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Happy New Year everyone! It’s hard to believe that another year has passed already and it is Twenty- Thirteen. The 2012 fishing year on Lake Fork was spectacular and I expect this year to be as good or better. We saw a lot of real big fish show up this fall including a 15.02 pound bass that entered the Share Lunker program as the second fish in Texas and the first of the year for Fork. There were also reports of other bass over 13 lbs that were caught and released as the anglers chose not to donate the fish to Texas Parks and Wildlife’s program. I expect we will see more fish of that caliber come spawning time this spring and a lot of other great bass to be caught as well.

Lake Fork is in great shape right now despite low water conditions. We are currently sitting at 398.50 which is right at 4 ½ feet low. We had another relatively dry summer and fall which didn’t help us rebound completely from the record drought of last year. If we have normal precipitation amounts this spring though, we could find ourselves at or near full lake levels again soon. I’m keeping the spring rains in my prayers LOL
The water conditions are great with fairly clear water 2-3 ft in most areas except the backs of some of the creeks and windblown areas. The water temperatures have been in the 50-55 degree range which is normal for this time of year. I’m excited to see a lot of the grass that is rebounding continue to hold on even though we have had some below freezing nights. I think if the temperatures will remain mild, we will see a lot of new grass in a lot of different areas this spring. The hydrilla is always fun to fish in!

The best pattern for me in January is always in the shallow to mid-depth regions. I like to target main lake areas or secondary points at the mouth of any of the major creeks. A lot of fish hold out in these areas until the water temperatures rise in the spring and the backs of the creeks are conducive for spawning. I start off shallow in the 2-8 ft range and fish reaction baits like a red/orange lipless crank bait. If you can reel it past, rip it off the grass, bang it off a tree, etc… These fish will react to it and bite it. Other great choices for reaction baits are a ½ oz Talon spinner bait with a single Colorado blade in chart/white or black/chart. I also use a ½ oz chatter bait a lot this time of year in white or chart/white. Covering water and making lots of casts at cover along the bank will pay off. Remember to hit everything at different casting angles to ensure that you are covering the areas thoroughly. If you catch a few fish in a certain stretch of bank be sure and back track and make multiple passes through that area. There is always a key feature holding fish in these areas. Sometimes it’s a depth change like a ditch or drain, bottom change from rock, to sand, or vegetation that is causing the fish to hold there. If the fishing gets tough up shallow I like to back off a little deeper and throw a little heavier lipless bait like a ¾ oz model. I will also break out the suspending jerk bait on an Abu Garcia Villain rod with an MGX reel so that I can cast it long distances. The jerk bait can really save the day especially when it’s cold and the sun is up high under calm wind conditions. I like to throw gold, orange, clown, and Pro blue. I like to use a smaller line on these like 12 lb Trilene 100% Fluorocarbon if I can get away with it. Otherwise if I am in heavy cover I opt for 15 lb. I will also pull out to the creek channel edges this time of year and flip timber. The depths I target are 8-16 ft. With the low water conditions you can really read the water and tell exactly where the creeks run through the middle of the areas you are fishing. I will take a Talon 3/8 oz or 1/2 oz flipping jig and pitch at every tree along the channel edges. Pay attention to the direction the wind is blowing as the fish will position themselves a certain way on the timber according to wind direction and channel drops. I like to focus on areas where the creeks make a bend and especially if it makes a bend near a point or any other bottom structure. My favorite jig colors in January are black/blue, black /blue/purple, Texas craw, or Bama bug. I will trail my jig with a Berkley Power bait Chigger Chunk or the “New” Havoc Pit Chunk in matching colors. The big mama bass on Lake Fork can’t resist this jig combination!

Look for the deep bite out there too as there are lots of fish still roaming around out in the depths. I will look at main lake structure on my Lowrance HDS Gen2. I also have the new Gen2 Touch and they can’t hide from these state of the art electronics. I will look forward schools around bait in 18-25 ft. Sometimes the bass are suspended but you can catch them on Talon big dandy spoons or a small slab “t-spoon”. Tail kickers are also very productive as well as drop shots and single tail Berkley grubs on a 1/4-3/8 oz jig head. I like to use watermelon red, smoke, pearl, chart pepper, and red shad colors during the winter. I get a lot more bites out deep using very light line and spinning gear also. I am using the new 10 lb Berkley Nanofil on my Abu Premier spinning reel and tying in a fluorocarbon leader of the same test. Alabama rigs can really smoke the schools of fish so you will always want to keep one of those close by. You can rig it with Berkley Swim Shads or Hollow Belly swim baits and 1/8-1/4 oz jig heads if you are not using the weighted swim baits.

I am excited about this New Year and the bass fishing on Lake Fork! If you are thinking of coming out and would like to book a trip this spring, feel free to contact me before I fill up. I still have a few choice dates available and will work hard to put you on the fish of your dreams! You can contact me to book your trip by email at lakeforktrophybass@yahoo.com or 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 http://www.officiallakeforktrophybass.com You can also keep up with me by joining my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/james.caldemeyer I just picked up my new 2013 Ranger Z520c and man is this new boat model awesome! I will definitely have some excited customers when they get to ride in this thing. Be sure to go by Diamond Sports Marine on Hwy 154 here at Lake Fork and see these new 2013 Ranger Boats. If you are in the market for a new boat this year and would like to take a test ride, feel free to contact me or the dealership at 903-383-7829 and we will get you out on the water in one! I would like to thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for another year that He has blessed me with as well as all my 2013 Sponors: Ranger Boats, Mercury Outboards, Berkley, I Am Second, Abu Garcia, Interstate Batteries, Lowrance, Talon Lures, Elite Tungsten, Hambys, Navionics, Simms, and Power Pole.

