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May has arrived and what a great month it is for trophy bass fishing on Lake Fork! The weather is warming and early summer patterns are starting to take shape. You can catch fish just about any way you want to right now which gives many anglers the opportunity to catch fish using their favorite baits. Whether its shallow water or deep structure to anything in between, you can have a blast catching lots of Lake Fork bass right now.

The lake level is currently 402.57, which is about 6 inches low. Water clarity has been all over the place. With the winds seeming to change directions everyday and blow hard the lake is fairly clear in one area one day and then stained the next. The water up north remains the most stained with the exception of a few clear pockets in between due to the presence of grass filtering it out. The south end is a lot clearer for the most part though. Water temperatures are in the upper 60’s to 70’s.

The shallow top water bite has been good early and during the day. The bass are guarding fry right now so baits like the yellow magic, buzz bait, or frog have been very good fished in the backs of creeks, pockets, or coves. The shad spawn is also going strong so if you can get out early and find a windy bank that the shad are spawning on you will be in action. The best baits for targeting these post spawn bass that are gorging on shad are top water baits, square bill crank baits like the Berkley Pitbull and big swim baits like a 3:16 Lure Company “Rising Son” swimbait in the 5” or 6” size. White, Dirty Shad, Ayu, Hitch, Carp and my Caldemeyer Custom are the best colors right now. These bass are hungry from spawning and will eat a big bait!

The bass spawn is still going and you will see another large number of spawners move up during the next full moon. Most of the fish on Lake Fork are usually done spawning by now but with the very cold winter that we had and an influx in water levels the bass spawn has been a bit behind schedule. The best baits and presentations for these spawners have been weightless soft jerk baits and senkos fished very slow around nests. Texas rigs have also been great fished around stumps. The best colors for soft plastics have been watermelon red, watermelon candy, and black/blue. I have been concentrating on 2-6 feet of water, as this is where you will find most of the bass bedding. I really like the Berkley Powerbait “Rib Snake” or Havoc “Jerk”. I have been rigging these baits several different ways depending on the wind and depth that I am fishing it. When the lake is calm I am throwing it completely weightless on a 4/0 wide gap hook. The key to this bait is fishing it very slow as it takes time to fall and you want it to stay in or around the bass’ bed. When the wind gets up a little I am keeping the same bait and presentation going but just adding a small #5 split shot about a foot up the line to give it some weight. This really helps you be able to keep the same general presentation while still being able to feel the bait in the wind. Texas rigged Berkley Chigger Craws and the Berkley Havoc Craw Fatty has also been good. I rig mine with an Elite Tungsten 1/4-3/8 oz weight and a 4/0 hook. Flipping it to any standing timber or bushes in the shallow spawning areas is very effective for a big bass. Best colors on my soft plastic baits right now have been black/blue, watermelon red, and green pumpkin. I am throwing some moving baits up shallow as well. Chatter baits have been excellent on wind days as well as the Santone Got Five spinner baits. I have been catching fish on the 3/8-1/2 oz chartreuse/white or white Colorado-willow combo.

The deep bite has also started to kick off. There are lots of bass that are showing up in deep water that have already finished spawning. Some are finicky and tired but a lot of them are very active and hungry. I use my Garmin electronics to locate these bass and help me understand what they are relating to offshore. This helps me decide how to fish for them and what baits to use. Most of these bass will be in 16-24 feet of water. A lot of the bass can be suspended until the weather warms up enough to get them on the bottom in big schools so catching them can be tricky. I rely on deep diving crank baits, a-rigs, and big deep swim baits like the Berkley Swim Shad to target these suspended bass. Usually you can cover any part of the water column that you need to and catch some giants in the process. The only bad thing is that these suspended bass are moving a lot so you may not be able to stay in one spot and hammer on them. You will have to move as well and rely on your electronics to keep up with them. When they start to group up on the bottom well in big schools it gets a lot easier. I will target them with a big Texas rig and a 1/2 oz weight with a 5/0 hook. I like to put a Berkley 10” or 12” Powerworm on and give them a big meal offering. Most of these bass are very hungry so big bait is appealing to them. I also like to employ the Carolina rig into the arsenal of post spawn techniques. I like to use a long leader (5ft.) and a big heavy 1 oz weight to drag the bottom. Trilene 20 lb test Fluorocarbon is a must with a 2/0 or 3/0 wide gap hook. Drop shots are also very effective on these deep schools of bass as well as a 5/8 or 3/4 ounce Santone Lures Football head jig.

I hope this information helps you in pursuit of a trophy bass this year on Lake Fork. If you are thinking of coming out and would like to book a fishing trip with me this year, feel free to contact me anytime. I still have a few dates available but you’ll want to contact me fast to ensure the best available dates. I would enjoy the opportunity to take you or your group fishing and help you catch the fish of your dreams! You can contact me by email at lakeforktrophybass@yahoo.com or you can call or text message me at 903-736-9888 Also, please visit my website to find out more information about Lake Fork bass fishing and my guide service at www.officiallakeforktrophybass.com If you are in the market for a new boat this year, it’s a great time to look into the all new Ranger 521 L as its Ranger Boat’s 50th anniversary and they are celebrating with the introduction of this new boat model. If you haven’t seen it yet you can stop by Diamond Sports Marine and Fred will be glad to show you around. Test rides are also available so feel free to contact me or call the dealership at 903-383-7829 and we will get you out on the water for a ride in one. I would like to thank all my sponsors that support me fishing the FLW Series and guide service on Lake Fork: Toyota, Carhartt, Ranger Boats, Mercury Outboards, I Am Second, Leer, Berkey, Abu Garcia, Garmin, Santone Lures, Costa, Power Pole, 3:16 Lure Company, Rigid Industries, Bass Forecast, Elite Tungsten, Bass Boat Technologies, and Fabtech Motorsports. I look forward to the 2018 season and the blessings in store for the year. I pray that each of you are blessed as well!

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

Tight Lines and God Bless,
James Caldemeyer

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April is under pressure at Lake Fork! With three, yes three, Toyota ShareLunkers weighing over 13 pounds brought in during the month of March, we have high hopes for more this month. There was a large movement of big bass last month but you can expect that this month will have the biggest wave of bass surge in to spawn.

The lake is in great shape and holding at full pool. We have had a tremendous amount of rain this spring, which is great for the spawn but has also left us with some very murky water throughout the lake. Water clarity is good mid lake to south but up north and in the creeks heavily stained to off color. Water temperatures are ranging 62-67 degrees as the month begins but you could see some areas warm up even more as the month progresses.

Shallow patterns have dominated and I am targeting areas in 2-6 feet for spawning bass. Weightless soft plastic worms and jerk baits like the Berkley Havoc Jerk have been very productive “dead sticking” them in areas that the bass are spawning. Best colors are watermelon red, black/blue, and green pumpkin. It’s very important to fish slowly right now and allow the bait to settle for a period of time before you move or twitch it. Fast retrieves with soft plastics will produce few bites from territorial spawning bass. On windy days that I am unable to fish the baits weightless I am adding a split shot about 14-18 inches above the hook to pull the bait down in the wind. I have also been using a Texas rigged Berkley Powerbait 4” Chigger Craw or Power Lizard with a 5/16 oz Elite Tungsten weight and a 4/0 wide gap hook. Most anglers beat the banks this time of year, which is where you want to be, but it is very important during the spawn to understand what kind of bottom you are fishing. All banks are not created equal. Look for a hard bottom, as bass prefer to fan their nest on sandy hard surfaces. You can often tell the type of bottom by observing the bank. The presences of lily pads or vegetation are signs of a firmer bottom. Mud muck and stagnant dead vegetation or decay is usually not areas you will find spawning beds. Sight fishing is also a great way to catch some monster female bass while they are spawning. Having a great pair of polarized glasses like Costa Sunrise Silver Mirror lenses are essential. I rely on them more than any other piece of fishing equipment that I have in the spring. When you spot a big bass on a nest it’s also very helpful to be able to establish position and not be moving much or running the trolling motor. That’s when I put my Power Poles to work. They will hold you in place with ease and allow you to concentrate on catching those bass instead of maneuvering the boat. I like to use natural color soft plastics or jigs for flipping and pitching at bedding bass. Others prefer bright colored bait that they can see while working it around the fish and are able to see the bait actually be inhaled by the bass.

