Me and my buddy from Iowa are coming down March 16 - 19. Been making the annual trip to Fork almost 10 years now, but in an effort to try something new and avoid crowds (Mega Bass) we are going to Rayburn for the first time. We are lodging around the 147 bridge but will probably trailer to both ends of lake.
• What are the best tackle shops around the lake?
• What are the best diners/restaurants around the lake, including breakfast?
I know these things about Fork, but am clueless about Rayburn.
As far as fishing goes, my plan of attack will be the same way I’ve always fished Fork, except probably more vegetation, fair to say?
Thanks for your help guys! Fun fishin and reports will follow!
If you want lunch on the water we will get a cheeseburger at Powell Park restaurant. Across the lake from the dam and up the Ayish Bayou arm about 1/4 mile on the west bank. I will beach next to the swimming area and walk up to the restaurant generally. Great burgers.
Launching at Cassell Boykins the chip is a worthwhile investment. I've never had one or used one but I've prolly been just lucky.
If you want to treat yourself and make the 25 minute drive to Jasper eat at the Cedar Tree seafood buffet on the weekends. All you can eat.
Broadus across the 147 Bridge used to have Catfish Junction (?), Been a couple of years since I've been there, not sure they're still open but they had weekend nights catfish buffet AYCE.
Tackle Addict 1 mile east of the dam. Needmore is just before that 1/4 mile closer to the dam. You won't be near there but Ann's 1 mile north of Jasper on Hwy 96 is my go to generally but only because I go way back with Ann. Tackle Addict actually the best stocked on the lake even though they were out of Mardi Gras Super Flukes last week.
. Ann's is close . The gas station/convenience store in Zavalla at the 63 and 147 intersection has tackle especially plastics.