Ok ladies and gentlemen, its at that time of year when the Black Bass startÂ gorging themselves for the winter coming. So if you live in the DFW metroplex, and you want to catch some nice line pulling Large Mouth Bass, now is the time to go have fun with them.
As with all fishing, its fishing.Â Most days, Â in the Fall are epic and you will catch fish to where your arm will fall off. Â Or, some days you will cast 1000 times before you land a fish.Â TheÂ chance of catching a nice bassÂ on Lake Lavon &Â Lake Ray Hubbard is very very high ( that is if a 5 lb bass is big to you).Â There are a few free Tournaments onÂ Lake Ray HubbardÂ in the Summer through Fall, with 25 lb plus bags coming to the scales. Recently a 30+ pound bag, 5 fish, came to the scales. The exciting news is, Texas Parks & Wildlife have stock over a 1,000,000+ Florida Black bass in the last 2 years. So with this lake, it justs gets better and better. 10-20 ftÂ deep divers (crank-baits)Â on humps and rip rap are top producers. Shaky heads, brush hogs, and spinner baits work well, too. Chances of catching a monster Hybrid Striped Bass are high as well at Hubbard. Sometimes you will think you have hooked a record fish, till you see a 6 or 7 pound hybrid with you crank bait in its mouth.
When there is water and the lake is at full pool, the Trinity River that dumps into Hubbard is amazing fishing. Very dangerous making your way into the river and i would advise going with someone that knows the route. Lots of widow makers ( stumps hidden under the waters surface an inch or two), that will put a hole in your boat or cause injury or death if hit at high speeds. They litter the entrance to the river and a lot on the way there. But after going there, you would never know you were in the city. Wild Boar will line up the banks at dusk with over 75 at a time rooting around. Beaver, Muskrat, and Nutria will letÂ you to get within feet of them before moving off. Birds of prey, including, big and small Owls, Red Tailed Hawks, andÂ Osprey inhabit the area. As well as the occasional Alligator seen.
Another great lake to fish at is Lake Bachman (fishing from the banks are best)Â in Dallas, near Love Field, near meaning 50 yards away with jets flying over you so close you can see the people pointing at you through the planes window. The runway is right next to the lake within yards. The lake is super clean and the water is tested by the state so its fine to harvest fish from the lake.
One thing most people dont know is this lake is great for fishing.Â Crappie, Sunfish, and Black Bass hang near the waters edges due to there is not much structure in the middle of the lake at all. Grass, concrete, and a rare log in the water will hold these fish.Â Abundant Channel Catfish, Black Bass, Red Ear and Green Sunfish, and even very nice fat WhiteÂ Crappie. The White Crappie were residents of the creek before the creek was dammed up and the city built the lake. Bass, Sunfish, and channel cats were stocked by TPWD. The Lake record for this small lake is almost 8 pounds at 22 inches! The sunfish get up to 10 inches there. The catcfish get over 5 lbs regularly. The Crappie get to 16 inches with most keepers averaging 11-12 inches.Â Best time for crappie is under the bridge at night.
White Rock Lake (fishing from the bank isÂ best)Â is the same as Bachman Lake. Only diff is the depth. Deepest depth at White Rock LakeÂ is 17 foot at full pool. Crazy thing is, double digit fish are not uncommon there, but they are not to rare with at least 10 big fish a year being landed. This lake a lot of different spiecies of fish, with Crappie, White Bass, and Channel Catfish being top predetors in the lake. Some long nosed and short nosed Gar are present as well with Big Blue Catfish from 5-15 lbs being landed. The Largemouth can be very very frustratingÂ at this lake. Once you find what they want and you establish a patterm, you should have a pretty good day though.
Grapevine Lake is pushing out some quality bass right now as well. Lots actually. A 50 fish day was heard last week with big bass 8 lbs and all others were 3-4 lb average.
Lake Lewisville is in a leauge of its own. This lake has not been stocked with Largemouth Bass in a long time. But, its has some great bass fishing. Establish a pattern and stay on it to keep the fish hitting the deck of the boat. Right now, I have picked up some 3-4 lbers on shallow humps about 12-18 ft. As long as the hybrids and sandies are not on the hump, the Large Mouth Bass should be in the vicinity. The creek channels have been great right now and major windblown points have been putting fish in the boat. The bass are following the shad in some nice schools, but most of the schoolies are 2 lbs. Keepers, but small. Let alone the White Bass and Hybrid Striper, if they aree in the area, you will waste time fighting them off to get to the Large Mouth. You have to get out of that area. Last week we boated a 16 lb bag, 5 fish. Biggest fish was 4.74lbs. Crank baits, jigs, spinner baits, and Texas Rig all work well. Lots of spotted bass in the marina.