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Hey folks! It is April and the spring fishing on Lake Fork has really turned on. The last several weeks my clients and I have been catching a lot of big bass. These fish are on the move toward the shallows and their annual spawning activities are in full swing. If you are in search of the trophy bass of a lifetime, now is a great time to hit Lake Fork for some awesome big bass action!

The lake is about 3.5 feet low with stained water on the north end of the lake, especially in wind blown areas, and clearer water as you go south. Water temperatures have been in the mid to high 60’s in most areas with several creeks reaching the low 70’s on real warm days. Please be cautious of the lower water conditions if you head out. Follow the marked boat lanes closely and if you are not sure how to navigate an area, stop and idle where you want to fish. With stumps just beneath the surface in areas be safe out there and wear your kill switches with your life vest.

The warmer days have really moved the fish up shallow and some fish have already spawned. You can find fish in all stages of the spawn right now. The pre-spawn fish are still staging on main lake points, secondary points, pond dams, road beds, and creek channel edges near major spawning areas in 8-15 feet of water. There are also some post-spawn bass starting to showing up so a lot of times you can catch fish that are coming and going from the spawning areas on the same spot. The bass are relating heavily to any type of cover available to them in these areas including: stumps, lay-downs, boat docks, and brush piles. With the lake levels low and the lack of grass, due to very little rain and a frigid winter, it is typical for the fish to congregate to any available cover that they can find. I have noticed some good areas where the grass has started to develop and you can expect to see more of it rebound as we move through the spring. Best baits for targeting these big pre-spawn and post-spawn bass has been chatter type baits, shallow crank baits, suspending jerk baits, jigs, Carolina rigs, and Texas rigs. Most of these fish are oriented to a feeding bite so fronts can be best for catching numbers of these big fish eating!

For spawning bass, I have been using lots of soft plastics. Berkley Powerbait and the “New” Berkley HAVOC have been phenomenal lately. If you have not used any of the new Havoc baits, you will want to give them a try. These Lake Fork bass have not seen them yet. The pro designed styles and actions of the Havoc are amazing and they come in a variety of popular colors. I am throwing light Carolina rigs and Texas rigged 6” Power Lizards and 4” Power Hawgs in the Powerbait in black, green pumpkin, and watermelon red colors. Using as light of a weight as the conditions allow has been key. I like to use just an 1/8 or 3/16 oz weight if I can. If the wind gets up or I am targeting the deeper beds, I use a 1/4 to 3/8 oz tungsten weight on 15 lb Trilene 100% Fluorocarbon line. You can rig a Berkley Havoc Pit Boss or Craw Fatty on a 4/0 hook and really do some damage flipping it around shallow cover. Best colors for me have been California, Big Texan, Okeechobee Craw, Green Pumpkin, and Watermelon Candy. On the windy days we have been throwing the Havoc Grass Pig on a 5/0 weighted hook with some success. When the water clears up and the grass gets thicker, this bait will really turn on more so keep it handy! This bait also makes a great trailer on a chatter bait. Best colors in it have been California, Swamp Gas, Pearl, and Watermelon Candy. In calm conditions you can sight fish for spawning bass or use finesse worms like the Berkley Heavyweight Sink Worm rigged weightless on a 1/0 hook. I like to use green pumpkin, black & blue, and breen colors in this bait.

Deep water fishing this month can be great also for pre and post spawn bass are moving in and out of the major creeks and spawning areas. Look for schools of fish to start showing up on humps, ridges, pond dams, road beds, and points in 15-25 ft of water. I use my Lowrance HDS units to locate schools of bait and bass on these key areas. Knowing your electronics to the fullest is a big advantage. These fish will be hungry and when you find a school of fish, you can really catch some nice ones! Lots of these fish like to suspend over structure so deep diving crank a DD 22 in shad patterns does well. Carolina rigged creature baits like the Power Hawg or a 10” Power worm are hearty meals for hungry post spawn and pre spawn bass. Best colors are watermelon red, watermelon candy, blue fleck, and green pumpkin. Big jigs like the Talon 3/4 or 1 oz football jig are great for fishing these deep areas also. Colors like California 420, Dark PB&J, Watermelon Candy, and Willie’s Weed are great choices. Use the Berkley Havoc Deuce as a trailer and you are in action!

