Smitty’s East Texas Fishing Guide charters you to the excellent sport fishing at Lake Fork. This lake is another one of my favorites.
Lake Fork / Fishing Guide Charter Service
Smitty’s East Texas Fishing Guide service leads you to the best fishing spots in area lakes like Lake O the Pines, Martin Creek Lake, Lake Fork and Lake Bob Sandlin.
Chuck ‘Smitty’ Smith is an expert fishing guide on Lake Fork. He has been bass fishing on this East Texas Lake for about 25 years and knows it intimately. Chuck learned all the bass fishing tricks peculiar to this lake started with hobby fishing and and moved into pro status with tournament angling with Skeeter, Sealy Outdoors and corporate tournaments. Smitty volunteers the Take a Soldier Fishing program.
Lake Fork is owned and operated by Sabine River Authority of Texas.
Lake Fork was opened to the public for fishing in the fall of 1980.
The Sabine River Authority (903) 878-2262 operates four public boat ramps and a free day use area on Lake Fork. There are also numerous privately-owned access and accommodation facilities in the immediate vicinity of the lake. Accommodations range from motels and cabins to RV sites and tent camping. Individual facilities include services such as bait and tackle shops, convenience stores, fishing piers, gas pumps, and restaurants.
FISHING LICENSE: You can purchase your licenses from most Lake Fork merchantsPurchase Online from Texas Parks & Wildlife. Click Here
REGULATION ON BASS: Lake Fork’s current regulation on largemouth bass is a 16″ to 24″ slot limit. (Bass over 16″ and less than 24″ must be returned to Lake Fork) Only one bass per day 24 inches or greater may be retained.
REGULATION ON CRAPPIE: Lake Fork’s current regulation on black and white crappie all crappie under 10 inches must be released…daily bag limit of 25. Lake Fork’s current regulation on black and white crappie caught from Dec. 1 through the last day of Feb., there is no Minimum Length Limit, daily bag = 25 in any combination, and all crappie caught must be retained.
REGULATION ON CATFISH: Blue & Channel Minimum Length Limit – 12 Inches Daily Bag – 25 fish in any combination Possession Limit – Twice the Daily Bag Limit. No exceptions
CONSTRUCTION: A total of 41,100 acres of land was acquired in the development of Lake Fork Reservoir. The preliminary engineering studies for Lake Fork Reservoir were begun in November of 1972. Construction work for Lake Fork began in the fall of 1975. Pool level was reached in December of 1985.
SIZE & DEPTH: At normal pool level Lake Fork is 27,690 acres. (elevation of 403 feet above mean sea level) The maximum depth is found at the dam area around 60 feet. The average depth is 12 to 15 feet. Lake Fork has a shoreline of 315 miles and a drainage area of 493 miles.
DAM: The dam is about 12,410 feet long and final construction was reached in February of 1980. The overall length of the service spillway is 250 feet. The design discharge of the spillway is 81,900 cubic feet per second.
CREEKS: Lake Fork Creek, Caney Creek, Birch Creek and Little Caney are the major creeks of Lake Fork. Carroll Creek, Running Creek, Long Creek, Glade Creek, Penson Creek, Taylor Creek, Magee Creek, Bell creek, White Oak Creek, Wolf Creek, Dale Creek, Ray Creek, Boardtree Creek, Mustang Creek, Chaney Creek, Little Mustang, Williams Creek and Searcy Creek some of which are considered branches of the main creeks. There are also over 70 creeks that do not have a name.
HABITAT: Lake Fork has the perfect fish habitat consisting of under-water structures include timber, flooded dams and farm ponds. Lake Fork’s vegetation : hydrilla, milfoil, lily pads and duckweed.
FISH SPECIES: Although the main subject on Lake Fork is it’s Florida Largemouth Bass…Other species of fish include: White and Black Crappie, Blue Catfish, Bowfin, Yellow Bass, Bluegill, Gar and Sunfish abound here too.
CLIMATE: The Lake Fork area, which includes the following counties: Wood, Rains and Hopkins have been classified as subtropical. Characterized by warm summers and mild winters which lend to making Lake Fork a lake to fish year round.