Lake Fork

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Est Water Temperature:
68° (What's This)

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Wind Speed:
North at 07 Knots (8 MPH)

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Lake Fork General Information
Welcome to Lake Fork fishing report page. Here you will find all the information you need to make the best decisions for today's fishing. Current weather including air temperature, barometric pressure, wind speed and direction are continuously updated throughout the day. Lake Fork water temperature is one of the vital statistics included on this page. We also include the moon phase as full and new moons are generally better fishing times. Help in choosing what time to hit the water with daily sunrise and sunset times plus moon rise and moon set times. We would love to hear how your fishing trip went, feel free to share your days success on the community report page. Good luck and we hope you catch a full bag today!

Lake Fork General Information:

Lake Fork in Texas has proven year after year that this lake give big bass hunters a chance to catch a real Trophy.  Ten pound plus bass are a common occurance at Lake Fork.  The Lake Fork largemouth bass record is 18lbs 3oz and 26inches long. This Texas lake holds more than trophy largemouth.  Lake fork is an excellent lake to get some crappie fishing and catfishing in.

 Lake Fork Fishing Information:

when lake fork was flooded, it was created to be a blueprint for trophy bass lakes.  The initial stocking of hundreds of thousands of Florida Strain Black Bass set Lake fork on a path to become the premier bass fishing reservoir in the nation.   The Florida Black Bass were stocked from the lake 1970's through the late 1980's.  The fish habitat is set up perfectly for largemouth bass fishing.  All fisherman have to love to fight trees if they want to fish this lake.  With practically every inch of this lake full of flooded timer.  To be at full speed on this lake with a bass boat takes some stones.  Throw in the hydrilla, milfoil, and duckweek, and the abundance of baitfish for largemouth to grow huge including shad, minnows, crawfish, sunfish and bluegill.  To preserve the excellent fishing at Lake Fork, the Texas Parks and Wildlife implemented a slot limit of no bass between 16 and 24 inches will be kept. A 5 bass per day limit can be kept, consisting of 5 under 16 inches, or 1 over 24 inches, and 4 under 16 inches.




Inpoundment Type:

Surface Area (acres):

Lake Management:
State Park



Water Clarity:
3-6 ft

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Normal Elevation (ft):