The shad spawn is going and there are also a lot of bass that are still in pre-spawn mode and even some fish that have spawned early and are moving into post spawn patterns by the end of April. These fish can be caught on a variety of patterns, which is what makes this month so fun. I like to use a lot of big swim baits for trophy bass in April. The 3:16 Rising Son swim bait is my go to for this. I will use the 5” version some but mostly the 6.75” regular sized one for the big bites. White, Dirty Shad, Ayu, Hitch, Carp and my Caldemeyer Custom are the best colors right now. Slow rolling this bait on windy banks in spawning areas will get your arms jerked on! Another great moving bait for me is the chatter bait in white or chartreuse/white for stained water. As the month rolls along look for some fish to start on top waters. Yellow magic’s rule my arsenal this time of year. Everybody has his or her favorite color but I really do not think it matters. The bass just can’t stand the action of that bait moving through an area that they are guarding fry. If I were to choose colors for you my choice would be baby bass, bone, or Japanese shad. You can also get some great top water action on a frog around shallow vegetation and lily pads so throw it around also. Also, don’t be afraid to fish them in the middle of the day even when it’s bright and sunny. They will bite it all day when they get going on it and it’s a blast!

The deep water bite will start to produce some as we near the end of the month and start to see some of the spawners that finished up early and are moving deep. Knowing and reading your electronics is critical as the deep-water bite gets going. I depend on my big Garmin graphs to show me the what’s down there. I try to target points and roadbeds at the mouth of major spawning creeks in 14-20 feet of water. Most of the fish that move deep this month will be suspended. Deep diving crank baits are your best bet. I like to use any shad color. I will rig up my Abu Garcia 7’6” Winch series cranking rod and my Revo 4 Winch reel spooled with 15 lb fluorocarbon line. This is the perfect cranking combination for deep water. The A-rig will also produce out deep as well as the Carolina rig and a Santone football head jig if the fish are on the bottom.

I hope this information helps you in pursuit of a trophy bass this year on Lake Fork. If you are thinking of coming out and would like to book a fishing trip with me this year, feel free to contact me anytime. I still have a few dates available but you’ll want to contact me fast to ensure the best available dates. I would enjoy the opportunity to take you or your group fishing and help you catch the fish of your dreams! You can contact me by email at lakeforktrophybass@yahoo.com or you can call or text message me at 903-736-9888 Also, please visit my website to find out more information about Lake Fork bass fishing and my guide service at www.officiallakeforktrophybass.com If you are in the market for a new boat this year, it’s a great time to look into the all new Ranger 521 L as its Ranger Boat’s 50th anniversary and they are celebrating with the introduction of this new boat model. If you haven’t seen it yet you can stop by Diamond Sports Marine and Fred will be glad to show you around. Test rides are also available so feel free to contact me or call the dealership at 903-383-7829 and we will get you out on the water for a ride in one. I would like to thank all my sponsors that support me fishing the FLW Series and guide service on Lake Fork: Toyota, Carhartt, Ranger Boats, Mercury Outboards, I Am Second, Leer, Berkey, Abu Garcia, Garmin, Santone Lures, Costa, Power Pole, 3:16 Lure Company, Rigid Industries, Bass Forecast, Elite Tungsten, Bass Boat Technologies, and Fabtech Motorsports. I look forward to the 2018 season and the blessings in store for the year. I pray that each of you are blessed as well!

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

Tight Lines and God Bless,
James Caldemeyer

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March Mayhem is here again everyone! What an exciting time of year to be at Lake Fork. Spring has arrived and Lake Fork is primed up for another great spawning season. Many anglers have waited all winter for this month to come and the great fishing that goes along with it. If you are after a big bass, now is a great time. For those looking for a place to have some fun this month, come on out to Lake Fork with your friends or family to enjoy some time away this spring break! Here are some tips and techniques that will hopefully help you land the fish of your dreams!

The lake is currently completely full  and then some after huge late February rains. The lake came up nearly a foot and they were letting water out of all five gates at the dam for several days. This is a real good thing for an another amazing spring spawn as the bass will have plenty of flooded areas for their young offspring to hide and grow up after they spawn. Water temperatures have been in the high 50’s and even some 60 degree water on the warming days. I expect with the full moon upon us that a number of fish will begin spawning soon. The water clarity is very stained in the northern creek arms but clears as you get towards  the south end.

I am targeting both pre-spawn as well as spawning fish right now. One of my best baits lately has been a lipless crank bait. This is an awesome bait for working through the shallows. I like to target flats, points, shallow drains, or ditches in spawning creeks from 2-6 feet deep with a ½ oz to ¾ oz size in any red, orange or chartreuse, crawfish pattern. The key to catching fish on this bait is allowing it to come into contact with grass if you can. A square billed crank bait is also a fish catching machine. Bouncing it into any trees on the retrieve will draw more strikes. On real windy spring days I am also breaking out the Santone M-Series spinnerbait. A chartreuse/white double willow in 3/8 or 1/2 oz sizes are good as well in the same areas. If the fish are hesitant to bite these I know I can always do well on a chatter bait in the same size and color. It has a lot more vibration and will agitate a strike out of even the most stubborn fish. When I am able to find the right water and especially on windy days I opt for a swim bait to target the big females. A 3:16 Lure Company glide bait or Rising Søn soft swim bait is hard to beat! I like the 5” and 6” models best this time of year and my favorite colors are white, Dirty Shad, Caldemeyer Custom, Hitch, and Chartreuse Shad. Slow roll this bait on the shallowest windy banks you can find this spring and you will be surprised at the fish you catch! Get this technique polished up and ready this month as 3:16 Lure Company will be hosting the FIRST EVER “SWIMBAIT ONLY” tournament next month April 7-8 out of Lake Fork Marina!! Wow this will be an exciting event so mark your calendars and come on out that weekend. The new 3:16 swimbait store on Hwy 515, between the lake and Emory, will also be open for everyone to come by and check out the coolest and most effective big bass swimbaits made! I look forward to seeing everyone there!!

