this time the number of fish that we are catching is a lot lower
than in years past. I think this is due to a lack of hydrilla
which is causing the fish to position differently. The other
reason that fishing is slow is abnormally cold water temperatures
and excessive rainfall causing the Sabine River Authority to pull
water, which creates current in the lake and has always had a very
negative effect on fishing. The good news is that the fish that we
are catching are of average Lake Fork size (4-7 lbs). I think we
will see improved fishing once we reach water temperatures staying
in the high 50's. It usually does not take this high of a water
temperature to create good fishing on Lake Fork, but back to the
fact that we have no grass, the usual temperatures that I can
consistently catch fish in the springtime is going to have to be
higher by about 10 degrees.
We have all heard about the
Largemouth Bass Virus and know that after a lake suffers through
it, fishing is typically slower. All of the fish did not die. In
my experience, the fish lose aggressiveness and this corresponds
to what the biologists have relayed to me.
Last year I caught less fish on
moving baits than in years past and more fish on slower bottom
bouncing baits and soft plastics. The good news is that using
these types of lures increase your odds of catching a larger fish.
Again, last year I caught my largest fish ever (14.20 lbs) fishing
an 8 inch lizard. Had the fish been more aggressive and hitting
moving lures, I probably would not have been in the position and
using the right bait to catch that fish.
With the proper mindset and
realistic expectations, you can still have a great fishing
experience on Lake Fork with your best possibility in the country
of catching a truly giant bass. So come to Lake Fork for your