Spawning bass action begins on Fork

aaacraigThe bass are on their spawning beds and they aren’t expected to move.

 With the arrival of this month’s full moon, the first wave of largemouth bass made their way to Lake Fork’s shallow waters to spawn.

 Guide Thurman Selman says he likes what he has seen in the shallow waters. Selman and his clients caught 5- to 8-pound largemouths all over the lake, mostly in areas that have warmer waters with hard shallow spawning beds.

 Selman fished the shallow beds with soft plastics, jigs and floating lizards in 1 to 6 feet of water, casting over the nests and dragging the lure through hoping for a strike. The water temperature has varied all over the lake between the upper 50s to mid 60s. The water clarity is an off-color, so Selman said anglers have to focus on their presentation.

 “You have to look for them,” he said. “They are hard to see.”

 Selman expects good fishing for the next few weeks. A cold front is expected this weekend, but he isn’t worried that the cold weather will move the bass out of the beds.

 Guide Jason Hoffman fished the north side of the lake and had success finding the spawning bass. Hoffman caught bass from  9 to 11 pounds using soft plastics in the timber areas in 1 to 4 feet of water. Hoffman says the upcoming front will affect the bite but it wont last too long. 

 “The bite will probably be a little slower than the next couple of days after this cold front passes,” Hoffman said. “But by the end of the week, I look for things to pick up where they left off.”


Thurman Selman- (972) 345-9370

Jason Hoffman- (903) 456-3691