LAKE RAY ROBERTS
With excellent largemouth angling under an hour from downtown Dallas/Fort Worth, Lake Ray Roberts hosts several major tournaments, but is known to be less crowded than other popular regional fishing spots. The largemouth record is 15.18 pounds
LLocated just north of Denton, Ray Roberts Lake is under an hour from Dallas/Worth International Airport and the Dallas Metroplex.
While fishing is possible year-round, largemouth bass angling seems to peak in the spring and fall, and many of the largest bass are caught in February and March.
Ray Roberts Lake has approximately 2,000 acres of standing timber, located mostly in the upper reaches of both major arms. Rip-rap can be found along the dam and near bridge crossings, and aquatic vegetation can be found along some shorelines.
The bait of choice in cold months is a jig or jig and pig combination fished slowly around deep submerged points. In spring, a Carolina-rigged worm or lizard in shallow water can be successful. In early summer, 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.
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WHERE TO STAY
Lone Star Lodge and Marina
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Denton/Sanger
WHERE TO EAT:
Barley & Board
Old West Cafe