Lake Ray Hubbard Fishing Report / Talk About Fish Finders

Lake Ray Hubbard Fishing Guide Report 


 Lets talk about fish finders … from the first paper graph and flasher type fish finder to the super expensive crystal screens of today , fisherman are always trying to have an advantage over what god created. People think catching fish is easy, and on some days they jump in the boat. On other days, more than you know, you need and rely on the power of technology. In the year 2018 the technology is some of the best ever produced in many electronics. 

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Not only is the “fish” finder technology impressive , but they also have built in GPS and maps that show the underwater roadways that fisherman look for to locate fish. They all come with base maps but show little detail. You can buy a multitude of cards to insert to have very detailed maps. You can color shade certain depth areas and find underwater structure that you would have had in previous years be able to read a topographical map and search for hours to find the location. 

When I first started fishing Lake Ray Hubbard , I was lucky enough that the LCR black and white screens where already in play. The first graph I bought was a Lowrance X-85 240 X 240 resolution pixels. The pixels are the picture that the graph returns so you can see whats going on on a 5 inch screen. That fancy unit cost about $500.00 dollars back in the day. Not long after that the handheld GPS came out . The unit was tiny and they had an adapter to use a cigarette lighter to get power instead of using up your batteries in a quick minute. It didn’t have a map detail for water , but you could mark your spots and easily go back to them. 
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With the equipment I had at the time, I thought I was in heaven . As a few years past they came out with the color fish finder then next the combo units. You had a fish finder with a split screen that also had built in GPS and a map. Thats when the BIG screens started showing up. I thought my first combo unit was impressive with its 5X7 inch screen. The progression of the fish finding was moving at lighting speed. Just when you spent many hours on the water and figured them out, the new units would come out. 

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That all changed when humminbird introduced the first ever side image graph. As where as before using you fish finder you where looking straight down under the back of the boat. On average your fish finder would show you an area that for every 10ft of water , you seen a 3ft cone area. So technically if you where in 20ft of water you would see 6ft cone under the boat. You would have to start in a area and move back and fourth scanning for fish. This is very time consuming and tedious hunting. With the invention of the side imaging units , you could now see on average 5-100 ft on both sides of the boat. The pixel resolution was impressive with these units . 

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My unit that I currently use is the Humminbird Mega 12 SI. This is one of the top end fish finders of today. It is a massive 12 inch screen from corner to corner. The pixel resolution is 400X800 and that is for the standard 2-d down scan. The side imaging is 455/800kHz, 1.2MHz sonar frequencies. It gets very technical now a days. The new units can connect bluetooth to my phone, display text messages and even show me who is calling so I do not even have to pick up my phone. With the I-pilot Minn-Kota trolling motors and the right connection it even communicates with it. These new units of today save time as you can scan an area in minutes to locate fish or to determine even if they are there. The map systems even come with pre loaded with HOTSPOTS to fish.  The technology is amazing , but with bells and whistles it comes at a price. A unit like mine will put you back over $2500.00. People ask me all the time what to buy, I always say buy what you can afford. Just like computers, TV’s and vehicles you have choices. You don’t have to get the biggest screen, they come smaller. I consider my equipment , tools of the trade and I try to buy the best I can for my guest. It improves my ability to put my guest on fish and thats the main objective for my business. If you ever have any questions about Lake Ray Hubbard or what type of fish finder to get, feel free to call or text me. 

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Lake Ray Hubbard Fishing Guide


We target White Bass year round .  Lake Ray Hubbard has a great white bass and hybrid Striper population.  For more information on Lake Ray Hubbard Fishing Guide, follow this link.

Lake Ray Hubbard Fishing Report

Lake Ray Hubbard Fishing Guide Report 

It is fall time and we have had a lot of rain in the month of October. It effected the fishing some. If I am not mistaking we had over 14 inches of rain for the month. Lake Ray Hubbard was 3.5 ft low in September and now is about .5 feet high. The white bass scattered and when you would find them they would move fast. This time of year electronics are very vital. I use a Hummingbird Helix 12 Mega and it works very well. It is very effective in scanning areas to locate fish or decide that they are not there. Also the fronts that are moving in will start a them feeding. White bass and Hybrid/stripped bass like to fatting up in the fall to get ready for winter. November can be very good fishing for Lake Ray Hubbard if you love the cooler weather, the later start times and the best part is the lake is pretty much empty even on the weekends.  
Hybrids

White Bass Patterns

Starting this time of year I start out throwing shallow. Sometime you will see shad and signs of life but most of the time you are basically bass fishing. Chunking and winding points, cuts and flats that have adjacent deep water near by.  As the water gets cooler you can catch them like this all thru out the day. Best times are right at daylight then right at dusk. If your shallow bite slows then move out to the drop offs and end of points anywhere from 15-22 ft depth to locate fish. Most of the times if you mark a few fish others see to show up, don’t be surprised if its hot and heavy for 5 minutes then nothing. Move around in the area and re locate them. 
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 White Bass Lures.