Boat Access:
Paved Ramps

Boat Limits:
No Restrictions

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Lake Fork Community Fishing Reports
Species: General
Fishing Rating: 3
Water Temperature: 85
7-18-2015 - Fished early on submerged pond dams with spooks, buzz baits and plastics without any luck. Changed to 20 ft of water with submerged timber or other cover near rocky points for most of the afternoon. Fished plastics, flutter spoon, and crank baits. Large 18 ft diver crank baits produced two nice sized largemouth and one white bass. Bass are scattered and staging in between. As the water warms, I expect them to group up more.
Species: General
Fishing Rating: 1
Water Temperature:
Lake Fork: The water level is 400.03 or three feet low and the water temperatures have ranged from the lower 60\'s to 70 degrees this week depending on where you were fishing and time of day. The water is stained in many areas from the high wind this week and the water conditions are better looking on the Southeast end of the lake. This week Bass have been caught on variety of baits and techniques in 2-12 feet of water. Shake Heads with Brush Hogs, Senkos and Flukes on short C Rigs have produced Bass up to 8 lbs. There were some numbers caught this week but for most fishermen that I talked with, 7-15 Bass per day was a good day. April will turn out to be a great month to catch some really Big Bass here at Lake Fork and the numbers should pick up as well. It\'s also the time when you can catch Trophy Bass up in shallow water spawning and later in the month the deep water bite should produce some Big Bass on Jigs, Crank Baits and Carolina Rigs. Look for May and June to be two of the best months this Spring to catch some really big fish. We have caught a lot of big Bass this month and we will be posting the pictures soon. To book a fishing trip with us contact me or text me at 214.236.3320 or email us at Again, we furnish all tackle and equipment at no additional charge. We also fish other East Texas lakes in the area upon request if we have availability. Mexico: For any of you that would like for us to arrange a fishing trip for you to Lake Picachos or El Salto we have dates available from the end of April, May and June before the rain and heat starts to set in. I just had two more groups of 10 return and they just slamed the Bass on both lakes. Both in numbers and size. For the latest updates, what to take, tips and travel arrangements give me a call. We are already planning dates for 2016 to Salto, Picachos and Comedero if you would like to get in on the fun. Book early to get the very best rates on flights, hotels and fishing dates. These trips will start to fill up early due to the amazing numbers and size of Bass that have been caught this season already. Bass Bonanzas! JW and Greg, We arrived last night. No problems traveling. We had a wonderful time even though your company was missed. Food was better! Carlos and crew where accommodating. Everyone was appreciative and happy to be there. We went straight to camp after arriving which is the best schedule if possible. As for fishing, I can\'t wait to share the reports. Our group boated over 100 each day. We down right slayed em. I found a point next to San Marcos Creek and caught 92 the first afternoon, 110 the second with Mike(from Park Place) and 103 the third with Goodall. All fish averaged 3 to 6lbs on crank baits and white Hoo Daddy\'s. It was a catch of a lifetime! So sad you guys could not make it on this trip. Fishermans dream! All want to go back. Tell you more later. ‎Thanks for putting it all together. You\'re awesome. Scott Thank you, JW Peterson 214-236-3320
Species: Largemouth Bass
Fishing Rating: 3
Water Temperature: 48
Texas Dept of Wildlife Report - Water clear; 45–51 degrees; 4.40’ low. Black bass are slow on black and yellow jigs and red lipless crankbaits. Yellow bass and white bass are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows near bridges. Catfish are good on prepared bait.
Old Hickory Guide
Species: Largemouth Bass
Fishing Rating: 4
Water Temperature: 55
Lake Fork fishing is starting to really heat up. Water temperature in the low to mid 50\'s. Some very nice bass starting to get caught now! Crappie fishing is getting hot also.
David Vance
Species: Largemouth Bass
Fishing Rating: 1
Water Temperature: 52
Lake Fork is about 4 feet low but still in great condition, and it’s getting closer to the time of year we all look forward to when the bass start spawning in March. The Big Bass are starting to slowly make there move to the shallows, and each Angler that is looking to catch a Trophy Bass, now is the time to be on the water as much as you can. The water temperatures are making a rebound after that last bad cold front, with the weather back in the sixty’s this week the shallow water is starting warm back up some. From now through February the patterns will remain relatively the same. Shallow flats located from main lake points, and secondary points that lead into the backs of the creeks are key areas to target for per spawn bass. The grass is making a come back and when you find it Fishing a ½ and 3/4 oz. lipless Crank Baits also a Mans One Minus and a Square Bill in red & orange, and with some chartreuse in it are great. Cover a lot of water with these baits to locate the Bass; ripping the bait off the grass will produce some Big reaction strikes from these big pre-spawn Bass feeding up in preparation for the coming spawn. Also one of the best big bass baits for this time of year is a suspending Jerk Bait, fished on main lake and secondary points fished very slowly can be deadly for those Bass that will not move far to hit a bait, fish it slow with long pauses between jerks and hold on! My most productive color is black, gold & orange. Another good pattern this time of year is slow rolling a 3/4 Spinner Bait with a # 5 or 6 Willow Life Blade, you can almost fish this big Spinner Bait like a Jig pulling the bait just enough to turn the blade, this pattern works good on these windy days. This time of year can be very tough the bass are in tarnishing and starting to get in the pre spawn stage, mid Jan and early February is not the time of year to catch big numbers, you can fish a long time with out a bite, so don’t get frustrated because the next cast you make could be the bass of a life time, most of the bass over ten pounds I have caught here on Lake Fork have been now through April. Good places to try right now are North West Bay, Running Creek, Long Branch, Birch Creek, these creeks always produce big pre-spawn Bass. This weather has been a roller coaster up and down one day it’s in the thirties and the next it‘s in the sixties , but that is Texas weather I have been Guiding on this lake a long time and I have had some of my best Big Bass days on some of the worst weather days, so don’t let the cold weather keep you off the water this time of year. If you would like Book a guide trip and get in on some of this pre-spawn action now is the time to book, my Spring days are booking up fast so book early for best available dates. On my trips all Tackle is included. You can reach me at 903-629-7699 or Cell 903-629-5085 or check out my web site at e-mail Good Fishing, David Vance --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Species: Crappie
Fishing Rating: 2
Water Temperature:
3/24/12 Crappie at the Bridge was poor on live bait. If you did get a bite, it was about 3 clicks off of the bottom. Small Catfish biting on worms.
Species: General
Fishing Rating: 1
Water Temperature:
"March, 2011 March bassin Greetings anglers from the big bass factory. March here at Lake Fork means one thing. The big ones are on the move and heading to the shallows to participate in their annual spawn routine. It is a great time of year for the shallow water angler to come to Lake Fork and catch some really big bass. This year the water levels are low so you might find things a little different out on the lake while you are searching for those lunkers. A lot of places that you usually find them may be a bit shallow for them to move in to this spring. That being said fish those areas out in front of those pockets that have good cover and you can hit the gold mine. Fishing should be great this spring as the low water will have the bass concentrated in smaller areas. That is a good problem to have! A lot of the fish will spawn on the wood this year and that will make for some good flipping and pitching. I love to flip and pitch and I am going to love doing that with some new baits that Berkley is coming out with this spring called ""Berkley Havoc"". These pro designed baits will feature the best shapes, actions and colors of anything out there. ~~~~ For the rest of Guide John Tanner Fishing report go to"
Species: General
Fishing Rating: 1
Water Temperature: 47
Feb 4th 2010 Fishing Report from Gary Johnson The big bass time on Lake Fork is here and now is the time to be on Lake Fork. Last year we saw bass on the beds as early as Feb. 16 in the backs of the creeks. Right now the prespawn bite is beginning and lipless crankbaits seem to be the trick. The water temperature this week was about 47 in the morning and would rise to 50 degrees in some areas and the lake is full. There is as much grass as I have seen in recent years in the major creeks and points which is great for this time of the year. For the rest of Gary's fishing report go to Pro Guide Gary Johnson's Guide Service Website: Email: Cell: 214-205-0540
Species: General
Fishing Rating: 1
Water Temperature:

