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Flipping, Crankbaits and Worms


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:

BROOKELAND, Texas – Top bass anglers from around the region are set to compete on Sam Rayburn Reservoir June 13-15 at the Costa Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) Series Southwestern Division tournament on Sam Rayburn Reservoir presented by Mercury. The three-day tournament will feature a field of more than 200 pros and co-anglers vying for the top prize package of up to $92,000, including a brand new Ranger Z518L boat with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard in the Pro Division.

Professional anger, Andrew Upshaw shares what he thinks the tournament anglers will be using for baits and where they will be fishing … good information for any bass angler fishing Sam Rayburn right now.

“Anglers are going to catch them doing a lot of different things. I think we’re going to see flipping, as well as throwing crankbaits and a worm as primary tactics,” said Strike King pro Andrew Upshaw of Tulsa, Oklahoma, who has three career top-10 finishes on Sam Rayburn Reservoir in FLW Series competition. “They’ve had a lot of rain, so the water is high and up into the bushes. The fishing is still going to be pretty good, though.”

Upshaw said flipping bushes with a Texas-rigged Strike King Rage Bug will be a good bet, with crankbaits and worms also being options in those areas. For anglers working deeper on ledges and points, he cited 6XD crankbaits or Thumper Worms as good choices.

“When the water is high, pretty much all of the lake produces because it puts new cover in the water that the fish might not have seen,” said Upshaw. “We should see the ledges on the south end of the lake in play, as well as the flooded bushes and willow trees on the north end. Covering a lot of water will be key. I think whoever wins it will have a couple of different deals going on.” Upshaw predicts that it will take a three-day total around 60 pounds to win the event.

Anglers will take off from Umphrey Family Pavilion, located at 5438 Rural Route 255, in Brookeland, at 6 a.m. CDT each day of competition. Weigh-ins each day will also be held at the park beginning at 2 p.m. Takeoffs and weigh-ins are free and open to the public.

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Lake Sam Rayburn Weather Forecast


Chance Thunderstorms

Hi: 88

Tuesday Night

Slight Chance Thunderstorms

Lo: 72


Chance Thunderstorms

Hi: 90

Wednesday Night

Partly Cloudy

Lo: 70


Slight Chance Thunderstorms

Hi: 92

Thursday Night

Mostly Clear

Lo: 71


Partly Sunny

Hi: 93

Friday Night

Mostly Clear

Lo: 72

Lake Sam Rayburn Water Level (last 30 days)

Water Level on 6/2: 164.33 (-0.07)

Lake Sam Rayburn Fishing Report from TPWD (May 27)

FAIR. Water stained; 73 degrees; 0.07’ low. Largemouth bass are good in vegetation, and the man-made brush piles. No deeper than 13 feet are holding bass with topwaters, rigged worms, and spinners. White bass are fair with minnows. Crappie remain excellent on minnows and jigs nearer shore. Catfish are good on live and stinkbait.