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|Posted on Monday, February 6, 2006 - 1:01 pm: ||
Before I begin my report, I want to mention that I still have a few days of spring open. I have an up-to-date list of all my open days at http://www.bassfishing.org/dbaccess/trips.cfm
It's amazing how many days have been over 60 degrees this year. Because of this, fishing has been great for early February. We have been averaging about 15 fish per day the last few trips. That is really good for shallow fishing this time of the year. Our average fish has been about 3 to 4 pounds - not great for winter, but nothing to complain about either. The lipless crankbait is still the top producer with nothing else taking a close second. We are getting a few by swimming lizards and throwing spinnerbaits, but almost all our fish coming on the traps. For the traps, I am fishing 15 pound Berkley Big Game on 7' MH Kistler Helium rods with Chronarch 6.2 gear ratio reels. That is a perfect combination. Most of our fish are coming from about 6 to 10 ft where grass is present. Some of the fish are in the back of coves, while others are in main lake areas. We are fishing in areas with lots of trees, but most of our fish are in fairly open water until they get on. Then, most of them are getting wrapped up in the trees. This year, you will probably hear lots of stories of fish getting wrapped if this water doesn't come up to full pool. When the stumps are under water, they are less likely to get wrapped. Now that they are out of the water, it is hard to maneuver them around the stumps. Be sure to bring a net and replace the hooks with Gamakatzu trebles on your traps.
Now is a great time to fish Lake Fork. This is the time of the year that the biggest fish are caught. Not only are the fish biting and the weather great, but the coves are empty. It is not uncommon to be the only boat in a cove. In another month, there will be about 20 times the boats.
I haven't been to Monticello since the last report, so I don't have a Monticello report. I expect we will have winter sometime before April and I will spend more time there when it happens.
We now have a full year of data in the basslog. That means that in any given month you can search for the best baits for the given lake, water temp, water clarity, etc. Go to http://www.bassercise.com/query_criteria.cfm and click on "lake" and "go". Then, click "TX Lake Fork" and "month" and "go". Then click "February" and click "go". Then choose "gameplan" and click "go". You will then get a gameplan for "quantity" based on actual fish that were caught last January on Lake Fork. You can then change the query options and preference to see other queries based on your preference of "quantity" or "quality".