Lake Ray Roberts Fishing Report: May 2018

Over the years as a guide on this lake I have had many clients ask me, “what is your favorite month to fish” without hesitation my response has always been the same, May. Throughout 28 years on the lake my answer to that question has not wavered. In May most species of fish that we pursue will have either completed their spawn or be in the process of finishing the reproductive cycle. This yearly cycle puts a lot of fish in shallow water this month where they are easier to catch than other times of year. Shortly after fish spawn they are ready to gorge on the abundant Threadfin Shad in the lake. Shad will be spawning in the shallows around rocky and brush covered banks. This spawning activity is at its peak around daylight, however the general area can be productive for hours.

During the first hour or so of daylight look for Shad activity along the banks. When Shad are located you can expect Largemouth Bass and White Bass to be in the area feeding on the Shad. Numerous lures will catch these fish, topwaters, crankbaits and swimbaits are a few of the more productive. When the shallow water activity subsides just move out to a bit deeper water and try soft plastics on the bottom.

Crappie should be fairly easy to locate around timber and brush in 10-20 feet of water. Usually the Crappie have finished the spawn and feed heavily in May. Once they are located you can catch them on minnows and small jigs. They are school fish so once you catch a couple, fish the area thoroughly, there should be several more.

Lake conditions are good. It is right at normal level and the water clarity is slightly stained. I would be surprised if May fishing is anything less than what it normally is, as good as it gets!

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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