You cant beat a 3 or 4 inch Co-Ho with a 1/2 oz head this time of year to throw shallow. If you are brave enough and do not mind the hooks a rattle trap in silver or chrome works well. Every now and then if I have some shad activity I will throw a 4 inch top water , spook, and work it back in quick burst then pause. White bass on Lake Ray Hubbard love a small 3/4 oz slab with jig about 12 inches above this time of year. There are a lot of thread fin shad and some quite small. 
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White Bass Lake Ray Hubbard





Lake Ray Hubbard Fishing Guide


We target White Bass year round .  Lake Ray Hubbard has a great white bass and hybrid Striper population.  For more information on Lake Ray Hubbard Fishing Guide, follow this link.

Lake Ray Hubbard Fishing Report

Lake Ray Hubbard Fishing Guide Report 

I would like to first start off by honoring one of my best friends that went to be with the lord this month. Matt Wallace was one of the good guys, as always helping others anytime they needed help or information. He was a great father that taught his kids about hunting , fishing and the outdoors. He was a fabulous husband to his wife Kathy Wallace and they where stuck side side by in their marriage.  He helped me many times with big group trips, we fished together as friends and we talked frequently about life. I have always said that I don't mind getting older, but I do not like the fact that I see more and more people leave this earth. He was a young man at 46 and fell ill and fought a good fight, but it was just too much.  He lived life with a smile, a laugh and a great sense of humor. We had made plans for this year to do some salt water fishing and I was looking forward to that. I know we hear it all the time , make as much about life as we can , and sometime we all get caught up in the routine of life and it moves fast. I for one have vowed to myself to make the most out of life after loosing my best friend. Love your family , tell them as much as possible, love your friends, we don't have many true friends and do things in life to make you and them happy. I know its hard to live everyday like it may be your last, but I for one am going to try to remember to give it a try. I miss him and will cherish the memories we have .. Rest in peace my good friend .

Lake Ray Hubbard fishing as been in the usual summertime fishing pattern. The traffic has died down because school,  sports and hunting is going to start. The thermocline is set in about 16-17 ft and the fish are not usually deeper than that. The gizzard shad are a good food source this time of year so try bigger lures when you find fish. Lake Ray Hubbard water level is a little more than 3 ft low, so be sure to be careful in the shallows and look for some stumps that are usually deeper.

White Bass Patterns

White bass have been schooling at the Lake Ray Hubbard hot spots , Robertson park , power plant Jetties along the east shore line close to Chandlers. Some days to have to pick thru smaller fish to get the keepers. We have birds working these schools on many occasions early mornings. If you find birds working but do not see fish activity I have been scanning with my side imaging to locate the fish. Later in the morning the fish have been suspending out from structure, Gravel pits , levees and other humps. Do not forget to look shallow, as stated before , with the thermocline you will be surprised how shallow you locate fish in the heat of the day. This is where your electronics play a big part and especially side imaging. 

White Bass

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 White Bass Lures

White bass have  hitting a verity of lures. Gizzard shad thrive in the summertime and that is when I use larger lure . The 3/4 oz Humdinger tail spinner has been working great when you locate schooling fish or a 3 inch Co Ho with 1/2 oz head. When you find suspending fish I have been using a 1 oz slab , toss it out and let it hit bottom then give the reel five or six real fast cranks and drop it back down. If you have trouble with that method , there is always trolling which can be very effective this time of year. Please remember if some one is fishing a spot, be respectful and do not just start driving circles around them .
Lake Ray Hubbard Fishing Guide

Lake Ray Hubbard Fishing Report

Lake Ray Hubbard Fishing Guide

We target White Bass year round .  Lake Ray Hubbard has a great white bass and hybrid Striper population.  For more information on Lake Ray Hubbard Fishing Guide, follow this link.

Lake Ray Hubbard Fishing Report

Lake Ray Hubbard Fishing Guide Report 

Lake Ray Hubbard is in summertime mode!! The fishing has heated up just like the temperatures for the end of June and first of July.  We still have shad fry all over the lake but now the themocline is trying to set in. White Bass have been chasing these small shad on the flats instead of deep water. I have been starting at 6:00 am during these hot summer days. Please remember to bring plenty of water as the sun is getting brutal by mid morning. When you locate schooling fish please remember to get up wind of the fish and do not run your big motor thru them. Use your trolling motor and if you do not have one drift thru them , when out of the school go around them and start another drift.


