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Outlaw Outdoors Labor Day Tournament Results


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:

It is said that good things happen to good people, and good things definitely happened to a team of brothers at the Outlaw Outdoor Labor Day Tournament on Lake Sam Rayburn. Gene & JP Williams were heavily involved last weekend in the preparation and execution of the Riley Carter Benefit Tournament. Gene owns Tri Lakes Guide Service and donated two half day crappie trips for the raffle and silent auction. JP owns Ed Bradley Body Shop in Kirbyville and also donated a couple items to the silent auction. When the day was over, Gene had spent over $1,000 buying items in the silent auction including a certificate for one entry into an Outlaw Outdoors tournament. He immediately said he wanted to use it for The Texscape Services Labor Day Tournament for him and his brother. That proved to be a good decision!

When the scales closed yesterday at The Texscape Services Labor Day Tournament, the 3 fish stringer caught by Gene & JP Williams weighing 18.30 pounds topped the field of 41 teams. Their stringer also included a Rayburn giant that took big bass honors weighing 9.47 pounds. They took home checks totaling $1,575 plus $100 in V&M Baits.

The father/son team of Bill & Chris Stark spoiled their eligibility into The Fall The Average Joe Tournament by winning second place and leaving with $900. Their three fish limit weighed 16.11. Jerrel Pringle and Keith Keele wrapped up the top three with a solid stringer of 15.20 pounds. They were awarded a check for $775 for their efforts.

Tournament officials want to thank each and every team for coming out and fishing even with the rain and possible thunderstorms that were predicted. The weather actually cooperated better than expected and by 11:00 the rain had stopped and never came back. Most every team reported the fishing to be very good with a lot of fish being caught on top water lures all day long.

The cool water introduced into the lake the past couple of days has dropped the water temperature and has the fish active. With the continued rain and lower than usual temperatures predicted, the fishing should only continue to get better. 



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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

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Hi: 75

Monday Night

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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.