with Will Kirkpatrick

A fishing, learning vacation on “Big Sam”




32nd Year


Although The Fishing Schools are held on Sam Rayburn Reservoir, the knowledge and expertise acquired is applicable to all bodies of water when in the pursuit of Bass or other gamefish in fresh or saltwater. Our classes are continually updated to reflect the newest equipment and products. Cost of all schools includes lodging, classroom material and instructor’s fees.  We've relocated our schools to Powell Park Resort, Marina and Restaurant on Ayish Bayou facing east on the large peninsula separating it from our Angelina River section.  It has access to Rayburn's most fishable waters as there are two other boat launch locations facing North and South within 1.5 miles.  It has a full service Restaurant open throughout the year from early to late for anglers plus basic tackle needs.

This year's first class is my full two day Electronics & Maps with our hands on sonar portion utilizing Lowrance/Navico's updated HDS LIVE, both 9 and 12 units e/w GPS (Global Positioning System) and Structure Scan. In addition we have an “Extensive” 35 MM slide program of real life situations showing CHART/SONAR unit screens taken on Rayburn using my HDS screen capture feature Saturday evening. Our second day is spent detailing topographical and hydrographical maps and correlating their relationship to fishing success while outlining seasonal bass movements and related equipment.

Our second class of the year is our four day fishing program geared towards understanding and catching “Big Bass”. I’ve scheduled this class during Rayburn’s early March prespawn & spawn period. This school entails anglers fishing each day with our evening classroom periods used to build special “Big Bass pattern formulas including pre-spawn  and spawn habits, required equipment, migration routes, holding cover, preferred lures, “catching times”, etc. Anglers must bring their own boats and equipment to this class. Mickey Eastman, host of Houston’s KILT Outdoor radio program will be here again this year for his yearly Bass outing which is our annual fun fishing time together each year.

Long time fishing buddy, Billy Murray is coming down from Arkansas for one day/night to share his fishing expertise.  Billy is the original innovator of Bass fishing schools plus a member of Bass Fishing Hall of Fame.  He created the traveling aquarium today referred to as the Fishing Simulator.  While many anglers have benefited from Billy's seminars and schools throughout the last fifty years, he always has something NEW or REVISED for Bass fishing to pass on.  He and his twin brother Bobby both live on Lake Quachita and are surrounded by some of our nations best fishing.

2020 Class Schedule

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Map & Electronics Class

February 21 - 23 $220.00 Tuition

Friday evening through Sunday afternoon

Minimum of 8 - Maximum of 12


"I did not realize how little I knew about bass fishing until after attending the Fishing School."

Rodney Bingham, Houston, Texas

Big Bass Special

March 2 - 6 $425.00 Tuition

Monday evening through Friday morning

Minimum of 8 - Maximum of 12

"There is so much information out there - it takes someone like Will Kirkpatrick to put it all together"

Kate Truhan, Houston, Texas

All classes are on a first come, first served basis and require a 50% deposit a minimum of 30 days prior to class date with all prices based on double occupancy.

For further information or for class date availability, call me at (409-584-3177), or if you prefer, you can write me at 21815 FM 705, Broaddus, Texas 75929

Fishing School sponsors include: Arbogast, Bandit, Bomber, Booyah, Cordell, Creek Chub, Heddon, Lindy, Norman, Rebel, Smithwick, Thill,  Yum, War Eagle, Gene Larew and Bobby Garland,, Lowrance Electronics,, G. Loomis Rods,

Will has been the author of The Houston Chronicle Newspaper's Online Freshwater Fishing blog ( since its inception in February 2007, plus a field reporter for KILT Outdoors radio show (Houston).

Will is also an active member of the Texas Outdoor Writer’s Association.

He was chosen by Texas' Governor Rick Perry as one of the Governor's 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 plus dollars), he was one of twelve anglers statewide who were members of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's Freshwater Fishery Advisory Board

In addition to the $43 Million Hatchery we still have the $5.00 annual Freshwater Fishing stamp that was promised originally to end August 31, 2014. This fee was implemented during my last of three appointments to our Freshwater Fisheries Panel and was to be for a guaranteed 10 year period. This like many other promises made by TPWD to our states anglers was not to be. TPWD went to our state legislature with another Cock and Bull story about lack of funds. The result was that the $5.00 temporary fee which generates over 9 Million dollars annually is now a permanent fee. Yet there is still no charges levied on For-Profit fishing tournament promoters or participants making million of dollars free of any additional charges while using our public waters mostly paid for by Mom- Dad and the Kids.

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

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