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Dannie Golden

5680Virginia Drive 
Justin, Texas 76247

Cell: (817) 228-5999 



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October 14, 2014

Hard to believe it is already fall and has felt like it a few times.  Still pretty warm overall for this time of year.  We have even received some rain, but not enough to bring the lake up any, buy maybe slowed down the decent.  We are just over 7 feet low.  As always use caution when running the upper end of the lake.  Even some hazards on the main lake.  Just watch your map for the long points that run out into the lake.  Those same long points hold fish too.  The grass is in great shape and starting to hold some nicer bass.  For the most part, all of our bass have been coming shallow of late.  Lipless cranks around the outside edge of the grass is producing.  Also a chatterbait work over the grass.  And we are even starting to catch some fish on frogs.  The sand bass are stacking up on the main lake ridges.  Look for the gulls, even if they are just setting on the water, make sure you go graph around them.  They are never far from a meal.  1oz slabs worked off the bottom in 25-30 feet of water will work on them.  It won't be long and the catfish bite will be picking up, also.

 

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September 8th, 2014

Summer is almost gone.  After this Wednesday the 10 day forecast looks great.  Hope we get some of the rain they are calling for.  The lake is a little over 6 1/2 feet low, and dropping.  Would love to see the lake come up about 3 feet and put some water in the new growth on the bank for the fall bite.  Fishing has been good on Ray Roberts.  Just depends on what kind of fish you are after.  There are some black bass to be caught, but nothing of any real size.  That will change as the lake cools too.  The white bass and catfish are still biting great.  Haven't crappie fished myself, but I have heard it is still tough right now.  That too should change. 

The black bass we have been catching are either in the grass or on the edge of the grass.  Topwaters early have produced the best for us.  Spook type baits and pop-r's.  Once the sun gets up we are focusing on main lake brush piles and rock piles.  Those bites are few, but tend to be the better fish.  12" Gene Larew El Salto worms Texas rigged thru the brush is working best.  I like the Texas rig better on the piles, they don't seem to get hung up near as much as a C-rig. 

Look the for the white bass between Culp Is and the marina.  There are some schools starting to work on the East side as well.  Those should get bigger as fall aproaches.  The catfish have been biting well on baited holes.  Sure shot punch bait and Danny Kings are working great. 

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July 31st, 2014

Sorry for the delay in updating the site.  Had some serious problems with my old Hosting Service.  Got switched over to a new one and good to go. 

 

The lake is actually on the rise again.  We are up 1 1/2 feet since yesterday.  There should be enough water now, in the new growth on the bank, to hold fish.  The black bass fishing may be about to get good.  It usually takes a couple days before the bass really get in there.  Lets hope it just keeps moving up.  Wouldn't have thought the lake would have come up 3 feet in the month of July.  We are still 6 feet low however.  Once these bass get in there it should be a spinnerbait, buzzbait, and swimjig bite.  The sand bass are still doing there thing.  They have been schooling really well now for a couple weeks.  Great time for the kids to catch a bunch of fish and to fill the freezer.  If you like catfish, this is a great time as well.  As I did last year, we are catching some nice cats around the birds.  It is a really fun bite. 

 

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June 12, 2014

The lake continues to slowly fall.  It is almost 9 feet low.  Fishing continues to be good however.  All the ramps are still open, except Jordan park has the two outside lanes closed.  There are still 2 there that are usable.  Be careful on the main lake where long points stick out.  There is plenty of places to be careful out on the main lake now.  Also some of the corp brush piles, have stumpsthat are just below the surface.

 

The new Gene Larew Tattle Tail has been working very well for me lately.  Fishing it on a shaky head or small Texas rig.  Topwater is still producing some for us early.  Buzzbaits and pop-r's.  The deep water bite is finally warming up.  So Carolina rigs, and football heads are working as well. 

 

The sand bass and crappie have been off and on.  The sandies are trying to start to school in limited areas, and aren't staying up long at all.  They are mainly chasing very small shad.  Clear torpedoes have worked the best.  Still catching the crappie on jigs, but last couple times out it was a tough bite. 

 

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May 8, 2014

Fishing continues to be good.  May is one of my favorite times of the year.  You can go out and catch any kind of fish you want.  For the most part they are all shallow too.  The bass have finished their spawn, well for the most part.  There are still some late spawners.  The topwater bite in the morings the last week or so has been really good at times.  We have caught them on buzzbaits, pop-r's, and spook type baits.  Points and grass have been the key.  After the morning bite is over, we are switching to soft plastics.  Texas rigged Hoo Daddy Jr flipped around standing timber is producing some of the larger bass.  Flukes and senko type baits will still catch some shallow around the grass.  The Carolina rig bite is picking up, as well.  Secondary points and tree lines are holding a lot of fish. 

