I don't recall ever having an August where it was comfortable enough to fish in the afternoons. But this is definitely the year for it. With high temps in the 80s and cloud cover most days, we don't have to wait until after dark to fish. The fish definitely like these cloudy/rainy days. My last trip, I had a client cancel because of expected rain. I had a different client come from Baton Rouge to get away from the flooding. We fished a slightly rainy day from 6:30PM until almost daybreak the next morning. We caught several fish under the slot, lots of slot fish, and even 3 fish over the slot. We even caught 5 drum and several white and yellow bass on spoons. What a trip!
We caught most of our bass on medium running crankbaits, yellow magic topwaters, and swimbaits in water ranging from 7 to 12 feet. The fish we caught on spoons were from 15 to 25 feet.
That was definitely an unusually productive trip for August. But cooler temps, higher water, cloud cover, rain, and a full moon definitely make for better chances of a good trip. We still have more rainy-type days in the forecast. So you should take advantage of it.
I haven't been promoting trips primarily because the bite is generally slow in August and I don't like the water level. It is very hard on boats when the lake is between 1/2 and 1 1/2 feet low. For day fishing, that isn't much of an issue (except its normally too hot to fish in August). But for night fishing, that water level is horrible. Most of my best spots require putting through at least a quarter mile of stumps resting just below the surface. I get new battlescars every trip and it seems like it takes forever to go to different spots. So I've been patiently waiting for the lake to get below 1 1/2 feet.
Just before I left for vacation in Montana, the lake just needed to drop about 4 more inches (a week or so in August). But when I got back, the rains came and the lake actually went up.
Currently, the lake level is at 401.73. Normal pool is 403. So the lake is 1.27 feet low. I'm not sure exactly where the safe zone is, but it definitely isn't safe now. My guess is we need it to drop about 1/2 foot lower to expose the majority of the dangerous stumps. For those fishing the Big Bass Splash (formerly the McDonald's tournament), be sure to keep this in mind. If the lake doesn't come down a few more inches, there will with absolute certainty be a lot of boat damage.
The Big Bass Splash tournament starts September 16. As a guide, I'm not allowed to fish it. But I plan to spend several days on the water in preparation for it for clients who are interested in getting an edge. I expect to find enough spots that I'm not taking more than 3 paying clients to any one spot. I will make that promise to anyone who wants to prefish with me.
If you're interested, call me at 214-549-4644 or book your trip online at http://www.fishingguidenow.com/bookonline.cfm?guideID=2
I try to post a couple of pictures to my Facebook page every trip. So keeping up with that page is a much better report than what I can do in front of my computer at home. If you follow my Facebook page (actually, the Facebook term is "like"), you can get my posts without delay. I often post pictures as soon as we catch them - and almost always post the same day. So if you see several big fish in the same day, you can rest assured the fishing is good then. If you wait until I post a fishing report, you can be sure that it has slowed down enough for me to leave the lake. Go to www.Facebook.com/LakeForkFishingGuide
and click the "like" option to get the posts.
Here are a few of the things that I put on the Facebook Page:
1) Pictures of clients holding fish (of course)
2) Pictures of landscapes around the lake.
3) Pictures and videos of wildlife around the lake
4) Fishing Reports
5) Updates about pages on my website
6) Updates when someone catches a giant bass on Fork
7) Basslog information
I plan to query the basslog at least once a month and post my results on Facebook. So, if you want to know the best baits to be using (for example) or you just like to see statistics, then you should "like" the Facebook page so you can get instant updates.
The link to remember for my Facebook page is www.Facebook.com/LakeForkFishingGuide.
But now you don't have to remember that because you can just go to any page on www.bassfishing.org
and you will find the feed.
Be sure to "like" the page so you can get the information as soon as it gets posted.
If you would like to receive my fishing report notifications by email, go to www.bassfishing.org/dbaccess/fishingreportrequests.cfm
All you need is your name and email address. If you are receiving reports by email and wish to discontinue receiving them, simply go to www.bassfishing.org/reports/unsubscribe.cfm
Good fishing and good luck. You can't catch them if you don't go.