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#12018527 - 01/03/17 04:47 PM Lake Fork/Monticello Report & Sight Fishing TV Show
Guide Richie White Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 11/13/02
Posts: 1087
Loc: Lake Fork, Texas
Right now, I'm fishing both Lake Fork and Monticello. If you want numbers, I believe Lake Fork is still the best spot. But with another freeze expected, I would assume the bite will slow down for a while. However, the forecast calls for a good warm up soon after that. So, we may not see temps in the 40s for quite a while.
If you want quality fish in the 5 to 8 pound range, I recommend Lake Monticello over Lake Fork from now until well into March. But Fork has tons of 1-2 pound bass and its your best chance for a fish over 10 pounds. And it is more convenient than Monticello.
Monticello, on the other hand, has a power plant to keep it warm. Additionally, it has a slot limit from 14 to 24 inches and is full of nice Florida bass. My last trip, the lake was 70 degrees while Fork was 55. We caught our biggest fish on topwater baits before the sun came up. What a blast!
The main reason for doing a report right now is to inform my clients (and potential clients) about a TV show where I fished Monticello with Steve Quinn from the In-Fisherman. The show airs this week on the Sportsman Channel.
Show Times start tomorrow Central Standard Time:
JANUARY 4 WED - 3:00AM
JANUARY 4 WED - 10:30AM
JANUARY 5 THU - 2:00PM
JANUARY 7 SAT - 3:30AM
JANUARY 8 SUN - 8:30AM
JANUARY 8 SUN - 2:30PM
I want to promote Monticello over Fork, especially from late February through the middle of March - for 2 reasons.
1) We catch a lot more quality fish
2) The lake isn't nearly as crowded as Fork
It seems that a majority of my clients are satisfied with their catch on Monticello and ready to head back by about 2PM. So I decided to promote a 3/4 day trip for a discounted rate on weekdays.
So, if you are interested in a 3/4 day trip for $300, sign up for the AM trip on my calendar.
If you would like to book a trip, call me at 214-549-4644. You can see my schedule and 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.

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#12018600 - 01/03/17 05:25 PM Re: Lake Fork/Monticello Report & Sight Fishing TV Show [Re: Guide Richie White]
dentonian Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 11/08/08
Posts: 59
Loc: north texas
Does anyone know what that yellow floating barrier is doing by the highway bridge at Monticello ?

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#12018633 - 01/03/17 05:43 PM Re: Lake Fork/Monticello Report & Sight Fishing TV Show [Re: dentonian]
Jaguar6 Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 04/16/14
Posts: 608
Loc: Mesquite, TX
Originally Posted By: dentonian
Does anyone know what that yellow floating barrier is doing by the highway bridge at Monticello ?
Wondered the same thing on Saturday.. Never seen one there before
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#12018694 - 01/03/17 06:19 PM Re: Lake Fork/Monticello Report & Sight Fishing TV Show [Re: Guide Richie White]
Scoundrel Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 01/05/13
Posts: 557
Loc: Bedrock.
I think they are putting in a floating Express Toll Lane between ramp and hw discharge.

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#12018862 - 01/03/17 07:33 PM Re: Lake Fork/Monticello Report & Sight Fishing TV Show [Re: Guide Richie White]
GTrigg Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 11/25/14
Posts: 241
Loc: East Texas
At the first of the Spring there was a bunch of water Hyacinth up in Smith Creek and around the highway bridge. I assume they put the booms up to keep it from consuming the bridge and never removed them after the Hyacinth was sprayed. 2cents
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Longview, TX


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#12018893 - 01/03/17 07:54 PM Re: Lake Fork/Monticello Report & Sight Fishing TV Show [Re: GTrigg]
meP2too Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 12/07/03
Posts: 2868
Loc: dallas,tx,usa
Originally Posted By: GTrigg
At the first of the Spring there was a bunch of water Hyacinth up in Smith Creek and around the highway bridge. I assume they put the booms up to keep it from consuming the bridge and never removed them after the Hyacinth was sprayed. 2cents


thats correct, if they get down south the power plant and the rest of the lake would be in trouble. The booms will most likely stay there for a long time now that upper Blundell is covered, any north wind will blow them to the bridge. Hopefully spraying will continue.

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#12019553 - 01/04/17 09:22 AM Re: Lake Fork/Monticello Report & Sight Fishing TV Show [Re: Guide Richie White]
Guide Richie White Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 11/13/02
Posts: 1087
Loc: Lake Fork, Texas
I haven't seen the show yet. I plan to watch the 10:30AM showing this morning.

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#12019943 - 01/04/17 12:35 PM Re: Lake Fork/Monticello Report & Sight Fishing TV Show [Re: Guide Richie White]
Guide Richie White Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 11/13/02
Posts: 1087
Loc: Lake Fork, Texas
Anybody see the show?

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#12020088 - 01/04/17 02:03 PM Re: Lake Fork/Monticello Report & Sight Fishing TV Show [Re: Guide Richie White]
Jaguar6 Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 04/16/14
Posts: 608
Loc: Mesquite, TX
I have it recorded. Will see it when I get home!
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#12020368 - 01/04/17 04:26 PM Re: Lake Fork/Monticello Report & Sight Fishing TV Show [Re: Guide Richie White]
Allen Bass Fisher Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 08/05/04
Posts: 1916
Loc: Allen, TX
I saw it when it was on the first time time on Monday at 9:30. I responded to your first inquiry Richie. Just happened to be watching it when you posted on Monday. Some good fish. Did you catch them all in one trip?

A few years back I saw the biggest fish I have seen ever on Monticello spawning in the small cove you were in just on the northwest side of the car bridge. She was spooky though and I could not get her to hit.

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