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Trophy Bass Fishing
Lake Fork, Texas
(903) 383-2070


14.18 Lbs.


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This picture is of Lake Fork Guide Barry Yeatts and his 14.18 lb largemouth bass he caught on March 14, 1998. This Lake Fork largemouth bass was donated to the Texas Parks and Wildlife's Share Lunker program. The Share Lunker program is a wonderful program because MONSTER BASS like Barry's will be taken care of by biologists that specialize in breeding bigger largemouth bass. This  Lake Fork largemouth bass will live out the rest of it's life in a special spawning tank, and this bass will be used for breeding purposes. The Share Lunker program has dedicated the time and resources to ensure that Lake Fork and other Texas lakes always have genetically superior largemouth bass...the best and biggest BASS possible....this will ensure the future of trophy bass fishin' and all the largemouth bass at Lake Fork.

Lake Fork and Barry Yeatts:

Lake Fork is one of the premier trophy bass lakes of the United States, which is located in northeastern Texas. The Texas State record bass that weighed 18.18 lbs., was caught at Lake Fork on January 24, 1993 in 42 feet of water by Mr. Barry St. Clair.  

Barry Yeatts witnessed the STATE RECORD bass being caught that day, and ol' Barry is the man who had to bring in the new state record of 18.18 lbs. for Mr. Barry St. Clair.

Because Mr. St. Clair did not have a livewell on his boat, he had nowhere to put this big Lake Fork bass, so St. Clair was going to put his new Texas State Record of 18.18 pounds, on ice in a cooler...this would have killed this big Lake Fork bass within minutes. Barry Yeatts, being next to Mr. St. Clair on Lake Fork that day, quickly talked him out of this bad idea of putting it on ice.....and generously offered to put it in his own livewell for St. Clair and bring it in for him.

Lake Fork has produced 36 of the top 50 bass in Texas weighing over 15 pounds. It is approximately 27,756 acres of surface water, located between the towns of Yantis, Emory, and Alba, and is about a 1 1/2 - 2 hour drive from the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex, and around a 45 minute drive from Tyler, Texas. Lake Fork has much sunken timber, brush, hydrilla, lillypads, and other natural water structures, which makes prime habitat for the big bass at Lake Fork.

Some years ago, The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department stocked Lake Fork with pure Florida Strain bass, and today they continue to stock the lake to insure a trophy bass lake well into the future. To keep Lake Fork abundant, a slot measurement and a catch limitation was devised to nurture and to preserve the larger bass of Lake Fork.
A limit of 5 bass can be kept daily, with only one measuring over 21 inches, and all bass between 14 inches and 21 inches have to be released back into Lake Fork. This system of "Catch and Release" has really contributed to the healthy size of Lake Fork's largemouth monster bass.

Barry would like everyone who comes fishing with him at Lake Fork to enjoy hours of PRIME-TIME trophy bass fishing and catch one of them big ol' largemouth bass.....

Barry Yeatts is a full time Professional Instructional Guide at Lake Fork. Barry takes guiding to a whole new level through personal instruction while using the latest bass fishing techniques, equipment, and methods. Barry tells amusing stories that are filled with local color, trivia, and fact.

Barry Yeatts insures whether you are a beginner angler or an expert, you will enjoy fishing on AMERICA'S PREMIER TROPHY BASS FISHERY..........



Give ol' Barry Yeatts a call at:
(903) 383-2070
and let him show you what Lake Fork trophy bass fishin' is all about!
Postal address:
P.O. Box 1573
Quitman, Texas 75783

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Last modified: March 10, 1999