Sam Rayburn Lake is just north of Jasper, Texas which is in the East Texas Piney Woods. The lake is actually made, it was made to provide flood control to the Angelina & Neches River basins. The Beaumont and Lufkin rivers offer great fishing and boating in the area.
The lake is the largest man-made lake in the Stake of Texas. The lake is a maximum depth of 80 feet and a fluctuation of 10 feet. There are about 750 miles of shoreline where there is plenty of places to picnic, boat, fishing and more. If you don't want to spend some time in the water you can always go birdwatching, hiking, historic tours, as well as scenic drives.
The most popular fishing game at the reservoir is a largemouth bass and host lots of tournaments each year. There is also some excellent crappie and catfish fisheries all year round. If you are there in the spring there is also limited bass fishing. There are also bluegill and Redear sunfish are also located in the lake provide good fishing as well.