BROADDUS, TX (KTRE) - Lake Sam Rayburn, according to a new ranking from Wired2fish.com, is the second largest lake for largemouth bass fishing. It's something Jackson Hill Marina owner Terry Sympson says sounds about right.
"It's a wonderful thing to know we have such a great natural resource, and it's been that way from the very beginning," Sympson said.
The very beginning or 1965 to be exact, was before bass fishing was the major sport it is today. And Sympson has his own beliefs as to why the lake placed so high on the list.
"That is not just a tribute to the area we're blessed with and the natural resources, but also the fish management that has gone on to produce that kind of result," Sympson said.
Every year from October to April, fishermen are encouraged to turn in any bass weighing 13 pounds or more to an official Sharelunker Receiving Station, like Jackson Hill.
"It goes into a Sharelunker program for the State of Texas that uses it for spawning and then returns it back to the lake that it was caught on," Sympson said.
And with recent rain adding to lake levels combined with the new national attention, business has been great.
"We've never seen it like this before. We're really happy," Sympson said.
It's news that's keep fisherman flocking back for more.
"They're really finding that Big Sam is still producing," Sympson said.
And Lake Sam Rayburn wasn't the only East Texas lake to make the list. The Toledo Bend Reservoir placed third on the list as one of the popular fishing destinations between Texas and Louisiana.