'Big Sam' is almost back to Full Pool

Photo courtesy Reel um N Guide Service
Photo courtesy Reel um N Guide Service

Lake levels in East Texas are getting back close to normal, according to local fishing experts.

"Sam Rayburn has been coming back up with each front that has pushed though and continues to rise. "Big Sam" is almost back to Full Pool!! The rain has been great for the lake, but what about the fishing?  The fronts and the rain came in every time things started to look up.    With all the new water; and the new vegetation that was growing on the banks now under water; what will the bass do?," stated Lynn Atkinson, owner, Reel um N Guide Service.

Atkinson is optimistic that area lakes, especially Sam Rayburn is getting back on track to produce the fish for which it is famous.  "We had been catching some fish up in the new vegetation on Senko's and Wacky worms.  In some of the pockets it's still a little spotty but has been improving with better fish this week.  Some fish have hit on Spinner baits and lipless crankbait's over the grass and around the edges of the brush.  Those that need to get away from all the pitching in the brush, casting in 4 to about 10 foot has shown good results. The points and ledges around the spawning pockets have been giving up a few fish on Carolina and Texas rig. Things are starting to look up around here."

Bass fishermen will be happy to know that the bass are beginning to show up.  "The pads are just starting to show up along with a little pepper grass here and there. There is a little Hydrilla out deep and it's been giving up a few bass on Texas rig or Carolina rig," stated Atkinson.

And, if crappie is more of what you are fishing for, Atkinson says the crop is good.  "Crappie have been stacking up out there and we have had some good days and caught pretty good crappie. The wind has been the biggest problem but things should start to settle down as we get a little farther into the summer patterns."