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The fishing these past few weeks has been incredible! My clients and I have been catching 30-50 fish a day on most days even despite the wind and storms. The quality of the fish has been excellent also with most days yielding 30+ lbs. with best 5 and we had a day last week with sack over 40 lbs.!

The lake is still in great shape with water levels still around 3.5 feet low. The water temperatures are ranging from 72-76 degrees. The water clarity is slightly stained in a lot of areas with clearer water on the main lake and south end. The grass is starting to grow real good in a lot of areas and the fish like it.

The top water fishing has been very good this year with poppers, yellow magic, 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 Berkley Hollowbelly Swim bait 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.

There are also a lot of mid depth fish holding on timber in 8-12 feet. Talon jigs in 3/8–5/8 sizes in green pumpkin with matching Berkley Chigger Craw for a trailer have worked really well fished around the the standing trees and stumps. I make sure to have some 25 lb. Trilene 100% fluorocarbon line spooled up on an Abu Garcia Revo and 7’3” Veritas medium heavy flipping rod. A Texas rigged Berkley Havoc Pit Boss in big Texan, California, or green pumpkin color has been excellent http://www.berkley-fishing.com A shaky head has also produced well in this depth on certain days when the fish are not as eager to bite the bulky baits.

The deep bite has really stared 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 Lowrance HDS unit 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 Veritas 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 5” wacky crawler, 4” Power Hawg, 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. Talon football jig in green pumpkin, watermelon candy, Bama bug, and Willie’s weed colors with a Berkley Havoc “Deuce” in green pumpkin as a trailer http://www.talonlures.com A lot of these deep fish are suspended over this structure too and a deep diving crank bait, Talon “Big Dandy” spoon, or big swim baits do best. Working these baits through the middle of the water column will get you bit!

I hope this helps all you anglers that are headed to Lake Fork 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 lakeforktrophybass@yahoo.com 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 for 2011 is already filling fast so get your reservations in now for best available dates.

You can also visit me at http://www.officiallakeforktrophybass.com or at my new site http://www.jamescaldemeyer.com I am really enjoying my new 2011 Ranger Z521 Comanche http://www.rangerboats.com paired with a Mercury Optimax 250 Pro XS http://www.mercurymarine.com . This new ride is an amazing machine! If you haven’t checked one of these boats out yet you can go by and see one at Diamond Sports Marine http://www.diamondsportsmarine.com 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 and 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, Hamby’s, and Affordable 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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Lake Fork is really going strong right now. Despite the weather and lots of wind, we
have still managed to have lots of excellent fishing days with lots of numbers
and big fish too. There have been several days recently that my clients and I
have had 30-40 fish before lunch. The end of April and entering into May is
such an awesome time to be out here because you can catch so many fish on lots
of different patterns and techniques.

We have some rain coming through the area right now and forecasts are indicating
that we may see some more much needed rain over the next 24 hours. Right now
the lake level is sitting just under 3 ½ feet low. Water conditions are fair
with water temperatures in the 70’s. The water is very stained in most of the
northern part of the lake with all the high south winds churning those areas up
and clearer water mid-lake to the south end.

The top water bite has been real good early or on cloudy days. Walking baits,
poppers, and buzz baits in shad patterns or white have been best. If you can
find areas where there is grass starting to grow or small lily pads sprouting,
you are in the right spot. Square bill crank baits in shad or bream patterns
have been really good fished around points, over the grass, and deflected off
the stumps in 2-6 feet. If you get in some clearer water, be sure to try
working a swim bait the same way as the square bill. I am using the 5” Berkley
Hollow Belly in ayu or gizzard shad colors. Hold on to your rod tight because
when they hit these baits its full force!