I hope this helps all you anglers that are headed to Lake Fork this month in pursuit of a trophy bass! If you would like to book a guided trip on Lake Fork, feel free to contact me at (903)736-9888 or email me at . My schedule for 2011 is filling fast so get your reservations in now for best available dates. I am really enjoying my new 2011 Ranger Z521 Comanche paired with a Mercury Optimax 250 Pro XS . This new ride is an amazing machine! If you have not checked one of these boats out yet you can go by and see one at Diamond Sports Marine on Hwy 154 while you are in the area. Test rides are available upon request. Just give Ben Hogan a call at 903-383-7829 he’ll be glad to help you find the Ranger boat that is right for you. Again, a big thanks to all my sponsors: Ranger Boats, Mercury Outboards, I Am Second, Berkley, Abu Garcia, Oakley, Lowrance, Talon Lures, Interstate Batteries, Line & Lure Conditioner, BTS, Navionics, Sure Life, Power Pole, and Hamby’s.

Ephesians 5:15-17

15. Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men, but as wise, 16. making the most of your time, because the days are evil. 17. So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

Tight Lines and God Bless,

James Caldemeyer


Just got back from Toledo Bend and making my first top 10 in the FLW Everstart Series. I was blessed and finished 7th overall. I am glad to be back home though and am excited about the great fishing that we have been having. If you were able to see the Honey Hole All Outdoors TV Shows (Part 1 and Part 2) that I filmed before I left then you know how hot the fishing has been. If you didn’t catch it on FOX, you can see it on the Honey Hole You Tube channel at

The bass fishing this past week or so has been excellent. If you are looking for the trophy catch of a lifetime, now is the time to get over to Lake Fork. The bass are spawning heavily and the big fish are very accessible. You can catch fish on a variety of different baits and patterns and will only get better as we move into April.

The lake is currently about three and a half feet low. With the lack of vegetation in most areas the water clarity has remained stained to off colored in most areas with clearer water on the south end of the lake. Water temperatures have been in the mid to high 60’s in most areas with temps reaching 70+ on the very warm days.

Most of the bass are spawning right now so the best areas have been points and pockets in the major creeks. The bass are spawning in 2-6 feet of water but there are still a number of fish staging on main lake and secondary points in 6-12 feet of water getting ready to move up. My clients and I are catching a number of fish on several different things right now. The biggest producer lately has bee the “New” Berkley Havoc line of soft plastics. You can get them right now at Lake Fork Marina. These baits come in a number of different styles, have some great action, and the colors are hot! I have been catching most of our fish on the Bobby Lane Craw Fatty and the Skeet Reese Pit Boss. Texas rigging these baits with a 1/4 – 3/8 oz tungsten weight and a 4/0 wide gap hook is best. My favorite colors so far have been Okeechobee Craw, California, Big Texan, Green Pumpkin/Red, and Watermelon Candy. Flip the shallow stumps with these and hold on. These big girls haven’t seen these baits yet and are eating them! Berkley 6” Power Lizards and 4” Power Hawgs have also been god in these same areas. Best colors have been black, black & blue, green pumpkin, and watermelon red. The main thing right now is to really slow down when fishing for these fish that are spawning. I was actually on a text and catch pattern yesterday. I would let my bait sit while I answered a text and get a bite… ha ha! That should tell you how slow you must fish for these bites. For feeding bass, shallow crank baits, chatter baits, and jerk baits have been excellent worked around shallow cover.

There are already a few post spawn fish starting to move out deeper and it will not be long before you see some great fishing for hungry bass in 15-25 ft. These fish will be congregated around bait on these deep structure areas and will be feeding heavily. Having good electronics like my Lowrance HDS units is a big advantage. If you find these fish grouped up, DD22’s, Carolina rigs, and big jigs are the ticket to loading the boat.

I hope this helps you in your pursuit of a trophy Lake Fork largemouth bass! If you are interested in booking a trip with me to fish on Lake Fork, you can contact me anytime by phone at (903)736-9888 or just send me an email at You can also visit my website for more information about Lake Fork I also have a new site up and going with more fishing info at and of course you can reach me (James Caldemeyer) on Facebook or follow me on Twitter.

