The water level as of this date (02/20/19) is 403.03 or .03 high.  Water temps are in the high 50s.  Crappie are on the main lake points and brush piles.  However the bite has only been fair do to all the rain we have recieved. This week the current depth to be at was 15 to 18. How ever I did catch some in 11 ft.  The water temps are SLOWLY warming and this has put them on the move staging in pre spawn areas.  Im using 1/16 ounce jigs with Bobby Garland soft bodys {Gene Larew}. One jig in brush and two jigs about 6 inches apart on open water.  I like to start to cannon balling the break lines this time of the year on the south end of the lake as it is about 3 weeks behind the norhtern end. Crappie seem to stray away from brush and run the break lines on main lake points as the water temps get warmer. If you dont know what cannon balling is, its pretty simple.  I like a 1/4 ounce on the bottom and a 1/16 on top.  About 6 to 7 inches apart.  Get on a break line that you have marked your fish and stay at that depth using your electronics and trolling motor. 6 lb Berkley yellow line on Berkley Ikey dude rods and abu garcia cardinal reels. My clients caught some really good fish last Thursday. Several were in the 2lb class. I will supply all your equipment and clean your fish.  I promise you will have a good time. 

 Black Bass has been slow.  Water temps shallow are cooler then the deeper areas because of rain runoff  There has been some fish caught VERY shallow due to the rising water.  I like a 3/4 ounce jig with a trailer in 8 to 12 ft of water. The feed is on but its been a really tuff bite.  Look for the best areas to be on ledges and drop offs with timber.  Swim baits by Storm or Berkley, Big crank baits, 10 to 12 inch Berkley power worms Texas rigged or Carolina rigs and drop shots are your best bet. I also like to slow roll a 11/2 ounce Ledge buster spinner bait.  Big bass cant stand it this time of the year. Shallow I like to work a red rattle trap, chatter bait, or a sinko.  There has been some fish caught on these baits this week. Loof for it to get better as the water temps rise.  Work the staging areas next to spawning grounds.

 Catfish are also on the feed. Stay in 22 to 25 ft on baited holes.  Most any bait the you have confidence in will work.

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Please feel free to call me for any additional info you may need at 1-903-570-6715.  These tips will also work on the Lakes in your areas.  Thanks for your interest in Lake Fork Guide Service