Post Number: 110
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|Posted on Sunday, February 19, 2006 - 1:24 pm: ||
My fishing report hasn't changed much since last report. We are still catching an overwhelming majority of fish on red or orange lipless crankbaits. The quality of the fish has improved since my last report. We are catching lots of 5 to 6 pounders and a few bigger ones up to 9 pounds. We have been averaging around 15 fish per trip, which I consider great numbers for this time of the year. I have been fortunate enough to postpone trips on some of the cold/nasty days, which accounts for my good averages. I don't have that luxury anymore because I have every day booked through April.
The water is still 4 ft. low and fairly clear. The wind has been blowing hard, so the wind blown areas are murky. We have been catching most of our fish in the coves with grass and trees (nothing new). The wind has played a huge factor, making us fish areas that are somewhat blocked from the wind.
On my last trip before the big cold front we found some 65 degree water in the very back of a creek. That was an artificial temp since it was almost 80 degrees that day and we were very shallow. I'm sure there is water temps in the 40's with the freezing temps we're experiencing right now. But I did see some fish moving around in the backs of the creeks on the warmer days. I expect the spawn is just around the corner. My prediction is that the next day we hit 80 degrees (probably the first week of March) there will be a handful of fish spawning in select spots. I also predict that soon after that, we will have another big cold front that will delay the spawn another week or so. That is just the history of Texas weather. March will probably have the best week of the year, while also having some of the worst fishing days. Fishing the next 2 to 3 weeks is quite a gamble, but the payoffs can be awesome. By the 3rd week of March, the spawn will be in full force. But even after that, we will have some overnight lows in the 30's slowing things down.
I have only fished Monticello for 1/2 day since my last report. I caught better numbers there than Fork, but the quality was much better on Fork. So I will be spending most of my time on Fork.
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".
I don't have any open days until May. However, I work with other guides and some dates are available. I could also get a cancellation or re-open a day if I don't get a deposit. See http://www.bassfishing.org/dbaccess/trips.cfm and feel free to call if you want to try to get a date.