ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - For the second year in a row, Sam Rayburn Reservoir has made "Bassmaster" magazine's top 100 bass lakes list. However, the Rayburn dropped from the No. 2 spot to the No. 26 spot.
"This lake was on fire last year, leading to its No. 2 ranking," stated the caption for Sam Rayburn's photo on the magazine's slide show. "Although it is still a crazy productive bass fishery, the new-lake effect anglers experience in 2013 had worn off a bit. Still, expect to catch plenty of fish in the 5-pound range plus a kicker in a day's fishing."
The list was the magazine's third annual ranking of America's best bass fisheries. Lake Michigan's Sturgeon Bay earned the No. 1 spot on the list, and Texas and California tied for the states with the most entries on the list. Both states had eight lakes on the Best Bass Lakes of 2014 list.
According to a press release, the list was compiled after the magazine's staff did months of research and sifted through catch-rate data and countrywide polling.
"The 'Bassmaster' 100 Best Bass Lakes project spawned from our desire to not only identify traditionally good bass fisheries, but also to spotlight lakes that are red hot right now," 'Bassmaster' Editor James Hall said in the press release. "Our goal is to make the annual rankings as objective as possible by using the most current data available from state wildlife agencies, current tournament data and expansive polling of the B.A.S.S. membership."
In addition to asking each state's wildlife department to list their best lakes, they also asked each agency to rank the lakes and offer reasons for each ranking. The press release said the master list included more than 180 bass fisheries all over the United States.
To see which other fisheries made the magazine's top 100 list, visit this link.