FWC recently completed a fish community survey on Lake Sampson. Good numbers of bluegill and redear sunfish were found in the south and southwest side of the lake. Live bait, such as earthworms and crickets, is a good choice for bream and can be fished around vegetation in the shallower portions of the lakes and around the masses of vegetation away from shore. Forage fish are abundant in the northern portions of the lake which may attract largemouth bass and pickerel. Also, don't forget to fish any structure you might find in deeper areas late in the year. Bass anglers still tend to head into Lake Rowell where the numbers of larger fish may be better, but keep looking for new areas in Lake Sampson as well. Texas-rigged soft plastics and crankbaits are some of the most popular choices. At the time of this writing, water levels in these lakes were still high enough to allow boat anglers to access Lake Sampson. Additionally, water levels were high enough to prevent some anglers from passing under the railroad trestle to access Lake Rowell; however, most low or small boats can still pass.
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Good numbers of bluegill and red ear sunfish can still be found in the south and southwest side of the lake. Live bait, such as earthworms and crickets, is a good choice for bream and specks and can be fished around vegetation or deeper in open water for specks. Target the drop-offs away from shore. Though most anglers think of Sampson as a lake for lots of smaller bass, a bass over nine pounds was caught and released there on March 21, 2013. Texas-rigged soft plastics and deep diving crankbaits are some of the most popular choices. Sunshine bass have been schooling and feeding on shad at the surface of Lake Sampson as well.