Lake Fork

Emory, Texas

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Short Take: 27,690 acres; shallow hydrilla, standing timber, deep ridges. Her name was Ethel, and since November of 1986 she has ranked as one of the most famous females in Texas. Most famous among bass fishermen, at least, for Ethel is the name Lake Fork guide Mark Stevenson gave to the 17-pound, 10-ounce largemouth bass he caught from the 27,690-acre impoundment near the small city of Alba. Ethel was the first bass weighing more than 17 pounds ever caught in Texas, and she immediately established Lake Fork as one of the nation’s premier trophy bass fisheries. Today, big fish production has slowed slightly—only one largemouth topping 16 pounds was reported in 1999—but the lake still produces many 10-to 13-pounders each year. On anyone’s list of America’s trophy bass lakes, Fork ranks very near the top. Primary Species: Largemouth bass.

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"Short Take: 27,690 acres; shallow hydrilla, standing timber, deep ridges. Her name was Ethel, and since November of 1986 she has ranked as one of the most famous females in Texas. Most famous among bass fishermen, at least, for Ethel is the name Lake Fork guide Mark Stevenson gave to the 17-pound, 10-ounce largemouth bass he caught from the 27,690-acre impoundment near the small city of Alba.

Ethel was the first bass weighing more than 17 pounds ever caught in Texas, and she immediately established Lake Fork as one of the nation’s premier trophy bass fisheries. Today, big fish production has slowed slightly—only one largemouth topping 16 pounds was reported in 1999—but the lake still produces many 10-to 13-pounders each year. On anyone’s list of America’s trophy bass lakes, Fork ranks very near the top. Primary Species: Largemouth bass."

Activity Type: Fishing
Nearby City: Emory
Season & Limits: Best February through April, September through December
Driving Directions: Directions to Lake Fork

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