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Fishing Rayburn in September


Keith Combs, Bassmaster Elite, describes September as a tought month to catch fish on Sam Rayburn.

Combs said he’s noticed that Hurricane Laura ripped up some grass on the south end. But otherwise, the lake’s not showing any significant impacts from the recent tropical weather event.

After several weeks of daytime highs in the mid-90s, local temperatures will slip into the mid-80s. But with overnight lows only reaching into the low to mid-60s, Combs isn’t expecting a significant effect on the water temperatures.

“I don’t think we’re going to see a big uptick (in fish activity),” he said of the early season front. “The big cold fronts of fall are better, but we’re not going to see that in time for (the) event.”

Combs believes Rayburn’s abundant hydrilla, which currently grows out to about 9 feet, will be a big player. Flipping/punching jigs and Texas-rigged plastics will produce a lot of fish, but look for the early morning topwater bite to factor into the grass game.

“There’s also way more pads than we’ve had in the last six to eight years,” Combs said. “We had a resurgence last year; I’m glad to see them back. Frogging is definitely a good way to catch them in the pads. We also have a ton of peppergrass and you can catch them on frogs there, as well.”

Predicting a three-day winning total of 56 pounds, Combs said Rayburn’s famous offshore structure is sure to receive a lot of attention. From dropoffs to brushpiles, anglers fishing big Texas-rigged worms, Carolina rigs and deep-diving crankbaits will fare well.

“There’s also a lot of fish schooling in open water right now,” Combs said. “That’s what makes it so tough — you can’t really chase those fish around because they suspend.

“I think the entire lake will be in play. There will be guys catching them in creeks and rivers, there will be guys catching them out in the middle of the main lake from one end to the other. Who knows where it will be won.”

Combs will be one of the professional anglers fishing the Bassmaster Central Open on Sam Rayburn, Sept. 10-12.

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:

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Lake Sam Rayburn Weather Forecast


Rain Showers Likely

Hi: 77

Tuesday Night

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Lo: 66


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Hi: 76

Wednesday Night

Chance Rain Showers

Lo: 66


Slight Chance Rain Showers

Hi: 79

Thursday Night

Partly Cloudy

Lo: 65


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Hi: 82

Friday Night

Mostly Clear

Lo: 66

Lake Sam Rayburn Water Level (last 30 days)

Water Level on 9/22: 160.95 (-3.45)

Lake Sam Rayburn Fishing Report from TPWD (Sep. 16)

GOOD. Water stained; 85 degrees; 3.24’ low. Largemouth bass are good with timber, brush, and the early exposure to creek channels. Topwater baits have had surprising success this week, along with worms and jigs. White bass are good staying aggressive lately on brush and points. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs using all structures. Catfish are fair on live and stinkbait.