The sand bass are busy.  Early in the mornings they seem to be everywhere.  Secondary points and main lake points are holding a lot of shallow fish.  Tie on your favorite moving bait, and get busy.  Limits have been easy to come by. 

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April 27th, 2014

Hard to believe it is already the end of April.  Time flies when you are busy.  The lake is in good shape, except for the low water.  The grass is doing great, and the water has really cleared up.  Overall the fishing is really good now too.  The sand bass have really put on their feed bags.  Look for them early in the day on windy points.  Watch for the Herrons to be on the bank.  That is always a good sign.  The crappie are still in the shallows as well.  This week, we caught a couple while bass fishing on flukes.  The black bass fishing is really good right now.  Had a slow day with the small front we had, but overall it is good.  One of my long time customers, Colby, caught a true giant this week.  Just a little over 12lbs.  Congrats.  We still have a lot of fish spawning.  There are so many different patterns working now.  We have even caught some fish this week on a frog.  That is a lot of fun.  Looking forward to the month of May.  It should be some great fishing.

 

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April 14, 2014

Setting here typing a report, and listening to the 40moh North winds blow.  Mother nature has been rough on us this spring.  The fishing has been really good though.  Will just have to see tomorrow how it plays out.  The lake is still dropping slowly.  The recent rains haven't done anything for the lake.  Just be careful up North.  However this is a great time to get out there and mark yourself some boat lanes, for when the lake does come back up.

The bass fishing has been really good.  We have had a lot of fish spawn.  Still a bunch to come though.  Soft plastics have been working the best.  Gene Larew Salt Flickr', senko type baits, and flukes are working well around shallow grass with timber.  Chatterbiats and spinnerbaits have worked well for us at times also.  Starting to fish more of the post spawn type areas and have done well.  With the full moon this week, we will have another big wave move up, as it warms.  The chatterbait has also worked on the catfish.  Jason caught a 20lb blue cat, that bit it right at the boat.  I also caught a very nice smallmouth on it this week.

The sandbass are on the shallow sandy points.  Just about any windy point we have fished this week, had sand bass on it.  I am also starting to see the Herrons and Egrets line up on those points.  If you are looking for sand bass, that is a good place to start. 

May is starting to fill up.  I still have some dates left, but am 2/3 full. 

Thanks for all the support.  Good luck out there.

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April 6th, 2014

Sitting here watching it rain. We really need some water. Hate not being on the lake, but that is just how it can be this time of year. Fishing has really been good the last couple weeks. Finally some warm weather, and it made all the difference. 

The sand bass are finally showing up.  We have caught them pretty good, the couple times I got to fish for them.  They are full of eggs and ready to go.  The shallow point bite will be really good this year, with the low water level.

The blass bass are doing their thing.  Lot of fish on beds this week.  Got our first double digit of the year.  The shallow bite has been on.  Edges of grass and flipping shallow timber worked well for us.  There is still a lot of fish to move up, so still focusing on pre-spawn fish is a good bet also.

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March 23rd, 2014

Sorry about all the random - computer problems.

I know it is officially spring time already, but you sure can't tell.  This winter was brutal on the lake.  We normally have had our first spawn by now, but not this year.  We finally got some shallow fish late this week.  Of course with the cold water, Squaw Creek has been nice.  Power plants help make it through the winter :)  Ray Roberts is also very low.  Not as bad as some lakes around us, but with the amount of standing timber we have, it is dangerous.  Most of our normal running lanes have stumps in them.  Just be careful North of the island.  The main lake is mainly okay to run, just don't run to close to the points. 

The bass fishing is finally picking up.  There have been some good fish being caught, just not the numbers we normally see.  In fact the numbers all around had been down, until late this week.  Most of the lake had warmed to the upper 50's and it made a big difference.  Of course we will get some nights early this week in the 30's and that will drop it back down a bit.  Those fish that moved up with just drop back to the first drop or get on the standing timber.  Early this week there should be a good flipping bite.  We have been flipping Gene Larew Hoo Daddy JR's and Senko's.  Mainly using watermelon type colors.  There hasn't been one specific color out perform the others.  Main thing is just getting it in front of them.  The chatterbait, spinnerbait and trap bite had picked up as well.  I think it will jump right back up later this week as it warms.  Outside grass edges has been key for these.  At Squaw Creek we are still mainly Carolina Rigging plastics.  Salt Flickr's and 7" Power worms are working best.  There has been a decent crankbait bite early as well.  With the regular lakes warming, it isn't getting near the pressure it was.  I am probably done down there as well, until fall. 

