Lake Sam Rayburn

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Cold, Raining and Windy


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:

Fifty-three teams launched in the cold, rainy and windy weather at the Outlaws Outdoors New Year's Eve tournament.

When the wind died down and the scales closed, the Cleveland area team of Richie Thornton and Ryan Clendennen brought in a stringer weighing 26.19 pounds to take home over $2,000 in cash and prizes including two Daiwa Tatula reels.

The second place team of Chuck Naomi and Andre Adams weathered the storm and turned the $165 entry fee into $1,300 with their 5 bass weighing 21.37.

Bobby Vice and Ricky Guy are no strangers to winning when the lipless crankbait bite is on, and they proved it with a solid third place finish. Their stringer weighing 21.22 pounds was good for $1,100.

Finishing out the top 4 teams was Mark Lanham and DJ Cherry with a 20.78 pound stringer good for $750.

Thornton and Clendennen were asked how they caught their winning fish. To no one's surprise, their reply was simple - Rat-L-Traps. Red and red/gold was the secret to their success in mid range depth grass.


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Lake Sam Rayburn Weather Forecast



Hi: 77

Friday Night

Mostly Clear

Lo: 55


Slight Chance Rain Showers

Hi: 73

Saturday Night

Slight Chance Thunderstorms

Lo: 56


Chance Rain Showers

Hi: 75

Sunday Night

Chance Rain Showers

Lo: 61


Chance Rain Showers

Hi: 75

Monday Night

Mostly Clear

Lo: 52

Lake Sam Rayburn Water Level (last 30 days)

Water Level on 3/22: 168.27 (+3.87)

Lake Sam Rayburn Fishing Report from TPWD (Mar. 20)

Water stained; 61–65 degrees; 4.38’ high. Black bass are fair on watermelon red soft plastics, crankbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. White bass are fair on live minnows and white spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Bream are fair on worms. Catfish are slow.