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.
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.
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 .
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.