Leonard, Black Hat

Dallas/ Fort Worth Area

Leonard, Black Hat

Dallas/ Fort Worth Area

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Property Info

  • General Availability
    This site is available year round.
  • Lake Size
    21 Acres
  • Bank Fishing
    Bank fishing is available.
  • Tent Camping
    Tent camping is not available.
  • Boat Availability
    2 man plastic boat
  • Boat Launch
    Concrete Boat Launch
***November update***

Black Hat will be closed for 90 days starting December 1st 2020. We have closed this lake and a few others in the DFW area to allow them to rest. Although we rest the lakes more days that we fish them in a given month, its time to allow the lake to go completely fishing pressure free for 90 days. This should re-set the lake for Spring and allow for greater catch rates. The lake will re-open March 1st 2021 and you may reservations up to 60 days in advance.



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.

This site requires a two adult minimum to fish.

MANDATORY!!! Remove all bass 14" and under at this site. Report the total number of each species removed, back to the club office through the online reservation system after your outing.

Requirements

This site requires a two adult minimum to fish.

Children 12 and under must wear a life jacket.

MANDATORY!!! Remove all bass 14" and under at this site. Report the total number of each species removed, back to the club office through the online reservation system after your outing.

Active Cattle/Deer Ranch close all gates behind you.

***Store the boat the way it is at arrival - Clips attach to catty corners***

***Remove ALL catfish***

General Directions

1 hour NNE of downtown Dallas 20 minutes NE of Mckinney

Fishing Report

Windy day at Black Hat

Stephen Ford on Nov 28 ,2020

Reservation Number : 26601 Property Name : Black Hat Reservation Date : 11/27/2020 PM - Total Fish/Sizes : 5 bass up to about 3lbs Lures Used : Mostly lipless cranks We tried the boat, but the wind was too strong.…

Crappie Galore

John Wartman on Nov 26 ,2020

Reservation Number : 26600 Property Name : Black Hat Reservation Date : 11/25/2020 All Day - Total Fish/Sizes : 35-40 Lures Used : White crank bait, Zoom lizards green in color Fished all day Wednesday Nov. 25th.  Sunny and cool…

fun day

ryan smith on Nov 23 ,2020

Reservation Number : 26446 Property Name : Black Hat Reservation Date : 11/19/2020 PM - Total Fish/Sizes : 5 total, 2 under Lures Used : white chatter bait, pumkin plastics fun day.  only 5 fish total over a few hours…

Property Pricing

  • Day Rate$120.00
  • Half-Day Rate$90.00
  • Under Twelve RateNo Charge
  • Youth (13-17) Day Rate$60.00
  • Youth (13-17) Half-Day Rate$50.00