• Day Rate$85.00
  • Half-Day Rate$65.00
  • Under Twelve RateNo Charge
  • Youth (13-17) Day Rate$45.00
  • Youth (13-17) Half-Day Rate$35.00

  • Children 12 and under must wear a life jacket.

    Active Cattle Ranch close all gates behind you.

    **The boat is temporarily unavailable at this site.**

    ***Remove ALL catfish***

    ***DO NOT HARVEST ANY BASS AT THIS SITE. You may still remove any crappie caught and report them to the club office through the online reservation system after your outing***

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Leonard - Black Hat

This 21-acre lake is part of the 1100 acre ranch which is just 20 miles NE of McKinney or just 3 miles west of downtown Leonard. This is one of the many soil conservation lakes built in 1960's. But, its history makes it unique and really one of a kind. The owner who had the ranch from the early 80's to the late 2000's was obsessed with growing big bass. He built 12 interconnecting nursery ponds with an elaborate pipe and valve system that were designed to keep the lake full of bluegill, red ear sunfish, and Tilapia. In the winter he moved a population of Tilapia indoors to overwinter them in 1000 gallon plus tanks. These heroic efforts produced hundreds of thousands of forage fish for not only his lake but for dozens of other private lakes in the area.

Today's lake has a population of extremely healthy bass. The fish health (their length compared to their weight) make these fish some of the most chunky bass of any club lake. The north end of the lake has 2 islands and is full of lily pads. In the winter and spring when the pads are dormant or just starting to emerge and the lake is full you can bet these islands and the channel that goes right between them will hold bass. Most of the lake is about 7 to 8 feet deep when the lake is full. There are a few pockets of 12 to 14-foot water and the upper 1/3 of the lake is 6 feet or less. There are several rocky points that were added after the lake was built and should hold fish. There is a large catfish population which keeps the lake turbid and you will find the water clarity less than 18 inches most of the year. The lake has a large boat house with electricity and water that can house 4 boats and is a perfect place to sit on the picnic table and fish for some of the catfish or have your children or grandchildren fish for bass and bluegill right off the boat house.

There is concrete boat ramp that can support large fiberglass boats.

**The boat is temporarily unavailable at this site.**



General Availability :
Year Round
Lake Size :
11 - 30 acres
Bank Fishing :
Bank fishing is available.
Tent Camping :
Tent camping is not available.
Boat Availability :
Boat temporarily unavailable
Boat Launch :
Concrete Boat Launch

Location Map


1 hour NNE of downtown Dallas 20 minutes NE of Mckinney


Enter the gate. Close the gate behind you and park near boat house of boat ramp.