Archive for April, 2010

The spring spawn here at Lake Fork is going strong right now. Fish can be found on beds right now in areas from the north end all the way south. The full moon at the end of last month brought the first wave of fish up to spawn but you can expect to see many more coming as we progress through the month of April.

Water temperatures have been ranging from low to upper 60’s fluctuating from morning to afternoon. The water has remained fairly stained in most areas due to the occasional showers and consistently windy days. But between rain, wind and other elements of the spring, my clients and I have managed to have some real great days lately with lots of big fish being caught.

My best bait for big fish lately has been the 5” or 6” Berkley Hollow Belly Swim Bait in pearl or gizzard shad color . Rig this bait on the pre-packaged weighted wide gap hook and slow roll it over the shallows in 2-6 ft with 17 lb Trilene 100% Fluorocarbon. Hold on tight to your rod as these fish have been plowing these swim baits! Another great bait for me this spring has been the Berkley 5” Sink Worm or Fat Sink Worm rigged wacky style on a 2/0 weedless finesse hook. Even with the wind that we have been having you can still cast these baits great and feel them as they fall on slack line around spawning beds. Best colors have been green pumpkin party, green pumpkin, and black and blue. Berkley Power Lizards and 4” Power Hawgs have also been good fished on a light Carolina rig with a 1/4 oz weight and a 4/0 wide gap hook. The best part about these is that you can fish them in that 2-6 ft range and catch fish or toss it out on the deeper side in the 6-10 ft water to catch a big female bass that is staging. Spinner baits have also done well on the windy days we have had recently. I am throwing a Talon Shibui 3/8 oz white/chartreuse or coleslaw color a lot right now  Don’t be afraid to get away from the crowds that are huddled up out of the wind and go hit that wind blown bank of your favorite creek with one of these. Sight fishing has been good on the days that the weather will cooperate. With the tint that there is to a lot of the water right now it is definitely a challenge to see them in most areas.

If you have not had a chance to see the new line up of Ranger Boats yet for 2010, stop by and see the folks at Diamond Sports Marine here at Lake Fork located on Hwy 154 just north of the lake bridge. I am running the new Z521 this year powered by a Mercury 250 Pro XS and I can’t say enough about it. It’s an amazing machine!

If you are headed out to Lake Fork this year and would like to book a guided trip, feel free to email me at or you can reach me by phone at (903)736-9888. You can also get more information about Lake Fork by visiting my website 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.

Read Romans 10:9
Tight Lines and God Bless,

James Caldemeyer