TPWD District Fisheries Office

P.O. Box 427
Snook, Texas 77878
(979) 272-1430
Niki Harbison-Ragan, Biologist

About the Area

Local Information

Nearby State Parks


Lake Raven

Quick Links: Fishing Regulations | Angling Opportunities | Cover & Structure | Tips & Tactics

This lake is located within Huntsville State Park, which may be closed for wildlife management activities on occasion. Check the park web page for closure notices and dates.

Lake Characteristics

Location: Huntsville State Park in Walker County
Surface area: 203.5 acres
Maximum depth: 28 feet
Impounded: before 1940

Water Conditions

Conservation Pool Elevation: 285 ft. msl
Fluctuation: Less than 1 foot
Normal Clarity: Clear

Reservoir Controlling Authority

Texas Parks & Wildlife Department
PO Box 508
Huntsville, Texas 77342-0508
(936) 295-5644

Aquatic Vegetation


Predominant Fish Species

Lake Records
Stocking History
Latest Survey Report

Lake Maps

None available

Fishing Regulations

Being located within a state park, this lake is regulated as a Community Fishing Lake. In addition, a Triploid Grass Carp Permit is in effect on this lake. If a grass carp is caught, it must be immediately returned to the water unharmed.

Angling Opportunities

Lake Raven is known for producing largemouth bass in excess of 10 pounds. It is also capable of producing large redear sunfish, some over 9 inches in length.

Species Poor Fair Good Excellent
Largemouth Bass       yes
Sunfish       yes
Fishing Cover/Structure

The primary cover in the lake is a heavy infestation of hydrilla, which makes shoreline access difficult for bank anglers in many areas of the lake.

Tips & Tactics

Bass anglers are most successful fishing either just after sunup or just before sundown with top-water lures and soft plastics fished at the edge of the hydrilla. During early spring, bass can be taken from shore by flipping soft plastics into nests. Redear sunfish can be taken on live night crawlers or crickets in the same areas.