Johnny Guice was right about Lake Fork

Herald-Banner - Greenville TX Press

David Clay our Herald-Banner Sports Editor


I still remember the first cast I saw local angler Johnny Guice make at Lake Fork in 1981. I was riding in the boat with Guice, working on a photo/feature about the Louisiana transplant who’d been fishing well in tournaments put on by a local bass club. I was hoping he would do better than the last two guys I road in a boat with. The fishing action was so slow that day that I fell asleep. But not with Guice. He caught two fish on the first cast and stayed busy hauling in Fork bass. He told me then that Lake Fork was on the verge of becoming a premier bass lake. Lake Fork would go on to produce seven of the top 10 black bass caught in Texas waters, including the state record catch of 18.18 pounds set in 1992 by Barry St. Clair of Klondike. Most of the big bass caught at Fork were in the 1990s. But the East Texas lake is still capable of yielding big bass, including three ShareLunker bass netted in a span of nine days in March. John LaBove caught a 15.48-pounder on March 2. Michael Terrebone reeled in a 13.00-pounder on March 8 and Alex Finch hauled in a 13.06-pounder on March 11. Guice would later write 252 outdoor columns for the Herald-Banner from 1985-89 and won a couple of U.S. Bass tournaments, bringing home two new boats to Greenville though he fished as a hobby. Now Guice is a professional guide on Lake Fork and has signed a contract to participate in the Texas Insider Fishing Report that will air on the Fox Sports Southwest TV cable network. Guice will be reporting on Fork and other lakes throughout Texas that are north of I-20.

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