UPDATE 2/22/18 Thursday, Feb 22, 2018 by Ron

Lake level is at 602.3 and rising. The ramps are all clear of ice with the possible exception of Ray Behrens. All the rest seem to be open. On Saturday, March 24 we will be doing the tree drop at the South Fork boat ramp. Let me know if you plan to help. As we have in the past few years we will have the Corp barge here to do the hauling. We have always been done before noon so it is not a long day of heavy work.

UPDATE 2/6/18 Tuesday, Feb 06, 2018 by Ron

Welcome to a new year here at South Fork Resort. The main lake is open but the 107, Route U, Southfork, and Elk Fork ramps are all iced in. It looks like it won’t take many warm days to open up the 107 ramp. I will let you know when that happens. I heard a rumor there was some shore fishing going on last week before this latest cold weather came in and there were some crappie being caught, but for now at least, that is not happening this week.

Notes- We do have some changes here at the resort this year. We had a small price increase on the units with the cabins now at $140 weekends, $115 weekdays, Kitchenettes at $90 weekends and $75 weekdays, and motel rooms at $65 weekends and $55 weekdays.

Also, I am officially retiring from my day job on March 2 so you will probably have to put up with me or at least see me around the resort during the week. Hopefully that means a little more fishing time too.

We look forward to seeing you all this season.

UPDATE 12/23/17 Saturday, Dec 23, 2017 by Ron

Lake level is 601.9 and holding very steady. Water temp is hanging about 40 degrees. Crappie are still biting. Fish the bluffs and bridge piers. Deep wood is also producing some fish. The fish are nice size this fall with most in the 10-12″ range.

Mary, myself, and the rest of the gang here at Southfork would like to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a fantastic New Year. The store is mostly closed for the winter but if you need something don’t hesitate to call. You can still call for reservations as well. We do still have minnows.

UPDATE 11/17/17 Friday, Nov 17, 2017 by Ron

Lake level is 602.2 and has been steady for a couple of months now. Water clarity is good. Water temp is lower 50’s.

CRAPPIE: There are still people catching some crappie. Mostly we hear out on the bluffs and bridge piers in deeper water. It would seem we missed the fall run of crappie in shallow water but I don’t know that we just didn’t hear about is as much. The bite should maintain until the lake freezes over, if it freezes over this year.

CATFISH: There are still some blues getting caught. We had a couple of them over 40# this week. This too should hold up for some time yet.

BASS: No reports, but my guess is one could catch white bass out around the islands if you tried.

DEER: The hunting has certainly improved this week over what we saw last weekend. As we get closer to the new moon and for a day or so afterwards we should see the best movement. We have not seen much activity as far as duck hunting other than some shooting on the lake this past weekend. Hopefully that will improve as the northern ducks come down.

UPDATE 10/26/17 Thursday, Oct 26, 2017 by Ron

Lake level is 602.5 and water temp is lower 60’s. Clarity is quite good at a couple of feet.

CRAPPIE: Fishing is still pretty good around deep timber, bridge piers and some are also being caught shallow up in the creek arms. Pink seems to still be a good color but black/chartreuse is also prett good. Minnows and nibbles are both good additions. There are a lot of 10-12″ fish being caught and there is no reason to think it will not continue until freezeup.

BASS: Whites are being caught back in the creek arms and there are a lot of short largemouth back there as well. We have not heard much on the keeper sized largemouth.

CATFISH: There are a good amount of blues getting caught on shad and a few flatheads as well. Goldfish also work but shad seems to be the bait of choice right now.

NOTES: This weekend is the early youth hunt for deer. It is also our annual appreciation party, which will be held on Saturday from 5 till whenever. We always have a good time so stop on in and say hello.

UPDATE 10/2/17 Monday, Oct 02, 2017 by Ron

Lake level is 602 and holding pretty steady. Water is quite clear and about 74 degrees.

CRAPPIE: So far the crappie are still mostly in deep water. 20 to 30 FOW is a good place to start. It seems best to drop to the bottom and reel up very slowly until you get bit. Once you establish the depth they are holding at you can just drop to that depth. Black/chartreuse, pink/chartreuse, pink/black all seem to be working. A minnow and nibble also help. Bridge piers, deeper brush and trees are good locations right now. There are a few people catching fish shallow as well, but most seem to be in deep water yet. Keep an eye out for the birds as they are a great indicator of active shad.

CATFISH: It looks like the blues are starting to turn on. We saw a lot in the 30# range this weekend and even a 40+. There are a great many in the 5 to 15# range being caught also. There are also quite a few channel cats coming in along with an occasional flathead. This bite will only improve as the water cools down. Shad is probably the best bait to start with.

BASS: Not a lot of word on largemouth yet, but the whites are really starting to hit. Points and islands are great places to start. It doesn’t even seem to matter what time of day at this point.

NOTES: Remember, on the 20th and 21st is the Halloween Walk up at Indian Creek. It is a great place to take the kids. Also, over at pond by the State Park office, there are freshwater jellyfish in there. Now that is something you don’t see every day.