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Username: Guide__jeff_kirkwood

Post Number: 22
Registered: 2-2005

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Posted on Wednesday, March 29, 2006 - 8:35 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post

Lake Fork

Water Temp: 58 - 61
Water Clarity: Clear to slightly stained

Well, ordinarily this time of year I would be telling you how good the fishing is being the last week of March……..but, I can’t! As for as I’m concerned fishing couldn’t be much worse! The numbers of fish we’re catching are well below what they have always been for the last week of March. We should be catching 25 to 40 fish a day and we’re putting 7 to 10 fish a day in the boat and fishing what I think is pretty hard. I know they’re there they just won’t bite and many of them that do aren’t there when you do get a bite. We’ve had weather that you only dream of to fish in and they’re just not biting. Today we found quite a few fish on beds and they were spooky, which means to me that those fish just moved up on their beds. However, we did see two of them locked in. I really think the poor fishing is attributed to all the new water and the fact that we lost 10 degrees of water temperature in the process. I do expect fishing to change any day and it be like a light switch.

As for how we’re catching our fish? We’re catching them on just about every bait we throw, but we’re not finding much with any of them. Today was the first day since the water temperature dropped that we did find some fish bunched up that would bite. In that area we had 5 or 6 bites and put 4 of them in the boat, so that was encouraging, because before last week I was finding several areas where fish were stacked and biting. The fish are shallow and I’m positive of that. In fact, I’m sure there are tons of fish in less than 12 feet of water, they’re just watching our baits move along. The techniques we’re using are light weight Carolina-rigs, wacky-rigs, Rat-L-Traps, Bandits and a spinnerbait. Colors are watermelon red, green pumpkin, chartreuse pumpkin, watermelon candy, Tennessee shad, firetiger and chartreuse/white. Fishing fast or slow is producing about as many fish. I haven’t really noticed one way being better than the other. Just pick one and go.

The areas of the lake haven’t seemed to matter either. Every area of the lake is producing, but right now, today, none of them are producing better than anywhere else. I can say this much my customers are continuing to put some very nice fish in the boat and you can see those on the “Fat Girls” page on my web site at

The 2006 “Fat Girls” page is already taking on a great look and the forecast for the remaining months of this year look great too.. To have your picture posted there it must be a minimum of 4 pounds, unless the angler is a child or woman.

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.

• 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 $27,000.00
• Where to find Jeff in 2006; April 11, Bass Pro Shops – tank seminar
• April 25, Bass Pro Shops – tank seminar

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 spring and summer. 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: June – 6, 12, 13, 14, 16, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27, 28, 29 & 30. 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, Pflueger Reels, Rat-L-Trap, Scum Frog, Shakespeare Fishing Line, “The” Bass Fishing

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