ABOUT Lake Ray Roberts

Lake Ray Roberts, located in Denton and Cooke counties just North of Denton Texas, is a paradise amidst busy North Texas cities. It is a 29,350 acre Lake located on the Elm Fork of the Trinity River that was dammed in 1987 and opened to motor boats in 1990. With the Dam in Denton County, the Lake also extends into Grayson and Cooke Counties. Since the lake was dammed, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has stocked these waters with hundreds of thousands of Florida largemouth bass as well as channel catfish and shad.

The most popular Guided fishing trips on the Lake are for White Bass, Crappie, Largemouth Bass and Catfish. Fishing for Largemouth Bass is strongest in the Spring and Fall, and White Bass peaks during the Spring and Summer. Catfish fishing is great during the Summer, and Crappie fishing is strong during the Spring time. If you have questions about what fish are biting when, check out our Fishing Report or give Jim a call.

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More than half the shoreline has native and non-native aquatic vegetation, and with more than 2,000 acres of standing timber, Ray Roberts offers a vast array of structure and cover. Additional structure includes flooded rocks/stumps/boulders, stream channels, inundated pond dams, flooded main-lake points, and 44 brush piles constructed before the Lake was flooded. Some of this structure is shown on lake maps available at Fishing & Tackle Stores or at the local Chamber of Commerce.

Bag Limits for Lake Ray Roberts

Largemouth Bass – 5 fish over 14″
White Bass – 25 fish over 10″
Crappie – 25 fish over 10″
Catfish Blue & Channel – 25 fish over 12″
Catfish Flathead – 5 fish over 18″

Lake Ray Roberts Fishing Records:

Species Weight / Length Date Angler Method
Bass, Hybrid Striped 7.45 / 26.00 May 29, 2008 Lindy Roberts cc jigging spoon
Bass, Largemouth 15.18 / 26.25 Mar 7, 2015 Shannon Elvington jerk bait
Bass, Smallmouth 6.16 / 21.25 Nov 19, 2011 Mark Petri swim jig
Bass, Spotted 4.22 / 19.50 Feb 22, 2017 Barrett McClendon soft jerk bait
Bass, Striped 8.26 / 29.00 Aug 28, 1998 Brad Carver n/a
Bass, White 3.12 / 18.00 Dec 20, 1990 Paul W. Foster n/a
Crappie, Black 2.46 / 15.75 Nov 19, 1999 Jeff Heuman n/a
Crappie, White 3.09 / 15.25 Mar 10, 1990 Michael D. Loyd n/a
Catfish, Blue 59.99 / 46.50 Mar 15, 2017 Randy Davis shad
Catfish, Channel 11.22 / 27.88 Nov 29, 2016 Clayton Tubbs Bass Assasin
Catfish, Flathead 62.60 / 54.00 Dec 15, 2014 Daniel Miles cut shad
Fish Lake Ray Roberts with Ucatchem Fihing Guide Service

Nearby Accommodations

There are numerous state parks and campgrounds available around Lake Ray Roberts for camping or to park your RV. Lodging is available in nearby Sanger or Denton Texas. There is also on the water lodging and cabins available at Lake Ray Roberts State Park.

Call Us Today!

Schedule your Lake Ray Roberts guided fishing trip with Ucatchem now by calling 940-391-5534 -or- Request a Trip Quote Online.

Lake Ray Roberts Largemouth Bass Fishing Guides with Jim Walling & Ucatchem Guide Service

Almost 11lb Lunker Bass caught during one of Jim’s Guided Trips.

Have you heard? Lake Ray Roberts has been named to the Top 100 Bass Lakes by BassMaster Magazine! There’s a reason I love fishing Ray Roberts and this is a great example of how great our Largemouth Bass fishery truly is! If you are looking for a great day of Lunker Bass Fishing call me today at 940-391-5534 and find out what it’s like to Bass fish on a Top 100 Bass Lake.

About UCATCHEM Lake Ray Roberts Guide Service

Jim Walling found his passion for fishing as a child, and continues to share his wealth of fishing knowledge today. Jim started guiding fishing trips on Lake Ray Roberts when it opened to boats in 1990, and knows every hump, bump and hiding place on the lake. If you want to fish for Trophy Bass, Slab Crappie, White Bass or even Catfish, Jim would love to share his love of fishing with you. Children under 16 fish Free with paying Adult Angler! UCatchem Guide Services offers trips for Individuals, Families, Large Groups and Corporate Events.


My daughter and I just spent a wonderful morning fishing with Jim Walling on Lake Ray Roberts. He is the guide with UCatchem Guide Service. Catchem is right! Jim knew exactly where to go to find the feeding white bass. We both caught well over 30 fish and kept a few to eat. Jim fileted the ones we kept. We met him at the state park at Ray Roberts and left from the boat ramp. It is a wonderful park that we camped in two years ago. It has nice campsites, a wonderful trail for hiking or biking, and a “beach” for swimming. We are not experienced fishermen, so having a guide was very helpful. He was not only knowledgeable, but very friendly and easy to talk to. He had all the equipment for us to use, as well as life jackets, and a fantastic boat. He was patient with my daughter and helped her with casting and taking the fish off the hook. Quickly she was catching fish and removing them all herself(except the catfish!) We fished for about 5 hours and the cost of $250 was well worth it.

Trip Advisor Review - Reviewed July 21, 2013