Lake Ray Hubbard Fishing Report
Due to all the wet weather the DFW area has received over the past year, the water level at Lake Ray Hubbard has risen considerably. Since moving to Dallas, TX in 2012, I have never seen the lake this high. Based on their most recent stats (dated 4/13/16), The Texas Water Development Board reports that Lake Ray Hubbard is 99.8 full. As a result, bass habitats that were once out of the water and exposed, (such as chunk rock, brush piles, and laydowns) are now submerged, fishable and holding bass.
Last week, I went out on Lake Ray Hubbard to practice for an upcoming tournament. I was able to navigate and get into waters that I had never fished before. I absolutely LOVE to fish in grass! But…as many locals know, the lake is not known for having a lot of grass. While practicing, I was able to locate an area that not only had an abundance of eelgrass, but it also had some tullies growing along the banks. For a brief minute, I thought I was back on the California Delta or one of many lakes in Florida. The only thing missing was the sight of an occasional alligator!
During my five hour practice session, I shook off a lot bass in the grass, but as we all know that’s not much fun. So…the couple of times I did set the hook, they were good ones!
Both of the fish were in the 4lb. range, and were caught using a 5-3/8” Bass Pro Shops Stik-O in Watermelon Magic and a Skirmish Baits M9 Square Bill crankbait in Bright Gill colors.
Bottom line is….Lake Ray Hubbard is back! Just remember, due to the higher water levels, the fish are spread out. However…if you take your time and do some scouting, you too could have a fun-filled and productive day on this lake. Until next time….tight lines!
Darrel Thomas/RB Bass Tournament Angler