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Trent Bookman and Elijah Focht finish with 28.15 lbs.


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Eight area teams participated in the Texas High School Bass Association State championship at Lake Sam Rayburn May 19-20.

The Whitehouse team of Trent Bookman and Elijah Focht led the area anglers in the tournament. The duo finished 35th with a total catch of 10 bass that weighed in at 28.15 pounds. The pair helped lead Whitehouse to a 10th place finish in the team standings.

Troup’s Rowdy Howell and Walker Adams hooked nine bass that tipped the scales at 26.56 pounds for 51st place. They led Troup to a 66th place finish in the team standings.

Derek Cheatham and Weston Sanford led Arp to 37th place in the team standings. The pair netted eight fish for a total weight of 26.71 pounds and 57th place.

Jason Wise and Paul Wood contributed to the Whitehouse team standings with a catch of 10 fish that weighed in at 25.53 pounds and 60th place.

Placing 61st was the duo of Logan Thompson and Noah Clark, who hauled in 10 bass for a total weight of 25.49 pounds.

Whitehouse’s Austin Davis and Justin Rasco placed 101st with a catch of 22.49 pounds; Brandon Burrow and Gage Dowdle had a catch of 16.42 pounds; Trey Enright and Coby Dunn hauled in a catch of 14.26 pounds.
Dutch Whitt and Ben VanWinkle of Arp hooked a catch that weighed in at 20.26 pounds.

The THSBA Angler of the Year will invite the Top Five Anglers of the Year in Each Division to a tournament Saturday, June 30, at Lake Tyler. Anglers must RSVP by Friday, June 8.



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Lake Sam Rayburn Weather Forecast


Mostly Cloudy

Hi: 85

Sunday Night

Mostly Cloudy

Lo: 71


Mostly Cloudy

Hi: 87

Monday Night

Partly Cloudy

Lo: 73


Chance Thunderstorms

Hi: 85

Tuesday Night

Chance Thunderstorms

Lo: 72


Slight Chance Thunderstorms

Hi: 88

Wednesday Night

Partly Cloudy

Lo: 72

Lake Sam Rayburn Water Level (last 30 days)

Water Level on 5/19: 168.66 (+4.26)

Lake Sam Rayburn Fishing Report from TPWD (May 15)

Water stained; 67–71 degrees; 2.83’ high. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Bream are good on worms.