Matthew 6: 14, 15
For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will alsoforgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

Tight Lines and God Bless,

James Caldemeyer


The Lord blessed my time on the water this week at Toledo Bend and prepared me for my first top ten finish in FLW competition. I caught most all my fish in one area, close to the river channel, that fish were continually moving into to spawn during the event. Although my first day efforts were hindered by other local anglers fishing the area on Day 1, I was able to overcome on Day 2 by bringing in the second heaviest weight of 21 lbs 6 oz and made the top 10 cut. On the final day the fishing slowed again due to fishing pressure from  the weekend crowd but was still able to manage a solid limit and hold my 7th place position to finish. My best baits were a Smithwick Rogue and Talon Shibui Spinnerbait worked over the shallow grass near bedding bass. I would like to thank God, my family & friends, and all my great sponsors for their continued support in making this possible.
Tight Lines and God Bless,
James Caldemeyer


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The dog days of summer have been relentless this year. We have definitely seen our share of 100+ degree days so far and I know a lot of us are ready for some relief. The fishing has still remained decent on most days despite the hot conditions but there have also been some days that I have really struggled to keep up with the fish. Especially during the blazing heat of the day and no wind. But, cooler days and more consistent fishing are just around the corner. The conditions are really shaping up towards some spectacular fall fishing!

The lack of rain over the past several weeks has the lake falling fast in this heat. Water levels are a foot and a half low and declining. The water temperatures are ranging from 88-92 degrees in most areas and the water clarity is off colored in a lot of areas up north with the clearer water found on the southern end.

The shallow water bite has been consistent around main lake and secondary points that are holding good grass and bait fish in 3-10 ft. Texas rigged worms like the new Berkley Thump Worm or 7” Power Worm have been producing a number of quality fish. I like to use a 5/16- 3/8 oz weight and peg it when fishing the grass. I will rig these on a 4/0 wide gap hook with 17 lb Trilene 100% fluorocarbon as well. Best colors are green pumpkin party, watermelon red, and june bug. Crank baits and spinner baits have also been catching some fish when the bass are up shallow chasing these shad. The top water bite has still been very inconsistent for me, but keep it tied on and close by for the fish that come up schooling during the day.

Deep structure fishing this time of year is great also. Lately, the deep fish have been very inconsistent. One day they are on the bottom good and you can catch them all day long, then the next they are scattered and suspended all over the lake. Understanding your electronics like my Lowrance HDS’s is crucial. You can determine what the fish are doing on a given day with these units and make a decision on how to fish for them, whether it be on the bottom or employing suspended fishing tactics. Some days you may have to wave the white flag and go shallow if its just not happening out deep. Either way, good electronics are the key to a successful day of fishing! When I locate fish on the bottom and feeding out deep, I have been using several baits to catch them. Carolina rigged worms like the Berkley Wacky Crawler and 4” Power Hawg do well. Best colors are camo, green pumpkin, watermelon, and red bug. Also a Talon 5/8-3/4 oz football head jig tipped with a craw worm or twin tail grub. The best jig colors right now are watermelon candy, watermelon red, watermelon chartreuse, green pumpkin, or texas craw. Drag either of these rigs slowly through these schools of deep fish and hold on! For the bass that have been suspended (and there are a lot of them right now), a Talon “Big Dandy” flutter spoon in the LakeFork Maniac color has been best. I work this spoon on an Abu Garcia 7’3” medium heavy rod and work it vertically through these fish. If you are not use to throwing one of these big spoons, it takes some getting use to. The bite will come as the spoon falls so keep in tune with the bait as it descends. Another great bait for catching some really nice bass right now is the 5” or 6” BerkleyPower Mullet. These big swim baits have truly lifelike action and can be fished at a variety of depths. Just cast them out and count them down to the desired depth. Use a slow rolling retrieve. When they hit it, they hit it HARD!

The Sealy McDonald’s Big Bass Splash is fast approaching and Bass Champs TFF tourney here this weekend. If you are coming out for these tournaments, please be careful out there. The water is falling and stumps pose a threat to everyone. Please wear your PFD’s and kill switches! If you get a chance, also stop by Diamond Sports Marine on highway 154 here on Lake Fork and check out the new 2011 Ranger Boats in stock. Talk to Ben Hogan and he’ll be glad to help you find the right boat for your needs or you can give them a call at (903)383-7829. If you would like to pre-fish for a tourney or are interested in booking a fishing trip for the fall, please feel free to contact me. You can reach me by email at or just give me a call (903)736-9888. You can also go to my website to get more information about Lake Fork Trophy Bass fishing!