White Bass

White Bass

White Bass

White Bass Patterns 

White Bass have been schooling early mornings and late evenings across the lake. There are multiple locations to keep an eye on. Robertson Park , Power Plant Jetty , Chandlers Cove , Red Barn Cove and the shallow coves down south by the burnt out bridge.The great blue herons are still showing the way to these schools.The easiest ways are to make the "run" and check multiple locations as the sun is coming up. There has been sporadic schooling later morning in the deep waters down south but they are mostly small little fish . I still stop and throw a slab to see if the fish are bigger deeper in the water column. When the fish stop schooling I have had success on the multiple levees that run North and South on the lake.

White Bass

White Bass

White Bass

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Lake Ray Hubbard Fishing Report

White Bass Lures

White bass like lures the same size as the bait. When finding schooling fish I have better success with smaller baits. The Mepps spinner has been my go too lure during this time. Small top waters such as the Tiny Torpedo are great lures but I rarely let guest throw them as it is a little dangerous for the guide on the boat. Structure fishing I have been using a 3/4 oz slab. The fish are from the bottom to about 10 ft high so drop your slab and do a high lift, usually when you lift and you reach your head you will get a fish.



Lake Ray Hubbard Fishing Report

Lake Ray Hubbard Fishing Guide

Lake Ray Hubbard Fishing Guide

 We target White Bass year round .  Lake Ray Hubbard has a great white bass and hybrid Striper population.  For more information on Lake Ray Hubbard Fishing Guide, follow this link.

Lake Ray Hubbard Fishing Report

Lake Ray Hubbard White Bass Fishing


First part of June for Lake Ray Hubbard white bass as been pretty steady except for a couple of trips. The weather has been hotter than usual and the fish seem to be on a speed race to a summer pattern already. There are multiple schools of shad fry all over the lake . We have had to pick thru fish for the nice keepers as lots of small white bass and hybrid/stripers are gorging on the small fry. Be sure to take plenty of water on your fishing trips , it gets hot pretty quick on most morning. The hotter temps have brought out the pleasure boaters so be very careful especially later in the mornings and afternoons. The white bass on Lake Ray Hubbard are a little different than most fish on other lakes. All the recreation boats really do not effect them much. I have witnessed many times fish schooling and a ski boat runs through them, only for the fish to reappear 20-30 yards away from the original location. We still have the threat of pop up storms so please be aware of the weather.

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Lake Ray Hubbard Fishing Report

Lake Ray Hubbard Fishing Report

     

White Bass Patterns 

White bass have been chasing shad fry all across the lake. The easiest way to locate them is to start driving and keep your eyes open for the splashes of these schools. White egrets or the great blue herons are still showing the way to these schools. If you see one of these magnificent birds hoovering the water below, stop and take a look. The shad do not have a chance with the fish attacking from below and the birds snatching them from above. There has not been any schooling on the flats as of yet, the thermocline has not set in yet. It will not be long before that happens. I continue to keep my eyes open and check these areas early morning. I have not found many white bass on structure such as humps and levees. Do not forget to check the multiple bridges for fish , the shad love the shad and protection of the pillars.

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Lake Ray Hubbard Fishing Guide

Lake Ray Hubbard Fishing Guide

  

White Bass Lures

When you find white bass and hybrid/striper chasing these small fry I will have a small in line spinner , tail spinner or top water ties on. I prefer tiny torpedoes in a clear or white for some fun. I will also have a 1 oz slab tied on and fish below the schooling fish. When throwing your slab let it sink all the way to the bottom , turn your handle fast about 5-6 turns and let it fall back through. Many times I am watching my graph and if I notice the fish high, I will tell my guest to just reel up through them. When fishing the structure , we do the same thing with the slab. If you start marking them hugging the bottom, drop the slab , reel up the slack and just "pull" up slowly. A ;lot of times white bass will hit the lure on the pull up.

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White Bass

  

Lake Ray Hubbard Fishing Guide

 We target White Bass year round .  Lake Ray Hubbard has a great white bass and hybrid Striper population.  For more information on Lake Ray Hubbard Fishing Guide, follow this link.

Lake Ray Hubbard Fishing Report

Lake Ray Hubbard White Bass Fishing

 May as not disappointed for white bass fishing on Lake Ray Hubbard. We have had very few storms that are usual in May. The shad spawn is still going and on windy days the fish are going crazy along most windy shorelines. Fishing has been good to great. Please be aware that a lot of small hybrid striped bass have been present. The threat of pop up storms is still great for the month of May and first of June. Always have access to a weather app and watch the weather. I had a trip that they did not call for rain that day, we lasted till 10:30 am and storms blew in. Lake Ray Hubbard can turn into an ocean real quick with high winds.