When the fish are not active on moving baits in the spring it’s time to slow down. And when I say “slow” I mean fish very slow. As the fish move out of pre-spawn and into their spawning activity they will become more territorial than anything. Putting a bait in their nests or close to where they are and leaving it lay there will entice them to pick it up and move it out of the bedding area. On the contrary if you move it around a lot they will just watch it go by. So fishing slow is very important. Look for the fish to be spawning in 2-8 feet of water on standing timber, lay downs, docks and any re-emerging grass. My favorite baits for targeting these bass as they spawn is a weightless jerk bait like the fluke or Berkley Havoc Jerk. Dead sticking this bait in the flats and spawning areas is very effective. Another big favorite of mine for spawning bass is the Santone Lures “Piglet” shaky head with a Berkley Powerbait Rib Snake. Best colors are black/blue, blue fleck and green pumpkin. This is a great combination for using the same presentation of “dead sticking” when the wind gets up and will not allow you to fish these areas effectively with the weightless technique. Some of my favorite baits to flip and pitch are the new Berkley Havoc and Powerbait. A Texas rigged Berkley Havoc Pit Boss is very effective right now. Best colors are black/blue, green pumpkin, Okeechobee craw, and Big Texan. I will rig mine with a 4/0 wide gap hook and 5/16 oz Elite Tungsten weight on 17 lb Trilene 100% Fluorocarbon line. My favorite new set up to throw this on is the all new Abu Garcia Revo 4 Premier paired with a 7’3” Abu Garcia Villian rod.. Another new product that I am excited about is the new Powerbait “MaxScent”. This is another awesome new soft plastic formula from Berkley that will catch a lot of fish by providing a ton more scent in your soft plastics than the original Powerbait formula. If the fish are finicky and will not bite the bigger soft plastics I will often downsize to a 3/16-1/4 oz shaky head or drop shot rig. A great bait for these is the 4” or 6” Havoc Bottom Hopper. For anyone that is coming out to fish the tournaments, this is a very effective worm for catching under the slot fish. Also, If you are sight fishing for bass and find one that will not bite try one of these and you may be surprised how aggressively the bite it.

The deep bite can still be a player at times although not the most productive. I like to target them during a cold front sometimes in March.. You can still find many fish out on the main lake in holding patterns that are just waiting for the water to warm up and begin their migration to the shallows. Most of these fish are holding in 16-24  feet of water and are often times suspended over structure. I like to target these suspended bass with a Hog Farmer Bait Company umbrella rig. I prefer the 5 wire/8 blade or 5 wire/4 blade  models for most applications. You can rig it with any of your favorite swimbaits. A 3”-5” size is most effective and white or just about any shad color will get the job done. I also use a 5 pack of Santone Riggin Heads which are a great jighead that has a very sturdy hook in it to hold a big fish. Casting this out over deep areas this time of year and counting it down to where you see the fish holding on your electronics doesn’t often bring many bites but the ones it does will be some of the biggest fish in the lake! Carolina rigs are also very productive if the bass are on the bottom.

I hope this information helps you in pursuit of a trophy bass this year on Lake Fork. If you are thinking of coming out and would like to book a fishing trip with me this year, feel free to contact me anytime. I still have a few dates available but you’ll want to contact me fast to ensure the best available dates. I would enjoy the opportunity to take you or your group fishing and help you catch the fish of your dreams! You can contact me by email at lakeforktrophybass@yahoo.com or you can call or text message me at 903-736-9888 Also, please visit my website to find out more information about Lake Fork bass fishing and my guide service at www.officiallakeforktrophybass.com If you are in the market for a new boat this year, it’s a great time to look into the all new Ranger 521 L as its Ranger Boat’s 50th anniversary and they are celebrating with the introduction of this new boat model. If you haven’t seen it yet you can stop by Diamond Sports Marine and Fred will be glad to show you around. Test rides are also available so feel free to contact me or call the dealership at 903-383-7829 and we will get you out on the water for a ride in one. I would like to thank all my sponsors that support me fishing the FLW Series and guide service on Lake Fork: Toyota, Carhartt, Ranger Boats, Mercury Outboards, I Am Second, Leer, Berkley, Abu Garcia, Garmin, Santone Lures, Costa, Power Pole, 3:16 Lure Company, Rigid Industries, Bass Forecast, and Fabtech Motorsports. I look forward to the 2018 season and the blessings in store for the year. I pray that each of you are blessed as well!

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

Tight Lines and God Bless,
James Caldemeyer

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February is rolling at Lake Fork! What an awesome time of year it is to come out and enjoy some big bass action before the spring masses arrive to chase down a lunker. The fish are hungry and at their heaviest weight of the year so it stands to reason that catching the fish of your dreams is highly attainable if you are out on the water putting your time in. Here are some helpful tips that I hope will help in the pursuit of those Lake Fork bass!

The lake is still in great shape for the beginning of the spring season. Water levels are still steady with the lake about 1 foot low but expect spring rains to begin raising Lake Fork to full pool over the next month or two. Water temperatures are beginning to creep back up into the low to mid 50 degree range after bottoming out in the 40's during the month of January where it was one of the coldest months in history for east Texas. There is still some grass growing in areas around the lake and could really burst out if we have water levels remain consistent. The overall clarity of the lake is good with stained water mostly in the backs of some of the creeks and other windblown areas.

The primary patterns for bass this month revolve around their pre-spawn activity. As the water warms the fish will begin migrating into the creeks from the depths into the shallower water. I always stress to anglers that are coming to Lake Fork this time of year that water temperature is everything! Its important to be observant about the water temperature as you move around on the lake. Having great electronics like my new Garmin 7612s really helps. It will give you an accurate reading of surface temperatures and help you eliminate less productive water. The bass are generally going to focus on the warmest water that they can find and the fish in those areas are going to be the most active. I like to look for areas that temperatures are increasing daily. A good place to look first is in the creeks and pockets that are protected from the north. These areas do not cool as fast during a front and often times warm up quicker, especially the ones furthest north on the lake. If I am in temperatures between 52-56 degrees, I consider that ideal for pre-spawn bass activity. If it gets any warmer than that you can expect them to start spawning.

Most of my fishing in February is centered on pre-spawn patterns until the bass become committed to the spawn though. I like to strategically target big female bass that are staging and feeding up before they actually move to the nests. I feel that these big bass are more vulnerable to being caught this way than they are when they get on the beds and every fisherman going down the bank is tossing at them. This pattern pays off big especially when you find the right area and a congregation of bass. The areas that I am targeting these pre-spawn bass in are points, creek channels, drains, and shallow structure. Most of these fish will be relating to some sort of cover whether it is grass, stumps, boat docks etc. The key to finding these big bass in these areas is the presence of bait within the area. It stands to reason that big pre-spawn female bass that are eating heavily to prepare to spawn are not going to be in an area where there isn’t anything to eat. Look for schools of shad on your sonar and you’ll be in action. Again, I rely heavily on my electronics to give me accurate readings and I have complete confidence in them to show me what I need to know about the water that I am in.

Once I find the area that I am looking for, I begin targeting the bass with several different techniques depending on the conditions. Around grass in 2-6 feet of water I am throwing a lot of reaction type baits like lipless crank baits in red or shad colors, suspending jerk baits in gold, silver, or clown colors and if you want to catch the giants you’ll want to throw big swim baits like the 3:16 Lures - Rising Son. This bait is an incredible big bass bait and its action is unmatched. You’ll also want to get your hands on the new 5” Rising Son available this season as it will be doing some serious damage. Rigging it on the proper rod is very important. I throw mine on an Abu Garcia Villain rod that is a 7’11” heavy action rod. I will also spool up an Abu Garcia Toro Beast reel with 20 lb Trilene 100% fluorocarbon line. This will allow you to make long casts with this heavier bait and still have enough backbone to set the hook on a big fish. In the areas that I am fishing timber I am either casting a square bill style crank bait like the Berkley Pit Bull or I am flipping wood with the Santone Lures Rattlin Jig. Best colors have been chartreuse, red, and white on the crank baits and 3/8-1/2 ounce in black/blue, black/blue/purple, or PB&J colors with a Berkley Chigger Craw as a trailer. The square bill is a great search/reaction bait in the timber and will help you locate fish quickly. Once you’ve found an area though, slow down and start flipping and pitching the jig and you can catch some big ones. If you are not able to get on a bite up shallow you may need to back off the bank some and fish the deeper areas where these fish are staging. Flipping a jig in 8-15 feet of water has been very productive as well.

