Sam Rayburn Reservoir

San Augustine - Texas


  • 710 catches

  • 2K+ followers

  • 464 spots

This huge, fertile body of water is a largemouth haven and regarded by many as one of the top bass lakes in Texas, if not the nation. Some local experts believe the first 20-pound fish swims in this water. Crappie are a favorite and all three species of c...

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Sam Rayburn Reservoir Fishing Reports

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  1. Fishing creek channels with grass.

    Largemouth Bass with a chatterbait

  2. planning a trip this weekend, hows the fishing?

    1. Duane Smith
      found a lot of small fish, tough fishing Sunday, most fish with size hooked up on a red and black Colorado blade spinnerbait.. all the big fish were shallow in the ...more grass next to the bank but all next to deep cuts
    2. Shawn Gearinger
      Grass in about 7 - 10 has been best. Good luck!😁
    3. Duane Smith
      Thanks was thinking about going up mid ayish and hitting grass around cypris trees
    4. Shawn Gearinger
      I would try lipless cranks and senkos over the grass to start with. Topwaters early and late are catching a few.
    5. Shawn Gearinger
      It has been a little slow for me. South end of the lake has been slow. One thing for sure somewhere someone is catching them!
    6. Karl Engstrom
      Tough last couple days
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  3. 21inch 5lb. ? Largemouth on a popping frog, not sure on the weight but the measurement is right

    21 in. Largemouth Bass with a Frog

    1. Shawn Gearinger
      Lol, thanks JimboπŸ‘Š
    2. Jimbo Harwood
      Lmao. Fishidy weight!! πŸ€”πŸ€” 15 pounder.. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ GREAT bass Shawn!!
    3. Morris Campbell
      At least 9-11 lbs Fishidy weight:)
    4. Shawn Gearinger
      Thanks Robert and Morris!!
    5. Morris Campbell
      That's right up there Shawn!!! Nice Bass!!!
    6. Robert Coleman
      Seems pretty much spot on to me Shawn! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ For further reference though, Fishidy weight would've been a minimum of 9#. Morris can confirm this! LmaoπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
    7. Shawn Gearinger
      Thanks Rich, only bite of the evening. I was just estimating on the weight. Didn't want to put a Fishidy weight on it, lol.
    8. Rich Pardy
      Nice bass Shawn!! 20 to 21 inches usually equals around 5 when I get them that length.
    9. Shawn Gearinger
      Thanks guysπŸ‘Š
    10. john stimson
      nice catch
    11. nice catch ShawnπŸ‘πŸ‘Š
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  4. ripping red eye shad through the grass, only caught 2 keepers today. caught 8 dinks not sure where the good fish were. The other keeper was on top water.

    3 lb. 8 oz. 18 in. Largemouth Bass with a Red eye shad

    1. Shawn Gearinger
      There out there Paul, it has been a while for me also. That's why they call it fishing.
    2. Paul Gorzsas
      I’m having same issue. Can’t find the big ones
    3. Victor Rideout
      Nice job
    4. Shawn Gearinger
      Nice one John!
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  5. Details: 3 lb. 8 oz. 18 in. Largemouth Bass with a Red eye shad

    ripping red eye shad through grass, also caught 2 on top water. caught 8 14-18 in biggest 3.5-4 lbs. sorry no pics. fished from 2:30 to dark.

    1. Agree with Shawn sounds like a good day.
    2. Shawn Gearinger
      That's a good day!πŸ‘
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  6. ripping through grass, caught 9 more fish, also caught a few late in the day on top water.

    6 lb. Largemouth Bass with a Red eye shad

    1. Shawn Gearinger
      Thanks John, I am on Rayburn also. I am planning on heading out at noon tomorrow it is supposed to cloud up in the afternoon and the wind will be low. Hope for the ...more best!
    2. john chandler
      all the fish I caught we're in the grass, hit when ripped through the grass, not sure what lake you guys are fishing but the bait seems to be mainly early and ...more late, left boat ramp at noon first bait not until 2:30.
    3. Shawn Gearinger
      I am headed out tomorrow, the wind will be a little more tolerable. I will fish a little shallower and try a redeye shad.
    4. michael waghorn
      I fished a swim bait and chatter bait over grass. didnt get a bite til I switched to a chrome 1 knocker down the grass line. All fish in 8 foot or less.
    5. Shawn Gearinger
      Michael, I caught 5 all day with only one keeper. All on 5 XD's in 12-15 ft. I should have tried a lipless crankbait, my mistake. Sometimes you just guess wrong. ...more That's why they call it fishing. Thanks for the update, John!!
    6. michael waghorn
      Shawn I'm glad I wasn't the only one struggling Saturday. The wind was pretty brutal. 6 keep fish all day.
    7. Robert Coleman
      HAWWWG! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
    8. Victor Rideout
      nice job
    9. Shawn Gearinger
      Great catch, it was tough on Sat!πŸ‘
    10. Bruce Dumesnil
      You had better day than us in Texas
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  7. snached her up off a hump on the edge of some coontail grass

