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CURRENT FISHING REPORT
Sam Rayburn is in great shape with the water level right at full pool. It’s been quite a while since we’ve had this much water in the lake, and I sure am looking forward to fishing this spring. As I type this, the water temps are unseasonably low, 50 - 55 degrees. But it will only take a few days of warm nights and sunny days to kick off the spring fishing. This is the best time to catch a big female staging up for the spawn. Many times you will hear anglers referring to the “inside” or “outside” grass line. To be more specific it should be the shallow side and deep side. Big females will stage either along the deep edge, in the grass, or along shallow edge. Be aware of where you are catching fish in one of these 3 areas and use that as a pattern throughout the day. This pattern can change daily so adjust accordingly. The inside hydrilla line is presently set up in about 4-5 feet and the grass runs out to about 15. For numbers of fish, start from the bank and work out to the inside line. This is where the buck bass will start looking for bedding areas. Best baits will be soft plastics like Lizards, Jerk Minnows, and Stick Worms. Depending on the water level, they will be roaming around the shallow cover. Buckbrush, Gum Trees, and any shallow cover can and will hold fish. Once the actual spawning starts, the females will move to these same areas. Look for water temps in the low to mid 60’s to kick this off. Fishing over the grass is the second option. Right now the grass is not visible, but is growing within about 4 feet of the surface. Lightly weighted soft plastics will work over the grass as well as running baits like Spinnerbaits, Chatterbaits, Cranks and SwimBaits. Moving on out to the deeper, outside, line, you will have quite a few big females. This is an area where you will find the best quality. Throughout the spawn, there will be both pre spawn and post spawn fish in this area. It’s not uncommon to catch 2 big females in the same area, one full of eggs, the next spawned out. Setting up out away from the grass and casting towards the grassline is the best approach. Carolina rigged and Texas rigged soft plastics are good choices. Throw up into the grass and start your retrieve. As you feel the bait come out of the grass, pause. The bass will often ambush your lure as it pops free. Color choices are really not that difficult, and I don’t get too concerned with them. If it’s a shade of watermelon, they’ll eat it. 4 Inch Creatures, Lizards and soft Jerk Baits will all work. I always dip my baits in a little chartreuse dye to give it contrast, and put a few drops of KicknBass scent in all my bags of plastic, garlic or shad scent. I feel it helps to mask human odor and the fish seem to hold on longer. My schedule is starting to fill up, especially for Summer crappie trips. If you would like to book a trip, or just talk fishing, give me a call at 409-489-7079. Set the hook hard!