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Re: Lake Fork - The Greatest Trophy Bass Fishery of All Time?? [Re: Ken A.] #13934956 03/24/21 07:03 PM
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Fork had its time. Nuff said.


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Re: Lake Fork - The Greatest Trophy Bass Fishery of All Time?? [Re: Ken A.] #13935002 03/24/21 07:33 PM
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It was April in the early 90s, Dean Stroman was our guide, It was me and my Dad and my Grandpa, my new son was at home, that is why the other two generations were visiting, they were there to meet him. We fished Fork for the first time, our first guided trip for Bass ever. Dean was patient and taught us all how to Carolina rig a watermelon french fry with about a 5 foot leader...we caught them all day...we caught them just like that for years to come. Unknown to me at the time, that trip would be the last time I ever fished with my Grandpa, he being the one who taught me how to fish on a little lake on the Oregon coast. Is Lake Fork the best ever??? It is to me!!!


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Re: Lake Fork - The Greatest Trophy Bass Fishery of All Time?? [Re: Chris B] #13935044 03/24/21 08:06 PM
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Originally Posted by Chris B
Originally Posted by Frank the Tank
The question on everyone's mind is will the Great Lady ever make a comeback?!!

Only if the spraying stops and the hydrilla comes back.



Exactly.

They even sprayed the bushes on the bank. I went into a cove near Glade creek and the bottom half of the bushes on the bank were orange and dried up.

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Re: Lake Fork - The Greatest Trophy Bass Fishery of All Time?? [Re: Ken A.] #13935083 03/24/21 08:46 PM
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I don’t know how many lakes in Texas are slot lakes, but Ivie & Fork are and both produce large bass. Why aren’t more lakes in Texas slot lakes? I understand Falcon & Amistad would be a wash due to Mexico, but many other lakes could benefit from NOT being fish filet factories.

Re: Lake Fork - The Greatest Trophy Bass Fishery of All Time?? [Re: WALLS] #13935100 03/24/21 09:02 PM
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Originally Posted by WALLS
I agree that Fork was the best big bass lake ever during that period, but "what have you done for me lately?". Is it only because of the massive water fluctuations that lakes like Ivie, Falcon and Amistad (been awhile, but it was not a "new" lake when it had its' big bass time) are able to have these incredible runs at their age? Serious question.


Yes.....tons of new cover. Fork had a mini revival after the drought with all the new willows and cover in the water. Now that cover is mostly gone and the grass spraying goes on and on. Just no cover for except for those suspended top of trees offshore fish that yet to be tapped hard.

Re: Lake Fork - The Greatest Trophy Bass Fishery of All Time?? [Re: Chris B] #13935105 03/24/21 09:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Chris B
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The question on everyone's mind is will the Great Lady ever make a comeback?!!

Only if the spraying stops and the hydrilla comes back.


Or draw the lake down 10-15 feet naturally or on purpose for two years to let cover grow back and things to rejuvenate a bit. Second year after filling back up it would be off the chain. And we could recover a ton of tackle. Lol Agee the spraying needs to stop. Even the pond weed and other natives species now get sprayed.

Re: Lake Fork - The Greatest Trophy Bass Fishery of All Time?? [Re: Ken A.] #13935223 03/24/21 10:44 PM
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OH's current record has less to do with what is hot and more to do with how good the anglers are with the new electronics. As those that can work them real good all lakes everywhere will wake up and start producing giants.

Actually I think it has already started looking at all of the SAL's being turned in from lakes you never hear of producing the big girls.


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Re: Lake Fork - The Greatest Trophy Bass Fishery of All Time?? [Re: Rockfisherman] #13935334 03/25/21 12:10 AM
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Originally Posted by Rockfisherman
Fork = MJ (best ever)
Ivie = Luka (1 of the best current)




Holbrook=LJames or maybe the trinity river.

Re: Lake Fork - The Greatest Trophy Bass Fishery of All Time?? [Re: Ken A.] #13935366 03/25/21 12:24 AM
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Don’t insult the trinity like that

Re: Lake Fork - The Greatest Trophy Bass Fishery of All Time?? [Re: Ken A.] #13935407 03/25/21 12:50 AM
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Every year I get to choose where my son and I go fish for spring break and every year I choose Falcon.
We have not yet had a day our biggest 5 are less than 30lbs.
Several trips were close to 40lbs. I don't know of another lake that can consistently kick out fish like that every trip.


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Re: Lake Fork - The Greatest Trophy Bass Fishery of All Time?? [Re: grout-scout] #13935433 03/25/21 01:11 AM
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Originally Posted by grout-scout
I don’t know how many lakes in Texas are slot lakes, but Ivie & Fork are and both produce large bass. Why aren’t more lakes in Texas slot lakes? I understand Falcon & Amistad would be a wash due to Mexico, but many other lakes could benefit from NOT being fish filet factories.



Ivie isn't a slot lake. It's just a 18" minimum with 2 small ones allowed. But I would be ok with them putting Fork's slot on Ivie

Re: Lake Fork - The Greatest Trophy Bass Fishery of All Time?? [Re: Bruce Allen] #13935439 03/25/21 01:13 AM
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Originally Posted by Bruce Allen
OH's current record has less to do with what is hot and more to do with how good the anglers are with the new electronics. As those that can work them real good all lakes everywhere will wake up and start producing giants.

Actually I think it has already started looking at all of the SAL's being turned in from lakes you never hear of producing the big girls.


Maybe but if Fork had 13s-16s in it right now the same would be happening there. If they ain’t there you ain’t catching them regardless of skill and electronics

Re: Lake Fork - The Greatest Trophy Bass Fishery of All Time?? [Re: Ken A.] #13935603 03/25/21 03:33 AM
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I think if you take the heading of this post and eliminate the question marks you have your answer! I’ve only fished fork a handful of times over the last 20 or so years definitely not in its the prime. My biggest bass was there just throwing a crank bait while ideling in to the main lake! I’m about hour and a half from ivie and have only been there a couple times over the last 5 years! Not worth the headache right now to me to fight the crowds! I think the big picture is not on the inter web! If you want to know how this happened look at the water levels? East texas lakes must have grass/ West texas lakes flourish when the water level comes back and the original cow pastures are under water again! New Growth!

Re: Lake Fork - The Greatest Trophy Bass Fishery of All Time?? [Re: Dubee] #13935632 03/25/21 04:12 AM
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Originally Posted by Dubee
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I don’t know how many lakes in Texas are slot lakes, but Ivie & Fork are and both produce large bass. Why aren’t more lakes in Texas slot lakes? I understand Falcon & Amistad would be a wash due to Mexico, but many other lakes could benefit from NOT being fish filet factories.



Ivie isn't a slot lake. It's just a 18" minimum with 2 small ones allowed. But I would be ok with them putting Fork's slot on Ivie



cheers so many different regulations. Do you remember or have any insight how/why they came up with those regulations for Ivie? Sounds like the state had high expectations for the lake, but what made them think that? I was a bit too young when they built it, to remember anything about it.

Re: Lake Fork - The Greatest Trophy Bass Fishery of All Time?? [Re: Ken A.] #13935637 03/25/21 04:41 AM
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I remember hearing all kinds of stories from Fork in the mid 80s-90s, and I don't doubt them. But from 92-98 I would be hard pressed to believe that ANY lake in the U.S. put out more 9+ pound bass than Rayburn. It may not have produced as many 13+pounders but it put forth many. It currently is only a shell, of what it was back then.

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