The deep bite is not out of the question this month either. You can still find many fish out on the main lake in holding patterns that are just waiting for the water to warm up and begin their migration to the shallows. Most of these fish are holding in 22-32 feet of water and are often times suspended over structure. I like to target these suspended bass with a Hog Farmer Bait Company umbrella rig. I prefer the 5 wire/8 blade or 5 wire/4blade models for most applications. You can rig it with any of your favorite swimbaits. A 3”-5” size is most effective and white or just about any shad color will get the job done. I also use a 5 pack of Santone Riggin Heads which are a great jighead that has a very sturdy hook in it to hold a big fish. Casting this out over deep areas this time of year and counting it down to where you see the fish holding on your electronics doesn’t often bring many bites but the ones it does will be some of the biggest fish in the lake!

I hope this information helps you in pursuit of a trophy bass this year on Lake Fork. If you are thinking of coming out and would like to book a fishing trip with me this year, feel free to contact me anytime. I still have a few dates available but you’ll want to contact me fast to ensure the best available dates. I would enjoy the opportunity to take you or your group fishing and help you catch the fish of your dreams! You can contact me by email at lakeforktrophybass@yahoo.com or you can call or text message me at 903-736-9888 Also, please visit my website to find out more information about Lake Fork bass fishing and my guide service at www.officiallakeforktrophybass.com If you are in the market for a new boat this year, it’s a great time to look into the all new Ranger 521 L as its Ranger Boat’s 50th anniversary and they are celebrating with the introduction of this new boat model. If you haven’t seen it yet you can stop by Diamond Sports Marine and Fred will be glad to show you around. Test rides are also available so feel free to contact me or call the dealership at 903-383-7829 and we will get you out on the water for a ride in one. I would like to thank all my sponsors that support me fishing the FLW Series and guide service on Lake Fork: Toyota, Carhartt, Ranger Boats, Mercury Outboards, I Am Second, Leer, Berkey, Abu Garcia, Garmin, Santone Lures, Costa, Power Pole, 3:16 Lure Company, Rigid Industries, Bass Forecast, and Fabtech Motorsports. I look forward to the 2018 season and the blessings in store for the year. I pray that each of you are blessed as well!

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

Tight Lines and God Bless,
James Caldemeyer

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Happy New Year from Lake Fork everyone! It’s hard to believe that another year is beginning already. I’m excited to see what it has in store and am definitely looking forward to another year of some great fishing. With the lake in great shape as we start the year it should be a fun one. I hope that many of you are able to make it out to the lake this year for some fun, fishing, and relaxation!

The lake levels are very good right now after having some recent rains last month. Lake Fork is currently 401.94 which is a foot below full pool. The water clarity has been off colored up north in some of the creeks and fairly clear in other creeks. The water on the south end of the lake remains good with visibility to about 3 feet. Grass is abundant in some of the creeks with scattered amounts on the main lake. Water temperatures have been ranging in the upper 40s to lower 50s on warming days.

My best patterns this month are mostly shallow to mid depths as the numbers of bites decrease and quality increases. You can catch some real big ones right now thru the pre-spawn period. These big female bass are feeding up in preparation for spawning and they are very vulnerable with fewer anglers on the water. I have a couple of “go to” baits for this time of year while fishing shallow. One is a lipless crankbait. I like to throw a 1/2-3/4 oz sizes in like a Berkley Warpig in crawfish colors, red, orange, and chrome or shad patterns. Targeting grass beds and stumps on secondary points and staging areas in 2-6 feet of water for these big pre-spawn bass is key. Another great bait is a square billed crankbait. These baits do best bumped and banged off of stumps that these bass are holding tight to. It’s a reaction bite so look for either of these two baits to get bit as they deflect off of grass or stumps. The rod will just load up. Crankbaits catch giants this time of year on Lake Fork so keep them tied on! Another great shallow bait is a suspending jerk bait. It’s very effective after a cold front hits or on bright sunny days with calm wind. You can work them in the same areas as the crank baits with slow long pauses between jerks and the big bass will tackle them. I also like to target these bass that are staging is in mid-depths this time of year too. If you find a warming trend of days where the water temperature is rising, be sure to try some big baits too. The 3:16 Lure Company Rising Son swimbait is deadly. Long casts with a slow retrieve over these staging areas can get your line stretched! I prefer the white color or the dirty shad color early in the season. There is both a line-thru and a weedless version available for fishing it in heavy cover. Be on the look out for the new 3:16 Swimbait Store opening up soon on highway 515 near FM 2946 on your way from Emory headed to the lake on the left side of the road. The Grand Opening will be fun and some real cool baits will be readily available to the public directly for the first time. You won’t want to miss it!

I often like back out off the bank some this time of year to target fish in mid-depths. Backing out into 10-14 ft and targeting stumps on points or creek channel bends with a Santone Rattlin jig can be very productive. I use the ½ oz size mostly in black/blue or JC’s Spicy Craw with a Berkley Chigger Craw as a trailer. Making accurate presentations to your targets is key so if this is something that’s a weakness in your technique arsenal, now is the time to practice it and be able to gain some confidence in it! Pitching and flipping around heavy cover can pay off big this time of year.

The deep bite is hit and miss but you can really catch a giant if you are committed to it. I am using my Garmin electronics to scan depths of 22-32 feet of water for schools of bait and bass hanging around them. We have had a recent resurgence of barfish or yellow bass in the lake and their abundance is very good for the big bass population that thrive on them in their diet. A Carolina rig is a great one to have tied on for these deep schools as well as a Santone football jig. If the bass are suspended you can target them with umbrella rigs, spoons, or tail kickers too.

I hope this information helps you in pursuit of a trophy bass this year on Lake Fork. If you are thinking of coming out and would like to book a fishing trip with me this year, feel free to contact me anytime. I still have a few dates available but you’ll want to contact me fast to ensure the best available dates. I would enjoy the opportunity to take you or your group fishing and help you catch the fish of your dreams! You can contact me by email at lakeforktrophybass@yahoo.comor you can call or text message me at 903-736-9888 Also, please visit my website to find out more information about Lake Fork bass fishing and my guide service at www.officiallakeforktrophybass.com

If you are in the market for a new boat this year, it’s a great time to look into the all new Ranger 521 L as its Ranger Boat’s 50thanniversary and they are celebrating with the introduction of this new boat model. If you haven’t seen it yet you can stop by Diamond Sports Marine and Fred will be glad to show you around. Test rides are also available so feel free to contact me or call the dealership at 903-383-7829 and we will get you out on the water for a ride in one. I would like to thank all my sponsors that support my fishing of the FLW Series and my guide service on Lake Fork: Toyota, Carhartt, Ranger Boats, Mercury Outboards, I Am Second, Leer, Berkey, Abu Garcia, Garmin, Santone Lures, Costa, Power Pole, 3:16 Lure Company, Rigid Industries, Bass Forecast, and Fabtech Motorsports. I look forward to the 2018 season and the blessings in store for the year. I pray that each of you are blessed as well!

