Lake Ray Hubbard fishing: varied, year round, and good

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Lake Ray Hubbard fishing: varied, year round, and good

Photo credit Ken Schultz

With 22,745 acres of Lake Ray Hubbard fishing opportunities, anglers in the Dallas area have a gem for fishing 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 the local bait and fishing shops are the best up-to-date source, and local fishing permits will help as the answers vary by time of year and type, 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 making up boat docks, stumps, brushes, hydrillas, retaining walls, and major fishing spots on Lake Ray Hubbard. Sometimes bass is also caught by the bank, especially in June and early July. They hunt abundant and wandering swarms of gizzards and threadfin shades and offer exciting opportunities.

Often the main focus of Lake Ray Hubbard fishing is the hybrid striped bass (“hybrids”). One of the craziest episodes of my fishing career was deep jigging 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 a variety of 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.