Trophy Bass, Big Bream, Bowfin and Chain Pickerel on the Fly
LAKE FORK Located 100 miles east of Dallas, Texas, Lake Fork has a well-earned reputation for producing big bass. For over 30 years, Fork has been counted among the nation's most productive largemouth fisheries. Thirty-six of the top 50 bass ever caught in the state of Texas have come from Fork. How big do the bass get in Lake Fork? The lake record (and Texas state record) is an 18.18-pound behemoth. Rob Woodruff's personal best on a fly tipped the scales at almost 12 pounds, and he's had clients boat bass approaching that mark. Double digit bass on a fly rod? At Lake Fork that is a definite possibility. Often the pursuit of Largemouth Bass takes a pause when a hard fighting Bowfin slams the fly. These living fossils, also known as "Grinnell" or "Choupique" fight hard and don't quit all the way to the landing net.
The fly fishing season begins in late February. March and April are the prime time for big bass in the shallows. Topwater action begins in mid-April and continues strong until mid-June. The hot summer months of June, July and August are the time for evening trips, topwater fishing as the sun goes down. The Autumn is the time for fast action on schooling bass, up to 50 fish per day. Things begin to wind down in late October or early November as the water begins to cool and the bass move into deep water for the Winter.
LAKE WELSH Many bass anglers find themselves frustrated when winter rolls around: cold fronts put the fish down, and cold water makes the bass sluggish. But what if you could fly fish for bass in a lake that's always warm? Then maybe you'd like a trip to Lake Welsh. Welsh is a "hot water" lake. Warmed by the outflows of coal-fired power plants, its waters stay in the temperature range that bass really like. Indeed, during the coldest months of the year, you can find great topwater action on Lake Welsh.
If you're looking for solid bass action January through April, the warm, weedy, clear waters of Lake Welsh can cure the worst case of cabin fever.
EAST TEXAS LAKES Often overshadowed by their larger, more famous neighbor, Lakes Winnsboro, Quitman, Gilmer, Bob Sandlin and Hawkins offer great bass, chain pickerel, sand bass and bream fishing. Customers have the option to fish one or two lakes in a full day.