After months of meager rainfall, the largest reservoir in Texas is still shoring up the local economy.
“People don’t realize how much money goes into fishing. You get a beautiful day like this what do you want to do? Go fishing,” said fishing guide, Lynn Atkinson.
Lake Sam Rayburn generates 47.1 million dollars each year. According to a just released survey by Texas Parks and Wildlife.
“It has impacted a lot of businesses. Everybody wants to develop more,” said Atkinson.
Professional fishing guide Lynn Atkinson is on the water every weekend. He says lower levels from the historic drought have actually helped his business.
The 79-mile lake is known around the world, 25-thousand anglers frequent newly-developed areas like Cassels-Boykin Park.
The pavilion the park and ramps help to bring more tournaments here on this end to help Lufkin and this area,” said Atkinson.
A single fishing tournament can bring at least 120 thousand dollars; Lake Sam Rayburn hosts more than 400 a year.