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11/18/04

Pre-Thanksgiving Fishing Report

Well it's been a while since I was here to talk fishing and what a great time to be back.  The temperature outside is cooler, the rain has been here and thus the water temperature is cooler.  Boy does that start the fish to moving and feeding for the coming winter. Now some think this is when the fish slow down, but quite the contrary.  Like you and I, the fish like it cooler, so that means, they are more aggressive.  So, when you start throwing that spinner bait, or crankbait, crank it fast because this is when reaction bites really work. Now some of you may recall I reported to you last year that Texas Parks and Wildlife started a trophy bass survey and it's under way again.  To summarize, Lake Fork is now 24 years old and so far this year the Budweiser Sharelunker program has already recorded a 13.16lb bass and a 15.8lb bass.  Plus, 13 bass over 10lbs were recorded in October.  OK, let's get to the lakes.

Lake Fork

Clear water at 64 degrees with black bass good on split shot finesse june bug wave worms in 4 to 7ft. Along main grass lines. The deeper bite, in 8 to 16ft. Good on watermelon seed baby creature baits form mark pack off main lake points that's holding large schools of shad. Crappie good on minnows and small jigs in live green and white in 18 to 24 ft. Under bridges and near submerged brush.

Lake 'o the Pines

Stained at 63 degrees and high level with black bass slow to fair on Texas rigged worms and shallow running shad pattern crankbaits, later switching to carolina and texas rigged worms in 10 to 15ft. Crappie slow to fair in 5 to 15 ft. On minnows and jigs around bridge columns and brushpiles. White bass good on slabs trolling main lake humps early and late on hellbender pet spoon rigs. Catfish slow.

Lake Palestine

Stained at 63 deg. Low level with black bass good on spinnerbaits and soft plastics on the upper end of the lake around brush along the river channel. On the south end plastic worms around boat houses in 6 to 12 ft. Are good. Crappie good on minnows and jigs in around the deeper boat house with brush. White bass fair on rat-l-traps and vertical jigging off point in 12 to 24ft.

Lake Tyler

Stained water at 62 deg. Normal level with black bass good on medium running shad pattern crankbaits and plastic worms fished around stick ups and brush in 5 to 12 ft. Carolina rigged french fries around points in 12 to 25 ft. Are good mid-day. Crappie good on 1/16 oz. Tube jigs and minnow over brush piles around standing timber in 15 to 20ft. Near mouths of creeks. Catfish good on nightcrawlers in 12 to 20ft.

So, take the rain gear and watch the weather, as we say in our skeeter boats, eat, sleep and fish.  I'm Barry Hanson see you on the water.

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