Considered one of the country’s premier trophy bass lakes, more than 65% of the Texas Top 50 largest bass, including the current state record of 18.18 pounds, were caught in Lake Fork Reservoir. Largemouth are the most popular sportfish in the lake.
Located 65 miles east of downtown Dallas in central-east Texas near Quitman, just under 2 hours from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.
Largemouth bass anglers are most successful on this reservoir during the spring, fall, and winter months.
Spinnerbaits, plastic worms and lizards, jigs and lipless crankbaits are all popular lures during peak fishing in the spring (mid-February to April) when fishing is concentrated along the shoreline for spawning fish. Night fishing during the hot summer months can be very productive, and spinnerbaits, crankbaits and topwaters are often used. During late summer and early fall, when fish are schooling, crankbaits and topwater lures can be very effective. In winter, jigging spoons, jigs and crankbaits are popular.
Average depth is 12-15 feet, and 70 feet at its deepest.
Areas containing hydrilla, boathouses and docks, and lake points provide some of the best fishing for largemouth bass. Fish will also congregate around bridge pilings and artificial brush piles. Several man-made fish habitat structures have been installed at strategic points.
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WHERE TO STAY
Sunrise Lodges on Lake Fork
Best Western Plus Emory at Lake Fork Inn & Suites
WHERE TO EAT:
4500 FM 515, Emory, TX
132 Co Rd 1879, Yantis, TX