Let me start by introducing myself. My name is Robert. I fished small ponds for bass growing up and enjoy targeting new species now that I own a kayak. I also love getting to enjoy my catch later with my family at the dinner table. I've got about a year and a half of kayak fishing experience under my belt and have spent my time in a couple of large ponds, Ray Roberts and Texoma.
I'm a novice fisherman (mostly) and I feel like every time I hit the lake I'm completely lost in the massive number of potential fishing spots. I love catfish, crappie, striper, and white (sand) bass.
So far I don't have any success catfishing.
I have moderate success catching crappie, but only on a couple of honey holes I came across when fishing the buck Creek ramp at Ray Roberts (which is currently closed due to flooding). Outside of buck Creek I have zero crappie fishing success. I've launched from isle du buois and Jordan park without any luck.
I don't have a clue what I'm doing when fishing for sand bass. I lucked into some feeding on the surface last summer on Lewisville and caught a couple when targeting crappie around standing timber on Ray Roberts, but that's it.
I have caught plenty of striper on Texoma around the dam side of the lake.
I'm looking for a fishing partner in the north Texas area to fish Ray Roberts or Lewisville with. I live 10-30 minutes from just about any ramp on both lakes. I want to learn how to find and catch catfish (any species for now), crappie, and sand bass. I'd love to hit the lake with a solid plan rather than paddle aimlessly in search of anything that will bite (which they usually don't lol) I just don't possess the knowledge to know where to start to give me the best odds of catching something.
Any tips (especially for flooded conditions like we have here now) on where to look, start, what to use, etc is greatly appreciated (yes I know it's a lot lol). I love being out on the lake all day, but paddling everywhere without a single bite gets frustrating after a while. I'm reading everything I can, but I can't translate it to these specific lakes and conditions. I'm a hands on learner more than anything. I've considered going out with a guide on Lewisville or RayBob to learn techniques and what they use, but getting to spots on a boat is way easier than a kayak, so not sure if it'll translate due to my capabilities as a kayak fisherman.
For those of you who read this whole thing, I appreciate it. I'm looking forward to learning a few things from the people here. Anyone looking for a fishing partner in the North Dallas area let me know!
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