In my 27 years experience guiding, I've found that 60 to 70 degrees is the absolute best water temperature for fishing. In the Fall, it usually gets in that prime range near the first or second week of October. This year, we are 2-3 weeks behind on the cool down. Despite all the fronts in the past few weeks, the water temp is still 73 degrees. So we still have the best fishing ahead of us. Most of the tournaments are over and hunting season is upon us. So, there isn't many boats on the lake even though it's prime fishing season. It's time to come to Lake Fork! The lake is still less than a foot low, the water is clear, crowds are thin, the vegetation is still green, and the fish are feeding up for the winter.
Yesterday, we had quite the assortment of fish. We caught largemouths primarily on Carolina rig, drop shots, weighless senkos, and spoons. I think we could have got bit on most any bait. But my clients wanted to keep fish, so we primarily targeted those fish. The yellow bass finally started stacking up in good numbers on the humps. We fished for them about an hour and got about 30 on my smaller homemade spoons. Later, my client threw one of my 1oz lead spoons in about 15 feet and caught an 8 pounder about 60 feet from the boat. What an awesome sight seeing a fish like that try to shake a 1 oz spoon from that distance! Fortunately, Mike kept her on and she didn't shake again until she was in the net. See the pics on my facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/LakeForkFishingGuide
We also fished for crappie for a couple of hours and caught a few keepers in the trees on black/chartreuse jigs in 20ft. Personally, I find the yellow bass as good as crappie and much easier to catch and clean. So, even though most of them are small, they add up fast when they're bunched up on the humps. Surprisingly, I haven't come across very many white bass this season. I bet we got 15 yellows to every white bass. It appears that the lake is getting thinned out of them. If that's the case, it will be good for the future of largemouths. But I only cover a small portion of the lake. I may see 15 whites to every yellow bass next week.
I mentioned this last time, but I will repeat it: My favorite way to fish in the Fall is to graph fish on the humps and fish with drop-shot worms and my homemade spoons and tailspinners. The dropshot and tailspinner catch almost exclusively largemouth bass. Wheras, my homemade spoons will usually catch at least 5 species every day. Most full-days I end up fishing shallow around some type of vegetation at some point of the day. But we almost always end up catching our biggest fish on the humps where we catch all the different species on spoons. So I'm often hesitant to leave the deep water.
Something the average fisherman probably never considered is how expensive it is to run all over the lake trying to find fish, compared to just catching fish. Now that Fall is here, I expect to spend a lot more time catching and a lot less time looking. So, I'm going to pass that savings on to my customers. For the rest of 2017, I lowered my standard rate for 2 people to $350 for a full day and $200 for a 1/2 day. And if you do a full-day or take a kid, I will include a 1 to 2 minute video of you and your catch.
Additionally, if my calendar has an opening (including Saturday) and you book a full-day on short notice (3 days or less), I will offer an additional $50 discount. So the rate is $300 on short notice. I want (and need) to do more trips while the fishing is good!
If you are interested in keeping fish, I will fillet them for you if you want to sacrifice the best fishing time at the end of the day. Otherwise, bring a big cooler or a filet knife - as I expect we will catch enough to bring home. This year, I've added some more spinning rods to my arsenal, so we can do some crappie fishing while the bass fishing is slow. So, if you want to do that, you should get a few crappie to go along with all the white and yellow bass that I'm certain you will catch. If you go a full-day and don't catch enough fish to clean, I'll take you back out (on short notice) for free.
If you would like to book a trip, you can see my schedule and book your trip online at http://www.bassfishing.org/go
Check out my video of 10 pounders at https://youtu.be/XwuzdbYmr5A that my son and I put together.
I plan to start uploading (to Youtube) my 1 to 2 minute "quick clip" videos of my clients (hopefully you) catching fish on on a regular basis. Please click the video and subscribe to my channel to get notified when I put them up.
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I try to post pictures/videos to my Facebook page often. So keeping up with that page is a much better report than what I can do in front of my computer at home. If you follow my Facebook page (actually, the Facebook term is "like"), you can get my posts without delay. I often post pictures the day we catch them. So if you see several big fish in the same day, you can rest assured the fishing is good then. If you wait until I post a fishing report, you can be sure that it has slowed down enough for me to leave the lake. Go to www.Facebook.com/LakeForkFishingGuide and click the "like" option to get the posts. Go to any page on www.bassfishing.org and you will find the feed.
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Good fishing and good luck. You can't catch them if you don't go.