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Lake Fork
Richard McCarty

At 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 lunker opportunity.


Richard McCarty