Psalms 100: 4-5 “Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.

Tight Lines and God Bless,
James Caldemeyer

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Welcome to Lake Fork everyone! February is here. Everyone that has had cabin fever over the winter is heading out to the lake to take advantage of the early spring opportunities to catch a giant Lake Fork bass. This time of year is an exciting time of year because you can catch a giant on any given cast as the big females prepare themselves for their annual spawning activities. Here are a few tips and techniques that will help you in pursuit of a Lake Fork trophy bass…

 We have had some recent rains which have brought the lake a good bit but we need a lot more to get it full. That’s okay though because I can assure you the fishing this spring will be amazing even if we do not get a lot of rain. With the low water the fish will be concentrated specific areas and grouped up tighter trying to share the same spawning areas. February is more of a time to target the fish that are in pre-spawn staging patterns though. Look for fish to be holding on main lake points, secondary points (at the mouth of major creeks), or along the creek channel edges adjacent to spawning flats.

 Water temperature is probably the single most important factor to locating active fish this month. You will want to concentrate on areas where the water is warmer or on a warming trend. Having an accurate temperature gauge is important. I rely on my “New” Lowrance HDS Gen2 units to deliver and they do. This new generation of HDS technology is also amazing as you can view “Structure Map” as an overlay feature not to mention its updated processor that is super fast! Most water temps are going to range in the low to upper 50’s this month but fishing in 57 degree water is more productive than 54 so keep an eye on your electronics for changes.

My go to baits this month are just a few basic ones that are legendary for catching big bass on Lake Fork for years. My first and most productive bait this time of year is a lipless crank bait. I like to use the 1/2-3/4 oz sizes on a 7’ Med Hvy Abu Garcia Veritas or the “New” Villain rod. These new rods are awesome! Super light and sensitive with plenty of backbone still. I am also using my new Revo MGX HS reel spooled with 17 lb Trilene 100 % Fluorocarbon. This reel has a 7.9:1 gear ratio which is great for burning a lipless bait and fishing it all day long. Best depth is the 2-8 feet range. Concentrate on main lake and secondary points at the mouth of the creeks or channel swings that come up flat and make a point off the channel bend. Fish with be congregated at times feeding and preparing for the spawn. My second bait and best suggestion for a big bass is a jig. I like to use a Talon 3/8-1/2 oz black/blue or black/blue/purple flipping jig tipped with a Berkley Powerbait Chigger Craw. Once you have located some fish with a search bait like the lipless crank bait, slow down and back off to the 8-14 foot depths. Flip every tree on the edge of the channel and fish slow. A lot of times the bite will be very faint so watch your line and be prepared to set the hook. Some of the biggest fish in the lake this year will be caught using this method especially with the lack of grass and the fish holding tight to the standing timber. Lastly, when the bit is slow or a cold front has hit, I reach for a suspending jerk bait. You can catch a lot of big fish on these this time of year when they will not bite much else. I like to use the old Smithwick gold/black/orange or clown colored models as well as Talon’s new Shibui 110 jerk baits. I like the Champagne Black, Budas Clown, and Gulf Killifish colors in this bait. They have an amazing paint job that appeals to big bass. Work these baits slowly over shallow water with a twitch & pause technique. If you do more pausing than you do twitching, you get more bites. I hope these tips help you in your

 If you are interested in coming out for some big bass action this spring or would like to just take an instructional trip to learn about electronics, seasonal patterns, or some new techniques on Lake Fork, contact me anytime. The fishing last spring was great and I know it will be even better this year. I still have a few dates available and want to remind anyone that is considering spring reservations with me to do it ASAP. I book up extremely fast so get your 2012 date now before my schedule is full.  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 www.officiallakeforktrophybass.com

My new 2012 Ranger Z521 Comanche powered with a Mercury 250 Prop XS just arrived and man I’m excited. These boats are awesome! I am currently rigging it up with all the latest and greatest equipment like the new Lowrance HDS Gen2 electronics as well as the Power Pole Blades. If you get a chance while you are here, stop by Diamond Sports Marine on highway 154 and check out the new 2012 Ranger Boats already in stock. Talk to Ben Hogan or Robert Gilliland and they will be glad to help you find the right boat for your needs. Let them show you why they are the #1 Ranger Boat dealership in the country. Or just give them a call at (903)383-7829 for information. 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, Power Pole, Hamby’s, Talon Lures, Line & Lure Conditioner, BTS Protectant, Navionics, Oakley, and Sure Life.

Isaiah 41:10 – So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

 

Tight Lines and God Bless,

James Caldemeyer

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

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 lakeforktrophybass@yahoo.com . 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 www.rangerboats.com paired with a Mercury Optimax 250 Pro XS www.mercurymarine.com . 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 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 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 http://www.youtube.com/user/HoneyHoleFishing

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 lakeforktrophybass@yahoo.com You can also visit my website for more information about Lake Fork atwww.officiallakeforktrophybass.com I also have a new site up and going with more fishing info at www.jamescaldemeyer.com 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

 

Here is part two of the show we filmed on Lake Fork.