Fork Fishing Report

Oct 5, 2022
GOOD. Water Stained; 78 degrees; 6.51 feet low. Bass fishing has slowed, bass will be near small bait fish. A few fish are biting early on topwaters in the shallows and around windy points. Spinnerbaits are fair in the same area as the sun rises. Mid morning the fish are suspending over 12-14 feet of water, or 16-18 feet of water with medium running crankbaits or deep suspending jerk baits. Shaky heads fair around big stumps from 5-7 feet of water. Report by Lake Fork fishing guide Marc Mitchell, Lake Fork Pro. Lake Fork crappie fishing is getting into full fall swing in the first week of October. Seeing fish over 2 pounds being caught each day, with reports of a 2.92 pound crappie this past week which is a monster for early October. Deeper trees in 22-28 feet of water are loading up, with bigger white crappie in the mid section and some black crappie lower in those trees or close by. Fish are migrating toward the deeper water they will end up in for the colder months. We did see a few tough bite days in the last few weeks and we are seeing signs of the lake turning over in areas. The good thing about large lakes like Fork is you can move to other areas and find where the fish will bite. Minnows are still dominating the bite with some success on plastics. Report provided by Jacky Wiggins, Jacky Wiggins Guide Service. Cooler nights and days are cooling the water, and this is sending the fish into their normal fall patterns for fly fishing. The lake is turning over, so the fish are scattered searching for oxygenated water. Bass fishing has improved. Early morning to midday activity is good. There is a short top water bite at first light and sunset. Bream are fair, try small poppers and beaded flies around boathouses, brush piles, and grassy banks paying special attention to shady areas. Catfish are fair cruising the creek banks, using small fish patterns and corn kernel patterns around feeders and creek drop-offs. Sand bass are running in the main lake near the dam and feeding at night around lighted boat houses on streamers, fishing the shadows out of the light. Lake Fork is currently at a dangerous low water level with many exposed stumps and obstacles so please be careful and take your time. Report by Guide Alex Guthrie, Fly Fish Fork Guide Service.

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