TPWD District Fisheries Office

PO Box 1446
Pottsboro, Texas 75076
(903) 786-2389
Bruce Hysmith, Biologist

About the Area

Local Information

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  • Ray Roberts Lake
    Isle du Bois Unit (940) 686-2148
    Johnson Branch Unit (940) 637-2294
 

Ray Roberts Lake

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Zebra mussels have been found in this reservoir. Boats, livewells, and bait buckets must be drained of all water before leaving the area. Get details.

Lake Characteristics

Location: On the Elm Fork of the Trinity River, 10 miles north of Denton off FM 455. The dam is in Denton County but pushes water into Cooke and Grayson counties.
Surface area: 25,600 acres
Maximum depth: 106 feet
Impounded: 1987

Water Conditions

Current Lake Level
Conservation Pool Elevation: 632.5 ft. msl
Fluctuation: 3-5 feet
Normal Clarity: Clear

Reservoir Controlling Authority

US Army Corps of Engineers
1801 N. Mill Street
Lewisville, Texas 75067
(972) 434-1666

Aquatic Vegetation

More than half the shoreline has native floating, native submersed, or non-native submersed aquatic vegetation (about 2,212 surface acres in all). Floating species include floating pondweed, American lotus, and water primrose. Native submersed species are American milfoil, bushy pondweed, and Chara. Non-native hydrilla is also present.

Predominant Fish Species

Lake Records
Current Fishing Report
Stocking History
Latest Survey Report

Lake Maps

Available commercially at the Pilot Point Chamber of Commerce, Sanger Chamber of Commerce, and US Army Corps of Engineers stations in Lewisville and Fort Worth

Fishing Regulations

All game fishes are currently managed under statewide regulations.

Angling Opportunities

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.

Species Poor Fair Good Excellent
Largemouth Bass       yes
Catfish     yes  
Crappie       yes
White Bass       yes
Sunfish     yes  
Fishing Cover/Structure

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.

Tips & Tactics

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 white bass on this lake. Once you visit here you will understand. Baits of choice include surface baits, jigs, spoons, and minnows. For catfish, 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.


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