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#12735572 - 04/29/18 02:15 PM Fork boggles me
SwampyMan Offline
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Registered: 02/28/12
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Loc: Fort Worth
Went out again Saturday morning first light. Couldn't ask for a more perfect morning to catch a bunch of fish. I thought finally I've caught fork on a perfect day and it will give up some numbers. Nope. 3 fish total in 6 hours. I do not understand this lake for some reason. Besides the obvious, get a guide remark, can anyone provide solid information or tell me what the hell I'm doing wrong? We threw square bills, flukes, jigs, lizards, spinner baits, wacky rig, etc. Pretty much tried it all shallow and deeper. Does lake fork ever give up a day where you actually catch a few fish an hour? Everywhere you look looks awesome and we tried a lot of areas.

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#12735588 - 04/29/18 02:45 PM Re: Fork boggles me [Re: SwampyMan]
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Registered: 04/16/16
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Loc: Plano, Texas
That seems about right to me

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#12735605 - 04/29/18 03:01 PM Re: Fork boggles me [Re: SwampyMan]
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Loc: Rockwall, TX
Most pressured lake in Texas. It can be very very tough.
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#12735609 - 04/29/18 03:02 PM Re: Fork boggles me [Re: SwampyMan]
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Years and years of fishing pressure, lots and lots of tournaments, loss of shoreline habitat ( where hydrilla use to be around the shoreline boat docks are there now ) and fluctuating water levels are the main reasons catching is getting harder. Finding the right depth, technique and presentation seem to be the key these days. Dinks are pretty easy now but the big girls are pretty spooky. Tuesday through Thursday are better days for me. I don't even bother on the weekend anymore. Don't give up buddy, summer is just around the corner and the fish will be easier to pattern. Me personally, I'll be glad when the spawn is over.
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#12735615 - 04/29/18 03:08 PM Re: Fork boggles me [Re: SwampyMan]
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One thing is certain in that you can't fish it the sane way day after day. You gotta change and try new things, new areas etc. Personally i thhought it was fishing very well through Friday at least.

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#12735620 - 04/29/18 03:10 PM Re: Fork boggles me [Re: SwampyMan]
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The best days I've had fishing were on Lake Fork, the toughest days fishing I've ever had were on Lake Fork.

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#12735631 - 04/29/18 03:19 PM Re: Fork boggles me [Re: Mark Perry]
GIG'EM AGGIES Online   content
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Originally Posted By: Mark Perry
One thing is certain in that you can't fish it the sane way day after day. You gotta change and try new things, new areas etc. Personally i thhought it was fishing very well through Friday at least.


That's where I think the guides separate themselves from the rest of us Mark. They adapt faster and better to the changes each day. Even so, they have their difficult days too. It's the hope and excitement of catching the next state record that keeps us trying and I'm one that thinks she's there.
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#12735640 - 04/29/18 03:30 PM Re: Fork boggles me [Re: SwampyMan]
Taylored Online   content
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Registered: 04/30/10
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Loc: Alvarado, Tx
Fished it for the first time Friday and Saturday. Hit three spots before getting on fish Friday evening. Only had 4 hours to fish. Went back Saturday morning and the bite was great until around 9:30. Still caught quite a few until around 2 when we headed in. Mostly unders with a few nice slots mixed in.

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#12735641 - 04/29/18 03:31 PM Re: Fork boggles me [Re: SwampyMan]
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I consider a 3 fish day on Fork a very good day.
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#12735655 - 04/29/18 03:46 PM Re: Fork boggles me [Re: Okie Poke]
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Originally Posted By: Okie Poke
I consider a 3 fish day on Fork a very good day.


Hell no. It takes me two hours to get there and two to get back....better at least catch a limit with all that driving.
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#12735674 - 04/29/18 04:05 PM Re: Fork boggles me [Re: SwampyMan]
Randy Harrell Offline
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Registered: 03/30/10
Posts: 1475
Loc: Winnsboro, Tx
That's just Fork for you. I rarely ever fish Fork and I live 16 miles from it. It can be very unpredictable.

My wife and I fished it yesterday from 2:30 pm to dark. We started mid lake and kept working from picket to pocket toward the dam. I caught 2 unders on a drop shot in 6-10 ft of water. I was looking for beds while casting toward the middle if the pocket. I saw a few on beds but they were spooky as a deer.

About 5:00, I told her we were going to find some grass and throw frogs we went way up North into the back of a creek and started. She caught 3 on a frog and 4 on a weightless finesse worm. 3 of those were in the 3-4 lb range and one was her new PB that I put at 9 lbs. I caught 6 on a frog, with 3 in the 3-4 range and one that I put at 7 1/2 to 8 lbs.

It started like typical Fork and ended like the old Fork.
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#12735742 - 04/29/18 05:29 PM Re: Fork boggles me [Re: SwampyMan]
SwampyMan Offline
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Registered: 02/28/12
Posts: 448
Loc: Fort Worth
Yea it's disappointing for sure. I just want to have an good say there once. Or maybe catch a big one. Who knows? PM me your secret locations haha. Where is the best lake to catch numbers?

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#12735834 - 04/29/18 07:08 PM Re: Fork boggles me [Re: SwampyMan]
TajChauvin Offline
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Registered: 02/27/18
Posts: 34
Two tip that has helped me all spring are to select a depth that fits your style of fishin and donít deviate from it. Fish have been at all depths and changing depths will only lead to frustrations. Secondly, spend more time fishing than boating. This is find an area that fits your desired depth and fish it until you figure them out. Iíve noticed that lots of guys like to fish a creek for less than an hour and then leave. Each creek on Fork should be treated as its own lake and fished as such. Hope this helps as it has form me and Iím new to the lake.

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#12735889 - 04/29/18 07:52 PM Re: Fork boggles me [Re: SwampyMan]
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Registered: 02/28/17
Posts: 67
Loc: Arp, Texas Lake Tyler
I certainly can't add much to what has been said already. I fished Fork from 1990 till 2000, sporadically for a few years and now that I'm retired and live close to the lake I don't fish it much at all. But from 1990 to 2000 and then the few times over the next five years there were times I just hammered the fish. My favorite time was night fishing in June. I put in at the 154 public landing and idle under the bridge and then fish the bank and boat houses into the cove on the right and catch a bunch along that bank line. Farther up the lake before reaching the next bridge I'd fish the hump off the left side of the boat lane and again hammer the fish. But there was hydrilla and that made a difference. It was always a pressured lake but the fishing was still good. So maybe in the future with stable water and perhaps another occurrence of hydrilla it will get better. I remember night fishing in June and busting the fish on one spot near the dam. I transferred to west Texas and then back to Houston four years later and I made a June trip and fished the same spot I fished when I left and guess what? I hammered them as if the passage of time had not happened. So I can attest as an occasional angler of Fork, it was good during that time.

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#12735891 - 04/29/18 07:56 PM Re: Fork boggles me [Re: SwampyMan]
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Just change the title too "At times...... Fork boggles EVERYONE (even guides)" and you will be good. No one will even need to post after that.
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