May is really starting off with a bang as the weather heats up and the bass fishing action is HOT! The fun part about this time of year is that you can catch fish on just about everything in your tackle box shallow, deep, or mid depths. The spawn is still going as well as a number of fish already starting to move into post spawn feeding patterns.
The water conditions are still good with levels at full pool. The water clarity is still stained to semi-clear water found in some areas, mostly on the south end. Water temperatures are ranging from 69-74 degrees and there are a lot of areas that good hydrilla grass beds are starting to mature. The rest of this year we are going to see some great fish caught that are relating to this new surge of healthy grass.
Despite the numerous baits and patterns that we have been able to catch fish on, I have been concentrating on only a few of them in sequence or as the weather allows lately. First, the top water bite has been real good when it is on but it has been a day to day thing. One day they bite good and the next, nothing. I always start off with it though as there isn’t anything much more exciting than seeing a big bass blow up on your favorite top water lure. Frogs, buzz baits, and poppers like a yellow magic have been best for me. Points with grass and just about every stump in a spawning area has been holding fish as they guard balls of hatched fry. The bite has been best real early, late, or on cloudy days. If the fish are reluctant to hit a top water, I have been fishing weightless, flukes, senkos, and wacky rigged Berkley Heavyweight Sink Worms over the grass and around stumps on 15 lb. Trilene 100% Fluorocarbon line. Best colors have been watermelon red, green pumpkin, and watermelon candy. Shallow running crank baits like the minus 1, wake baits, and the hard jerk baits in shad or bream colors have also been good.
Most of the mid depth to deep fish are post spawners that you can catch with numberous baits as well. There some holding in 10-14 ft and others that are in 20-30 ft. I am using my Lowrance HDS 8 to find schools of fish in these areas. By looking at how the fish and bait are positioned in the water column, I can determine which presentation to apply on any given day. If you have one of the new HDS units and would like some instructional training on how to operate them or you would just like to better understand your current electronics and fishing deep structure, I have still have a few dates available for summer fishing which is a great time to learn and gain confidence in using you graphs!
Most of the fish that retreat from spawning will suspend over deep structure. Big crank baits like DD 22’s or Fat Free Shad are great for these fish. I will use very light 10-12 lb test Trilene Trans Optic line on a Abu Garcia Revo Winch to get the bait down to these fish. Carolina riggedBerkley Powerbait Lizards and 4” Power Hawgs have been a good choice. I like to throw them on a 4-5 ft leader with a 1 oz weight and a 3/0 wide gap hook. Best colors have been green pumpkin, pumpkin chartreuse, watermelon red, or camo. Don’t let your guard down as you reel up to make another cast. With lots of fish suspended and transitioning to early summer patterns, they will hit your bait on the way up. The big Texas rigged worms have also been doing real well. I am rigging my Abu Garcia Vendetta rods with a 3/8- 1/2 oz weight, 5/0 hook, along with the ever famousBerkley 10” Power Worm in blue fleck, watermelon, green pumpkin, or tequila sunrise. Fishing this worm this time a year is always a great way to catch some pigs!
If you are headed out to Lake Fork this year and would like to book a guided trip, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can reach me by phone at (903)736-9888. You can also get more information about Lake Fork by visiting my websitewww.officiallakeforktrophybass.com or join my Facebook page to see up to date information about what is going on at Lake Fork. Big thanks to all my sponsors: Ranger Boats, Mercury Outboards, “I Am Second”, Berkley, Abu Garcia, All Star, Oakley, Talon Lures, Interstate Batteries, Line & Lure, BTS Protectant, Navionics, Sure Life, DFW MRI and newest addition Lowrance Electronics.
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Tight Lines and God Bless,