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Lake Raven

September 30, 2021

Lake Raven Huntsville Texas

Lake Raven located in Huntsville State Park is a natural lake with a surface area of 203.5 acres and a maximum depth of 28 feet. The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), an experienced company of African American World War I veterans, made initial improvements to the area, including the construction of the combination building, boat house, the dam and spillway creating Lake Raven, which was impounded in 1940.

The spillway gave way after a flood in 1940, but a private contractor began repairs on the dam in 1955 which was completed in 1956. The lake sees an average fluctuation of less than a foot per annum.

While water clarity remains clear. Texas Parks and Wildlife remains the Reservoir Controlling Authority and they may be contacted on (936) 295-5644 for any information.

Though this area creates good fishing grounds they also have White-Tailed Deer, Raccoons, Opossums, Armadillos and Fox Squirrels and the Park may be closed for wildlife management activities on occasions.

Predominant Fish Species

Largemouth Bass Habitat

Largemouth Bass

Sunfish

Sunfish

Catch Carp in a Pond held by gentleman

Grass Carp

Structure and Native Vegetation

While the park may be dominated by loblolly pine and shortleaf pine trees, the main cover in the lake includes a heavy infestation of hydrilla. Therefore, making shore access difficult for bank anglers in the area.

Lake Raven Boat Ramps, Accommodation, Docks & Parking

Located in the Huntsville State Park, therefore limiting public access. While the park may even be closed on occasion for wildlife management activities. However, when operating on or around water, please wear your Personal Flotation Device for your own safety.

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Huntsville State Park

Lake Raven Fishing Pier in Huntsville State Park

Huntsville State Park, an ADA-accessible marina located off I-45 between Huntsville and New Waverly.

While the facility offers the public restrooms, cleaning stations, live bait facilities, fishing piers, parking, picnic areas and campgrounds they also offer a two-lane ramp for most types of boats and a courtesy dock.

However, they do enforce a no-wake rule. While no fishing license may be required on the lake, they do charge a park entry fee.

Open all year round and operated by the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department who may be contacted at (936) 295-5644 for all information and reservations.

Fish and Fishing

Lake Raven affords the angler excellent fishing opportunities for Largemouth Bass in excess of 10 pounds and Sunfish, especially Bluegill and Redear Sunfish over 9 inches in length.

While Grass Carp occur in the lake, with a Triploid Grass Carp Permit currently in effect. Therefore, all Grass Carp caught must immediately be returned to the water unharmed. Furthermore, Lake Raven has some Crappie, and Catfish that anglers could catch.

Largemouth Bass

The Largemouth Bass (Micropterus salmoides), a carnivorous species of freshwater game fish. Has an olive green to greenish grey body with dark, sometimes black blotches forming a jagged horizontal stripe along each flank. While, the upper jaw extends beyond the rear margin of the orbit.

Feed on snails, crawfish, crayfish, frogs, snakes, salamanders, bats, shrimps, insects, small water birds, mammals, baby alligators and small fish. Including bluegill, banded killifish, shad, yellow perch, ciscoes, shiners, sunfish, catfish, walleye, bass, and trout.

Larger bass occupy deeper water and prey items may be as large as 50% of the bass’s body length or larger. While they prefer open areas with little or no cover.

Meanwhile, in areas with overhead cover such as overhanging banks, brush, or submerged structures, they use their sense of hearing, sight, vibration, and smell to attack and seize their prey.

Generally, spawning occurs in spring from March until early July. Sought after by anglers for their exciting fight. Often caught on Spinnerbait, plastic worms, jigs, crankbaits, and live baits such as worms, frogs, crawfish, shiners, and minnows.

Furthermore, bass have a white, slightly mushy meat which seems of a lower quality than that of the smallmouth bass, bluegill, yellow perch, walleye, or crappie.

Largemouth Bass anglers at Lake Raven have most success just after sun up or just before sunset with topwater lures and soft plastics fished at the edge of the hydrilla. While flipping soft plastics over their nests during spring is successful.

However, feel free to click and read more on our site about Largemouth Bass. 

