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Current Fishing Report for Sam Rayburn Reservoir

Sam Rayburn Reservoir Fishing Report
July 28, 2014

Today at 11:48 AM

Hello, Anglers. Water levels remain excellent on Big Sam and is at 164. 4 which is basically at full pool. Water temperatures are in mid 80s and should hold there for the next week(could even fall some) as we have cooler weather in the forecast with highs in mid 80s and lows at nnight in mid-to-upper 60s. Wow! That sounds great for late July and early August.

We have two major patterns working as we have plenty of shallow grass with some of it on the surface and some of it submerged. Top-water poppers(pro Pop(Bill Norman), Yellow Magic and Chug Bugs are working along the edge of grass the first hour of daylight and longer if cloud cover hangs around. Five Fingers, Veech. the area above 147 bridge(east side) all have pots of grass and pads. Some of the pads are in water as deep as 8-9 feet which holds some quality bass. I'm working the outside edges and open pockets with topwater (Pro Pops) and using Stanley's Top Toad to work the thicker pads.

We are also working the outside edge of submerged grass with Senkos (both wacky and Texas weightless) early in the mornings in depths of 6 to 14 feet. In addition, we are using Stanley Vibrashaft spinnerbaits (double willow) on windy/grassy points. Another great bait for us has been a buzzbait (Triple Wing by Norman) with best colors being black and chartreuse. We are running it on 50 lb Spiderwire and working it over submerged grass and in openings off lily pads.

Deep patterns continue to produce in the brighter part of the day with Carolina rigs using Berkley Chigger Craws and Speed Craws in watermelon candy and green pumpkin. Our drop shot is also catching lots of bass with our favorite drop shot rig being Berkley Havocs Bottom Hopper in both 4.75 inch and 6.25 inches. Shady Watermelon Candy and watermelon are our top two colors and we are working them on main points and breaks along ridges where the water falls from 12 to 25 or more feet.

We are catching largemouth on both drop shot and Carolina rigs but over half of our action is from spotted bass. They love a drop shot and Carolina rig. Another productive bait for us is Stanley's Football Jig (Bug-eye) fishing it in 15 to 30 feet using black/blue with craw trailers in watermelon, watermelon red and green pumpkin.

Joe Joslin Outdoors
Licensed Guide on Toledo Bend & Sam Rayburn
Tournament Angler & Outdoor Media
Member: Louisiana Outdoor Writers Assoc.& Southeastern Outdoor Press Assoc
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