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Lake Sam Rayburn Ranked Number Three


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Bassmaster Magazine is ranking Lake Sam Rayburn as the third best fishing lake in its latest rankings. The rankings are based on the amount of fish and their weight.

Professional Angler Keith Combs said the recent high lake levels have caused the bass to move into the new areas with more food options. As a result this makes it hard for anglers to fish.

“When Rayburn comes up, when it comes up above full pool, like it has spent the entire spring and earlier part of the summer, as high as nine feet high, what happens is that water moves into thick stands of timber, grass, the bank line,” Combs said.

“The lake flooded all the way up into the pine trees which make the fish very hard to access,” Combs said. “They’re still there, they’re growing bigger and bigger and the population is getting better but with the high lake level like that, it just makes it a little bit more difficult to fish,” Combs said.

In the last eight years, the Lone Star State bass fishery has never ranked below 26.

Photo courtesy TPWD


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Lake Sam Rayburn Weather Forecast


Partly Sunny

Hi: 85

Tuesday Night


Lo: 62



Hi: 86

Wednesday Night


Lo: 64


Mostly Sunny

Hi: 88

Thursday Night

Mostly Clear

Lo: 66


Partly Sunny

Hi: 91

Friday Night

Mostly Clear

Lo: 68

Lake Sam Rayburn Water Level (last 30 days)

Water Level on 7/23: 164.43 (+0.03)

Lake Sam Rayburn Fishing Report from TPWD (Jul. 17)

Water stained; 85–89 degrees; 0.49’ high. Black bass are fair on watermelon Rat–L–Traps and shad colored crankbaits. White bass are fair on minnows and Li’l Fishies. Crappie are good on minnows over brush piles in 15–30 feet. Bream are slow. Catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait and liver.