Lake Ray Roberts Fishing Report: April 17, 2017
Despite the strong winds in the area it has been a great week of fishing on Lake Ray Roberts. We have caught Largemouth Bass up to almost ten pounds, several Crappie between one to two plus pounds and limits of White Bass. Although most of us thought this great fishing would be much earlier this year than normal because of our very warm winter, it has turned out to be the same time as most years.
The spawn is still in process and many of the fish caught are heavy with eggs. I have said for years if I had to pick only one month of the year to fish it would be May. It is looking like this will be another year that will justify my choice. After all, the largest 5 bass stringer of Largemouth Bass I have caught on the lake in 27 years of guiding was on Memorial Day weekend in the late 90’s. On that day a client and myself caught 5 Largemouth that weighed 42 pounds. They were all caught in about a 30 minute time frame. There are plenty of big fish of all three species to be caught in the next few weeks.
About Lake Ray Roberts
One of 22 reservoirs on the Trinity River, 29,000 acre Lake Ray Roberts provides water to Dallas and Denton and helps contain floods, something it did admirably in 2015 when the record book got tossed out. More importantly for anglers and outdoor enthusiasts, the lake provides habitat for fish and wildlife and a venue for fishing, swimming and boating. Folks can catch largemouth and white bass, crappie and catfish here. The lake record largemouth bass is 15.18 lbs; blue catfish 53.09 pounds, and flathead catfish, 62.60 lbs.
Those fishing from a boat are likely to hook crappie around brush piles, standing dead trees and bridge piers, especially bridges at Buck Creek (north of Pilot Point) and on FM 922 across the north side of the lake. Sand bass surface in open water south of Wolf Island, north of Hawthorn Island and off the park’s Culp Branch, which is just west of the dam. These fish like jigs and minnows. Black bass lurk along cliff faces on the east side of the dam, as well as in coves and around underwater structure. Catfish tend to hang out under trees where egrets and cormorants roost. Many anglers enlist the services of local Lake Ray Roberts Fishing Guide, Ucatchem Guide Services, to put them on the best places to fish.
Since 1987, when 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.
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.
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