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Bass Fishing Forecasts

Top Places for Bass Fishing in Alabama

by Eileen Davis   |  April 4th, 2014 0
Bass, Bass Fishing, Lunkers, Trophy Bass

Photo By Mike Chamlee

According to research by fisheries biologist, past tournament results and angler comments, 2014 is shaping up to be great year for bass fishing in Alabama. Across the state, anglers are preparing to begin their yearly fishing season, and March is the perfect month to launch a fishing trip.

The reasons are many, and they make it easier to find and catch fish. Weather is more predictable in March. Bass are distracted by the approaching act of reproduction. Fish often travel identifiable routes to spawning areas. And most importantly, it’s one of the best months for catching big, pre-spawn bass.

To help with your bass fishing destinations this spring, here are six top destinations across the state.

GUNTERSVILLE LAKE

Largemouth, Smallmouth & Spotted Bass

Since the turn of the century, Guntersville Lake has placed at or near the top of the big bass category in the Bass Anglers Information Team report (B.A.I.T.). The category is for the time required to catch a fish larger than 5 pounds and was compiled from 49 tournament reports throughout the year.

During those tournaments, anglers weighed in nearly 11,000 pounds of bass having an average weight of more than 3 pounds. In March, though, it’s possible to weigh in a 5-pound average.

Damon Abernethy, supervisor for Fisheries Development, prepared the report and says the 69,100-acre lake on the Tennessee River has ideal largemouth bass habitat.

“Guntersville is consistently a big fish lake,” Abernethy explained. “It has perfect fertility, the water levels are stable year around, and it has bottom contours that support about a 30 percent coverage of aquatic vegetation, which provides a positive environment for largemouth bass. It’s absolutely the perfect reservoir.”

Abernethy plans a fishing trip to Guntersville every spring, usually in March or early April.

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