Bassmaster Magazine recently released its 2019 list of the Top 100 Bass Lakes in America and there are several Texas reservoirs in the mix, including two East Texas lakes named among the Top 10.
Sam Rayburn cracked a Top 5 ranking for the third consecutive year. After nailing down the No. 1 spot in 2018 and No. 2 in 2017, the 114,000-acre lake east of Lufkin ranks third on the list this year behind the St. Lawrence River in New York and Lake Guntersville in Alabama. Bassmaster ranked Lake Fork near Quitman as the nation’s No. 5 bass fishery, following a tedious selection process that typically takes more than two months to finalize.
The rankings are based on state fisheries agency polls, annual tournament results and evaluations of big bass programs from various states, according to Bassmaster Magazine editor James Hall.
In addition to the nation’s Top 10 overall fisheries, the list identifies the Top 25 lakes in four geographical regions. Texas dominates the Central region with 10 lakes on the list. Among them are Sam Rayburn (No. 1), Lake Fork (No. 2), Toledo Bend (No. 4), Lake Falcon (No. 6), Lake Conroe (No. 7), Caddo Lake (No. 9), Lake LBJ (No.11), Lake Ray Roberts (No. 15), Lake Texoma (No. 16) and Lake O’ the Pines (No. 19).
headed to FLW Cup
Eight Texas bass pros are set to compete in the 2019 FLW Cup on Aug. 9-11 on Lake Hamilton in Hot Springs, Ark.
The FLW Tour’s year-end championship will be built around a tough field of 52 anglers, including the Top 40 pros from the 2019 FLW Tour Angler of the Year standings, the top ranked pros from six divisions at the 2018 Costa FLW Series Championship, the 2019 T-H Marine Bass Fishing League (BFL) All-American boater champion, the 2019 The Bass Federation boater champion and both 2019 YETI FLW College Fishing National Championship winning teammates.
Top prize in the ’Cup is $300,000; $60,000 for second and $50,000 for third. Places 21-52 pay $10,000.
Texas pros headed to the championship are: Matt Reed of Madisonville; Chris Brasher of Longview; Todd Castledine of Nacogdoches; Kurt Dove of Del Rio; Tommy Dickerson of Orange; Jordon Osborne of Longview; Tom Redington of Royce City; and Jason Reyes of Huffman.
FLW recently wrapped up its 2019 tour campaign on Lake Champlain in New York and Vermont. Brasher was the top Texas finisher in fourth place ($20,000). Redington finished 10th ($14,000).
The tournament also saw FLW’s all-time leading money winner David Dudley of Lynchburg, Va., add another notch to an already impressive resume with unprecedented fourth AOY title. The title earned him a $100,000 bonus, boosting his all-time earnings to $3.6 million.
Stamp on sale
The 2019-20 Federal Duck Stamp and the Junior Duck Stamp are now available for purchase on online, at sporting goods retail outlets, some post offices and national wildlife refuges. The federal stamp costs $25; the junior stamp costs $5.
The FDS has a rich history in wildlife conservation, generating more $1 billion since 1934 for use in the protection and acquisition of 6 million acres of wetlands habitat on national wildlife refuges around the nation.
The FDS is required in addition to a hunting license to hunt waterfowl around the country, but also is voluntarily purchased by birders and other outdoors enthusiasts. A current FDS also provides free access to any national refuge that charges an entry fee.
The Junior Stamp has been around since 1993, raising more than $1 million for use in conservation education. Learn more about the Federal and Junior Duck Stamps at www.fws.gov/birds/get-involved/duck-stamp.