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Current Fishing Report for Sam Rayburn Reservoir

Sam Rayburn Reservoir Fishing Report
July 19, 2015

SAM RAYBURN FISHING REPORT by pro guide, Joe Joslin

The lake level is 169.55 feet at mid July which is just over 5 feet above full pool of 164.4’. The lake is falling from previous highs of over 9 feet as lake was near 173’ which had water backed up in the trees and really scattered the bass. Last week we had some decent days on the lake with biggest bass weighing 7.1 pound and was caught fairly early on a Texas rig in about 12 feet of water. With the lake falling and now just five feet above full pool the bass are starting to concentrate more and becoming a little easier to pattern.

With the lake up there is a grass line around a lot of the shoreline on the south end of the lake that is holding bass, especially the first couple of hours of the morning. The depth of the grass is changing almost daily with the lake falling but this past week the green visible grass was in 7 to 12 feet depending on the slope of the shoreline. I caught the 7.1 mentioned above where a ditch came close to a point as I had my boat in about 16 feet and cast into about 10 feet.

We also fished areas where the grass made a point out from the bank into the lake and we got bit on almost all of these as the fish are coming out of the flooded structure back to more of the normal shoreline grassy structure. We also caught fish early in flooded shoreline grass on wacky rigged Berkley Havoc Flat Dawgs (5 inches) and Senkos. We also fished shaded areas provided by tall trees on the east side of the lake before the sun rose too high. The shaded areas gave up a few nice bass as well on wacky rigs and light weighted Texas rigs. The bass wanted the baits worked slowly.

Our deep patterns (18-28 ft) was mostly drop shot and a little Carolina rigging. Our drop shot rigs were 10 lb test Berkley 100% Fluorocarbon, 1/0 Daiichi offset high carbon hook with a Revo SX20 Spinning reel, a 7’6” Fenwick Elite Tech medium action/fast spinning rod. A sweet rig! For soft plastics we used Havoc Bottom Hopper (6.25 inches), Bottom Hopper Jrs(4.75”) and finesse worms. On Carolina rigs we used 17 lb. Berkley Fluorocarbon, Revo STX reel and Abu Garcia Veritas 7’3” medium heavy rod. For plastics we used 10 inch Berkley Power Worms and Chigger Craw.

AUTHOR INFO: Joe Joslin is a syndicated outdoor columnist, tournament angler and pro guide on Toledo and Sam Rayburn. 337-463-3848 or and website at

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