Isaiah 25:1 – O Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you and praise your name, for in perfect faithfulness you have done marvelous things, things planned long ago.

Tight Lines and God Bless,
James Caldemeyer

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September is here and what a great month it is going to be for big bass action on Lake Fork! One of the biggest tournaments of the year is taking place here this month and it’s going to be exciting. The Sealy Big Bass Tournament is coming to Lake Fork Marina September 15-17. The payout on this tournament will exceed $500,000 in cash & prizes! Now that’s some real incentive to get out to the lake and get to fishing.

September is always a transitional time for the water on Lake Fork. With a mix of warm days and cooler nights the water conditions start to change. The lake has received a ton of summer rain so there are plenty of places for the fish to hide. Current levels at or just above full pool since hurricane Harvey and can make navigating treacherous so be careful out there. Most of the stumps that are in the lake are just under the surface in most areas right now due to the high water. The water temperatures have been ranging from 80-86 degrees on most areas of the lake. The water clarity is clearer south and off colored to stained in a number of areas up north due to the lake beginning to turn over. There are some areas that are clearer than others and most of the best water visibility is on the south end. If we have some cooler evenings roll in as the month progresses the lake could turnover fairly quickly.

As Lake Fork is in a season transition you can also expect to find the fish in the same state of uncertainty. You will find that some of the bass have already started to migrate into the shallows to escape the instability of the deeper water. Main lake points, pockets, and coves at the mouth to mid way back in the creeks are good places to start. I like to target several different shallow patterns during this time of year. A square billed crank bait, lipless crank bait, Santone Lures spinner bait, chatter bait, or Santone swim jig are all great choices when trying to target these shallow fish that are feeding on the shad up shallow. Lots of shad will be on the bank as the water temperatures cool. Covering water is always good and these baits will get it done. I like to use any shad pattern or white and white/chartreuse combinations when selecting a color. Once I establish an area that is holding fish with the moving baits I will slow down and fish the area thoroughly. A Texas rigged worm is my go to in the fall. I like to use an Elite Tungsten 1/4 to 5/16 oz weight on 4/0 hook. I will rig up with a Berkley Powerbait power worm on the business end. The best colors are blue fleck, cherry seed, plum, motor oil, or black and blue in the 7” size. Another great choice of baits for me has been the Berkley Havoc Juice Worm. Fishing any of these through the shallow grass or shallow stumps catches lots of shallow bass on Lake Fork in the fall. My other “slow down” technique for catching them is a shaky head worm. I will use a 3/16 oz head with a Berkley Bottom Hopper or Rib Snake. Working these baits with light line like 12-pound Trilene 100% Fluorocarbon will catch a lot of fish especially as the crowds roll in and the fish feel the pressure from tournament anglers. My favorite colors are shady watermelon candy, plum, and blue fleck.

The deep bite is also very inconsistent in September but if the right conditions present themselves it can be outstanding. I run a 2017 Ranger z521c and I have it equipped with the new Garmin electronic. It makes quick work of finding the schools of deep bass! I will look for fish to be holding on main lake points, roadbeds, humps, and ridges. The great thing about my graphs is it gives you a definite distinction of whether or not there is a thermocline. When the bass have a lack of thermocline in the water column they tend to be more scattered and suspended. When the thermocline is in tact, the bass are more condensed in the relative depths. So, again with the lake in transition, you have to be aware of what the water conditions are before you can decide what the best techniques and presentations are to use. When I see the bass suspended around bait in the water column I am using a deep diving crank bait or flutter spoon most of the time. Any shad color is great but I like one with some chartreuse in it as well. I will throw mine on the Abu Garcia Revo Winch rod and reel. The rod is 7’6” and the reel has a great 5:1 cranking ratio for working it out deep. I can make really long casts with this combination too. The Alabama Rig is also a great choice for these schools of bass as well. Working these baits in the 20-30 foot range is best right now but some fish have started moving shallower. When the bass are on the bottom and grouped up good I am using a Carolina rig mostly. I like my Carolina rig on a 7’6” medium heavy Abu Garcia Villain or Premier rod with a Revo reel spooled up with some 20 lb Trilene 100% fluorocarbon line and a 15-17 lb leader. I like to use a 1 oz Elite Tungsten weight and a 3/0 hook. I have been catching a number of fish with the new Berkley Rib Snake as well as the Berkley Havoc Bottom Hopper. The best colors have been blue fleck, watermelon, and green pumpkin. If you want to catch a big one out deep then you will want to break out the football jig as well. A Santone Lures  3/4oz football head jig with a Berkley Havoc Pit Chunk or Chigger Craw trailer is a hard combination to beat. I am throwing this in the same areas as the Carolina rig and dragging it or hopping it through these deep schools of bass. Best colors right now on the jig are black & blue, JC’s Spicy Craw, and Sloppy Joe.

I hope this information helps you in pursuit of a trophy bass on Lake Fork this month. Especially if its your new personal best or the big bass of the tournament! Good luck to all anglers and be safe out there. Always wear your life vest and kill switch. It could save your life. If you are thinking of coming out and would like to book a trip with me this year, feel free to contact me. I still have a few fall/winter dates available. My schedule is already booking up fast for the spring so contact me for the best dates still available. I would enjoy the opportunity to take you or your group fishing and help you catch the fish of your dreams! You can contact me to book your trip by email at lakeforktrophybass@yahoo.comor give me a call at 903-736-9888. Also, visit my website to find out more information about Lake Fork bass fishing and my guide service at www.officiallakeforktrophybass.comIf you are able to make it to Lake Fork for one of the tournaments be sure to go by Diamond Sports Marine on Hwy 154 and see all the new Ranger Boats. I’m waiting on my brand new 2018 521L to get here and they will be having some arriving soon! If you are in the market for a boat this year its time to go see Fred for a great deal on a new one. Test rides are available so feel free to contact me or call the dealership at 903-383-7829 and we will get you out on the water for a ride in one! I would like to thank all of my current 2017 sponsors for supporting my FLW Series tournament fishing and my guide service on Lake Fork: Toyota, Carhartt, Ranger Boats, Mercury Outboards, I Am Second, Leer, Garmin, Berkley, Abu Garcia, Santone Lures, Costa Sunglasses, Power Pole, Rigid Industries, Road Armor, Fabtech Motorsports and Elite Tungsten.

Isaiah 25:1 - O LORD, you are my God; I will exalt you and praise your name, for in perfect faithfulness you have done marvelous things, things planned long ago.

Tight Lines and God Bless,
James Caldemeyer

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August bass fishing on Lake Fork can be HOT! Although the weather can be hot we have not had the extreme heat that we sometimes experience in the summer so the fishing can be hot too. It has kept the lake levels in good shape and also provided for the cooler water for the bass to stay active in. If you are going to be fishing this month or are planning a trip to the lake for a summer fishing outing, here are some tips and techniques that will help make your trip productive.

The water levels on the lake are currently at 402.24 with full pool being 403. This puts us at just under a foot low. The water clarity is good in most areas of the lake. We have lots of new grass growing in areas due to the higher water levels. Water temperatures are ranging from 88-92 degrees.

