Professional Angler Stephen Johnston


1970   Born; Port Arthur, Texas.  
1970-1986   Learned the sport of fishing from his father while camping on Toledo Bend Reservoir and along the Angelina River in East Texas, as well as Sabine Lake and the Gulf Coast marshes along the South East Texas coast.  
1986-1988   Competitively fished local bass club tournaments.  
1988   Graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School; Port Arthur, Texas.  
1989-1990   Attended Lamar University; Beaumont, Texas.  
1989   Began professionally guiding duck hunts along the South East Texas Coast.  
1990   Began professionally guiding fishing trips on Toledo Bend Reservoir and Lake Sam Rayburn in East Texas.  
1990-1996   Competitively fished in various local and regional bass tournaments.  
1996   Established “Johnston’s Guide Service” and began booking all trips from a home-based location on Toledo Bend; continued to work closely with various marinas for booking trips and client entertainment.  
1996-Present   Participate in various Outdoor, Sport, and Boat Shows to promote corporate sponsors and Johnston’s Guide Service through booth displays and seminars.  
1996-Present   Participate with various media outlets to promote corporate sponsors and Johnston’s Guide Service. Television show tapings on the lake, published articles and columns, contributor to misc. newspaper/radio agencies for lake/fishing reports.  
1996-Present   Participate at retailer open house events to promote corporate sponsors and Johnston’s Guide Service. Work with various corporate sponsors to test and promote products to an ever growing list of guide clients, tournament fans, and the general public.  
1997-Present   Became affiliated with Ranger Boats and Mercury Marine/Motor Guide as a member of their Pro Staffs. Known and respected as the ‘Ranger Pro’ in East Texas.  
1998-2007   Continued to competitively fish in regional and national events, including the BFL Cowboy Division, Everstart Series Central Division, Anglers Choice East Texas Team, Bass N Bucks East Texas Team, Bass Champs Team, Texas Tournament Trail, Stren Series, and the Oberto Redfish Cup.  
2007   Angler of the Year - FLW Stren Series-Texas Division  
2008   Named as an Associate Rep for Ranger Boats working with South Central Sales & Associates. Competitively fished in the Stren Series, Texas Division, FLW Tour, and Bass N Bucks East Texas Team Trail narrowly missing another AOY title, and winning the Bass N Bucks Team Championship.  

Champion, B.A.S.S. Central Open Lake Sam Rayburn,  Angler of the Year - Bass N Bucks Team Trail; 8th Place overall in B.A.S.S. Central Open standings;  2010 Elite Series Qualifier; 2nd Place Overall in FLW Stren Series-TX Division standings.

2011   PAA All Star event qualifier and Top 12 finish  

Angler of the Year, Bassmaster Weekend Series

3rd Place Bassmaster Weekend Series Natl. Champ

5th Place AOY; Texas Team Trail


Angler of the Year, FLW Rayovac Series; TX Div.

4th Place AOY; Texas Team Trail


2014   FLW Forrest Wood Cup Qualifier  
Present   Known and respected as one of the Top Professional Anglers and competitors on the bass circuits and Top Licensed Guide on East Texas lakes Sam Rayburn and Toledo Bend.  
Present   Participates as Pro Staff for Foster Fence, Flow-Zone, Ranger Boats, Mercury Marine, Minnkota, Humminbird, Talon, Lake Master, Bayou Outdoors, Lucas Oil, Hydroforce Marine, Needmore Tackle Store, and Costa.  



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