Above: Anglers are welcome along the Elm Fork in LLELA. Left: Wes Campbell is a fishing guide at both Lake Lewisville and Lake Ray Roberts.
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Summertime means cookouts, and what could be better than grilling up a fresh catch of the day? Grab your rod and prepare to reel in a big one. According to Wes Campbell, a fishing guide with BendaRod Fishing Guide Service, both Lake Lewisville and Lake Ray Roberts have white and black crappie, blue catfish, channel catfish, flathead catfish, multiple species of brem or perch, largemouth bass, white bass, drum and carp. Lake Lewisville also contains hybrid stripers, which are larger and more sought-after fish. The lake’s average depth of 25 feet make the lake’s title of “Urban Bass Fishing Capital of Texas” possible. At Ray Roberts, Campbell recommends heading to Isle du Bois and Johnson Branch. While Lewisville has several parks, a well-known fishing spot there is known as “The Cut.” “It is a hole that was blown in the old dam on Lake Dallas,” says Campbell. Because the lake is in a state park, you can fish from the pier or shore without a license. Grapevine Lake is another option. Hidden in its 65-foot depths are boulders and drop-offs that make it a perfect spot for hungry largemouth bass. The chances of catching white bass are also excellent thanks to an aeration system. More casual fishing enthusiasts might want to check out the boathouses and flooded timber to see what’s biting. During the springtime, fish are spawning, so Campbell says it’s best to fish at a nearby feeder creek for these lakes or at a bank. In the winter, white bass and hybrid stripers will be deeper and suspended in the water column, and you should downsize your baits. Putting Campbell’s expert tips into action can help you bring home the bass (or crappies, or catfish, or whatever floats your fishing boat). If you’re not catching fish, he says to move to another area. “I see people all the time sitting in one spot for too long [and] not catching anything. Don’t be afraid to go find them.” Of course, if you’re still having trouble reeling in the big catches, hire a fishing guide. Campbell says, “It will give you years of knowledge in one day, and on the water, knowledge is power.”
Top photo courtesy of Owen Richards; bottom photo courtesy of Wes Campbell