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White Bass Patterns 

When white bass are chasing shad , they are normally on shallow flats, coves and shorelines. Keep an eye out for gulls circling and a great clue is to look for the white egrets or the great blue herons sitting on the shorelines stacked up looking for a buffet of shad. If you gaze across the lake and see these big birds hoovering over the water, be sure to ease over to the location ..more than likely fish are blowing shad out of the water. White bass have been doing a little schooling but that should increase as the month of June comes closer.  Use your trolling motor to ease up on your spot , if fishing a shore line , start up wind and let the wind drift you down the bank. On the flats if you pull your boat into deeper water , use the wind to let you drift across it so you can spot small pods of fish blowing shad out of the water. When that action stops, be sure to look in deeper water out from the same areas. Example was I had fish on a flat in 8-12 ft water, they moved out of the area so I eased out to the point in 19-22 ft water, the white bass would come in waves . Using your electronics is very important in this situation. On very tough days with high pressure if you mark fish suspended out from these same areas but not in huge groups, don't be afraid to break out the trolling gear. 

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White Bass Lures

 When you find white bass or hybrid/stripers shallow i like to throw 3 inch Co Ho with a 1/2 oz head. Many people like to also throw rattle traps, small crank baits and even lighter A-rigs. Pay close attention to the size of the shad in the water. You might have to switch over to a small in line spinner or a tail spinner. I personally like to use a 1/2 tail spinner made by Humdinger , you can find these at www.humdingerlures.com . When fishing vertical structure use a 3/4 oz or 1 oz jigging spoon/ slab spoon with a small jig ties about 16 inches above the slab. Here is a good link to show you how to tie the knot www.netknots.com/fishing_knots/drop-shot-rig .

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Lake Ray Hubbard Fishing Report

Lake Ray Hubbard Fishing Report

Lake Ray Hubbard Fishing Guide

 We target White Bass year round .  Lake Ray Hubbard has a great white bass and hybrid Striper population.  For more information on Lake Ray Hubbard Fishing Guide, follow this link.




Lake Ray Hubbard White Bass Fishing

Lake Ray Hubbard White Bass Fishing 

 April showers bring May flowers!!! Well in Texas when talking about white bass fishing it is more like April WINDS bring storms in May. The shad spawn has started , although very late because of the cold weather and water in April. We fought the winds on Lake Ray Hubbard and also cried mercy a few times. Had a lot of rescheduled trips because of weather. May should bring less winds at time but be aware of the storms that will come thru. Please remember that lighting is not to be taken lightly when white bass fishing or any kind of outdoor activity. Fish are feeding and it will only get better as the month move on.

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 White Bass Patterns 

When white bass and hybrid/striped bass get through with their spawn, they go on a feeding frenzy! You can find them throughout the day on shallow flats , along rip rap, shallow coves with sandy banks and around bridge pillions feeding on shad. When in shallow water , turn your big motor off well away from where you are targeting. Use your trolling motor to ease up on your spot , if fishing a shore line , start up wind and let the wind drift you down the bank. On the flats if you pull your boat into deeper water , use the wind to let you drift across it so you can spot small pods of fish blowing shad out of the water. Use your trolling motor to stay onto of the action. The fish will not stay shallow the whole day but will come back through out the day. When white bass are not in the shallow, check the same areas but deeper. Lake Ray Hubbard has many long points and drop offs. Use your electronics to locate these fish.

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Lake Ray Hubbard Fishing Report


White Bass Lures

When you find white bass or hybrid/stripers shallow i like to throw 3 inch Co Ho with a 1/2 oz head. Many people like to also throw rattle traps, small crank baits and even lighter A-rigs. Find the windy points , rip rap, flats and cuts in the shore line then chunk and whined to  locate pockets of white bass and hybrid/striper. When the fish move deeper use a small jigging spoon/ slab and don't forget to ties a small jig above for the chance to catch 2 at a time. A little trick I like to use is when I am shallow , I watch my Humminbird 12 Helix on side imaging. You can actually watch fish swim past you and you know what side of the boat to throw. The first pic below demonstrates this technique. The little white dots to the right are fish moving past as a few on the left.

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Lake Ray Hubbard Fishing Report

Lake Ray Hubbard Fishing Report

Lake Ray Hubbard Fishing Report

 

Lake Ray Hubbard Fishing Guide

  We target White Bass year round .  Lake Ray Hubbard has a great white bass and hybrid Striper population.  For more information on Lake Ray Hubbard Fishing Guide, follow this link.