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Date 02-May-24
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Conditions : LAKE FORK - GOOD. Water Stained; 60 degrees; 0.67 feet above pool. Lake Fork flood gates are open which can make the bite tough. The best bite has been on shaky heads and Carolina rigs on main lake points and secondary points in 5-8 feet of water. Squarebill crankbaits are catching a few in the same areas. Frog bite is slow over flooded grass. Yum dingers are fair at the edge of the grass 2-4 feet. Report by Marc Mitchell, Lake Fork Guide Service. Report by Guide Alex Guthrie, Fly Fish Fork Guide Service. The crappie fishing on Lake Fork has been great this week if you find the right areas and patterns to fish. The spawn is coming to an end and the black crappie are beginning to load up on certain bridges and docks. If you search you can find some big schools of keeper size black crappie. We have had to battle heavy rains, terrible winds and even thunderstorms lately a lot. Hopefully we will see more stable weather conditions over the next few weeks. You can still find some larger white crappie on timber in 10-22ft. Also seeing some white crappie loading up on certain brush in some areas close to where they spawned. Jigs and minnows are both producing well right now and should stay the same until around June or July. Catfishing is still hot on Lake Fork. Baited holes in 12-20ft along creek channels are doing great for channel cats. Use cattle cubes or sour grain to get them to hold in one spot. Then use any prepared catfish bait or cut shad to load the boat with eater sized catfish. Report by Jacky Wiggins, Jacky Wiggins Guide Service.

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About: - Largemouth bass are the most popular sportfish on Lake Fork Reservoir. A combination of restrictive harvest regulations, stocking of Florida strain largemouth bass, and good habitat has contributed to Lake Fork's development as one of the country's premier trophy bass lakes. More than 65% of the Texas Top 50 largest bass, including the current state record, were caught from Lake Fork. Crappie fishing is generally good, especially in standing timber and under the lake's numerous bridges. (more on Lake Fork)
  • Largemouth bass
  • white and black crappie
  • channel catfish and sunfish

Misc Info: - FISHING REGULATIONS Special regulations govern the harvest of largemouth bass at Lake Fork. Currently, bass 16 inches and shorter and 24 inches and longer (16 to 24 inch slot length limit) can be harvested with a daily bag limit of 5 fish, of which only 1 fish can be 24 inches or greater. Crappie harvest is also restricted by a special regulation. During the months of December, January and February, the minimum length limit is waived but harvest is regulated by a 25-fish daily bag limit. The first 25 crappie caught, regardless of size, must be retained; culling is not permitted. From March through November, harvest is controlled by a 10-inch minimum length, 25-fish daily bag limit. The harvest of all other sport fishes is controlled by statewide regulations.

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