• Lake Fork Fishing Report - TX

    Lake Fork Fishing Guide
    (903) 439-2266 http://www.bassfishing.org/ Richie@bassfishing.org
  • Lake Fork Guide Richie White has been a professional fishing guide since 1990. Richie has top of the line electronics and excellent fishing gear provided at no extra charge, including Kistler rods and Ambassadeur Revo reels. He is happy to accomodate beginners as well as tournament fishermen. Children are also encouraged to fish with Richie. He also provides digital photos and guarantees fish!

  • Lake Fork Fishing Report - TX

    I apologize for not keeping a current fishing report during my busy time this year. In my 27 years of being a fishing guide, this has by far been my busiest season. I'm always very busy in the spring. But this spring, I decided to take on the additional responsibility of making a short video of my clients for every trip. It has been quite the time-consuming responsibility, adding at least 2-3 hours to every trip - on top of my already long fishing days. But enjoy making the videos - and the overall response from my clients has been very positive. So, I plan to continue to try to make videos whenever we are catching fish and have the proper lighting. I plan to post the videos to both Facebook and Youtube as well as including them on www.bassfishing.org.

    For the past 20+ years, my expertise has been sight-fishing for bass. In fact, you could say I wrote the book on sight-fishing (see www.bassfishing.org/spawnbook). So, often I am sight-fishing - even when it may not be the best pattern. That could be the case right now. Up until about a week ago, I was exclusively sight-fishing for my entire trips. But now that the spawn is winding down, I'm adjusting my patterns to match what I find. Currently, I'm still sight-fishing about 9 out of 10 hours on a standard trip. But I'm not finding quite as many bass on beds - and the majority of the fish I'm finding are getting tougher to catch.

    Most of the bass I'm seeing are males that are guarding fry. Those fish are generally tough to catch unless they bite very quick. The best lure I've found for them is a weighless fluke. They will usually hit it on the first cast if their gonna bite. They are almost always males, so I don't usually care to spend much time on them anyway. But they can make a bad day into a mediocre day. If I'm seeing males guarding the fry, I'm confident I can almost always find a female somewhere. So, after a few casts, I move on in search of a bigger (and probably easier) prize. Most of the females I've been finding have been in the first or last 3 hours of daylight. They tend to hide in the late morning through early afternoon. But there is always an exception somewhere. I've found 8 pound fish on my last 2 trips.

    My favorite lures for bedding bass are tubes, lizards, ring fries, straight tail worms, and jigs. Smaller baits are usually more effective, but I like to get the female first. So I generally start with baits that would be more appealing to the female than the male. So I will usually go for a tube or jig first. If the male is 5 pounds or more, it may not matter what bait you throw. He will probably hit it first.

    Now that the mornings are generally warmer, I'm starting my trips at daybreak. The daylight bite is usually over in 15-20 minutes. But we almost always start our trips with a bang this time of the year as the shad are spawning on the points and the bass are there looking for breakfast. Any baits resemling a fish will usually work (crankbaits, traps, swim baits, or even topwaters).
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