The most consistent pattern lately has been targeting the most reliable fish to catch which have been holding in the 16-20 ft range. These fish are holding on points with timber or other structure early. The key has been deep water close by. So if you find an area that has deep water near it like a channel and a point or hump with trees on it nearby, you will be in action. The bass are pulling up on these spots to feed and with the warmer weather the best time to find them there is in the morning or in the evening. My most productive bait when the fish are actively feeding has been a 5/8-3/4 oz Santone football jig in JC’s Spicy Craw, Mexican Heather, or Pake’s Perch colors. Cranking the trees where these fish are hiding tight to and banging the timber with deep diving crank baits will draw some big bites also. If the fish are not in a “chasing” mood, I opt for a Carolina rig. I am using a Berkley Havoc 6.25” Bottom Hopper worms or Berkley Rib Snake. I am rigging my 7’6” med heavy Abu Garcia Villain rod and MGX Revo reel up with 20 lb Trilene 100% fluorocarbon and a 1 oz Elite Tungsten weight on the main line and 17 lb four foot leader with a 3/0 wide gap hook. Slowing dragging this rig is important. The bites can be subtle this time of year so going slow and making sure you are feeling everything it is moving over and thru will help your catch rate. A lot of times when the bass are holding real tight to cover (trees) the strike zone shrinks and you need something that you can put right on their nose so a big Berkley 12” inch worm on a heavy shaky head or Texas rig in blue fleck or plum color is the best choice.

During the day when the fish after the fish head out to deeper water, you have to change gears a little bit. The thermocline has begun to set up at about 24 foot and has the most productive spots where active schools of deep fish are at about the same depth and just above being the range you want to target for structure to top out at. That is not to say that you will not find or catch fish deeper than this but that the majority of the schools will be found in this range. When I am using my Garmin electronics to locate schools of these deep fish the first thing that I am looking for on a hump, ridge, roadbed, or under water point is the presence of baitfish. If I am not seeing shad on my graph it is highly unlikely that I will see bass in concentrations. Once I locate a school of fish on my graph I am taking notice where exactly the fish are located in the water column. If the fish are suspended off the bottom I am using deep diving crank baits, swim baits, or big flutter spoons are my favorite this month. I like the standard sized flutter spoon as well as the big magnum Ben Parker spoons out deep. When I locate a group of deep fish that are on the bottom, or are relating closely to the bottom, I am back to the same Carolina rig combination that I described earlier as it works just as effectively out deep. The best colors lately have been watermelon candy, watermelon red and chartreuse pepper. I also like to throw a Santone ¾ or 1 oz football head jig on the deep bass. I will throw it out there and drag it or sometimes use a stroking technique of hopping it a ways off the bottom to draw strikes from the biggest bass in the school. Be sure to also check for fish hanging around the bridges. During hot calm days you will find congregations of fish chasing shad and schooling heavily around the bridge columns. Drop shots, weightless worms, under spins, spoons, and top waters are all very effective for catching these fish and can often times salvage an otherwise unproductive summer day on the lake.

I hope this report helps you on your next trip here to the lake.  Good luck to all of you anglers coming out and be safe out on the water. If you are headed to Lake Fork in pursuit of a trophy bass and are looking to book a guide, I would enjoy the opportunity to take you or your group fishing and show you a great time on Lake Fork. Also, if you are interested in learning deep structure fishing and how to read electronics, now through the end of the year is the time to book with me. My fall schedule is already about full so act fast to get your reservations in now. I’m also filling up very fast for spring already. If you are able to plan that far ahead, you’ll want to get on my schedule soon or I will be booked solid if you wait until after the first of the year. I also have gift certificates available for those of you that are interested in purchasing a friend or loved one a guided trip on Lake Fork. You can contact me to make your reservation at 903-736-9888 or send me an email at lakeforktrophybass@yahoo.comYou can also visit my website for more information about Lake Fork and my guide service at www.officiallakeforktrophybass.com  You can find me on Facebook and follow my official Lake Fork Guide page at https://www.facebook.com/lakeforktrophybassguide/

Good luck to all the tournament anglers headed to the lake this month! Also, while you are here, be sure to stop by Diamond Sports Marine located on highway 154 just north of the bridge. Look for the all new 2018 Ranger boats to be arriving soon. You will not want to miss the opportunity to check out the new L series bass boats as well as the all-new Ranger aluminum series. These boats have some amazing features are definitely eye catchers! Give Fred a call at 903-383-7829 to set up your personal demo ride in a Ranger Boat.

I would like to thank all of my current 2017 sponsors for supporting my FLW Series tournament fishing and my guide service on Lake Fork: Toyota, Carhartt, Ranger Boats, Mercury Outboards, I Am Second, Leer, Garmin, Berkley, Abu Garcia, Santone Lures, Costa Sunglasses, Power Pole, Rigid Industries, Road Armor, Fabtech Motorsports and Elite Tungsten.

Isaiah 25:1 - O LORD, you are my God; I will exalt you and praise your name, for in perfect faithfulness you have done marvelous things, things planned long ago.

Tight Lines and God Bless,
James Caldemeyer

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My absolute favorite month of the year is finally upon us! June is such an amazing fishing month each year here on world famous Lake Fork. I look forward to June because the bass have progressed into their post spawn feeding regimen and that means lots of hungry bass around the lake to catch. You can catch a lot of fish right now and big ones too! Oh man do they fight hard!

The lake is in great shape and up a bit from recent storms. The water levels are currently at 403.20, which is 2 inches above full pool. The clarity of the water is slightly stained in most areas on the upper north end and clear to about 3 feet on the south end of the lake. The recent surge of rising water levels has triggered some great new vegetation growth all over the lake. Water temperatures are ranging from 74-80 degrees but you can expect those temperatures to rise as we progress through the month.

Right now the fishing is great just about everywhere you go on the lake both shallow and deep. The biggest problem has been deciding which groups of fish to go after. Most of the bass have finished up spawning and are hungry! The top water fishing has been very good this year with whopper ploppers, yellow magics, and zara spooks in shad patterns getting the best action worked early and late around main lake points. The explosions on these baits are fierce. As the shad are finishing up their spawn a square billed crank bait, white spinner bait, chatter bait, or a 3:16 Lure Company swimbait fished in the same areas are doing well also. These fish are very aggressive and will pound these baits as you reel them through 2-6 feet of water. The bite isn’t lasting long in the morning so get out early if you want to take advantage of this bite!

There are a large number of big fish in mid depths this year due to the rise in water and mild temperatures. The bass have been feeding early and late on shad around 12-16 feet of water. My go to bait for these bass have been a 10” Texas rigged worm in blue fleck, tequila sunrise, and plum or watermelon candy. There’s nothing like the scent of a Powerbait worm to attract the bite of a monster bass. I am using a 3/8 oz. Elite Tungsten weight and a 5/0 hook for these worms and fishing it slowly around the trees on points, humps, road beds, and creek bends. You can also catch some fish in the same areas on deep diving crank bait like a DD 22. Any shad pattern will work fine. I prefer a little bit of chartreuse color on the bait.

The deep bite has really started to turn on over the past couple of weeks. As the fish finish up spawning you can find schools of fish congregated on points, humps, creek channel bends, roadbeds, ridges, and pond dams in 18-28 feet of water. I will idle over these areas with my Garmin electronics and look for schools of bass around shad, sand bass, or yellow bass. The big bass will feed on all three. Once I have located a school I have been using several different presentations. The Carolina rig has been the most effective lately. I am using a 7’6” medium heavy Abu Garcia Villain rod rigged with a 1 oz. tungsten weight and 4-5 foot leader with a 3/0 wide gap hook. My best baits have been a Berkley 7” Powerworm, jerk, lizard, or centipede in watermelon or green pumpkin colors. The football head jig bite has been good for big fish. I am using a ¾-1 oz. Santone Lures football jig in my signature color J.C.’s Spicy Craw, Mexican Heather, Fouzman, and PB&J colors with a Berkley Havoc “Deuce” or “Pit Chunk” in green pumpkin or watermelon as a trailer.   A lot of these deep fish are suspended over this structure too and a deep diving crank bait, a big spoon, umbrella rigs, or a swim bait do best. Working these baits through the middle of the water column will get you bit!

