Guide Service


21815 FM 705

Broaddus, TX. 75929

Telephone: 409-584-3177

Or just drop me a line at willfish@consolidated.net


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During a 31 year career with four different divisions of the original Bell Telephone system, Will worked throughout much of the U.S.A. including Alaska, Hawaii, New York and Florida plus several overseas locations. During that time he fished in seventeen different states and three countries catching basically every species of freshwater gamefish including all six Salmons, Greyling, Steelhead with the exception of Arctic Char and Golden Trout. Saltwater includes Redfish, Sea Trout, Tarpon, Cobia, Cod and a 4 foot Atlantic Wolffish. Will first fished “Big Sam” in 1970 while participating in one of Ray Scott’s early B.A.S.S. tournaments being held at Hank’s Creek Marina. He began guiding bass anglers part time in 1974 and has lived on Rayburn and guided full time since retiring in 1986.

His largest bass to date are 11 lbs. 13 oz., 11 lbs. 4 oz., two 10 lbs. 12oz., 10 lbs. 9 oz., 10 lbs. 8 oz., 10 lbs. 7 oz., 10 lbs. 5 oz. and 10 lbs. 1 oz. Through 2009, he has landed and released 119 bass over 8 lbs. His guided customers have boated and released many large bass including five exceeding 10 lbs.

He started The Fishing Schools in 1989 with Stephen F. Austin State University and holds them at Powell Park Marina and Restaurant located on the Ayish Bayou side of the large peninsula facing East which separates Rayburn from the Angelina River. It has access to Rayburn’s most fishable waters with additional boat ramps located at Rayburn Park facing South and Bayou Recreation Site (Five Fingers) facing North .

Guide rates are $275 Full Day, $200 Half Day for 1 or 2 anglers. He guides full time only on Rayburn and only for Largemouth Black Bass. Please call (409) 584-3177 prior to 8:00 PM for additional information or to schedule a guide trip. His mailing address is 21815 FM 705, Broaddus, Texas 75929.

The Fishing Schools schedule for 2019 is as follows:

  • February 15-17 Maps and Electronics Class
  • April 1-5 Big Bass Week

Guide sponsors include: Arbogast, Bandit, Bomber, Booyah, Cordell, Creek Chub, Heddon, Lindy, Norman, Rebel, Silver Thread, Smithwick, Thill, War Eagle and Yum, www.lurenet.com, Lowrance Electronics (www.lowrance.com), G. Loomis Rods (www.gloomis.com).

He is the author of The Houston Chronicle’s Freshwater Fishing Blog (http://blog.chron.com/freshwater). This blog gives anglers in-depth seasonal fishing information detailing appropriate lures, equipment and associated patterns. He is also a field reporter for KILT Outdoors (Houston) radio show.

Will is the Director of “THE FISHING SCHOOLS” which are held each year on Sam Rayburn Reservoir and is an active member of the Texas Outdoor Writer’s Association.

Will was chosen by Texas' Governor Rick Perry as one of his three appointees to the State's Recreational Boating Safety Panel in 2009.

Before resigning (after 8 years due to Hatchery Gate now at $43 Million dollars), he was one of twelve statewide anglers who were members of the Freshwater Fisheries Advisory Board for Texas Parks & Wildlife Department.

For information on Sam Rayburn Reservoir, my Fishing Report, Guide Service, or the Fishing Schools, please use these links or give me a call before 8:00 P.M. at 409-584-3177. 

Will Kirkpatrick
21815 FM 705
Broaddus, TX 75929
(409) 584-3177

Or just drop me a line @ willfish@consolidated.net

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