The whites and crappie have been slow as well.  I haven't fished for them myself, but others guides are telling me it has been tough.  With the low water levels this year, the sand bass are going to spawn heavy on the shallow wind blown sandy points.  Watch for the herrons to line the bank.  That is always a good sign. 

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12-23-2013

Well another year is almost over. Merry Christmas to everyone. Thanks again for making 2013 another really good year for Amy, myself, Ryan and Reese. Of course we are lucky to still have Ryan. What a crazy fall it has been. Sorry for not updating the site enough.

We just continue to drop. We did come up just a little with this last rain, but not enough to really help. We are still down 7 1/2 feet. I have seen it come back up over the winter, so there is still hope before spring gets here. If it does come back up, there will be plenty of new growth for the fish to get in. I have been spending a lot of time at Squaw Creek this fall. Fishing down there has been good, for the most part. Had a couple of slower than normal days. Overall the fishing has been good. Lot of good quality bass caught.

Hope everyone has a good Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Thanks again

The Goldens

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September 25th, 2013

The old lake just continues to shrink.  Be very careful and take your time in the timber. Also make sure and watch your map/depth on the main lake. Some of the flats and points are getting to shallow to run. Watch outfor the big flat that run East/West just South of Lick. On the very end of it is some old foundations and they are just under the surface. Inches deep. Would probablytake a motor clean off. They way we have been dropping they will be sticking out of the water pretty quick.Other than low water, the lake is doing great. The fishinghas been good. The water temps are dropping and the fish are on the move.

September is turning into the month of the smallmouth. Bass fishing the last week has produced some smallies. 4 in a little over a week. The good thing is they must have had a good spawn cause 3 of the 4 were around a pound. Lets hope they take off. I did manage to catch my personal best smallmouth yesterday. 6lb 2oz beauty. What a shocker to catch that fish. We have been catching our bass on a variety of baits. It seems to change daily. But for the most part they are on a shad pattern. Just pick your poison and give it a try. We have caught them on spooks, pop-r's, buzzbaits, spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, traps, swimbaits, shaky head and c-rig's. Look for the bait. The fish aren't far behind. The bait and fish have moved shallow too. They are heading into the creeks as well. This next front will really push them in.

The sand bass are still biting really well also.Of course most times of theyear they are eating. It has been easy to get limits. The catfish bite under the birds is still working. Only fished a couple days for them. Calmer days are better!

Looking forward to some jacket weather!

Thanks

Dannie


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August 19, 2013
Hard to believe we are almost done with August.  Fall is right around the corner.  It has really been a nice summer though.  Just a couple of hot spells, but for the most part it has been nice.  We still need some water in the lake.  We are a little over 5 1/2 feet low.  The few showers we have got over the summer have sure made the shoreline grass take off.  When the lake does fill, the shallow bite should be incredible.  There will be flooded stuff all over the lake.  The grass on the lake right now is hurting.  I had a chance to go and check on some of the grass up North and it is almost all gone.  Not what I was hoping to find.  There is still some, but with the lake dropping the way it is it will be on the bank before long. 

The sand bass fishing has been really strong of late.  They are still schooling early and late.  The slab bite has been the best though, for quality keeper sandies.  It hasn't been hard getting a limit each time out.  We may have to bounce around and find them, but when we do it is lights out.  There is a pic below of my graph where we got over the top of some deep sandies.  You couldn't get your slab to the botom. 

The black bass fishing has been good this summer as well.  At least, for it being summer time.  Still catching some early on topwaters.  The best bite for the bigger fish this summer have come on the big new Strike King 10XD crankbait.  It will wear you out.  With fall aproaching Squaw Creek will start up here in October.  Already got a few trips booked down there.  Remember it is only open to boats on Fri - Sun.  So space is limited.  Last fall/winter was great down there and hoping for the same this year.  

For those that like to come to Ray Roberts with me in the fall and catch the big cats, well I found a summer spot to catch them the same way.  Yesterday we got 35 in the boat in a little over an hour.  Biggest was 20lbs.  I am not sure how long it will last.  We are fishing a different kind of bird.  They were here last summer, but I didn't try it out (should have)!  I am not sure what time they left last year.  Hopefully this bite will last another month or so.  Doing a trip like that, since the bite is limited we have time to catch other fish as well.  Good trip to fill the freezer. 

Thanks again.

Dannie 

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July 21, 2013
Can't believe July is almost gone.  Been busy too.  Fishing has been good as well.  The lake is doing ok, considering the lack of rain.  We did get a little last week, but didn't help the lake at all.  The heavy stuff stayed West of us.  Was a nice break from the heat though.  We are right at 5' low.  Running up North right now is scary.  Be very careful.  One good thing is the grass is really growing out on the main lake flats.  Most of it is still the milfoil, but I have found a bunch of hydrilla as well.  Let's hope it takes off like before.  

