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#12219512 - 04/27/17 11:27 AM Smallies in Ray Roberts?
Grassbass Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 01/23/17
Posts: 5
Hey folks, first-time poster here. What is the status of smallmouth bass in Ray Bob? Do you catch many? How did they get in there? Thanks for any info!

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#12219537 - 04/27/17 11:38 AM Re: Smallies in Ray Roberts? [Re: Grassbass]
Grassbass Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 01/23/17
Posts: 5
Also, in a completely unrelated note, is there a crappie barge on the lake? Thanks!

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#12219568 - 04/27/17 11:55 AM Re: Smallies in Ray Roberts? [Re: Grassbass]
BigBassB Offline
Angler

Registered: 01/18/16
Posts: 349
Loc: Van Alstyne
I've caught one smallmouth in Ray Bob years ago. I don't fish it nearly as much anymore, but I haven't seen any since.
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#12219602 - 04/27/17 12:07 PM Re: Smallies in Ray Roberts? [Re: Grassbass]
M. Alexander Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 08/03/13
Posts: 1056
Loc: Rowlett, TX
I've yet to catch one out there...maybe Shuflin will chime in soon. I know he's caught a fair share out there.
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#12219655 - 04/27/17 12:28 PM Re: Smallies in Ray Roberts? [Re: Grassbass]
Bass Buster1 Offline
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Registered: 08/26/04
Posts: 1765
Loc: Mountain Springs/Ray Roberts
I have fished it as my home lake since 93 and have caught one that I would call a true smallmouth. Most are a spot/small mouth cross or mean mouth. There is a pay to fish place there at the Sanger Marina but that is the only one I know of. Both State parks have fishing piers and fishing from the bank in a State park in Texas does not require a license. If you are after small mouth, you should fish Texoma, Grapevine, Murray in Oklahoma, or any number of other places, you may fish a long time before you catch one from Ray Roberts.
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#12219724 - 04/27/17 01:08 PM Re: Smallies in Ray Roberts? [Re: Grassbass]
furim2 Offline
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Registered: 04/16/08
Posts: 485
Loc: Pilot Point, TX
TPWD never stocked smallmouths in Ray Roberts. They were imported by a deranged guide who's name will remain anonymous. They're there, but have had to go outside their species for breeding purposes. Fish the rocky shorelines and, if you're lucky, you'll catch a smallmouth/spotted hybrid.


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#12219733 - 04/27/17 01:12 PM Re: Smallies in Ray Roberts? [Re: furim2]
Chet Online   content
Extreme Angler

Registered: 02/03/06
Posts: 1549
Loc: Ft Worth
A 5lb smallie caught this morning.
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#12219756 - 04/27/17 01:24 PM Re: Smallies in Ray Roberts? [Re: Chet]
steve Mbass Offline
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Registered: 10/07/13
Posts: 593
Loc: Frisco
Originally Posted By: Chet
A 5lb smallie caught this morning.

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#12219771 - 04/27/17 01:31 PM Re: Smallies in Ray Roberts? [Re: Grassbass]
redskeet100 Offline
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Registered: 12/17/08
Posts: 2253
I have caught on average 1 per year since I started fishing the lake back in 2002, biggest was 4.5lbs up in Indian on a rock pile.

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#12219805 - 04/27/17 01:46 PM Re: Smallies in Ray Roberts? [Re: Grassbass]
Mark Wendler Offline
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Registered: 10/08/07
Posts: 729
Loc: Azle, TX, USA
Weighed in a whole sack of smallmouth in a tournament on Roberts last year. 2 of them were over 3lbs.
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#12219834 - 04/27/17 02:01 PM Re: Smallies in Ray Roberts? [Re: Grassbass]
Bass Buster1 Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 08/26/04
Posts: 1765
Loc: Mountain Springs/Ray Roberts
I always love this debate that starts up. What kind of fish is this in the picture? Looks like a small mouth for the most part but I think it is a hybrid. I think these are the ones everyone calls small mouth out there. I am no biologist, just an opinion.

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#12219862 - 04/27/17 02:17 PM Re: Smallies in Ray Roberts? [Re: Grassbass]
Cougar FTD Offline
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Registered: 01/27/16
Posts: 630
Loc: Keller TX
i know of one over 5 caught today. Also I've caught one that looks like the hybrid to me and not like a smallmouth
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#12219865 - 04/27/17 02:17 PM Re: Smallies in Ray Roberts? [Re: Bass Buster1]
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Registered: 08/20/03
Posts: 24200
Loc: Frisco, Texas
Originally Posted By: Bass Buster1
I always love this debate that starts up. What kind of fish is this in the picture? Looks like a small mouth for the most part but I think it is a hybrid. I think these are the ones everyone calls small mouth out there. I am no biologist, just an opinion.




My buddy caught one pushing 5lbs many years ago off a rockpile during Media Tournament. At first they thought it was a spot and it went in the holding tank. Some people started looking and the TD decided he didn't know what it was and it wasn't a legal fish due to Roberts being a slot lake at the time.

He sent pics off to TPWD biologist and he said only way to determine if it was a spot or hybrid was to have scale samples and basically at the time meant killing the fish.

The one in your pics looks like a hybrid to me. Doesn't look like a pure smallmouth to me.


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#12219870 - 04/27/17 02:20 PM Re: Smallies in Ray Roberts? [Re: Grassbass]
Grassbass Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 01/23/17
Posts: 5
Hey folks, I appreciate your input. I had heard something about smallies in there, but wasn't sure. Y'all are a wealth of good info!

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#12220052 - 04/27/17 04:01 PM Re: Smallies in Ray Roberts? [Re: Grassbass]
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Registered: 07/02/04
Posts: 18665
Loc: NRH, TX
They are there, and there are some big ones. I was absolutely blown away when I started catching them at how far up the creeks those suckers were. I always think of smallmouth is being in the rocky stuff on the deep part of the lake, haven't caught one at Ray Bob since January.
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