Shallow to deep, bass biting on Lake Fork

pictureNorth Texas anglers will be happy to hear that the fishing at Lake Fork has been picking up the past few days.
 
Area guide David Vance saw the quality drop off, but said it has since stabilized and now is doing great.
 
“The fishing got slow right after the last front for a couple of days,” he said. “But most everybody seems to be catching them right now. We’re fixing to get into our big bass season — most of the big fish are caught now through the spring months.”
 
The water temperature is still in the 60s, according to Vance, with bass up to 12 pounds being caught recently. 
 
“The shallow bite has been good from the mouths of the creeks to the backs of some of them,” he said. “Top-water frogs, buzzbaits and poppers have been good late in the day. Wacky worms and Tiki Sticks are also doing well. 
 
“The best colors have been watermelon seed and green pumpkin.”
 
Shad-colored crankbaits, chrome lipless crankbaits and spinner baits are also catching fish shallow around cover, especially on wind-blown points and pockets off of the main lake with baitfish present, he said.
 
“When the weather cools off more, the fish will be ganging up more on the deep structure areas and feeding,” he said. “Jigging spoons and tail spinners are catching a lot of our bigger fish out deep, so you’ll want to keep one of those tied on at all times.”
 
Carolina-rigged centipedes or flukes are also working, he said, with the best colors being watermelon seed, green pumpkin, watermelon red and chartreuse pepper.
 
To contact David Vance, call (903) 629-7699.

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