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Sam Rayburn Reservoir Sponsored by
Date 15-Feb-24
Water Condition
Water Temperature  

Conditions : SAM RAYBURN: - GOOD. Water stained; 55 degrees; 1.32 feet below pool. Wind shuts the shallow bass bite down, but the forecasted warming trend should bring the fish shallow. Big stringers can be caught between fronts. Start from the bank to the inside grass line to see what you can find. When this bite slows move to the second grass line in 15 feet of water with rattletraps and crankbaits. Now is the time to find that heavy female full of eggs starting to stage in spawning areas. Crappie and white bass are in the river and creeks. Look for fish to start moving shallow to spawn on the sand bars. Catfish will be coming out of the creek channels to shallow spawning areas. Report by Captain Lynn Atkinson, Reel Um N Guide Service. Water conditions continue to rise with large rains this past weekend. Murky water continues to head south from the Angelina River inflow of water and major creeks water temperature ranging from 54-59 large populations of fish can be found shallow in the mouths of the creeks secondary points and drains. Rattletrap and chatterbait up shallow, Alabama rig, Damici rig, jig, and crankbait out deep. Report by Captain Hank Harrison, Double H Precision Fishing.

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About: - Location: On the Angelina River; the dam is located in Jasper County approximately 15 miles north of Jasper.

Size: 114,500 acres

Maximum Depth: 80 feet

Date Impounded: 1965

Normal Water Clarity: Clear to off-color (upper lake)

Water Level Fluctuation: Averages 10 ft. annually

Conservation Pool Elevation: 164.4 ft. msl
Current Water Levels

Aquatic Vegetation: Primarily non-native submersed (hydrilla); a variety of native aquatic plants are also established.

Habitat in Sam Rayburn Reservoir consists of submerged aquatic vegetation, standing timber, and flooded terrestrial vegetation. Hydrilla is the predominant plant species, although many native plants (i.e., coontail and pondweed) are also present. In the lower part of the reservoir the water is relatively clear; game fish are typically found around vegetation edges, flats, humps, and creek channels. In the upper one-third of the reservoir, the abundance of vegetation typically declines. Timber, brush, laydowns, and creek channels provide upper-lake gamefish habitat. Due to water level fluctuations, habitat conditions change seasonally and yearly. Drastic water level changes can decrease the amount of vegetation. At high water levels, inundated trees and bushes provide excellent habitat.

Anglers are most successful at catching largemouth bass during the fall, winter, and spring months. Due to cooler water temperatures, fish are active for longer periods of the day and are typically found in shallow water. A variety of baits and techniques will work during these times. When fish are active, crankbaits and spinnerbaits are usually the preferred choice. During the hot summer, the bite usually slows and fish activity is usually concentrated during early morning, late evening, and at night. Poppers, propeller baits, stickbaits, and flukes are good topwater choices during low light conditions. As the sun rises, most bass are concentrated in or around vegetation edges, or seek refuge on deep ledges and creek channels. During this time, plastic worms and jigs are the preferred baits. Crappie fishing is excellent year-round with jigs and minnows. During the spring spawn, anglers target shallow areas around vegetation. During other times of the year, fish are typically concentrated in deeper water around brushpiles and creek channels.

  • Largemouth bass
  • Crappie
  • Catfish
  • Hybrid striped bass
  • White bass

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