Lake Sam Rayburn

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Rodney Dotson and Larry Cotten Rat-L-Trap Champs


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:

Outlaw Outdoors reports 210 teams showed up to fish the Rat-L-Trap Open Tournament this year on Sam Rayburn. The big fish seemed to really be eating. We had 5 fish over 8 pounds come across the stage, and saw lots of quality fish be weighed in. We also heard several reports of the new Bill Lewis MR-6 being the weapon of choice for getting the big fish to bite. It looks like the MR-6 is a new weapon that should definitely be added to your arsenal.

At the end of the day when the scales closed, the team of Rodney Dotson and Larry Cotten narrowly held onto the victory with their impressive limit topping the leader board at 21.19 lbs. Their days work earned them a cool $5,000!! Rodney reported catching all of their fish on two different color Rat-L-Traps. The red crawfish chartreuse belly 'trap and chrome red 'trap seemed to be the secret for Rodney and Larry.

Not far behind was the team of Colt Dear and Eric Williamson. That duo brought in a limit of 21.00 lbs and earned a $2500 payday. We had a split for 3rd and 4th place. The team of Aaron Freeman and Ben Matsubu and the team of Toby Tucker and Ricky Heard both brought in solid bags tipping the scales at 19.20 lbs. Each of those teams took home $1450 for their days work.

The duo of Aaron Freeman and Ben Matsubu also took home the big bass honors. They caught a 8.59 lb Rayburn giant that earned them another payday of $2500. Ben caught the big girl on a 1/2 oz Rayburn Red Zombie Rat-L-Trap. Second place big bass honors went to the team of Butch Harper and Gary Frick with their 8.44 lb bass. Butch and Gary took home $1640 for second place big bass.

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Lake Sam Rayburn Weather Forecast


Mostly Sunny

Hi: 95

Saturday Night

Mostly Clear

Lo: 68


Slight Chance Thunderstorms

Hi: 92

Sunday Night

Mostly Clear

Lo: 71


Slight Chance Thunderstorms

Hi: 92

Monday Night

Partly Cloudy

Lo: 71


Slight Chance Thunderstorms

Hi: 91

Tuesday Night

Partly Cloudy

Lo: 70

Lake Sam Rayburn Water Level (last 30 days)

Water Level on 9/15: 162.51 (-1.89)

Lake Sam Rayburn Fishing Report from TPWD (Sep. 12)

FAIR. Water stained; 86–89 degrees; 1.65’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on spinnerbaits,soft plastic worms, and lizards. Some success with largemouth on top waters early and late. White bass are fair on minnows and Alabama rigs. Crappie are fair on minnows over baited holes. Catfish are good with live bait and cut bait.