Texas rigged or weightless senkos in green pumpkin or watermelon red have also
produced well along with the “new” Berkley Havoc Craw Fatty and Pit Boss. www.berkley-fishing.com
Flipping and pitching these baits tight on the stumps has been key. There are a
number of bass still spawning and they are holding tight to the timber. If the
bite slows, try a drop shot with small finesse worms in these same areas. These
fish can be finicky and although the drop shot is not my favorite technique, it
has been very productive this spring. I am rigging mine with 1/0 drop shot hook
about 14” or less above a 1/4 oz weight with any finesse type worm for best
results.

The deep bite has started to pick up as well. I am graphing schools of fish on my
Lowrance HDS unit in 16-22 feet feeding on schools of shad. Points, roadbeds,
humps, and ridges at or near the mouth of major spawning creeks are good areas
to concentrate on. My go to baits are a blue fleck, camo, or green pumpkin  7”-10” Berkley Powerbait Worm, Berkley Shaky
Worm, or a Berkley Wacky Crawler on a Carolina rig. I prefer a 7’3” – 7’6”
medium heavy rod like the Abu Garcia Veritas with a 1 ounce Affordable Tungsten
weight and a 4-5 foot leader. If you are looking for a great tungsten weight
without inserts and at a great price, you can check them out at www.affordabletungsten.com
When you get on a good group of fish,
you will have a blast catching these hungry post spawn Lake Fork bass.

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 lakeforktrophybass@yahoo.com
My summer and fall schedule for 2011 is
already filling fast so get your reservations in now for best available dates.
You can also visit me at www.officiallakeforktrophybass.com
or at my new site www.jamescaldemeyer.com
I am really enjoying my new 2011 Ranger
Z521 Comanche www.rangerboats.com
paired with a Mercury Optimax 250 Pro XS www.mercurymarine.com
. This new ride is an amazing machine! If you haven’t checked one of these
boats out yet you can go by and see one at Diamond Sports Marine www.diamondsportsmarine.com
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 and 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, Hamby’s, and
Affordable Tungsten.

John 14: 3 – And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and
take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.

Tight Lines and God Bless,

James Caldemeyer

Fall is in full swing during the month of November here at Lake Fork. As the leaves continue to fall from the trees and the temperatures continue to grow colder, you can expect the fishing to be very good. This time of year really gives any angler the opportunity to catch fish on any given day and often times lots of them. Now through the end of the year is one of my favorite times to catch a giant bass as well!

The lake is still in good shape with water levels at 400.30 right now almost 3 feet low. Most of the lake has completed the turn over phase and the water conditions have stabilized. Water temperatures are in the low to mid 70’s right but you should see a lot of water in the 60’s this month. It would be nice to see a little more rain soon to put some more water in the lake although it does fish real good low. Just have to be careful navigating out there.

The fishing has been great on most days with lots of fish being caught and some big ones at that. You can always count on fall fishing to provide a number of different patterns and baits to be producing at the same time. I always suggest anglers fish their strengths if they want to catch a lot of fish and to fish their weakness to gain confidence in a technique you are not very good at or have not had a lot of productive results with. For instance, if you are not a big jig fisherman, now is the time to gain some confidence. Go out there and throw it until you catch fish on it. This month is also a great time to get the wife or young children involved in fishing. With all these hungry bass in the lake, it becomes easier for them to keep their interest and their attention focused on the next bite.

The bite has been good both shallow and deep. If you like a top water bite, it has been very good! Frogs, buzz baits, zara spooks, and popping baits like a yellow magic have been great early and late or all day some days. Fishing these around shallow grass or dying lily pads very methodically can yield you a monster fish. Main lake points, secondary points, creek channel edges and the very back flats can all hold fish in the fall. After the top water bite, I am switching over to an assorted arsenal of baits. I like to throw a wacky rigged worm over and around shallow grass beds in 2-6 feet of water this time of year if possible. Best baits have been a 5” Berkley Shaky Worm in blue fleck or watermelon red. I also like the Texas rigged Berkley Power Worm or the new Thump Worm in blue fleck, plum, watermelon red, or black & blue. The fish are following the bait closely so if you find the shad, you will find the bass. I will use a lot of moving baits this time of year to keep up with these migrating fish while presenting a bait to them that mimics their prey. A blade bait, spinner bait, swim bait or a small crank bait in any white color or shad pattern are excellent choices and will cover a lot of water fast when you are searching for the mother load. If you catch a fish or two in an area, work it over thoroughly because usually these bass will be grouped up. Another great technique for catching a big bass right now is backing out to the center of the creek channels and fishing any of the outside or inside turns in the channel. I can’t tell you how many times I have sat in one spot and caught one after the other when everyone else was up on the bank fishing. The old creek beds are easy to see right now with the water low so that will help you if you are not too familiar with where the channels run.

