Releases List of Top 100 Bass Waters in North America

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Fishing is the 4th most popular participatory sport in the United States and this list includes the best 100 places to catch Bass. The top 10 includes lakes from Alabama, Texas, New York and more.

Fishing is the fourth most popular participatory sport in the United States. More Americans fish than play golf and tennis combined. So what species of fish do anglers in this country like to target the most? Well, when it comes to freshwater fishermen, the answer is clear: black bass (Micropterus), the genus that includes both largemouth and smallmouth. According to the American Sportfishing Association, one out of every three anglers in the U.S. fishes for largemouth bass, making it the most sought-after game fish in the country. “It’s not difficult to understand why anglers love fishing for bass,” said 2011 Forrest Wood Cup Champion Scott Martin. “They’re great fighters, they can be caught on a variety of baits and lures, and they inhabit a huge number of lakes and rivers across the nation. The challenge of figuring out how to catch one of the smartest fish that swims is what makes bass fishing so popular.”

Some bodies of water are known to produce more and bigger fish than others, however., the Web’s fastest-growing angling community and provider of real-time fishing reports, conferred recently with expert bass anglers, tournament organizations, veteran outdoor writers and other top fishing authorities to create a comprehensive list of the 100 top bass waters. Focus your efforts on these honey holes and you’ll stand a good chance of landing some quality bass, perhaps a trophy-sized fish, or if you’re really lucky, even a place in the record books.

Below are the top 10 bass waters on Fishhound’s list of 100. To view the entire list, click here.

1. Lake Guntersville (Alabama)
2. Lake Okeechobee (Florida)
3. Clear Lake (California)
4. Falcon Lake (Texas)
5. Lake Erie/Upper Niagra River (New York/Ontario)
6. Choke Canyon (Texas)
7. Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta (California)
8. Lake Amistad (Texas)
9. Oneida Lake (New York)
10. Lake St. Clair (Michigan/Ontario)

Kay Donaldson, Vice President of Marketing for the Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association is pleased, but not surprised, about Lake Guntersville earning the top spot on Fishhound’s list of the best bass waters in the country. “Lake Guntersville is the crowning jewel of Alabama's fisheries if not the country,” she said. “The pressure this lake receives year to year and it just keeps producing 30-pound bags of bass. We are extremely proud to have Lake Guntersville designated as the best bass lake in the country by”

Syracuse Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Sports Development Director, Jeff Mickle, is also thrilled that his state’s renowned smallmouth destination, Lake O’Neida, has been named one of the top 10 waters on Fishhound’s list of 100. “This is a great honor for all of us who have worked so hard to make Oneida Lake a premier fishing destination, said Mickle. We think Oneida offers the best bass fishing in the U.S., and we encourage everyone to come out and experience it for themselves. We’re dedicated to keeping Oneida Lake one of the finest fisheries in the nation.”

Fishhound’s Vice President, Operations, Rick Patri, points out that every body of water on the list is a true standout among bass fishing destinations. “They represent the very best locales this country has to offer when it comes to bass fishing,” noted Patri. “Wet a line on any one of these waters and you’re likely to encounter some of the finest angling action you’ve ever experienced.”


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