I hope this report helps you on your next trip here to the lake.  Good luck to all the tournament anglers coming out and be safe out on the water. I also want to wish all the Dads out there a Happy Father’s Day! If you are headed to Lake Fork in pursuit of a trophy bass and are looking to book a guide, I would enjoy the opportunity to take you or your group fishing and show you a great time on Lake Fork. Also, if you are interested in learning deep structure fishing and how to read electronics, now through the end of the year is the time to book with me. My summer and fall schedule is already filling fast so get your reservations in now for best available dates. I also have gift certificates available for those of you that are interested in purchasing a friend or loved one a guided trip on Lake Fork. You can contact me to make your reservation at 903-736-9888 or send me an email at lakeforktrophybass@yahoo.comYou can also visit my website for more information about Lake Fork and my guide service at www.officiallakeforktrophybass.com You can find me on Facebook and follow my official Lake Fork Guide page at https://www.facebook.com/lakeforktrophybassguide/

Good luck to all the tournament anglers headed to the lake this month! Also, while you are here, be sure to stop by Diamond Sports Marine located on highway 154 just north of the bridge. They have all the new 2017 Ranger Boats in stock. You will not want to miss the opportunity to check out the new Z series bass boats as well as the all-new Ranger aluminum series. These boats have some amazing features are definitely eye catchers! Give Fred a call at 903-383-7829 to set up your personal demo ride in a Ranger Boat.

I would like to thank all of my current 2017 sponsors for supporting my FLW Series tournament fishing and my guide service on Lake Fork: Toyota, Carhartt, Ranger Boats, Mercury Outboards, I Am Second, Leer, Garmin, Berkley, Abu Garcia, Santone Lures, Costa Sunglasses, Power Pole, Rigid Industries, Road Armor, Fabtech Motorsports and Elite Tungsten.

Isaiah 25:1 - O LORD, you are my God; I will exalt you and praise your name, for in perfect faithfulness you have done marvelous things, things planned long ago.

Tight Lines and God Bless,
James Caldemeyer

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May is a big month here on Lake Fork for big bass! It’s going to be another great month here at the Big Bass Capital of Texas. Fishing the end of spring and the beginning of summer on Lake Fork is outstanding and this year will be no exception. With the spawn winding down and the bass moving to a number of productive feeding patterns to replenish themselves, you can catch big bass fishing just about any way you’d like to from shallow to deep.

The lake is in great shape and up a quite a bit from recent storms. The water levels are currently at 403.00 which is full pool. The clarity of the water is stained in areas on the upper north end and steadily clearing to about 3 feet as you move to the south end of the lake. The recent surge of rising water levels has triggered some great new vegetation growth all over the lake. Water temperatures are ranging from 70-74 degrees but you can expect those temperatures to rise as we progress through the month.

The shallow fishing has been excellent lately. With the lake coming up and all the freshly flooded cover for the fish to get into the bass are very shallow and buried up in the new habitat. The shad have begun spawning on windy banks all over the lake and the bass are close behind them. Top water poppers, Santone “Lake Fork Braid Buzz” buzz baits, shallow crank baits, 3:16 Lure Company swim baits have all been very good fished from 1-6 ft depths. Anything shad with white on it or shad patterns is best. This bite can be short in the morning so you have to get out early to take advantage of the action. Days with cloudy overcast skies can be outstanding all day long fishing these areas. The flipping bite has also been insane with the flooded brush and trees in the water. I am flipping a Santone ¾ oz Rattlin Jig in JC’s Spicy Craw or Black,Brown & Amber with a matching craw trailer to the heaviest cover I can find. You can also target some late spawners on beds, sight fishing, as we still have fish coming in to finish up spawning as well as lots of fry guarders. The frog bite is very good in many areas as these new hatches of bass cling to the floating grass and flooded cover in the backs of spawning pockets and creeks.

Mid depth fishing in 8-16 ft has been real good also. There are still some fish staging to move up and spawn as well as others that are holding in these depths to feed up after spawning. Best areas in these depths to target are points, creek channel bends, roadbeds, and humps. You can also catch these fish on a number of different baits. Deep diving crank baits in shad or bream patterns are great. The jig and Carolina rig also get the nod. I have been using a 5/8 oz Santone football head a lot. Its very productive for big fish! PB&J, Mexican Heather, and of course my signature JC’s Spicy Craw have been the best jig colors along with a Berkley Havoc Pit Boss or your favorite matching craw trailer.

As the bass move out from spawning you will find them starting to gang up on real deep structure areas. These bass are hungry in numbers and man is it fun when you get on a big school of them. I rely on my new Garmin electronics to show me where these fish are at and how they are relating in the water column. It really makes it hard for them to hide! Deep humps, roadbeds, points, and ridges in 18-24 ft have been where they are holding. Some days they are on slow gradual breaks and other days they are on the steeper drops. Once I have established a nice school of fish with my electronics I am breaking out several different baits according to depth the fish are in. For suspended bass I am fishing deep diving crank baits and swim baits. Any shad pattern will do. Cranking these baits down to the fish and running the bait through the school can draw some big bites! When the fish are on the bottom I am quickly picking up my Abu Garcia Villain rod and Revo MGX combo to do some Carolina rigging. I like to fish with a 7’3”- 7’6” medium heavy rod spooled with 20 lb Trilene 100% fluorocarbon and a 17 lb leader. I use a long leader that is usually 4-5 ft in length. A 1oz Elite Tungsten weight is mandatory for me and my clients. If you have not ever used tungsten for your rigs you might want to try them out as there is a huge difference in sensitivity and I believe the tungsten weight makes a more appealing sound to the fish which in turn draws curiosity to the area you are dragging your bait. The tungsten is also a lot smaller so it is not as bulky as lead and less likely to get hung up. I have been rigging a 4/0 hook and Berkley Power Worm or Havoc Bottom Hopper in blue fleck or watermelon candy. The big M-Series Santone football head jig is awesome this time of year in these same areas. I opt for the ¾- 1oz size out in these deep areas. Best colors are PB&J, Mexican Heather, and JC’s Spicy Craw. I like to use a Havoc Pit Boss craw or twin tail grub like the Berkley Havoc Deuce in matching color as a trailer. Drag these around out deep and hold on! Some of the biggest fish in the lake will tackle them as they commence to feeding up from the spawn.

I look forward to seeing all of you out on Lake Fork this summer! If you are headed here in pursuit of a trophy bass and are looking to book a guide, I would enjoy the opportunity to take you or your group fishing and show you a great time on Lake Fork. I still have a few dates available for 2017. Most people don’t realize how quick my calendar fills up on Lake Fork so please be sure to start thinking about scheduling your dates soon if you would like to get on my schedule. I also have Lake Fork Trophy Bass Gift Certificates available for those of you that are interested in purchasing one for a friend or loved one. You can contact me to make your reservation at 903-736-9888 or send me an email at lakeforktrophybass@yahoo.com  You can also visit my website for more information about Lake Fork and my guide service at www.officiallakeforktrophybass.com  You can find me on Facebook and follow my official Lake Fork Guide page at https://www.facebook.com/lakeforktrophybassguide/

Also, while you are at the lake, be sure to stop by Diamond Sports Marine located on highway 154 just north of the bridge. They are receiving the new 2017 Ranger Boats daily and you do not want to miss the opportunity to check out the new Z series bass boats as well as the economical new Ranger aluminum series. These boats have some amazing features are definitely eye catchers! Give Fred a call at 903-383-7829 to set up your personal demo ride in a Ranger Boat.

