Lake Ray Hubbard fishing: different, 12 months spherical, and good
Photo credit Ken Schultz
With 22,745 acres of Lake Ray Hubbard fishing opportunities, anglers in the Dallas area have a lake fishing gem to explore in this man-made body of water. Check out our Fish Species section to learn more about Bass, Crappie, Sunfish, Hybrid Stripers, White Bass, and Catfish. These are different attractions, especially for families. Here you can enjoy action all year round.
With so much water and a north-south span of 13 miles, you might be wondering where to fish and where to find the best fishing spots on Lake Ray Hubbard. The staff at the lake marinas and at the bait and fishing shops in the area are the best up-to-date resource, and local fishing permits will help as the answers vary depending on the time of year and the species, as is the case with all Texas fisheries.
When this water supply and hydroelectric dam was established in 1968, all of the existing wood was flooded. Submerged wood is now a major location for locating Hubbard’s crappies, with large trees deserving special consideration. With numerous bridges spanning the lake, their piles are also an important crappie attractor.
Largemouth bass (black bass) are a huge draw in Texas and are also a staple for Lake Ray Hubbard. Hubbard has been stocked with Florida-variety trout for three decades, so this large-sized fish is well established. There is approximately 111 miles of shoreline to explore that makes boat docks, stumps, brushes, hydrillas, retaining walls, and major fishing spots on Lake Ray Hubbard. Occasionally, the bass is caught off the bench as well, especially in June and early July. It hunts abundant and wandering schools of gizzards and threadfin shadows and offers exciting opportunities.
Often the primary focus of Lake Ray Hubbard fishing is on hybrid striped basses (“hybrids”). One of the craziest episodes of my fishing career was jigging deep for hybrids on Hubbard, so I particularly like the species on this reservoir. Hybrids eat shade in open water, so they are searched for on submerged humps and ridges by throwing them with heavy spoons (“plates”) and shaking them vertically. They are also caught when they blow up swarms of shadows in open water. White bass, also known locally as sand bass, is often included in the open water mix.
Another well-known Hubbard species is the blue catfish, the population of which has grown particularly rapidly in recent years. These and channel catfish are mainly caught deep, on various live and dead baits, although some are landed by anglers jigging in deep water for other species.
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Fishing Report provides information on current Lake Ray Hubbard fishing. Get your TX fishing license online today.