Here it is March 4 in Texas and we've had freezing temps for the past 48 hours. If I hadn't been guiding for 25 years, I might think this was a unique season. But the truth is - we have nasty cold fronts every March. This year, we had the coldest winter I can recall. But we also had a nice warm-up for about 10 days that put us almost on track for a normal year. The dogwoods have already bloomed and water temps in the shallows reached 60 degrees before the last couple of fronts. This front will set us back a few more days, but a good number of fish have already been triggered to move shallow. So, the fishing should be better than it was in February, even if the temps aren't as warm as we'd like to see.
My last trip on Fork (before the freeze), the water temp was upper 40s in the main lake and mid 50s in the backs of some select coves. The lake is 4.5 ft low and not as clear as normal. Best baits are lipless crankbaits, square-bills, chatterbaits, jigs, and spinnerbaits. Soft plastics are showing improvements.
I've been fishing the power plant lakes in addition to Fork because the bite on Fork has been pretty slow and the activity level is better on the power plant lakes. But when the water temps get right, I'll be on Fork exclusively.
If you are interested in a guided trip, you can book online at http://www.fishingguidenow.com/bookonline.cfm?guideID=2
I'm booked solid for the spawn this year. But I have quite a few cancellations every year and I have a short waiting list yet. If you are interested in fishing the spawn, send me an email and I'll try to fit you in.
Also, May and June are the best months for a combination of numbers and size. I normally take a couple of weeks for vacation in May, but this year I plan to be available for trips I believe there are more ways to catch fish in May than any other month. June is historically my best month for night fishing. If you haven't done a night fishing trip in June, you are missing out on some of the best fishing of the year. It's the only time you are basically guaranteed good weather (and the fishing should be good too).
If you haven't read my sight fishing book, be sure to read it at http://www.bassfishing.org/spawnbook It's the only book dedicated entirely to sight fishing for bass.
Here are a few of the things that I plan to use it for:
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 site
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.
See our big bass picture page at http://www.bassfishing.org/pictures/recent.htm
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.