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Basmmaster Magazine has released their list of the Top 25 Bass Fishing Lakes of the Decade, and Deep East Texas is well represented with Toledo Bend Reservoir and Lake Sam Rayburn in the top 10. Toledo Bend placed 6th, and Rayburn placed 7th.

The editors and contributors of the publication used a number of factors to compile the list, and both Toledo Bend and Rayburn had most of the attributes that they were seeking.

Two other Texas lakes made the list; Falcon Lake came in at #8 and Lake Fork came in at #16.

The magazine said this about Toledo Bend Reservoir:

“Something magical happened to this bass factory between the 2014 and 2015 seasons. After averaging around 12th in the national rankings, The Bend took the top spot in 2015 after seemingly countless 10-pounders were caught that year. Even more were landed in 2016, making this Louisiana/Texas border fishery the first lake ever to earn the No. 1 ranking two years in a row. Production finally fell off a little, but this historic fishery has remained in the Top 4 lakes in the Central Division ever since. Any given day, an angler could land the five-bass limit of a lifetime, as the 30-pound limit is cracked with consistency. And yes, 10-pounders still abound.”

The magazine said this about Lake Sam Rayburn:

“This storied Lone Star State fishery lived in the shadows of nearby Toledo Bend for years. Rayburn was good, finding the second ranking in 2013, but was the bridesmaid to The Bend since the 100 Best Bass Lakes rankings were conceived. That all changed in 2018, when Rayburn not only bested TB, but every other lake in the nation and claimed the No. 1 spot in the nation. It followed up that incredible season with another in 2019, where the Texas fish factory claimed the No. 3 spot. The rise of Rayburn correlated with the amazing success of Toledo Bend, which took a lot of pressure off this lake. That allowed the scars of 2-and 3-pound fish to become 5- and -6 pounders. Rayburn started spitting out 30-pound limits like chewed-up sunflower seeds, with some exceeding 35-pounds. Double digit fish are more than available, as a 12-pounder was landed in 2018.”

The following is the Bassmaster complete Top 25 List:

1 – Clear Lake, CA

2 – Lake Guntersville, AL

3 – Lake Erie, NY/OH/PA/MI

4 – Lake St. Clair, MI

5 – Sacrametno/San Joaquin Delta, CA

6 – Toledo Bend, TX/LA

7 – Lake Sam Rayburn, TX

8 – Falcon Lake, TX

9 – Lake Coeur d’ Alene, ID

10 – Lake Okeechobee, FL

11 – Lake Champlain, NY/VT

12 – S. Lawrence River (Thousand Islands), NY

13 – Pickwick Lake, AL/MS/TN

14 – Grand Lake O’ The Cherokees, OK

15 – Chickamauga Lake, TN

16 – Lake Fork, TX

17 – Lake Havasu, AZ/CA

18 – Oneida Lake, NY

19 – Candlewood Lake, CT

20 – Columbia River, OR/WA

21 – Mille Lacs Lake, MN

22 – Lake Seminole, GA/FL

23 – Santee Cooper Lakes (Marion/Moultrie), SC

24 – Lake Charlevoix, MI

25 – Sturgeon Bay/Lake Michigan, WI

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