Ray Roberts Lake has emerged into a very productive fishing lake, growing in popularity among anglers. The current lake record for largemouth bass is 14.06. Crappie, white bass, and catfish are also a good catch. Guided trips for largemouth bass, catfish, and crappie are popular on this lake. There are many good spots to fish for largemouths. White bass fishing peaks in the spring during the spawning run up tributaries, and again in the summer when bass school in the main pool off the dam. Crappie produce best in winter, and catfishing is great all summer, especially in early June when feeder creeks carry runoff.
Ray Roberts Lake has approximately 2,000 acres of standing timber, located mostly in the upper reaches of both major arms. There is rip-rap along the dam at the south end of the main pool and 2,212 acres of floating and submersed aquatic vegetation. Additional structure is provided by stream channels, flooded main-lake points, inundated pond dams, flooded rocks/boulders/stumps, and 44 inundated brush piles constructed before impoundment. Some of this structure is shown on lake maps available from the Chambers of Commerce or at most fishing tackle stores.
Largemouth bass angling seems to peak in the spring and fall, but most trophy bass are caught in February and March. The bait of choice in cold months is a jig or jig and pig combination fished slowly around deep submerged points. In spring you might want to try a Carolina rigged worm or lizard in shallow water found on the man flats between feeder creeks in the Isle du Bois Creek arm. In early summer, try vertical jigging in the acres of standing timber. In June, big bass can be found at the base of flooded trees in 25 feet of water. In the fall try jerk baits, crank baits, and spinners. A white spinner bait in dingy water is an excellent choice.
There are many good spots to fish for largemouth bass (white?) on this lake. Once you visit here you will understand. Baits of choice include surface baits, jigs, spoons, and minnows. Bait up with cut bait, shrimp, or stink bait. Crappie produce best in the winter when they school deep and around structure or during the spring when they come in to spawn. In either case the baits of choice include a myriad of jigs and minnows. For sunfish such as bluegill, fish around any flooded brush or rocks and use live earthworms.
Lake Ray Roberts has a surface area of over 29,000 acres, over 200 miles of shoreline, an average depth of 27 feet and a maximum depth of 106 feet. The lake was filled in stages with the final stage being completed in 1987. A good portion of the timber and brush in Lake Ray Roberts was left intact to enhance fishing in the lake. Brush and stump piles were also flooded in nearly 4 dozen locations throughout the lake creating excellent fishing spots. These brush piles along with the timber and brush left standing that was flooded provides excellent habitat for the various verities of fish in Lake Ray Roberts and is at least partly responsible for the excellent fishing there today. The lake also has large areas of Hydrilla that also provides excellent habitat for the lakes Largemouth Bass and Crappie.
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