Lake Fork Bass Fishing Report January 9, 2010

This week on Lake Fork the water temp. is in the low 40’s due to an artic cold front. The bite is rather tough with these conditions so cover lots of water thoroughly. If you find a spot that should produce return and fish it again and again. When it is cold you can’t hit a spot too many times. The lake is at full pool and is in excellent condition for the approaching pre spawn. The grass is wintering fine this year. Best bets to catch a good fish are red lipless crank baits basically burned over the grass in 10 foot or less from the main lake to 1/2 way back in the creeks. Secondary points are the best spots for us with the upstream side producing the better fish. The reaction bite is your best bet with the water so cold. I fish 20 pound triple fish line and a 3/4 ounce ‘trap this time of year as the heavy line and big ‘trap on a 7 foot or 7 1/2 foot soft tip rod is easier to rip the grass as you burn the trap. This pattern is allot of work but pays off in giant fish year after year. This pattern will continue through March. My other go to method is a swim bait. Large and in charge is my motto. You can’t kill an Elephant with a bb gun! On a warming trend the giant fish will chase a slowly meandering swim bait. I fish it over grass and in the tree tops over deep water. My favorite is a 8 inch shad type with a 1 ounce jig head super glued to the shad so the head and body don’t separate. Make sure you retie every 1/2 hour. Once I was embarrassed on a trip when I retied my clients baits and forgot to retie mine. On the very next cast the knot broke under the strain of the long cast I thought I was going to make and as the rod shot out of my hands like it was fired from a cannon I thought to my self that will be the last time that happens! Even us guides can make a mistake but at least my customers were retied. Another favorite of mine is a Castaic gizzard shad. Other good swimmers are wild eye in shad pattern or bar fish pattern. Don’t neglect the jig and pig. With a pork trailer it can be lethal to the giants that swim in Lake Fork. I always spend some time out in the deep water this time of year. We will fish spoons and tail spinners over shad with bass under them. If they suspend the swim bait can be the bait of choice with a yo-yo retrieve. This is a good time to bring up the use of your electronics. Not only for deep water but you need to keep an eye on your temp. gauge for the next couple of months. If you find a pocket- usually on the north west side of the lake- that is even a couple of degrees warmer than the rest of the places you have checked it could be the honey hole!! I hope this helps as you fish Lake Fork this winter and spring. One thing I can’t stress is safety on Lake Fork In the winter/spring. Hypothermia is a bad scene! Let someone know you are on the lake and your return time and don’t be the last boat on the lake as there will be no help if you have a problem.Test and wear your life jacket. Go to a heated pool and jump in with your warm clothes and Life jacket . This can save your life. I wish you great luck and we’ll see you on Lake Fork! As with every year guides and motels book up quickly. To ensure that you get the dates you want, book early If you would like to book a trip call me at 903-765-2155 or email me at jeff@gunnsguideservice.com Gunns Guide Service Joanie and Jeff Gunn 903-765-2155 611 Rains County Road 2610 Alba Texas 75410 jeff@gunnsguideservice.com www.gunnsguideservice.com

Water Temp: 40’s

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