Lake Raven is located in Huntsville State Park. The lake is 203.5 surface acres, with an average maximum depth of 28 feet. Aquatic vegetation in the lake primarily consists of hydrilla. The a heavy infestation of hydrilla makes shoreline access difficult for bank anglers in many areas of the lake.
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. 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. No fishing license is required on this state park lake; however, it is subject to several special regulations. Fishing is by pole and line only. Largemouth bass are catch-and-release only, except that any bass 24 inches or longer may be retained in a livewell or other aerated holding device, weighed with personal scales, and then immediately released or donated to the ShareLunker program. For channel and blue catfish, there is no minimum length and the daily bag limit is 5 catfish in any combination. 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.
Huntsville State Park
- Located off I-45 between Huntsville and New Waverly
- Two-lane ramp can handle most types of boats. A no-wake rule is enforced. Fishing piers and cleaning stations available elsewhere in the park.
- Park entry fee required, but no fishing license needed
- Open all year
- Operated by Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept. (936) 295-5644