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#12033724 - 01/11/17 10:51 AM Lake Raven?
jaw116 Offline
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Registered: 05/18/16
Posts: 76
Loc: Houston, TX
Any tips on Lake Raven would be appreciated. Trying it out this weekend. I've only fished Conroe so I'm excited to see what Lake Raven has to offer. Hopefully more fish!

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#12033749 - 01/11/17 11:09 AM Re: Lake Raven? [Re: jaw116]
Garett Offline
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Registered: 07/18/13
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Check out my YouTube channel. I fish lake raven about twice a week. Definitely nice fish to be caught. Grab yourself a chrome rat-l-trap with a blue head and burn the banks. The dam will usually produce a few fish but the lake is so small that you should take a coupe different moving baits and burn the banks till you find where they are located
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#12034596 - 01/11/17 06:45 PM Re: Lake Raven? [Re: jaw116]
Rayzor Offline
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Registered: 05/13/08
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Loc: Magnolia, Texas
Personally, I wouldn't waste my time. They have lowered the lake so much to repair the dam that I don't know if it's worth trying right now. There is no vegetation of any sort. The bottom is a flat mess of black gunk.
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#12034667 - 01/11/17 07:11 PM Re: Lake Raven? [Re: jaw116]
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Loc: Dallas, TX
The OWR people definitely picked some challenging lakes to manage/haven't made things easy on themselves.
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#12034728 - 01/11/17 07:38 PM Re: Lake Raven? [Re: jaw116]
kevine80 Offline
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Registered: 11/20/15
Posts: 522
Loc: humble texas
stay home and watch football --
raven is like playing the outfield --years of boredom interrupted by seconds of terror!

feel the same way about conroe !

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#12034756 - 01/11/17 07:50 PM Re: Lake Raven? [Re: jaw116]
Garett Offline
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Totally disagree. Like I said I fish it every week. The lake is not low, it has filled back up since they fixed the dam. The vegetation is gone which does make it a muddy mess but that just means the bass hang on the banks and are easy to catch. I could drive 20 more minutes and go to Conroe but I chose raven most of them time.
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#12039728 - 01/14/17 06:25 PM Re: Lake Raven? [Re: Garett]
Rayzor Offline
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Originally Posted By: Garett
Totally disagree. Like I said I fish it every week. The lake is not low, it has filled back up since they fixed the dam. The vegetation is gone which does make it a muddy mess but that just means the bass hang on the banks and are easy to catch. I could drive 20 more minutes and go to Conroe but I chose raven most of them time.


I hope you at right Garett. I just have my doubts since I just called the park and they told me it would be kept low until the dam was fixed; sometime in February. I'll know when I see the lake in person. Thanks!


Edited by Rayzor (01/14/17 06:25 PM)
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#12040097 - 01/14/17 09:57 PM Re: Lake Raven? [Re: jaw116]
Kens3313 Offline
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Registered: 11/14/05
Posts: 2322
Loc: Conroe, TX
Raven can be tuff like Conroe. But it does have some pigs in it. I enjoyed the video Garett. I made a video about a year ago on raven that's on youtube also. Seems like the are liking that rattle trap. Here is my video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zn16dmXITA


Edited by Kens3313 (01/14/17 10:03 PM)
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#12040122 - 01/14/17 10:06 PM Re: Lake Raven? [Re: jaw116]
Garett Offline
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Love it! I'll be down in Huntsville for school next week and will be producing more videos
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#12051455 - 01/20/17 04:54 PM Re: Lake Raven? [Re: jaw116]
Rayzor Offline
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Registered: 05/13/08
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Loc: Magnolia, Texas
I called the office and they said the lake was not "low" but they were still working on the dam. The last time I was there the lake was extremely low. I personally do not know how they bring water back into Lake Raven.

Somebody please go fishing there and give us a report!
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#12051639 - 01/20/17 07:29 PM Re: Lake Raven? [Re: jaw116]
Kens3313 Offline
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Loc: Conroe, TX
Good ole mother nature brings the water back in lol
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#12051676 - 01/20/17 07:52 PM Re: Lake Raven? [Re: jaw116]
Garett Offline
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Registered: 07/18/13
Posts: 170
I fish there weekly so I can give the best report I know how.

Water is about 62 degrees. Lake was flooded on Wednesday after the rain. There is one point on the lake that always gets some good wind and holds fish. Lots of bass holding on structure in the middle of the lake, however figuring out how to get them to bite can be a challenge. I've had the best luck with squarebills and lipless cranks just burning the banks. Lots of current flowing over the dam and some good fish can be found there too.
Feel free to ask me other questions

Here is a picture of a bass that choked my 6th sense squarebill on Wednesday
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#12051813 - 01/20/17 09:31 PM Re: Lake Raven? [Re: jaw116]
Ron Gunter Offline
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Registered: 05/14/08
Posts: 66
I've fished Raven steady for over 10 years now. Although I occasionally catch them in deeper water (10-15 feet), the "Florida strains" that are predominant in that lake likes the shallow areas best. And, as mentioned, there are some beasts that swim in that lake. Raven is one of four TPWD "Operation World Record" lakes. They have placed SAL fry in there annually for some time now. I believe that a SAL came out of there a couple of years ago...and I've been told that a 15+ was placed in there in 2012 (the SAL angler didn't want the fish back).

I was there in late Dec 2016, and the water level was back up to full pool. The water was stained pretty good with the rains that brought it back up, but the fish still bit. This time of year...you might want to try an A-rig, jerkbait, or t-rig/c-rig senkos. Lipless and squarebills will get 'em going if they are aggressive.

About 4 years ago, the TPWD came out with a bass study on Texas Lakes. The study included grading lakes for numbers, quality, and lunkers. Raven was rated as #3 in the state based on a consolidation of all three categories. Good little lake where you can score over 20 pounds easy with the right conditions. Average fish will be around 3+...with 5's being easy to catch...and an 8+ not out of the norm.

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#12052507 - 01/21/17 01:23 PM Re: Lake Raven? [Re: jaw116]
Kens3313 Offline
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Registered: 11/14/05
Posts: 2322
Loc: Conroe, TX
Cool thanks for the info Ron Gunter, I remember reading about Raven being rated #3 3 or 4 years ago. Ive caught a few 7 and 6's out of there but havnt managed a double digit there yet. I know that about 5 or 6 years ago the fishing was a lot better, Or should I say they was easier to catch. Now you gotta work for them, like said above, they are there.
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#12052777 - 01/21/17 05:36 PM Re: Lake Raven? [Re: jaw116]
jagg Offline
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Registered: 10/12/08
Posts: 3922
Loc: South Texas
Lake Raven muddy? It's been a while since I fished it, but at the time it was pretty clear and had lots of vegetation around the lake. Is that not the case anymore?
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