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#10931754 - 06/21/15 05:19 PM fork boat lanes-- need advice
Marmaduke31869 Offline
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Registered: 05/11/15
Posts: 15
Never been to fork. My depth finder is older so not boatlanes chip compatible.would the idea of paying someone to run the lanes with me to lean them before I go on my own be worth it or use paper map and go for it.

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#10931763 - 06/21/15 05:28 PM Re: fork boat lanes-- need advice [Re: Marmaduke31869]
Bobby Milam Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 07/13/14
Posts: 2480
Loc: Arlington
They boat lanes are marked with buoys. Just look ahead for the next one and stay close. Youll be fine. Now when you leave the main lake and head into the creeks, there are a few buoys but you are more on your own. Just take it slow and raise your motor and you will be fine.

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#10931814 - 06/21/15 06:16 PM Re: fork boat lanes-- need advice [Re: Marmaduke31869]
leebayou Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 05/19/12
Posts: 35
I would agree with Bobby, but since you have never been there I would suggest you hire a guide for the first day. This would help you with locating where you can run safety, and get you oriented with what the fish are doing. This will speed up your effort in locating, and catching fish during the remaining days of your trip. Fork is a wonderful body of water, but the fish just don't just jump in your boat. A good guide will pay back in a much more productive trip (and may save you an expensive repair bill on your boat).

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#10932136 - 06/21/15 10:26 PM Re: fork boat lanes-- need advice [Re: Marmaduke31869]
Flippin-Out Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 02/25/15
Posts: 1675
Loc: Magnolia, TX
That lake is so large that I don't see how ONE day with a guide will really make a real impact on learning to run the lake safely, unless the guide does nothing but tour boat lanes all day long. Even if he did that, a new-to-the-lake angler's mind would be in overload.

I would think that the best choice would be to spend the $ toward an updated GPS unit. Mine have maps that very clearly show the official boat lanes (with buoy positions and boat lane width). Having the proper GPS setup made running the lake's main boat lanes a simple task.

Even in areas I have experience with, I won't run them without having my GPS set up so that I can validate I'm where I THINK I am - in the safe boat lane at all times when running hard.


Edited by Flippin-Out (06/21/15 10:26 PM)

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#10932147 - 06/21/15 10:35 PM Re: fork boat lanes-- need advice [Re: Marmaduke31869]
Anchorman Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 03/02/15
Posts: 1186
Loc: Small Town NE Texas
I've been a few times. The main boat lanes are easy to run. Like the others said the main boat lanes are marked with buoys. You can always see the next buoy. Just aim straight for it. The creeks and all are a different story. I don't know the lake well enough to run on plane in those areas. I see some others doing it but I don't want to be a statistic. Safety first.
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#10932156 - 06/21/15 10:40 PM Re: fork boat lanes-- need advice [Re: Marmaduke31869]
WillieKetchum Offline
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Registered: 06/11/15
Posts: 547
Loc: Huntsville, TX
Run the buoys in the main boat lanes and you will get anywhere you wanna get. Idle everywhere else.

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#10932178 - 06/21/15 10:57 PM Re: fork boat lanes-- need advice [Re: Marmaduke31869]
JimmyP Offline
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Registered: 11/26/12
Posts: 806
Loc: Waxahachie, Texas
When the water was lower it really was easier to know where you could run. Now with it full it is harder to run and be safe. Just run the boat lanes that the buoys mark and pretty much idle everywhere else and you will be fine. I would think about hiring a guide just to see what the fish are doing. Right now it is tough for me and a guide will help you get a pattern going that will more than likely be successful for you. And you can see the boat lanes for yourself, but most guides know the lake so well I wouldn't dare try to run some of the places they do. LOL Good Luck and have fun.

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#10932263 - 06/22/15 06:34 AM Re: fork boat lanes-- need advice [Re: WillieKetchum]
patriot07 Offline
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Registered: 04/20/10
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Loc: chateau d'if
Originally Posted By: WillieKetchum
Run the buoys in the main boat lanes and you will get anywhere you wanna get. Idle everywhere else.
Yep, this. No reason to hire a guide just to learn to run the lanes.
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#10932422 - 06/22/15 08:29 AM Re: fork boat lanes-- need advice [Re: Marmaduke31869]
SteezMacQueen Offline
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 11/02/14
Posts: 3946
Loc: Red Oak, Galveston, and Pagosa...
Just get the Avionics app for your phone or tablet for $5. It has all the lake boat lanes in it, plus TONS more. I used it a lot on my old boat since it had old electronics on it.


Edited by SteezMacQueen (06/22/15 08:32 AM)
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#10932473 - 06/22/15 08:48 AM Re: fork boat lanes-- need advice [Re: Marmaduke31869]
cayuro Offline
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Registered: 03/21/15
Posts: 100
thats old map i think
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#10932553 - 06/22/15 09:20 AM Re: fork boat lanes-- need advice [Re: cayuro]
SteezMacQueen Offline
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 11/02/14
Posts: 3946
Loc: Red Oak, Galveston, and Pagosa...
Originally Posted By: cayuro
thats old map i think
it is. I haven't updated it in a while
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#10932664 - 06/22/15 10:03 AM Re: fork boat lanes-- need advice [Re: Marmaduke31869]
EastTexasBassin Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 07/15/09
Posts: 879
Loc: Lake Ray Hubbard


The main boat lanes are easy to follow, just be really careful everywhere else


Edited by EastTexasBassin (06/22/15 10:04 AM)
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#10933120 - 06/22/15 01:23 PM Re: fork boat lanes-- need advice [Re: Marmaduke31869]
lakeforkfishon Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 01/04/11
Posts: 986
Loc: Lake Fork
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