The deep bite is still a blast this time of year also. I am using my new Lowrance HDS 8’s right now to find schools of bass offshore. And with my Structure Scan on patrol, no brush piles are safe now either. I can find them relatively easy and the bass love them. Most off the bass are located in 18-25 ft of water. Humps, points, road beds, pond dams, and ridges are great places to focus your efforts on. These big fish will be schooling up in these areas following shad, yellow bass, white bass, and crappie around looking for an easy meal. The Carolina rig is deadly on these deep bass. I like to rig my new Abu Garcia Veritas rods and Revo reels spooled up with 20 lb Trilene 100% Fluorocarbon line and a 1oz weight, 4-5 foot leader, and a 3/0 wide gap hook. The Berkley Wacky Crawler, Power Hawg, 5” Shaky Worm, or a good ole 7” Power Worm on this rig. Best colors are green pumpkin, watermelon red, camo, blue fleck, or plum. The jig bite out deep is very good for the big ones too. A 5/8- 3/4 oz Talon jig with a twin tail grub or Chigger Craw on the back will catch some of the biggest bass out of the school. Best colors on the jig are Dark PB&J, Watermelon Candy, Watermelon Red BW , Green Pumpkin, and good ole Black & Blue. The jigging spoon and tail kicker are also very good right now. A Talon Big Dandy or T-spoon in 3/8-1/2 oz sizes are best. Getting over the top of these big schools of fish with these or a Little George can catch some real trophies and is something even the kids or wife can enjoy.

If you would like to come out and fish with me yet this fall, I still have a few dates available. I am also taking bookings already for winter trips on Monticello or Welsh for those that are interested in catching spawning fish in the cold on these great power plant lakes. You can reach me by phone at (903)736-9888 or drop me an email at lakeforktrophybass@yahoo.com You can also visit my website for more information about trophy bass fishing on Lake Fork http://www.officiallakeforktrophybass.com

My new 2011 Ranger Z521 Comanche powered with a Mercury 250 Prop XS has arrived and man are these boats sweet! If you get a chance while you are here, stop by Diamond Sports Marine on highway 154 and check out the new 2011 Ranger Boats in stock. Talk to Ben Hogan or Robert Gilliland and they will be glad to help you find the right boat for your needs or just give them a call at (903)383-7829. If you would like a demo ride in my new boat, feel free to contact me also to schedule your test ride.

Again, a big thanks to all my sponsors: Ranger Boats, Mercury Outboards, I AM SECOND, Berkley, Abu Garcia, Interstate Batteries, Lowrance Electronics, Power Pole, Hamby’s, Talon Lures, Line & Lure Conditioner, BTS Protectant, Navionics, Oakley, and Sure Life.

