February 2014 Boat Ramp Update

Fishing season is upon us, so we thought it might be a good time to give a boat ramp update. Lake Grapevine is currently 10 feet low. This has caused several nice boat ramps to close. On the north side of the lake, the ramp at Murrell Park is closed. On the south side of the lake, the following boat ramps are closed: Meadowmere boat ramps, Farris Branch, Katie’s Woods and The Vineyards Campground & Cabins (this ramp is private to those staying at the Campground). All other boat ramps are open. Out of those that are left, we assume Dove Loop and McPherson Slough are the best available, but not certain on this. Both the low water ramp and the regular water ramp in Meadowmere Park are closed. And no, we don’t understand either why the low water ramp is closed when the lake is 10 feet low, but it is. Good luck fishing this spring and pray for rain because we need it.   This article was brought to you by Lake Ray...

10 Pound Bass Caught on Lake Grapevine

Take a look at this photo of Gene who caught this 10 pound-er last Thursday on Lake Grapevine.  It is not difficult to gauge the location from the photo.  The bass was caught on a suspended jerk bait. That’s a great looking fish.  Congratulations to Gene on his personal...
March Camping in Murrell Park

March Camping in Murrell Park

We camped last weekend in Murrell Park on Lake Grapevine. We are a little delayed in completing a write up mainly because we are still disappointed about not catching any fish. The weather was absolutely perfect for camping with temperatures during the day in the mid-70’s and at night in the high 50’s. There was very little wind all weekend. The lake level is above its normal levels. In fact most boat ramps are currently closed. The only open ramps are the high water ramp at Katie’s Woods, Dove Loop boat ramp, and the Meadowmere Park ramp. Given that the weather was so good, the banks of the lake were packed with fisherman around the park.  We did not see a lot of people catching (only fishing).  We did not catch any and we fished pretty hard for the weekend.  We fished soft plastic worms, spinner baits, crank baits, and even moved to live minnows.  The water was extremely muddy and the lake was way up.  It is still about 5 feet higher than normal. We camped at sites 3 and 4.  These are great sites, but they do not have cooking grates for their fire pits.  This created the need for some very creative cooking for the weekend.  Pictured below are what we coined, “wood plank jalapeno poppers” which were excellent. Given the weather and the fun we had with cooking it was an excellent weekend of camping.  Murrell Park continues to be our favorite place to camp on Lake Grapevine....

December Fishing and Lake Update

I stopped by Lake Grapevine to fish a couple of weeks ago, but have not had a chance to update.  The lake was about 5 feet low.  All boat ramps on the lake are currently open, but as always we recommend using Katie’s Woods boat ramp since the boat dock is still usable. I did a little fishing in the morning before the wind picked way up. I was able to get the little guy pictured at the top right in the first few casts on a blue fleck worm. I did not get to stay and fish more than 20 minutes before fishing became problematic with the wind. In other lake news, the new shallow water ramp at Meadowmere Park is not complete yet. The City of Grapevine is waiting for the lake to go lower before finishing out that ramp. It will cost less and they can build it deeper by waiting a bit longer. Hopefully the weather improves a bit soon and I can get back out there and have a few more updates on the lake and on...

Bank Fishing Report for July

I was lucky enough to spend the weekend in the Vineyard’s Campgrounds.  Early this morning, I woke up and hit the banks of the campgrounds. Much like last months report, I had some luck when finding rocky points.  I caught a couple of large mouth bass in about an hour.  These were caught on 7-inch blue fleck worms.  The bass were also a little bigger in size than the ones caught at Katie’s Woods. All I really do is look for rocky structure off of points.  You can see the small bass chasing shad.  Then just cast the worm in that area and wait for the fish to bite.  The bites are coming fairly close to the bank (about 12 to 16 feet from the bank).  These are fun, aggressive bass. As a side note, staying in the Vineyard’s Campgrounds was a real treat.  They have really upgraded those Campgrounds in the last year or so.  We highly recommend checking them out should you get the...

Bank Fishing Report for June

I fished the banks near Katie’s Woods boat ramp this morning.  I arrived at the ramp around dawn and it looked like a tournament there had just started. The water was very clear and somewhat calm at dawn.  I caught two little black bass (one of them pictured) in about 30 minutes.  Both were caught on 7-inch purple worms.  The bites were very aggressive as well which meant it was probably going to be a very good morning to fish. By 6:30 am the wind picked up to 20-25 miles per hour.  Big white caps were starting to roll across Lake Grapevine.  I did not really feel like fighting that much wind so I packed up an headed home.  I will stop back by sometime later this week to fish that point...

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