Fishing Report from Jan 1, 2010.  Happy New Year from Lake Fork everyone! If your resolution this year is to catch a trophy bass then you are looking in the right place. You can expect some amazing fishing on Lake Fork this year with lots of big bass being caught by a number of anglers as the big females prepare themselves for the annual spawning season. January is not a numbers time so you should not expect to catch a bunch of fish but the quality of fish that you do catch is great. Here are some tips and tricks that will help you in your pursuit of catching one of those fish in the month of January. Lake Fork has maintained its water level at full pool or better all of last year so there is no shortage of habitat for these fish to hide in. This is great for the lake and the pre-spawn fishing as we move toward spring. You can expect water temperatures to range from 45-55 degrees the entire month of January. The water clarity can vary but should remain clear to slightly stained in some areas due to wind, rain and the decreasing of vegetation due to the cold weather. For the rest of Guide James Caldemeyer go to

Species: General
Fishing Rating: 1
Water Temperature:

After a brutally cold start to 2010 at Lake Fork, we have had over a week of very mild weather, including a couple nights in the 60s and some warm sunny days in the 70s. Water temps have risen steadily and there are even a few fish in the very backs of the creeks. I have fished Fork the last 6 days in a row and although it has warmed dramatically, the bass are only slowly working their way back shallow. With the warm weather continuing this week, look for them to steadily show up shallow. Last week started off well and slowed as it went on for numbers, but the size of the fish has been very good and the females are already fat with a lot of eggs.  For the rest of Captian Tom Redington go to

Lake Fork Largemouth Bass Fishing

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- This Cove looks like an awesome Largemouth fishing spot. But it's not, it's actually quite aweful.
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Largemouth Bass Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
68 degrees in in the largemouth bass prime water temperature range and fishing should be good right now. Baitfish are much more active in this water temperature and the largemouth bass will be feeding aggressively throughout the day. This is a great time of year to be on the water.
Lake Fork Smallmouth Bass Fishing

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Smallmouth bass are generally their most active at 68. Baitfish are much more active in this water temperature and the smallmouth bass will be feeding aggressively throughout the day.
Lake Fork Crappie Fishing

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Fall Fishing Tip provided by Guide Chatt Martin: One tactic is all you need. Trolling. Get a pink or black colored crankbait that gets down 8-12 feet (I like Bandit 200 and 300 series crankbaits), and put it 80-100 feet behind a boat and drive that boat around in 8-12 feet of water pretty slow. 1.2-1.8 miles per hour seems to be the blessed speed. You will catch crappies, and you'll be surprised how many. This is a great tactic when you don't have a fishfinder.
Lake Fork Catfish Fishing

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- Fishing for catfish is great if your using stink bait or minnows we caught alot under the bridge and by 29 ft. deep stumps!
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Lake Fork Spotted Bass Fishing

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In the 68 degrees range, spotted bass are generally their most active at this water temperature. Baitfish are much more active in this water temperature and the spotted bass will be feeding aggressively throughout the day.
Lake Fork White Bass Fishing

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Lake Fork Striped Bass Fishing

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Lake Fork Solar and Lunar Conditions
Current Lunar Fishing Tip:
The full moon has just past. The gravitational pull is starting to decrease with the moon and sun being on opposite sides of the planet. Watch the peak fishing times and make sure you are on the water during that part of the day to take full advantage of today's solar/lunar peaks. It's always fun trying something new at the peak times to change things up a bit and test out the Lunar Theory each time you hit the water in close to full and full moon situations. Good luck you there.
08:07 CST

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