Lake Sam Rayburn

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Outlaw Outdoors
Clint is an avid fisherman competing in tournaments throughout the year. He and Stacy Spriggs jointly own Outlaw Outdoors. Outlaw Outdoors is a company that produces and promotes 10-12 bass tournaments per year on Lake Sam Rayburn.

As springtime and spawn slowly get behind us we all know what lies ahead in East Texas, but before it gets too unbearably hot, get out on the lake and enjoy the great fishing Rayburn has to offer right now.  The lake is currently at a good safe level while still offering plenty of fish to be caught in all depths.  If you're a shallow water fisherman, you can find plenty of buck brush, hay grass and hydrilla near the bank.  For the offshore guys, the shad spawn is about over and fish are really relating to bait on ledges and points.  No matter which technique fits your liking, you stand a good chance of finding a school of fish that will allow for lots of fun!

May 17-21 brings the top 110 anglers in the world to Cassels Boykin Park on Sam Rayburn for the Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest.  This is a unique format with all bass being weighed in the boat and immediately released with the exception of their largest bass (if it exceeds 21").  The 5 heaviest fish each day will count towards each angler's cumulative weight for the tournament.  Each angler will bring their largest bass to the George H. Henderson Jr. Expo Center in Lufkin for the weigh in each day.  Fan Appreciation Day is Saturday, May 20, when the Elite anglers take a day off from fishing to participate in activities at the Expo and in Bassmaster University seminars, all taking place at George H. Henderson Jr. Expo Center.  The final day of competition is Sunday with $1,000,000 being paid out.  The champion of the Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest will receive $100,000, while the angler that weighs in the biggest bass overall will receive a brand new $50,000 Toyota Tundra.  If you are a bass fishing fan or have a kid that wants to have a good time learning about bass fishing and mingle with Bassmaster Elite Pros, make plans to be at the Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest!

On Memorial Day, Outlaw Outdoors is hosting an open bass tournament out of Cassels Boykin Park and guaranteeting $2,000 to the winning team.  These tournaments have been getting a good turnout, and this allows for a good payout.  For more information on this tournament or the others produced by Outlaw Outdoors visit  Keep an eye open for additional tournaments in June, July and August.


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Lake Sam Rayburn Weather Forecast


Partly Sunny

Hi: 74

Thursday Night

Slight Chance Rain Showers

Lo: 54


Partly Sunny

Hi: 78

Friday Night

Mostly Clear

Lo: 52


Mostly Sunny

Hi: 82

Saturday Night

Mostly Clear

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Partly Sunny

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Sunday Night

Mostly Clear

Lo: 58

Lake Sam Rayburn Water Level (last 30 days)

Water Level on 4/26: 166.23 (+1.83)

Lake Sam Rayburn Fishing Report from TPWD (Apr. 25)

Water stained; 75–79 degrees; 2.23’ high. Black bass are fair on Carolina rigged watermelon red soft plastics and Rat–L–Traps. White bass are fair on Charlie slabs and silver spoons. Crappie are good on minnows. Bream are fair on worms. Catfish are good on shrimp, live minnows, and stinkbait.

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