Sam Rayburn

Lufkin, Texas

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Short Take: 114,500 acres; shallow hydrilla, underwater ridges, large tributaries and bays. You can’t see it, even when you launch up the lake at Caney Creek, but if you head north from there around the flooded buck brush and button willows and then cut through the remnants of the Black Forest to a little place called Peckerwood Point, you’ll be about two casts away from one of the best fishing spots in all 114,500 acres of Sam Rayburn Reservoir. Rayburn veterans like guide David Wharton say a stickup once marked the exact spot, but it’s gone now, so you have to locate the precise place with electronics— two small creeks merging to form a point two feet below the surface, falling into eight and 12 feet and surrounded by hydrilla. Wharton pulled up to the spot one February morning not long ago; his first bass weighed 12 pounds, 10 ounces and his second weighed over 7. While he was busy unhooking his first fish, his partner caught one weighing 10-8—all within a span of five minutes. The next morning Wharton returned and caught another bass over 10 pounds. Primary Species: Largemouth bass.

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"Short Take: 114,500 acres; shallow hydrilla, underwater ridges, large tributaries and bays. You can’t see it, even when you launch up the lake at Caney Creek, but if you head north from there around the flooded buck brush and button willows and then cut through the remnants of the Black Forest to a little place called Peckerwood Point, you’ll be about two casts away from one of the best fishing spots in all 114,500 acres of Sam Rayburn Reservoir.

Rayburn veterans like guide David Wharton say a stickup once marked the exact spot, but it’s gone now, so you have to locate the precise place with electronics— two small creeks merging to form a point two feet below the surface, falling into eight and 12 feet and surrounded by hydrilla. Wharton pulled up to the spot one February morning not long ago; his first bass weighed 12 pounds, 10 ounces and his second weighed over 7. While he was busy unhooking his first fish, his partner caught one weighing 10-8—all within a span of five minutes. The next morning Wharton returned and caught another bass over 10 pounds. Primary Species: Largemouth bass."

Activity Type: Fishing
Nearby City: Lufkin
Season & Limits: Best December through March, but lake open all year
Driving Directions: Directions to Sam Rayburn

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May 2018