For the next few weeks the sand bass are going to be the story.  Not that we can't catch a few bass, but it is summer time :)  The sandies are schooling all over the lake right now, but they are mainly small fish.  We are still getting limits everyday, but are catching them on slabs.  We should start catching more keepers with the schoolies before long.  The shad are getting much bigger, so the bigger sandies will get in on the schooling.  As far as the black bass.  We are catching decent numbers early on topwaters.  Both pop-r's and spook jr are working well.  Wish that bite would last longer.  After the sun gets up we are switching to mainly plastics, with a few cranks mixed in.  Texas rigged 10" worms and Carolina rigged Salt Flick'rs are working best.  Seems like 12-18 feet of water is holding them the most consistent.  We are catching a few as well flipping the timber.  Some good fish are coming that way.  Looking forward to the first cold fronts of the fall :)

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June 25th, 2013
Can't believe it is almost July.  Boy this year has flown by.  The lake is in good shape.  We are low though.  Almost 4 1/2 feet.  The good thing is the banks are sure green with growth and it is getting tall too.  The rains we have had haven't raised the lake any, but they have helped.  When the lake does finally come back up, the shallow bite will be really good with all the flooded vegetation.  The grass is really starting to come back on some of the main lake flats too.  That will help the shallow summer bite.  Hopefully by fall it will have matted up in some areas, and we can break out the frogs.  Right now I am still catching some shallow fish around the grass.  Mainly on flukes, and dingers.  The deeper fish we are catching are coming on big worms  Texas rigged and Carolina rigged Gene Larew Salt Flick'rs.  Anything watermelon has been working.  The sand bass are starting to do their summer thing, schooling.  Lots of fun to be had over the next 8 weeks.  We are still catching some on slabs as well, and anytime we have a slab out you may catch a big cat.  We had a 25lb flathead this last week.  Wow!!!

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May 29, 2013
Man what a great year we are having on Ray Roberts.  The lake is fishing very well.  It seems to always fish good when we are low.  We are a little over 4 feet low.  Water is pretty clear, despite the winds we have had.  Not only are we catching some really big bass this year, but the crappie seem to be bigger than last year as well.  Most tournaments it is taking close to 30lbs to win, and a lot of time it takes 20lb to get a check.  We have a couple more big tournaments here in the next couple weeks and I don't expect that to change. 

I have had two more double digit fish caught with me, since my last report.  Both Al and Markus got their first double digit bass.  Al got his on a 10" worm Texas rigged and Markus got his on a Gene Larew Salt Flick'r Carolina rigged.  We for the most part now are fishing just post spawn and early summer spots.  We are catching a lot of fish now on Texas rigs, Carolina-rigs, and square bills.  Some mornings we will get a really good topwater bite.  We have been throwing a Rebel Pop-R with a lot of luck.  On the Texas rig we are using big worms and HooDaddy's.  On the Carolina-rig we are using the Salt Flick'r.  It has provided the most success for us. 


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We are using a Bobby Garland Slab Slay'r for our crappie trips.  Several different colors have worked.  My favorite is the ghost.  Brush piles and standing timber in 15 - 25 feet of water have worked the best.  While bass fishing one morning I had a first.  A customer caught a crappie on a topwater spook.  First for me.

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Here are some more of the catches we have had here recent.  A few of these are new personal best as well.  

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April 2013
WOW!!!  The lake has really produced for me this year.  We don't kill them everyday, but I have had so many good days this spring.  The number of big fish being caught is awesome.  The lake being low, the grass growing like crazy, and the stocking we got a couple years ago, are all paying off.  I really hope the lake stays low for a year at least.  Stuff is just now starting to grow on the banks.  It would be nice to see the whole shoreline cover up with new cover for these fish.  So far this year I have had 4 bass over 10lbs in my boat.  1 for me and 3 of my customers.  Plus the number of personal best for my customers has been great.  That is one of the coolest things, when a client gets there personal best.  There are so many different things that have worked this spring.  Lot of the big fish have come on different baits too.  But one did account for two of the DD fish, a  jig.  The baits have changed depending on what kind of weather we had at the time.  The weather has been a roller coaster too.  John and  Brian got their DD fish on jigs, while Kyle caught his on a trap.  Brian's 10 was the first fish of the day.  What a way to start. 

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Here are a few more pictures of some personal best and great catches we have had the last couple weeks. 

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And we are catching the sandies when we have tried for them too :)

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