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).
I plan to release a couple of my videos every week. Be sure to check www.bassfishing.org (or my Facebook or Youtube site) for the latest videos.
For anyone who wants to go sight-fishing before the spawn is over, I have openings this Saturday and early next week.
If you would like to book a trip, you can see my schedule and book your trip online at http://www.fishingguidenow.com/bookonline.cfm?guideID=2
I try to post a couple of pictures to my Facebook page every trip. 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 as soon as we catch them - and almost always post the same day. 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.
Here are a few of the things that I put on the Facebook Page:
- Pictures of clients holding fish (of course)
- Pictures of landscapes around the lake
- Pictures and videos of wildlife around the lake
- Fishing Reports
- Updates about pages on my website
- Updates when someone catches a giant bass on Fork
- Basslog information
I plan to query the basslog at least once a month and post my results on Facebook. So, if you want to know the best baits to be using (for example) or you just like to see statistics, then you should "like" the Facebook page so you can get instant updates.
The link to remember for my Facebook page is www.Facebook.com/LakeForkFishingGuide. But now you don't have to remember that because you can just go to any page on www.bassfishing.org and you will find the feed.
Be sure to "like" the page so you can get the information as soon as it gets posted.
If you would like to receive my fishing report notifications by email, go to www.bassfishing.org/dbaccess/fishingreportrequests.cfm
All you need is your name and email address. If you are receiving reports by email and wish to discontinue receiving them, simply go to www.bassfishing.org/reports/unsubscribe.cfm
Good fishing and good luck. You can't catch them if you don't go.