In 2018 Bassmaster magazine named Big Sam the top bass lake in America based on its recent hot streak of producing double-digit bass. Built on the Angelina River, north of Jasper, Rayburn is second only to Lake Fork in the number of recorded trophy catches. This is also a great lake for crappie and catfish.
At a mere 250 acres of surface area, this is by far the smallest lake on this list, but the Fort Worth impoundment has already produced the first monster bass of the year, a 14.57-pounder caught in January. Work the vegetative shorelines, say the experts, and get ready to land a whopper. For keep-and-eat anglers, crappie remain another popular target.
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