Great week at Lake Fork

Stop number five of the Bassmaster Elite Series season took place this past weekend at legendary Lake Fork in Texas.
If you saw last week’s column you read a little about the history of this popular bass fishery on the outskirts of Dallas.
It is the gem of bass fishing lakes in Texas, with special slot limits protecting all bass between 16-24 inches.
While it is not a huge lake, I learned this past week that Lake Fork attracts more anglers for bass fishing than any other lake in America so as you can imagine, it’s a busy place.
Because of the special regulations on Lake Fork, we were not able to put any fish in the livewell last week that were between the protected slot. Each angler had a marshal onboard to weigh each fish as you caught it.
Each boat was outfitted with the same scale, which were all calibrated prior to the event.
It was a unique opportunity to hold a tournament on this big bass factory so as anglers we were good with weighing the fish in the boat and releasing them.
Each angler was allowed to bring in one bass per day over 24″ to show off to the crowd and share with the Texas Parks and Wildlife folks if they were lucky enough to catch one.
A lot of bass with really good genetics are stocked in this lake each year so biologists were sampling the big fish to see if they were offspring of any of their stocked fish and several of the fish that they test are, it’s pretty neat.
After a tough start to the season I finally had a really good event and landed a fifth place finish over the weekend in Texas, for which I earned a nice cheque and points towards qualifying for the Bassmaster Classic.
It felt good to catch a bunch of big fish!
I only landed four fish the first day that weighed 18 pounds and that hurt me a little bit in the long run.
It was one of those days because over the next few days I ended up catching quite a few fish each day but I survived day one.
My day two catch of 26-05 jumped me into the top ten and I hung in there over the remaining couple of days.
On day three I weighed in 22-01 to hold down ninth heading in the final day.
My final day catch of 27-05 was the second largest catch of the day and the biggest limit of my pro career.
I was also fortunate to catch a bass over the 24 inch line on the final day, which I was able to walk across the stage.
It weighed 7-11 and was the only over fish to cross the stage on the final day.
My four day total of 94-05 was almost 20 pounds behind winner Brandon Cobb who won his second event of the season as well as a brand new Toyota Tundra truck for catching the big bass of the event, an 11-01 monster! Unbelievable stuff.
The fishing was not fast and furious for most anglers but the number of big fish in this lake is incredible.
Some anglers fished shallow, while others like myself choose to fish deeper water, looking for schools of big bass.
You could fish however you wanted out there last week.
We get a week off and then our season resumes next week at Fort Gibson Lake in Oklahoma so I’m staying a couple of extra days at Lake Fork to have some fun before heading north.