month of February on Lake Fork has always been my favorite. When
the wind blows and we have cloudy weather, the rattle trap bite
and spinnerbait bite can be phenomenal. On the cloudy, warm days I
like to fish the backs of creeks and pockets with the spinnerbait.
After a cold front with a north wind I like to fish over grass on
the main lake. Remember, wind is the key. On the calm days, I like
to fish either a jig or a lizard anywhere from the bank out to
about 8 feet in the creeks. I don't necessarily stay on the creek
channel, although being close to it will increase your odds of
catching a really big fish. I have caught numbers and big fish in
all areas of the lake where I have good spawning coves, so I am
not going to specify any certain area of the lake. The main thing
to remember is that the fish are moving in to spawn and you are
trying to intercept them in February, so pick out a good protected
pocket or cove and try to determine how they will migrate in and
The fish on Lake Fork have never
given me a reason to believe that they are line shy, so bring as
heavy a line as you are comfortable with that will allow the bait
that you are throwing to work properly. If you hook a big fish, this
gives you more confidence that you can pressure the fish away from
cover without breaking your line.
I expect this February to be
better than last February (2001) due to the warmer weather
throughout the winter and believe we will see several Share Lunkers.