It’s an argument that draws a multitude of opinions from bass anglers everywhere:
What is the best bass fishing lake in the U.S. (or the world for that matter)?
Bassmaster magazine recently released its “10 Best Bass Lakes of 2016” list, which includes a repeat No. 1 and three California waters.
Bassmaster listed Toledo Bend Reservoir, the huge 181,000-acre impoundment on the Texas-Louisiana border, as our best bass lake for the second straight year. The magazine pointed out the lake’s penchant for producing 10-pound-and-larger fish, as well as a high number of keepers.
“There is no doubt that this is the best big-bass factory in the nation right now,” pro angler Kevin Van Dam told the magazine.
Toledo Bend is a legendary bass destination that has been listed on top-10 lists for decades, including the recently released Game & Fish’s “Ultimate Southern Bass Fishing Trip” list.
Also on the Bassmaster list are California waters Clear Lake, the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and Lake Berryessa.
Bassmaster said four months of research went into the list, and included info from state fisheries departments, tournament organizations, professional anglers and fans.
Here’s the top 10
- Toledo Bend Reservoir, Louisiana/Texas
- Santee Cooper Lakes (Marion and Moultrie), South Carolina
- Clear Lake, California
- Lake Erie, New York
- Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, California
- Mille Lacs Lake, Minnesota
- Lake Berryessa, California
- Rodman Reservoir, Florida
- Falcon Lake, Texas
- Lake St. Clair, Michigan
Also, check out Bassmaster’s regional rankings:
- 25 Best Bass Lakes in the Southeast
- 25 Best Bass Lakes in the West
- 25 Best Bass Lakes in the Central
- 25 Best Bass Lakes in the Northeast
So, what’s your favorite bass lake?