What's Happening at Sam Rayburn?

As springtime and spawn slowly get behind us we all know what lies ahead in East Texas, but before it gets too unbearably hot, get out on the lake and enjoy the great fishing Rayburn has to offer right now.  The lake is currently at a good safe level while still offering plenty of fish to be caught in all depths.  If you're a shallow water fisherman, you can find plenty of buck brush, hay grass and hydrilla near the bank.  For the offshore guys, the shad spawn is about over and fish are really relating to bait on ledges and points.  No matter which technique fits your liking, you stand a good chance of finding a school of fish that will allow for lots of fun!

May 17-21 brings the top 110 anglers in the world to Cassels Boykin Park on Sam Rayburn for the Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest.  This is a unique format with all bass being weighed in the boat and immediately released with the exception of their largest bass (if it exceeds 21").  The 5 heaviest fish each day will count towards each angler's cumulative weight for the tournament.  Each angler will bring their largest bass to the George H. Henderson Jr. Expo Center in Lufkin for the weigh in each day.  Fan Appreciation Day is Saturday, May 20, when the Elite anglers take a day off from fishing to participate in activities at the Expo and in Bassmaster University seminars, all taking place at George H. Henderson Jr. Expo Center.  The final day of competition is Sunday with $1,000,000 being paid out.  The champion of the Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest will receive $100,000, while the angler that weighs in the biggest bass overall will receive a brand new $50,000 Toyota Tundra.  If you are a bass fishing fan or have a kid that wants to have a good time learning about bass fishing and mingle with Bassmaster Elite Pros, make plans to be at the Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest!

On Memorial Day, Outlaw Outdoors is hosting an open bass tournament out of Cassels Boykin Park and guaranteeting $2,000 to the winning team.  These tournaments have been getting a good turnout, and this allows for a good payout.  For more information on this tournament or the others produced by Outlaw Outdoors visit www.FishOutlawOutdoors.com.  Keep an eye open for additional tournaments in June, July and August.


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Lake Sam Rayburn Current Weather Alerts

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Lake Sam Rayburn Weather Forecast


Chance Thunderstorms

Hi: 91

Sunday Night

Chance Thunderstorms

Lo: 74


Thunderstorms Likely

Hi: 86

Monday Night

Thunderstorms Likely

Lo: 71


Rain Showers

Hi: 84

Tuesday Night

Rain Showers

Lo: 70


Rain Showers

Hi: 79

Wednesday Night

Rain Showers Likely

Lo: 71

Lake Sam Rayburn Water Level (last 30 days)

Water Level on 7/22: 168.08 (+3.68)

Lake Sam Rayburn

Fishing Report from TPWD (Jul. 17)

GOOD. Water stained; 83 degrees; 4.27 feet above pool. The bite for all species seems to improve when the water is being generated. This stirs the water, breaking up the thermocline. Bass are slow in shallow water with many smaller fish being caught on frogs, and spinnerbaits. Deeper bass bite is fair with Carolina rigs. Crappie are slow in the morning, but improve midday. Catfish are all over the lake in 20 feet of water and in 12 feet of water in the creek channels. White bass are on points in the south end of the lake near the dam. Report by Captain Lynn Atkinson, Reel Um N Guide Service. As the lake continues to drop fish are going to be moving to traditional summer locations pending the thermocline depth. Bass are good early morning on shallow main lake points with medium or deep diving crankbaits, and topwaters. Main lake ledges with Carolina rig shaky head and spoons. Brush piles shallower than the thermocline with Texas rigs, jigs or Carolina rigs. The thermocline is actively fluctuating and will continue to do so while lake level changes. Navigate with caution watching for floating debris, trees, and stumps. Report by Hank Harrison, Double H Precision Fishing.

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