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Gilmer , Hat and Star Ranch

Dallas/ Fort Worth Area
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Info

  • General Availability
    This site is available year round.
  • Lake Size
    21 Acres
  • Bank Fishing
    Bank fishing is available.
  • Tent Camping
    Tent camping is available.
  • Boat Availability
    Jon boat with bench seating
  • Boat Launch
    Small boats/trailers easily launched from bank.
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Requirements

MANDATORY!!! Remove all bass 16" and under and all crappie at this site. Report the total number of each species removed back to the club office through the online reservation system after your outing.

Drive slowly on the property. No smoking, no fires.
Do you like trophy bass? Dozens of 10 lb plus bass have been caught from this 21 acre lake that was built in 1986. In 2006 a 15.4 lb bass was caught and the mount of the fish can be seen in the owners home (see photo). This is only 3 oz. shy of a Texas private lake record. Each year there are more than a dozen 10 lb fish caught from this lake with only a handful of days fished. The lake has creek channels, humps, points, timber and lots of deep water. In some places you can be 15 feet from the shore and be in 20 foot water. Water depths up to 32 feet can be found and a deep creek runs through the middle of the lake. You will probably not catch dozens of 3 to 5 lb fish on your trip and you will certainly catch small fish, but the chance to catch a 10 lb or better fish are as good here as any club lake. This lake is for the angler who is looking for one big fish and understands that the big fish don't bite everyday. This lake has produced as many fish over 7 lbs as any lake in the club.

There is a boat launch marked on the site map on the south side of the lake and is perfect for boats 17 feet and smaller. PWF staff launches their 16 foot alumnacraft with 50 HP motor from this launch. The launch is steep, but doable; just back in slowly. On the opposite of the lake across the dam, larger fiberglass boats have been launched, approx 50 feet west of the NE corner of the dam. This is not an improved ramp, and if you are bringing your brand new 21 foot $60k fiberglass boat you may want to pass on using it at this lake. However, dozens of large fiberglass boats have used this area to launch with great success. As with all our lakes that do not have concrete ramps 4 wheel drive is recommended when launching heavy boats.

There is a jon boat with bench seating available for members to use.

MANDATORY!!! Remove all bass 16" and under and all crappie at this site. Report the total number of each species removed back to the club office through the online reservation system after your outing.

General Directions

2.5 hours ENE of Dallas. 40 miles NE of Tyler.

Fishing Report

Beautiful afternoon at a beautiful lake

Darrell Collier on Mar 30 ,2020

Reservation Number : 23595 Property Name : Hat and Star Ranch Reservation Date : 03/29/2020 PM - Total Fish/Sizes : 10 Lures Used : texas rig lizard, rattle trap, whopper plopper, wacky worm got on the water around 12:30p after…

Caught a biggin'

Kirk Housewright on Mar 27 ,2020

Reservation Number : 23482 Property Name : Hat and Star Ranch Reservation Date : 03/25/2020 PM - 03/26/2020 AM Total Fish/Sizes : 13, one was 11 lbs, 25 inches Lures Used : Spinners, Swin shad, yellow shad We fished Wednesday…

Hats Off to Hat and Star

Jim Bennett on Mar 16 ,2020

Reservation Number : 23275 Property Name : Hat and Star Ranch Reservation Date : 03/15/2020 AM - Total Fish/Sizes : 1@8.8, 3@5+, 1@4, 2@3.5 Lures Used : WhopPlop, PopSpook, SwimBait We had a great (albeit short) morning of catching at…

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$45.00
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