But we haven't had much wind, So I've been sight fishing and throwing weightless baits.
The lake is looking good at 2' low and quite a bit of vegetation. There's no hydrilla, but the pads, cattails, and millfoil are growing. I expect we will get enough rain to fill the lake up and there will be a ton of submerged grass. This time, the lake won't muddy up much and more females will move up on the beds. Of course, if we don't get more rain that won't happen. But I'm optimistic.
I did a show with the In-Fisherman that will air this week on the Sportsman Channel. Here are show times CST:
Thursday, April 19 & May 31 @ 7am
Saturday, April 22 & June 2 @ 7pm
Saturday, April 22 & June 2 @ 10pm
Sunday, April 23 & June 3 @ 6am
I've got lots of dates available in June for night fishing trips. A June night trip is the absolute best time for good numbers of quality fish. I fish from 8:30PM until sunup (if you can last). I also have several dates open in May. I normally take 2 weeks off in May for vacation and boat repairs. This year, I didn't get my dates blocked off in time, so I have trips every week. So I expect to be on the fish the entire month of May. It's a great time to catch fish on a variety of different baits. They will be on so many different patterns, you can catch fish at any depth on any bait.
Check out my E-Book on sight fishing at www.bassfishing.org/spawnbook
I decided to give a complimentary copy (by request) to everyone who books a sight fishing trip with me this year. Let me know if you have a trip with me and I haven't sent you a copy.
If you are interested in a guided trip, you can book online at http://www.fishingguidenow.com/bookonline.cfm?guideID=2
See our recent pictures at http://www.bassfishing.org/pictures/recent.htm
Good fishing and good luck. You can't catch them if you don't go.
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