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Posted on Thursday, January 28, 2010 - 7:23 am:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post

February is big Bass time here on Lake Fork. For all you fisherman that have been waiting for those big females to start moving to the shallows, now is the time. Lake Fork is in great shape for another fantastic year of fishing in 2010. The fishing has been good for size the last three days with the water temp on the rebound after that bad cold front. Numbers of quality Bass can be found starting to stage in the grass beds around points, ditches, and creeks near spawning flats. Starting at the mouths of the creeks and working your way back is the best approach to locating pre spawn Bass this time of year.

Dearing a cold front the Bass will be more active and concentrated on main lake and/or secondary points. On warmer days, you will find that the bite is better at the very back of the creeks. Once you locate a fish or two it is good to make another pass back through the area as there will usually be several more in that location and come back and hit it again later in the day. Fishing in depths of 3-8 feet has been good and will get better as the water temps rise.

The weather this time of year is always up and down, but donít let the cold nasty weather keep you off the water. Because this is the time of year your chances of catching a bass over ten pounds will be the best. Most of the bass I have caught over ten pounds have came on nasty weather days. Expect the bite to be shallow and more consistent as the month rolls along. Lipless crank baits in red/orange colors have been best. One bait that I have had good luck with is the Diamond Shad by Strike King and they only cost $3.99 I just can not justify paying 12 & 15 Dollars for a lipless bait and on lake fork if you donít lose at lest 2 in a day of fishing it hard your lucky. Chartreuse and white or white Spinner baits will also produce their share of Bass as well. I use a Stanley 1/2 oz or 3/4 oz Spinner bait with double willow leaf blades, Slow Rolling a 3/4oz Spinner bait on the outside edge of the grass will produce Big pre spawn bass this time of year.

Rigging your baits on the proper equipment this time of year is also a critical factor when fishing for a trophy Bass. Make sure you have given some attention to your rods/reels and fishing line that have been sitting around all winter. A little oil, some fresh line, and a quick drag check will make all the difference; there is nothing more disappointing than losing a big fish on your first Spring outing because of equipment failure.

Good areas for me right now have been White Oak Branch, Spring Branch, Big Mustang, and Wolfe Creek, West bank of Running Creek has been good late in the day. We have had Bass in the 6 to 8 pound range in these creeks in the last few days. Larry Gaston from St Lewis Mo, fished with me yesterday and late in the day we had one over 7 and one over 8 in Running Creek. I think this February is going to produce a lot of big Bass with the lake in such good shape also there is very little boat traffic on the lake right now and you will get the jump on the crowd that will be hear in March. February is one of the best months to catch a Trophy Bass on Lake Fork, the weather can be miserable but the rewards can be Big.
If you would like to book a guide trip and get in on some pre spawn action, give a call on my cell 903-629-5085 or 903-629-7699 web site http://www.lakeforktexasfishingreports.com

Good Fishing,
David Vance

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