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April 2001

Fishing on Lake Fork
Richard McCarty

Fishing on Lake Fork has picked up recently. In the past week we have seen several 7 to 10 pound fish brought in to the marinas and our daily catch has almost doubled. The full moon of April should be the main spawn so I expect the next two weeks to be even more productive.

On the cloudy, rainy days, as long as there is wind, we are still able to catch quite a few fish on spinnerbaits. On days with less wind, more fish are being caught on soft plastic jerkbaits fished extremely slow. Shallow pockets, and backs of creeks are still producing the most fish.

The lake is still murky from all the spring rains and fish on beds are extremely hard to see, so you just have to slow down and fish thoroughly to antagonize fish that are spawning.

The next warming trend should produce a very good buzzbait bite because by then we should have fish actually guarding nests and some big females still cruising the shallows.

Richard McCarty