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

Hello everyone! It’s October at Lake Fork!! I’m excited because
this one of my personal favorite months to fish for numbers of big
trophy bass. Not only is the weather cooling off and very comfortable
but the fish are biting well as they move into their fall feeding patterns.
Couple those conditions with the decreased fishing pressure due to
hunting season beginning and its game on! Whether you are coming
out for some fun fishing, family time on the water, or getting ready for
the ever popular Berkley Big Bass Tournament, here are some tips and
techniques that will help your time on the water be more productive
this month.
The top water fishing has been great lately early and late in the
day, while fronts are passing thru, or on cloudy overcast days. Baits
like a Berkley Frenzy popper or the new Berkley Chigger Toad fished
over and around the edges of shallow grass beds in 2-8 feet of water. I
like to fish these baits with 30-50 lb Spiderwire Stealth braided line
and good stout rod like the Abu Garcia Vendetta or the new Veritas rod
matched with a Abu Garcia Revo reel with a 7:1 gear ratio to winch
those fish in out of the grass or away from stumps. If top water bite
ceases, pick up your wacky worm rod and fish a Berkley 5” Shaky
Worm or a Texas rigged “New” Berkley Thump Worm. When I am
fishing plastics and other slow moving baits, I opt for fluorocarbon line
like the Trilene 100% Professional Grade in 15-20 lb test. I like to rig
both of these worms on as light of a weight as possible. Let the wind
determine how heavy of a weight you choose ranging for a 1/16 – 3/8
oz size. Best colors have been blue fleck, watermelon red, June bug,
and green pumpkin party. A great way to catch a real big bass right
now is fishing swim baits over the grass in these same areas. The
Berkley Hollow Belly is an excellent choice and has a superb swimming
action that these big fish cannot resist. Many prefer a big bait for a big
fish like the 5-6” size but I can tell you that I have a caught a number
of trophies on the smaller 4” size this time of year as well. The baits
come packaged with a wide gap weighted hook which works great over
the grass or a stinger treble for fishing it in more open areas. Best
colors in the swim bait are pearl, Tennessee shad, gizzard shad, and
Ayu. Just remember during this time of year that the most productive
areas are going to have bait fish present. These bass are all about food
right now and if you find the bait, the bass are close by. Early in the
month you can look for the majority of the fish at the mouth of the
creeks and coves. As the water temperatures cool, the bass will follow
the shad as they migrate to the backs of these same creeks and coves.
Although a lot of the shallow fishing is very productive this time
of year, be sure to take a look at those deep water spots as well.
Humps, points, road beds, pond dams, and ridges in 18-25 feet of water
are great places to focus your efforts on. These big fish will be
schooling up in these areas following shad, yellow bass, and crappie
around looking for an easy meal. The Carolina rig is a very good
weapon on these deep bass. I like to rig mine with a 1oz weight, 4-5
foot leader, and a 3/0 wide gap hook. The Berkley Wacky Crawler,
Power Hawg, 5” Shaky Worm, or a good ole 7” Power Worm on this rig.
Best colors are green pumpkin, watermelon red, camo, blue fleck, or
plum. The jig bite out deep is very good for the big ones too. A 1/2-3/4
oz football head is a great thing to have tied on too. Any shade of
greens and browns or black & blue is good here now with a Berkley
twin tail grub or Chigger Craw on the back. If you are fishing the big
tournament, you will definitely need to be throwing a Berkley Gripper
Football Jig for that ever elusive over the slot fish! Don’t forget to try
throwing a deep running swim bait on these schools of deep fish also.
Berkley’s “New” 5”-6” Mullets are some great baits for swimming thru
these deep bass. Especially if you find them suspended. Just count the
bait down to the fish and start slow rolling it back to the boat. Keep a
firm grip on your rod because when they hit, they hit it hard! Berkley
has increased their line of baits considerably this year and cover a
broad range of fishing. I will be excited to see them in action during
this tournament and all the big fish that will be caught using them!
Come out and join us for what should be the most exciting tournament
of the year!
The 5th Annual Berkley Big Bass Tournament on October 23rd &
24th will be held at Lake Fork Marina again this year with lots of big
cash hourly prizes and brand new boats given away. Registration will
be from 2-7pm on Friday the 22nd. If you are coming out to fish this
tournament, please be careful out on the water. The lake level is low
and stumps pose a threat to everyone. Wear your PFD’s and kill
switches! I will be at the Berkley trailer all weekend for this event. If
you have not been a part of the Berkley trailer experience yet, come by
and see me. I would be happy to show you all the new and exciting
products that Berkley has to offer! If you get a chance while you are
here, also stop by Diamond Sports Marine on highway 154 and check
out the new 2011 Ranger Boats in stock. Talk to Ben Hogan or Robert
Gilliland and they will be glad to help you find the right boat for your
needs or just 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 by email at
lakeforktrophybass@yahoo.com or just give me a call (903)736-9888.
You can also go to my website anytime to get more information about
Lake Fork Trophy Bass fishing and the other great activities the lake
area has to offer!
Ephesians 2:8-9
8For it is by free grace that you are saved through faith. And this is not
of yourselves, but it is the gift of God; 9Not because of works, lest any
man should boast.
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. www.berkley-fishing.com 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. www.talonlures.com 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 lakeforktrophybass@yahoo.com 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 www.officiallakeforktrophybass.com 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

