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CURRENT FISHING REPORT
Sam Rayburn is in great shape with the water level right at full pool. As I type this, the water temps are running 55-60 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. With all the high water last year, Rayburn is sorely hurting for hydrilla. It is starting to came back and we should see alot more as the spring progresses. For numbers of fish, start from middle of transition drains and work towards the back of spawning pockets. A transition drain is where a creek channel intersects a ditch leading into a shallow cove. This is where the bass will travel on their way to 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, hay grass, 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 new, grass is the second option. Lightly weighted soft plastics will work over the grass as well as running baits like Spinnerbaits, Chatterbaits, Cranks and Swim Baits. Moving on out to the deeper you will have quite a few big females staging. 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!