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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

Veterans Day

Rain Showers Likely

Hi: 71

Monday Night

Rain Showers

Lo: 34


Partly Sunny

Hi: 46

Tuesday Night

Mostly Clear

Lo: 27


Mostly Sunny

Hi: 53

Wednesday Night

Partly Cloudy

Lo: 37


Mostly Cloudy

Hi: 58

Thursday Night

Mostly Clear

Lo: 38

Lake Sam Rayburn Water Level (last 30 days)

Water Level on 11/12: 162.05 (-2.35)

Lake Sam Rayburn Fishing Report from TPWD (Nov. 7)

FAIR TO GOOD. Water stained; 65–66 degrees; 2.40’ low. Largemouth bass are heating up on white spinnerbait and Carolina rigged soft plastic worms. Trust the topwater and try several different techniques. White bass continue to be fair on minnows. Crappie have been good on minnows and jigs. Catfish have been in the creeks at night and are good on live bait.