Lake Sam Rayburn

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Bonds and Castledine Take the Win


Tom Behrens has over 50 years experience in fishing and hunting across the United States. Much of this time was spent in Oklahoma and Texas where he became very familiar with the outdoor opportunities in these states. You may contact him by email at:

The Annual 4th Of July Tournament presented by Daiwa saw 138 teams take advantage of the National Holiday and try their hand at winning a share of the $18,000 payout on Sam Rayburn. When the dust settled, the duo of Jason Bonds and Todd Castledine left with the $2,800 first place check for their 16.28 pound three fish stringer.

During summer tournaments, the scales open at 10:00 so any team can come weigh in a big bass and release it so it does not have to stress all day in their live well. Mark Lanham and Willie Martin took advantage of that opportunity, but instead of weighing just one fish, they already had three fish to weigh! Their stringer weighed an impressive 15.24 and held on for second place and $2,200. The third place team of Richie Thornton and Ryan Clendennen brought in enough weight to win second place, but the one pound penalty cost the team $400, and they won third place and $1,800. Rounding out the top four teams was the YouTuber himself, Ken Smith, and Steve Evans. Their day resulted in a stringer worth 15.05 pounds earning them $1,600.

The Rambo Outdoors Outlaw Of The Year standings were shook up after the points were tallied following the tournament. Going into the tournament, Clayton Boulware and Albert Collins led the points race over the second place team Tommy Hill and Bubba Frazier, but Boulware and Collins could not find a big bite and it cost them very valuable points. They slipped to third place in the overall standings while Hill and Frazier finished ninth moving to the number one position in the Rambo Outdoors Outlaw Of The Year standings with two tournaments remaining.

Pictures courtesy of Outlaw Outdoors


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Lake Sam Rayburn Weather Forecast

Columbus Day

Thunderstorms Likely

Hi: 73

Monday Night

Chance Thunderstorms

Lo: 65



Hi: 81

Tuesday Night


Lo: 61


Slight Chance Thunderstorms

Hi: 70

Wednesday Night

Mostly Cloudy

Lo: 50


Partly Sunny

Hi: 72

Thursday Night

Mostly Clear

Lo: 52

Lake Sam Rayburn Water Level (last 30 days)

Water Level on 10/14: 161.46 (-2.94)

Lake Sam Rayburn Fishing Report from TPWD (Oct. 10)

FAIR. Water stained; 81–85 degrees; 2.57’ low. Largemouth bass are picking up and are fair to good on spinnerbaits, crankbaits, topwater and Carolina rigged soft plastic worms. White bass are fair on minnows and Alabama rigs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good with live bait and cut bait.