It’s hard to believe that another year is almost over. The 2013 fishing here on Lake Fork has been great and I expect 2014 to be even better. Lake Fork is in great shape right now despite the low water conditions, the lake is fairly clear in most areas except the backs of some of the creeks. The water temperatures have been in the mid 40-50 degree range which is normal for this time of year. The grass has made a big comeback this year and we will see a lot of new grass in different areas this spring to fish. Some of the best grass on the lake right now to fish is in Glade Creek, Running Creek, Birch Creek, These creeks always produce Big Bass this time of year.
The best pattern for me in January and February is in the shallow to mid-depth range. I like to target main lake and secondary points at the mouth of any of the major creeks, a lot of fish hold out in these areas until the water temperatures rise in the spring. I start off in the 4-8 ft range and fish reaction baits like a red/orange lipless crank baits, ripping these baits off the grass and banging it off trees, will produce a hit! another great reaction bait is a Suspending Rouge this bait can save the day especially when it’s cold and when you have a high blue sky and under calm wind conditions, this bait will produce some giant bass in January and February, best rouge color for me is Black Back chrome side orange belly, another bait that will catch a lot of big bass is a ½ oz chatter bait in white or chart/white. Covering water and making lots of casts at cover will pay off, If you catch a few fish on a stretch of bank go back and make multiple passes through that area, bass will not move very far to hit a bait this time of year you have to get it right in front of them.
For the deep bite bass are schooled up in deep water right now and it’s a great time for spoon fishermen, a good place to start is under the 154 and the 515 West bridges these two bridges give up a lot of big bass this time of year, there has been quite a few bass over 13 pounds caught under these bridges, in November there was a 13.29 caught under the 154 bridge! I think some of the biggest bass in Lake Fork live under these bridges. Good baits for fishing under the bridges right now are Alabama Rig, Swim Bait, Jigging Spoon, But now through March, I will spend most of my time on early per-spawn and staging fish on points and along edges of flats and creek channels. If your looking to catch a bass of a life time now is the time to start spending as much time on the water as you can, your not going to catch numbers right now but the size you will catch will make up for that. I am now booking spring trips February, March, April book up fast so if your planing a spring trip 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