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Username: Guide__jeff_kirkwood

Post Number: 23
Registered: 2-2005

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Posted on Thursday, April 6, 2006 - 2:48 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post

Lake Fork

Water Temp: 63 - 70
Water Clarity: Clear to slightly stained

It’s April, my favorite month of the spring to fish, and fishing hasn’t changed much from my last report. The topwater bite has gone away and I have no idea where it went. With the cool front that’s moving in this weekend I don’t suppose it will get any better either. Lately, we’ve had to really work for the bites and fish we’ve caught too. I know that any day these fish are going to turn on I just wish it would go ahead and do it. Everyday has been a new adventure trying to find the colors of baits the fish want and yesterday I really don’t think that wanted anything. What we caught were nice, there just weren’t enough of them.

We’re catching them on just about every bait we throw, but we’re not finding much with any of them. It’s has been a pretty cruel joke, from one day to the next. One day I can find them on one color and get them to bite it pretty good and the very next they won’t even touch it with any regularity. The fish are shallow and I’m positive of that, we’ve even seen them on the flats we’re fishing in the morning. 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, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 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, Outdoor Sites, Pflueger Reels, Rat-L-Trap, Scum Frog, Shakespeare Fishing Line, “The” Bass Fishing

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