I would like to thank all of my current 2017 sponsors for supporting my FLW Series tournament fishing and my guide service on Lake Fork: Toyota, Carhartt, Ranger Boats, Mercury Outboards, I Am Second, Leer, Garmin, Berkley, Abu Garcia, Santone Lures, Costa Sunglasses, Power Pole, Rigid Industries, Road Armor, Fabtech Motorsports, Royal Racks, and Elite Tungsten.

Romans 8:31 - What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?

Tight Lines & God Bless,
James Caldemeyer

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April is big bass month on Lake Fork! Last month was awesome but I look for this month to be even better. With the weather continuing to warm as spring blooms come in to full swing the big bass are on the move to the shallows to continue their next round of annual spawning activity. If you are in pursuit of the big bass of your dreams, now is the time to head come to Lake Fork!

The lake is in great shape and currently just over 2 feet low. With less than average spring rainfall totals so far this year the lake is down quite just a bit. There is a lot of great vegetation starting to emerge in parts of the lake and it will only get better if we get some more water in the lake with some spring rains. Water clarity in areas is stained to 3 ft visibility on the south end of the lake. Water temperatures are ranging from 65-70 degrees in most areas of the lake. You can find the cooler temps down south and after the fronts come through and also find warmer temps on the north end of the lake and in the afternoons when the sun is warmest. These are perfect conditions for spring fishing as long as the weather is consistent. The more that it stays constant instead of up and down the better the bass will bite.

You can look for a mixture of bass this month to be shallow spawning but you will also find that some of them are still pre-spawn and even starting to move to post-spawn patterns already. My shallow fishing consists of a fairly simple arsenal of baits and is dictated by the ever-changing weather patterns. You have to be versatile in the spring to be able to catch bass consistently because what works one day may not the next and you constantly have fish moving up into new areas to spawn then going back out. Big swimbaits and especially the 3:16 Lure Company Rising Son are an excellent choice for a big bass right now. I throw a swimbait almost exclusively with my clients right now and this bait flat out catches giants. Don’t settle for imitations either. This bait produces big fish when others don’t!

I am also fishing some other shallow spawning patterns as well for fish that are in transition. On sunny days I have been targeting them with a number of soft plastics that work well in very shallow areas. Weightless stick baits, wacky worms, soft jerk baits, and finesse worms have been very good. One of my favorites is the Berkley Havoc Bottom Hopper rigged wacky style or drop shotting it. It comes in both 4” and 6” inch sizes and my best colors have been june bug, cherryseed, and watermelon candy. I am also throwing the Berkley Havoc “Jerk” weightless on a 4/0 hook into the new flooded shallows where the bass are spawning. Fishing any of these baits in the areas that the bass are spawning is very productive right now. Most everything that I am fishing shallow is 2-6 feet of water. If you get a little wind and are still trying to target these bedding bass then I have been switching to a Santone Lures “Piglet” shaky head tipped with a Berkley Powerbait Rib Snake. This bait has very good action just laying motionless on the bottom and the spawning bass will eat it. Best colors lately have been the plum, blue fleck, and green pumpkin. I am also using a light Texas rig with a 1/4 ounce weight and a 4/0 hook and the new Berkley Havoc Boss Dog. This bait resembles a lizard, which is very invasive to a bass’ nest, but it has a sleek and compact profile that allows it to move thru cover smoothly. Best colors are black & blue and watermelon magic. It’s also a great bait for enticing bass to bite if you are site fishing for bass on beds. There is always a lot of great sight fishing on Lake Fork in April. The topwater bite is also starting to pick up too as the shad spawn starts and more fish are guarding young fry!

As more and more fish complete their spawning you will start to see large schools of fish start to show up out in deep water. They will be holding in 16-24 feet of water usually holding around points, roadbeds, humps, and ridges. These fish can be hard to locate and are often times moving around a lot but if you stick with it, it can really pay off. I rely on my new Garmin electronics that are equipped with he revolutionary Panoptix imaging to show me where the bass are. Once I determine where they are and what they are relating to I will select a presentation that best suits the situation. A lot of these post spawn bass will be suspended so deep diving crank baits are a great choice. I also like to throw a deep swim bait at them like the Berkley Swim Shad. This bait can be worked at any depth in the water column so you can reach the bass wherever they are. When the fish get on the bottom I will target them with a big Texas rig and a 1/2 oz weight with a 5/0 hook. I like to put a Berkley 10” or 12” Powerworm on and give them a big meal offering. Most of these bass are very hungry so big baits are appealing to them. I also like to employ the Carolina rig into the arsenal of post spawn techniques. I like to use a long leader (5ft.) and a big heavy 1 oz weight to drag the bottom. Trilene 20 lb test Fluorocarbon is a must with a 2/0 or 3/0 wide gap hook. Best baits on the c-rig are Berkley Powerbait 7” or 10” Power Worms, Power Lizards, or soft jerk baits in blue fleck, watermelon red, green pumpkin, and watermelon candy. The Santone Lures football jigs also start to get the nod, as these bass can’t resist the post-spawn offering out deep.

I look forward to seeing all of you out on Lake Fork this spring! If you are headed here in pursuit of a trophy bass and are looking to book a guide, I would enjoy the opportunity to take you or your group fishing and show you a great time on Lake Fork. I still have a few dates available for 2017. Most people don’t realize how quick my spring and early summer calendar fills up on Lake Fork so please be sure to start thinking about scheduling your dates soon if you would like to get on my schedule. My open dates are limited. I also have gift certificates available for those of you that are interested in purchasing a friend or loved one a guided trip on Lake Fork. You can contact me to make your reservation at 903-736-9888 or send me an email at lakeforktrophybass@yahoo.com  You can also visit my website for more information about Lake Fork and my guide service at www.officiallakeforktrophybass.com  You can find me on Facebook and follow my official Lake Fork Guide page at https://www.facebook.com/lakeforkfishingguides

Also, while you are at the lake, be sure to stop by Diamond Sports Marine located on highway 154 just north of the bridge. They are receiving the new 2017 Ranger Boats daily and you do not want to miss the opportunity to check out the new Z series bass boats as well as the economical new Ranger aluminum series. These boats have some amazing features are definitely eye catchers! Give Fred a call at 903-383-7829 to set up your personal demo ride in a Ranger Boat.

I would like to thank all of my current 2017 sponsors for supporting my FLW Series tournament fishing and my guide service on Lake Fork: Toyota, Carhartt, Ranger Boats, Mercury Outboards, I Am Second, Leer, Garmin, Berkley, Abu Garcia, Santone Lures, Costa Sunglasses, Power Pole, Rigid Industries, Road Armor, Fabtech Motorsports, Royal Racks, and Elite Tungsten.

Romans 8:31 - What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?

Tight Lines & God Bless,
James Caldemeyer

The post Lake Fork Monthly Fishing Report, April 2017 appeared first on Lake Fork Bass Fishing Guide.

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