Largemouth Bass Habitat

Sunfish

Sunfish

The sunfish is a species of freshwater fish in the Centrarchid family, order Perciformes and genus Centrarchus. A ray-finned fish comprising of 34 different living species. Native to North America. Mostly valued for sport fishing and have been introduced in many waterways.

Generally, they have laterally compressed body shapes with 3 – 8 anal spines and 2 fused dorsal fins. However, two main groups exist, the Lepomis and the Micropterus.

While Lepomis may be defined by a deep rounder body shape, and smaller mouth that obtains food by suction feeding. While, the Micropterus have more streamlined body shapes, larger mouths and primarily consume prey by ram feeding methods.

They prefer clear, warm, slow-moving water. Preferring to live in and around aquatic vegetation. Further, found in various water columns within a body of water.

Generally, spawning occurs in spring and juveniles emerge in the late spring to early summer. Their diets consist primarily of insects, snails, and small invertebrates.

Therefore, they can be caught on nightcrawlers, crickets, grasshoppers, waxworms, or mealworms. As well as small flies and lures on light spinning tackle. Redear and Bluegill Sunfish in Lake Raven are readily taken on nightcrawlers or crickets.

However, feel free to click and read more on our site about the Sunfish.

Grass Carp

Grass carp (Ctenopharyngodon Idella) is a sub-tropical to temperate species. Native to large rivers and lakes in eastern Asia, Russia, and northern Vietnam and from coastal waters inland.

Has a Silver to Olive oblong body with moderately large scales and no head scales. Capable of invading new habitats and produce rapidly. Prefer spawning in large rivers instead of lakes or slower moving water.

Their diets consist predominantly of plant materials. Further, they disrupt ecosystems and expel waste into the water. Thereby, increasing the nutrients which subsequently leads to algal bloom. Subsequently, lowering the water clarity and dissolved oxygen content.

A freshwater fish that prefers spawning in large rivers with turbid waters. Grass carp was first imported to the United States to control macrophytes in aquaculture facilities.

Soon escaping into waterways. Harmful to native resources. Currently, only triploid (sterile) Grass carp may be legal for use in Texas. Requiring a permit to obtain which Lake Raven has. Therefore, an angler who catches one must immediately return the carp to the water unharmed.

However, feel free to click and read more on our site about the Grass Carp.

Catch Carp in a Pond held by gentleman

Lake Raven Alligator and Alligator Safety

Lake Raven is a water source within Texas. As we are aware, there are alligators in Texas. Let us not fret over whether there are or are not alligators. Rather, take necessary precautions and always be on the lookout. Alligator safety does not take much time and it may save your life or the life of someone else around you.

Should you detect an alligator, regardless of size, do not feed them to allow them to get food as they will become a problem to everybody. Alligator safety is covered in our article Alligator Safety, but here is a quick breakdown.

If the gator hisses, you are too close, move away! In encounters, back away slowly.

Report the alligator to Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Do not attempt to remove it.

If you have a pet with you, place it on a leash and keep it under control.

Do not swim in the water where there are alligators.

Killing or harassing or attempting to move an alligator is prohibited by state law.

Conclusion

In short, Lake Raven offers plenty of fishing opportunities, swimming, jet skiing, boating, camping, and picnicking. With a surface area of 203.5 acres, the fluctuation remains less than a foot per annum. While the water remains clear. Offering the public ADA-Accessible full-service marina, with restrooms, parking, camping, and more.

Loblolly Pines and Shortleaf Pine trees dominate the Park, while Hydrilla infestations cover most of the lake, making bank angling troublesome. While also a Triploid Grass Carp Permitted area.

However, with an influx of zebra mussels, the reservoir became contaminated. Therefore, clean, drain and dry your boat, trailer, live well, buckets and gears before going to another body of water. Moreover, drain all water and do not transport zebra mussels, as this is illegal. Please see our article related to Zebra Mussels as Invasive Species.

Should you have any queries or need information feel free to contact Texas Parks and Wildlife Department who are the Reservoir Controlling Authority on (936) 295-5644.

 

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Lake Raven

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