Game & Fish 2015 Bass Forecast

Game & Fish 2015 Bass Forecast


Attention anglers: It's time to dust of those reels, pack up your best crankbaits and take to the lakes and rivers for America's most popular freshwater game fish.

If you've been pining for a trophy bass all winter, then 2015 may just be your year. With winter loosening its grasp, the dreams of bass fanatics inevitably become fixated on the spawn and landing a trophy largemouth to replace that annoying Big Mouth Bill Bass.

Some of the heaviest fish of the year are waiting to stretch our lines in the coming weeks. To help you be as successful as possible, we've done all the legwork to find the perfect spots for fulfilling those bass fishing dreams.

Following is a look at some of the best bass fishing spots in your state and what you can expect this year:


Alabama offers world-class fishing for smallmouths, largemouths and spotted bass. Find out where to catch your trophy bass in Alabama this spring.


Where can you enjoy the best black bass fishing in Arkansas in 2015? That's a tough question to answer — tough because the Natural State encompasses scores of phenomenal bass fisheries. Find out where to find trophy bass in Arkansas this spring.


Last year was a banner year for fishing across most of California. See where to go to make this spring even better.


There's still no better place to catch a 10-pound-plus Florida bass than in Florida, and no better time than in late winter through early spring. Find out where to catch a trophy bass in Florida this spring.


When it comes to both quality and variety of black bass action, no place can match the Peach State. Find out where to fish for bass in Georgia this spring.

Great Plains

Kansas and Nebraska bass are biting, and here are our top spots for your next fishing trip.


March signals to most bass anglers an almost insatiable itch to get back on the water, because they know throughout the Bluegrass State, both largemouth and smallmouth are waking from their long winter naps, and they're hungry.


Bass fishing in Louisiana is exciting and fun, and requires patience, knowledge of bass biology and instinct. Knowing where, how and what to cast makes a difference when fishing for bass.


Bass fishing across the state is looking promising this spring. Find out where in Illinois you can find a trophy bass.


There is much to be excited about with spring and hungry bass headed our way. The water temperatures are rising, bass are moving shallower and it is getting ever closer to the most exciting bass fishing time of the year. And overall, bass fishing in Indiana is great right now.


The result is that Iowa's bass anglers have the potential for a break-out year for bass fishing in 2015. Traditional bass hotspots such as Lake Wapello, Brushy Creek Lake and the backwaters of the Mississippi River are primed to produce another year of excellent angling.


If you're a Michigan bass angler there probably hasn't been a better time to practice our sport. Bass numbers are thriving; opportunities abound and appear to be getting even better. Many lakes are undergoing changes that have benefitted largemouth bass and their numbers have exploded in many Michigan lakes.


Anywhere in Mississippi, anglers can usually find a good place to fish. The state offers anglers 119 public lakes and 123,000 miles of rivers and streams totaling more than 225,000 acres where the approximate 700,000 Magnolia State anglers can fish.


The action heats up first in the big reservoirs in the southern half of the state and then spreads northward as the spring weather continues to warm and the hours of daylight increase. Find out where to catch a trophy bass in Missouri this Spring.

 New England

Here's what bass managers are doing to create more and better fishing this season in New England.

 New York

It's no great secret these days that New York is home to some of the best largemouth and smallmouth bass waters in the country. Some resident enthusiasts no doubt wish the word hadn't gotten out, but it has, and this year anglers will travel from far and wide to take advantage.

 North Carolina

Despite the introduction of detrimental species and problematic water levels, there are plenty of big bass in North Carolina if you know where to look.


Ohio offers action on all three black bass species: largemouth, smallmouth and spotted, and all three have their following.


Winter is waning and spring is almost here. That means thousands of Oklahoma anglers are charging up the boat batteries, filling reels with fresh line and tidying up their tackle boxes.


Hints of spring bring with them thoughts of bass fishing. Pennsylvania anglers have a wide variety of venues to choose from.

South Carolina

South Carolina's oldest lake, 331-acre Saluda Lake, located on the Greenville/Pickens County border, may also be its best kept secret when it comes to trophy bass fishing.


There are so many good places to bass fish in Tennessee that figuring out your favorite can be quite difficult. One of these is close to you.


There's a reason the most predictable bass fishing in Texas takes place in lakes east of Interstate 35: That's where the water is — usually. Spring 2015 is the perfect illustration of that.


Here's a look at many of the top bass fisheries in Virginia and where they are.

West Virginia

The skies have cleared and temperatures are heating up, which means it's time to go bass fishing. Here's where you should try for largemouths, smallmouths and spots in West Virginia this spring.

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