Went out 2 weeks ago. I was there from 2:30 until 7:00. didn't have a single bite until about 6:15. Caught 7 around the island within 30 minutes.
Entrance fee should still be $8 and they usually open at 7 am and close at dark.
I think Cody, I, and others have mentioned the island before. Wheeler Branch fishes really well in the pre-, spawn, and post-spawn; but, it seems that once hotter weather gets here, it can be a tough lake for many. At least for me, I have decided it is because of its clear water, that the bass are more dialed in to sight eating and they seem to school up tightly on the lakes following shad and bait fish around. Not so much if they have spawning in mind, of course, which spreads them out temporarily around the lake perimeter.
So, there will always be a few fish everywhere, maybe the schools are off chasing shad, but some individuals all over. When it is tough, I float out to the island first thing in the AM, fish my way over to it, then off to the deep side, left, toward the dam. There is a decline there. Drop shot works best for me as a fool-proof way to catch fish early in the AM.
I almost always circle the island, work a few other spots around it. There are some holes on the opposite side that are productive.
Then, I head off to the dam and fish the rip-rap, then the weed line from the dam back into the ramp area. I like the swim platform area to the fishing pier, too, very productive if they are sitting in shallower water. And, if you ever happen to be there when they are bringing water into the lake? Every species of fish in the lake will stack up by the inlet. Throwing some sort of crankbait seems to work really well.
Well, there ya go. I think that sort of kayak day plan usually netted me about 10 to 12 bass over the hot summer months. For now, I'd be fishing the island and the banks for spawners. It seems to me they remain on the banks in good numbers until May or so.
Still my favorite lake in North Texas.