Hebrews 11:1

Tight Lines and God Bless,

James Caldemeyer

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July is a HOT time for some great summer bass fishing on world famous Lake Fork! This time of year offers so much in the way of great fishing. Whether you like to catch big bass from deep structure on a variety of techniques during the heat of the day or you are prefer to beat the heat and take advantage of the fabulous night fishing Lake Fork has to offer, now is the time to do it. Here are some tips and techniques that will help you in pursuit of a trophy bass.

Water conditions on the lake a good right now with the lake level at 402.68 which is about 5 inches below full pool. We have had some rain to keep the lake close to full which is a blessing. As much as we loose to evaporation this time of year, every little shower we get helps. The water temperatures have remained steady in the high 80’s to low 90 degree range. Visibility in most areas is clear to 3 feet.

Fishing has been excellent still with most trips producing 30-60 fish a day with the exception of a few off days here and there. There are a number of fish shallow both early & late in the day and at night or out deep where you will find some very large schools of bass concentrating on shad and bar fish.

The shallow bite is best around grass in 4-10 foot. Fishing these grass beds with top waters, wacky worms, and light Texas rigs has been very good early in the morning, late evening, and at night. For the top water, I go for the yellow magic or zara spook in shad patterns. On the wacky worm, best baits have been trick worms or Berkley Shaky Worms in watermelon red, blue fleck, or pumpkin chartreuse. On the t-rig the 7” and 10” Berkley Power Worm are hard to beat in the summer out here. I usually opt for the 7” size during the day when the fish are more finicky and the 10” when they are biting real good or at night. I try to rig my Texas rig with as light of a weight as I can get away with in the wind. Usually a 1/8-5/16 will work best in the shallow grass and a 3/8-1/2 is best out deep. Working these worms along the edge of the grass around main lake points and creeks can be amazing. Best colors are watermelon red, blue fleck, tequila sunrise, red shad, and “The General”.

After the sun gets up in the morning, I am concentrating on deep structure all day. Humps, roadbeds, points, ridges, and pond dams in depths of 18-28 feet are all great areas to look for these deep bass. My Lowrance HDS 8 is an instrumental part of my deep water agenda and it will tell me exactly where the fish are. Look for on your electronics for bait fish in these areas and the bass will not be far away. If you graph a spot and see bait but no fish, try it again later. You can leave and come back in 30 minutes to find that the fish have just shown up to feed. It’s all about timing!

Once I have located a school of fish with my electronics, I am targeting them several different ways depending on how the fish are arranged in the water column and relating to structure or cover. If the fish are on the bottom the number one producer has been a Carolina rig. 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 have been BerkleyPowerbait 7” or 10” Power Worms, Power Lizards, 4” Power Hawgs, and Wacky Crawlers in blue fleck, watermelon red, green pumpkin, and watermelon candy. Drag these baits slowly over the areas you are fishing and hang on! Texas rigged 10” Power Worms have also been doing very well in the same colors rigged with a 3/8-1/2 oz weight and a 5/0 hook. If you want to catch the biggest fish out of the school, you will definitely want to have a Talon Lures 3/4 oz football head jig tied on. I like to throw watermelon candy, watermelon red, California 420, Willies Weed, or Texas Craw with a twin tail grub trailer orBerkley Chigger Craw. If throwing a jig intimidates you, now is the time to gain some confidence with it. Just throw it out there in the same areas you would fish anything else and drag it until you feel one thump it then set the hook hard and hold on!

For those suspended fish that are so hard to catch you’ll want to have a DD 22 or a spoon like the Talon “Big Dandy” or Joe Spaits Spoon from Weedless Lures here on the lake. These baits have been responsible for catching a lot of big bass lately and will continue to do well thru the summer. The technique of working these big spoons over deep structure is intimidating to most that have never done it but once you get acquainted with it, you’ll be wanting to do a lot more of it.

If you are thinking about heading out to Lake Fork this summer 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. I have several mid summer dates still available for both day and night trip packages. Gift certificates are also available upon request. You can also get more information about Lake Fork by visiting my website Again, a big thanks to all my sponsors: Ranger Boats, Mercury Outboards, I AM SECOND, Berkley, Abu Garcia, All Star Rods, Oakley Sunglasses, Talon Lures, Interstate Batteries, Line & Lure Conditioner, BTS Protectant, Navionics, Sure Life,  DFW MRI and Lowrance Electronics.

Psalms 27:1- The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?

Tight Lines and God Bless,

James Caldemeyer