Lake Fork Guide
2013 & 2014 TFF guide tournament winner !!
Come and enjoy a fun filled day on legandary Lake Fork with professional Lake Fork guide Justin Margraves!
As your guide I will work hard for you to ensure a fun day of fishing while also teaching you seasonal patterns, offshore structure fishing, use of electronics, and some of the best techniques to find and catch trophy bass!
Your satisfaction is my number one goal. I would love the opportunity to earn your business as your guide.
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Lake Fork Reservoir is one of the premier trophy bass fishing lakes in the world!
Lake Fork has an estimated surface area of 27,690 acres at pool elevation.
Lake Fork Reservoir has been enjoyed by thousands of bass fishing enthusiasts.
Fishing has been particularly good due to fishery management efforts of the
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department who began stocking Lake Fork with
Florida largemouth bass in 1978.
Lake Fork was opened for fishing in the fall of 1980. A state record largemouth bass weighing 18.18 pounds was caught from Lake Fork in January 1992.
The lake has since gained the reputation as the hottest bass lake in Texas,
perhaps in the USA. Lake Fork claims 70% of the Top 50 bass caught in Texas,
the Top 6 ranging from 17.08 lbs. to the record 18.18.
Fork is abundant with cover such as timber, grass, lily pads and underground springs which make it a great fishing habitat!
My main goal is to teach you how to catch more fish using some of the best techinques for trophy bass while having fun and catching fish!
book your trip today!!
903 658 5822 or email@example.com
If your looking to book a guided trip on lake fork I would love to earn your business! I still have some great dates available in February, March, April, and May. If you have any questions or would like to book a trip you can contact me anytime.
It's time! February in Northeast Texas means one thing to us anglers, prespawn! With the air temperatures reaching the low 70s several days last week and more warm weather coming this week has water temperatures on the rise. Last week I saw water temperatures as high as 57 degrees in the back of a few creeks here on Lake Fork and that excites me. As the water temperatures rise and the days start to get longer, fish will start feeding up and making their way to the shallows!
As fish start to make their way to the backs of creeks they will use staging areas to feed before they spawn. Bass will use many different kinds of structures to stage and feed. Creek channels are one of the best places to start your hunt for staging bass! Bass use creek channels as a highway to navigate their way to the shallows, secondary points close to the creek, creek bends, large timber on the side of creek, and areas where the creek runs close to a bank are common staging
Figuring out where a creek runs can be one of the most difficult things to find, most of the time maps are close but not spot on. Timber on the sides of the creek can be your best map of a creek channel. Most of the time the biggest stumps will be right on the side of a creek, also look for leaning timber. Trees that grew on the sides of a creek before the lake was impounded will lean towards the creek.
My go to baits for fishing timber and secondary points close to the creek are very simple. A jig has hands down produced more big bites for me this time of year than any other bait. A 1/2 or 1/4 ounce Santone lures flipping jig in black and blue, black blue and purple, or a black brown and amber is hard to beat! Carolina rigged and texas rigged lizzards, and medium diving crankbaits work well also.
Flat areas in the backs of creeks are also a great place to find prespawn bass. Flooded vegetation, lily pad stems, and laydown logs and stumps are key things to look for! Normally these types of cover a best when found in 6 feet of water and less. My bait selection gets a little bigger in shallow water. A Santone 1/4 ounce black and blue jig, 3/8 ounce got 5 spinnerbait, and a 7/16 ounce swim jigs are some of my favorites for shallow water. Squarebill crankbaits, chatterbaits, lipless crankbaits, Texas rigged lizzards, and maybe a buzzbait (depending on water temperature) will put prespawn fish in your boat all day long!