    6 lb. 10 oz. Largemouth Bas with a 10" red shad

    1. Eddie Martin
      thanks guys, i havent posted lately iv been rebuilding my 1984 mercury 115hp.. now I've got her runing sweetie ill be posting some more big bass..good luck out ...more there
    2. Phillip Russell
      Great catch!!
    3. Josh Sommerville
      awesome catch Eddie.
    4. Shawn Gearinger
      Nice one Eddie!
    5. Victor Rideout
      Nice fish
    6. Melissa Norris
      nice catch πŸ˜€
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  8. Largemouth on a bone color Whopper plopper

    6 lb. 9 oz. Largemouth Bass with a Topwater

    1. Shawn Gearinger
      Thanks JimboπŸ‘Š
    2. Jimbo Harwood
      CONGRATS ON THAT FATTY!! πŸ‘Š
    3. Shawn Gearinger
      Thanks Phillip and Victor! Rich just keep trying it you will hit on a pattern that they like!
    4. Phillip Russell
      Awesome fish!!
    5. Rich Pardy
      Thanks Shawn, I have been using nothing but a steady retrieve with the plopper, gonna have to change it up.
    6. Victor Rideout
      Great fish
    7. Morris Campbell
      90% traditional topwater stop and go.
    8. Shawn Gearinger
      Rich, This fish bit as soon as I engaged the reel. I saw her swirl on a shad the day before and couldnt get her to bite. The next evening I threw in the same spot ...more and she hit almost as soon as it hit the water. She was laying right next to a cypress tree in about 5 -6 foot of water.
    9. Shawn Gearinger
      Rich, I am not a politician but I am going to ride the fence. I use both. LOL I start out with a slow steady retrieve and if I get no blowups or some short strikes, ...more I try the stop and go, similar to working a jerk bait. Pop a couple times and then let it sit for a 5 - 10 seconds then pop pop again. Usually one of the retrieve styles will work. I have had a few days that they wanted it as fast as i could reel it with a 6 to 1 reel. Those days are rare but try when you know fish are in the area but wont bite it. I will tell you usually when they hit it, hang on cause they act mad at it and try to take your rod away from you. I have had several hit it right at the boat and nearly lost my rod.
    10. Rich Pardy
      Shawn do you use a steady retrieve with the plopper or a pop and stop?
    11. Shawn Gearinger
      It was David!😎
    12. Shawn Gearinger
      it was on the smaller one, I believe it is 110 size. Big fish love it!😁
    13. Craig Hoskins
      Nice one...what size whopper plopper are you using
    14. David Owens
      Bet that was fun!!
    15. Eddie Goode
      toad
    16. Derek Stitt
      Beautiful Largemouth Shawn!! Looks like a 6 too me.. Good jobπŸ‘
    17. Robert Coleman
      HAWWWG!!! Whopper Plopper strikes again! Nice fish Shawn! No Fishidy weight needed here, she's a beaut! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
    18. Melissa Norris
      great catch πŸ˜€
    19. Shawn Gearinger
      Thanks Rich! It was Fishidy weight!
    20. Rich Pardy
      Top water monster!! Awesome catch Shawn!!! You are way off on the weight its definitely 6 lbs 10 ozs. :)
    21. Morris Campbell
      Pretty close . Of course on here she might go 10+....
    22. Shawn Gearinger
      Thanks Morris!
    23. Morris Campbell
      Plopper power. Nice Hawg Shawn!!!
    24. Shawn Gearinger
      That's a guess on the weight, I forgot my scale. What do you guys think?
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  9. Largemouth on a bone color Whopper plopper

    Largemouth Bass with a Topwater

    1. Shawn Gearinger
      It was almost dark and I had to use the flash, so I wasn't sure what all got in the pic.
    2. Shawn Gearinger
      LOL You caught me Rich! Great minds you know!
    3. Rich Pardy
      Nice bass Shawn I I have all that same gear down to the shoes :)
    4. Morris Campbell
      Plopper power
    5. Jimbo Harwood
      Nice catch Shawn!! 🎣
    6. Robert Coleman
      Whopper Plopper!!!πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
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