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Current Fishing Report for Sam Rayburn Reservoir

Sam Rayburn Reservoir Fishing Report
January 23, 2016

Rayburn has been busy in recent weeks with a 320 team Skeeter Boats Bass Champs (Eastern Division) tournament held last Saturday. Joshua and Dean Sikes, a father/son team from Pineville, LA, weighed in over 25 pounds for the winning 5-bass stringer and took home an impressive $20,200. They reported catching their bass on a 15-20 ft. ledge using a Carolina rig, football jig and umbrella rig. The 320 teams was one of the largest ever in the history of Skeeter Bass Champs series.

Water temperatures on Rayburn this week ranged from 53 to 55 degrees with several patterns producing bass. There remains a deep bite as bass are holding on drop offs and ledges as the winners of the tournament verified. Deep diving crankbaits are also catching some nice bass as the big bass of the event (over 10 pounds) wascaught on a deep diving crankbait.

Shallow patterns are also becoming a factor as a Texas rigged Bottom Hopper (Berkley) has worked for us as well as wacky rigged Havoc Flat Dawgs and Senkos. Weightless Texas rigged Flat Dawg’s and Senkos are also catching fish in and around the hay grass and buck brush since Rayburn is basically 2 feet over full pool. The lake at midweek is 166.31’ and full pool is 164’.

Joe Joslin Outdoors
Licensed Guide on Toledo Bend & Sam Rayburn
Tournament Angler & Outdoor Media
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