My 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 fully into their post spawn feeding regimen and that means lots of hungry bass around the lake to catch. It has not been uncommon to have many 40-60 fish days right now. It’s a lot of fun catch these numbers of quality fish and man do they fight hard!

The lake is in great shape going into summer right now and lake levels are still near full pool. We will take any rain that we can get though as we may need it a month or two. Water clarity is good to about 3 feet in most areas and the lake is staying clearer now that the grass has started to grow back from the cold winter we had. Water temperatures are ranging from 80-88 degrees on most of the lake right now.

There are a number of ways that you can catch fish as the bass are hungry and re-cooperating from the spawn. The top water bite is a great way to start of the morning. Yellow magics, buzz baits, zara spooks, or a frog are excellent choices. Targeting shallow grass beds on main lake points has been very productive for some big bass surface action. The bite can be very brief if the sun comes up right away but if it stays cloudy, you can catch them all day on it. A shallow running crank bait has also been good over shallow grass in and around bream beds. A lot of these bass are up there eating bluegill to fill their bellies. A 1/4 or 3/8 oz. swim jig in bream colors or swim bait will catch a big fish in these same areas right now. Wacky worms like the Berkley 5” or 7” Shaky Worm in blue fleck or watermelon red and rigged weightless on a 2/0 hook with a nail in the head is a killer over the grass.

I am a big deep structure fisherman and what better time of year to have a blast catching numbers of big ole bass than on Lake Fork. On a lot of days that the sun comes up right away and it gets hot I will start my days out in deep water. Your electronics are a vital component to locating active fish in deep water. I depend on my Lowrance HDS units daily to show me accurate information about the areas that I am fishing. The new Structure Scan really adds a new dimension to fishing and reveals some amazing images. www.lowrance.com I have located so many things on the bottom of Lake Fork that I didn’t even know were there. From boat trailers to metal chairs, you can see it all!

Once I have 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. Most of these fish can be found in 18-30 feet of water on points, humps, road beds, ridges and old pond dams. 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. www.berkley-fishing.com 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. www.talonlures.com I like to throw watermelon candy, watermelon red, California 420, Willies Weed, or Texas Craw with a twin tail grub trailer, BerkleyChigger Craw, or your favorite trailer. 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. You’ll be glad you did!

When you find the deep fish suspended the fishing can get a little tricky. Using deep diving crank baits are always best when the fish are suspended in June. DD 22’s are really smoking the fish right now. You can catch a lot fish digging it down on light line. Another hot bait for those suspended fish is a big flutter spoon. Tossing it out there and letting it fall on slack line will catch some toads from now through the summer and even into fall. You always want to keep one nearby to cast into schooling fish as well when they bust the top.

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 lakeforktrophybass@yahoo.com 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.

And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death—even death on a cross!

-Philippians 2:8

Tight Lines and God Bless,

James Caldemeyer

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 lakeforktrophybass@yahoo.com 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.

He who trusts in his own heart is a fool, But he who walks wisely will be delivered – Proverbs 28:26

Tight Lines and God Bless,

James Caldemeyer