Over the weekend, fishermen from all over the US came to fish the annual McDonald's tournament. Apparently, the fishing was pretty good because there was at least 2 fish over 11 pounds. I believe the winning weight was 11.75 pounds. What a giant for this time of the year!
September is when I make my transition from night fishing to day fishing. I prefer to fish at night on the days when it gets in the upper 80s, while I like to fish daytime when it's cooler. So, I've been doing a little of both lately. I will adjust my schedule to suit my clients or to get more or bigger fish.
The fishing got really good after the last cold front. Bass were biting great in the shallows and all species of fish were biting in the deep water, including schooling bass in several places. As it got warmer (and the tournament pressured the fish) the bite slowed down somewhat, but the fishing is a lot better than it was this time last year.
I expect to see more of the same for the next 6 weeks. After the cool fronts (like the one coming tonight), the fishing will get real good for a few days. Then, we will have high pressure and warmer temps and it will slow down again. But even on the slower days, the action will be better than most of the year. Water temps are currently in the lower 80s. The most active temp is between 60 and 70 degrees. When we get these cool fronts, the water temp gets closer to that range and the bite gets better. We have our best activity ahead of us in the next few weeks!
This is by far the best time to take a beginner or kids. Not only do the largemouth bass bite better than any other time of the year, the white bass and yellow bass are everywhere. If you count those, we should be able to catch 100 fish on most trips.
This is also the best time to learn how to use a baitcasting reel. When fishing deep, we can fish heavy, compact baits (like spoons and tailspinners). These baits cast much better than other lures - and they will catch every species of fish in the lake.
This is also the best time to learn how to use a graph. The fish are as easy to catch as they will be all year long. So, if you spend some tome out there, you should be able to see what feeding fish look like on the graph.
The yellow bass don't get very big, but they are fun to catch (especially for children) and they are great tasting. The white bass (sand bass) get really big on Lake Fork. We normally catch several in the 2 pound range. For some reason this year there is like 10 times (maybe hundreds of times) as many tiny white bass as normal. So we're catching tons of them in the 6-8 inch range. They are so abundant, I believe this is the primary food for the giant bass right now. So, they are very healthy and not usually very hungry. If you want to catch those giants, you've got to offer them something more appealing - or catch them off guard in a frenzy.
Spinnerbaits have been my best baits around the grass early in the morning. But they've also been hitting poppers, frogs, and soft plastics. For the deeper fish, the drop-shot, spoons, tailspinners, crankbaits, C-rigs, and swimbaits have been best. After the cool fronts, I've been finding them around 15-18 feet deep. As it warms back up, I've had to go to 25+ feet to find them. When they are in 15-18 feet, they bite much better.
If you are interested in a guided trip, you can book online at http://www.fishingguidenow.com/bookonline.cfm?guideID=2
If you want to fish at night, just send me an email and let me know.
I try to post a couple of pictures to my Facebook page every trip. So keeping up with that page is a much better report than what I can do in front of my computer at home. If you follow my Facebook page (actually, the Facebook term is "like"), you can get my posts without delay. I often post pictures as soon as we catch them - and almost always post the same day. So if you see several big fish in the same day, you can rest assured the fishing is good then. If you wait until I post a fishing report, you can be sure that it has slowed down enough for me to leave the lake. Go to www.Facebook.com/LakeForkFishingGuide and click the "like" option to get the posts.
Here are a few of the things that I put on the Facebook Page:
1) Pictures of clients holding fish (of course)
2) Pictures of landscapes around the lake.
3) Pictures and videos of wildlife around the lake
4) Fishing Reports
5) Updates about pages on my website
6) Updates when someone catches a giant bass on Fork
7) Basslog information
I plan to query the basslog at least once a month and post my results on Facebook. So, if you want to know the best baits to be using (for example) or you just like to see statistics, then you should "like" the Facebook page so you can get instant updates.
The link to remember for my Facebook page is www.Facebook.com/LakeForkFishingGuide. But now you don't have to remember that because you can just go to any page on www.bassfishing.org and you will find the feed.
Be sure to "like" the page so you can get the information as soon as it gets posted.
If you would like to receive my fishing report notifications by email, go to www.bassfishing.org/dbaccess/fishingreportrequests.cfm
All you need is your name and email address. If you are receiving reports by email and wish to discontinue receiving them, simply go to www.bassfishing.org/reports/unsubscribe.cfm
Good fishing and good luck. You can't catch them if you don't go.