Bass Fishing Lakes

Alabama is known nationwide for its productive bass fishing lakes. Pay a spring visit to Logan Martin Lake off the Coosa River system, just 30 miles from Birmingham, and you can use jigs, crawfish imitations, and lizards to target bass that have freshly spawned and are active in warming waters. The fish are especially easy to locate among logs, rocks, blowdowns, weeds, stumps, and brush. Don’t forget to try the creeks downriver from the lake, with deeper water and lots of places for bass as the season wears on into April.

Another state where you’ll find a plethora of bass fishing lakes is Florida. One of the best is Lake Okeechobee, which is popular for many kinds of fish but mainly for crappie and bass. The lake regularly produces large quantities of bass of various species, weighing between 4 and 10 pounds. In the shallows where there is a great deal of vegetation and cover, large bass can be found by the boatful. Try targeting these monsters, hungry after spawning in the early spring, with live shiners or jigs. Crankbaits can also produce results, though not considered to be as successful.

Of course, the United States is full of great bass fishing lakes in hundreds of locations across many of the 48 contiguous states, but these are some of the most productive lakes you’ll find in the country. If you want to experience the best that bass fishing has to offer, plan a trip to one of these lakes, or schedule a tour of all of them and challenge yourself to catch record breaking numbers of bass.

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