Lake Fork Bass Fishing Report March 12, 2008

This week on Lake Fork the water level is at full pool and the water temp. is 53 main lake and slightly higher in the middle of the creeks. The backs of the creeks are a little cooler than the middles due to the recent cold weather and a brief snow storm last week but this weekends warm weather should help. The bite is a little slow but the big fish are on the move. Three Share a Lunker Program fish (a Bass over 13 pounds) have been donated to Texas Parks And Wildlife Dept.s Athens Hatchery this week from Lake Fork. There have been 448 fish donated to this spawning program and 238 have come from Lake Fork. All three this week came from 8 to 10 foot of water. This is the depth that the big Fork Giants stage to spawn. I would suggest you take note and dredge the edge. There are a lot of fish caught shallow but our Giants are shy of shallow water. They have dodged numerous baits on the banks during their lives and don’t want any part of it. Fish where most people run their trolling motors and fish structure. Structure is the contour of the bottom. The fish use the structure be it a creek or a point as their migration route from the deep to the spawning flats. The females stage on breaks and cuts untill they are ready to spawn. The structure attracts the fish and the cover being stumps or grass is what holds the fish. This being said use a map with the tightest contour lines you can find to locate the spots. 6ft. contour maps are common but if you can find one with 2ft. lines you can pinpoint the type of spots that these fish frequent. Baits of choice are a jig and pig, Texas rigged plastics, Carolina rigged plastics and large crank baits. Work both sides of creeks and the trough . Points are always a good choice. Bass migrate up a creek untill the find a bend and this time of year they will most likely be on the upstream side as they are migrating up the creeks. The opposite is true when the move back out to the deep after the spawn. This tip can save you lots of time on the water. Now then there are a few male bass starting to set up shop on the banks that can be caught on weightless plastics and reaction baits, lipless cranks, spinner baits and jerk baits. They will be joined by the girls shortly, but the big fish bite is 8 to 10 foot on structure. I hope this lesson in Bass 101 helps you put that GIANT of your dreams in the boat. Remember to handle her gently and hold her in the water so she can breath as your partner readies the scales and camera. These fish are susceptible to stress due to the impending spawn and will dry out fast in a wind. Remember she can’t hold her breath any longer than you when you have been running and out of breath. Take care of the fish and we will have them for years to come. Be careful on Lake Fork as we are full and there isn’t many stumps showing and the lake is still cold and the hypothermia will set in fast! Fish hard between 8 and 10 foot deep and we’ see you on Lake Fork!! I have the 23 and 24th of March open and half days after the 22nd of May. My April is full but check for cancellations. If you are interested in booking a trip on Lake Fork, get it done soon as guides and motels are almost booked up and you don’t want to get left out. If you would like to book a trip call me at 903-765-2155 or email me at jeff@gunnsguideservice.com Please purchase our sponsors and associates fine products and services: Ranger Boats, Mercury Outboards, Castaway Rods, Shimano Reels, Triple-Fish Line, Precision Marine, Costa Del Mar Polarized Sunglasses, Lake Fork Tackle, Service Marine, Owner Hooks, Bass Assassin, Weedless Lures, Pradco, Tanglefree, Superlube, Ron Kelly’s Taxidermy, Yellow Magic, Bass Pro Shops and Schumacher battery chargers 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: 53

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