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Username: Guide__jeff_kirkwood

Post Number: 17
Registered: 2-2005

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Posted on Monday, January 2, 2006 - 7:42 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post

Lake Fork

Water Temp: 49 - 53
Water Clarity: Clear to stained

Well, 2005 is gone and 2006 is already looking pretty good! At the bottom of this report I’ll have a list of dates available through the month of May. The last row and one picture at the bottom on the 2005 “Fat Girls” page are from the most recent and last trips from the day after Christmas through the last day of 2005.

Fishing on Lake Fork has been good one day and fair at best from one day to the next. It seems that if the temperatures are in the 50’s at night fishing will be good, but if the temperatures are in the 40’s or below fishing is going to be much tougher. Then you have the high winds thrown in and then you’re covering water so fast with the wind that just being able to get the bait where you want it is an accomplishment in itself. After just getting off the phone and asking my Dad who is 70 “Have you ever seen a winter like this?” His answer being “Well, I’m sure I have, but I don’t remember,” is not comforting at all. I’ve been getting up a little earlier than normal and watching the farm and ag reports and for the last two weeks their reports have been consistent with above normal temperatures through March and below average rain-fall for the same timetable. Now, where does that leave us? What I think is; (1.) if the lake continues to drop then they won’t have as many places to hide, (2.) if their right about the above average temperatures then spawn will start in February, like it did in ’96 (I believe that was the year). Lake Fork is just a little more than 4 feet low, a little stained due to all the wind and there is plenty of grass around the lake.

The bite has been both good and fair as mentioned above and both the Bandit 200 and 1/2oz. Rat-L-Trap are working. It really depends on which one you want to throw. There is a fluke bite but finding areas where there is no wind is a little tough and you can catch more fish with the other baits anyway. To be honest we only tried one day to find a deep bite and were unsuccessful. All of our fish are coming from fishing the grass and the depth of water has been anywhere from 3 feet out to about 12 feet deep. As for where, we’ve caught them on main lake banks, points, secondary points and flats. There really hasn’t been one type of area. I can tell you this though if you have grass and some standing timber mixed in your chances seem to greatly increase.

In the event finding grass is a problem, look for the coots or mud-hens, they’ll be on the greenest grass on the lake.

Check out the 2005 “Fat Girls” page! There are many fish there to be seen and unless you are a kid under 16 or a woman, all those fish are 4 pounds or larger. If you’d like to have your picture there give me a call and we’ll do what we can to put you on a “Fat Girl!”

• If you are looking to buy a Nitro bass boat or a Nitro fish/ski boat I have Nitro gift certificates that can save you from $250.00 to $500.00. Just let me know you want or need one and I’ll see to it that I get it to you.
• My 2005 Nitro 929CDX (dual console) with a 2005 Mercury 225hp. Optimax is for sale. Boat, Motor & Trailer is in “GREAT SHAPE” and loaded with extras. Selling price has been reduced to $28,000.00
• Where to find Jeff in 2006; February 5, Bassmaster University, Grapevine, TX
• March 1, Irving Bass Club, Irving, TX
• March 4, “Bassin’ Class” @ First Baptist Church, Hico, TX

If I can be of more help or assistance regarding a trip or “Bassin’ Class” please contact me at 972-636-7022 / 800-965-0350 or by e-mail at My web site, , If your club, organization or church is looking for a guest speaker I’d be happy to come just give me a call and we’ll get it on the calendar.

It’s that time of year to start looking at your calendar for guide trips for winter and spring. The earlier you book your date the easier it will be to get the date(s) you want. I have dates available if you’re looking for a FULL-TIME guide. Those dates are: January – 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 22, 25, 27, 28, 29, 30. February – 1, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 22, 24, 25, 26, 27. March – 3, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 20. April – 1. May – 1, 3, 10, 13, 14, 21, 22, 23, 25, 27, 29, 30, 31. So, should you want to become one of my many valued customers and a great group of fishermen give me a call, I’d be honored to be your guide. UNTIL NEXT TIME…GOOD LUCK & TIGHT-LINES!!!

Proud Sponsors of Jeff & his guide service: All Star Rods, Amsoil, Bandit,, J&J Sports, KeelShield, Lake Fork Tackle, Mercury Marine, Nitro, Outdoor Sites, Pflueger Reels, Rat-L-Trap, Scum Frog, Shakespeare Fishing Line

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