He could have weighed in five between 19 and 20 pounds, an excellent catch on most lakes but Randy was disappointed the big ones did not hit! He also won the 2005 BITE Tournament on Guntersville in April and was second in the BITE Championship there in November. N 34 50 34.7 – W 85 49 57.1 - Go up to Mud Creek and in past the boat ramp. Crappie fishing is best during the spring and fall, but night fishing in the summer around bridge pilings can be productive. The Alabama Bass Trail is 13 premier bass fishing lakes throughout Alabama. Largemouth, Smallmouth, Redeye, & Spotted Bass Limits. When you hook a largemouth, you’d better be ready for its short, powerful runs as it tries to escape to cover. This reputation has been built up over the years by the great catches there in tournaments and most of the national trails visit the lake each year. When we released the first 6-pounder I had caught, that fish spit out a shad that was 10-inches long. It stays very stable since the TVA requires a set depth in its channels. Guntersville Lake fish habitat includes milfoil and hydilla weed beds from which big bass explode on topwater baits. Guntersville Reservoir and its Tributary of Town Creek – It is illegal to possess any largemouth or smallmouth bass less than 15 inches in total length. That gives you a good idea of the amount of water you have to cover to find schools of fish at times. OROVILLE — After 20 years, a state regulation that limited the size of black bass people could take home from Lake Oroville will expire today. Lake Guntersville is known worldwide in the bass fishing world as a great place to catch big bass. For some reason, they will school up in one small spot that seems to us to be just like the rest. A recent tournament won with four bass weighing over 30 pounds. The lake stretches 75 miles (121 km) from Guntersville Dam to Nickajack Dam.It is Alabama's largest lake at 69,000 acres (280 km²).. History. The BAIT survey shows Guntersville ranking pretty far down the list in percent of angler success, number of bass per angler day and pounds of bass per angler day. It seems to be slightly better when the water becomes slick calm. A spotted bass must be 16 inches or longer to qualify as a trophy fish in Kentucky Fish and Wildlife’s Trophy Fish Program. It doe not run out straight from the creek but swings out then runs down parallel to the river for a long way. Host. Work Traps and Spots as well as a lipped crankbait across this area. Keep your boat in the channel and follow it, casting to both sides to hit stumps and other cover along the drop. Lake Guntersville Fishing Reports – During the summer as soon as the weather is hot, it is better to visit in the morning as soon as the animals are somewhat more active. Discover the hottest spots with detailed maps. Off Limits: Standard MLF BIG5 off limits apply. – just imagine the fight of that hawg! In the BAIT survey, Guntersville has the highest weight per bass and the shortest time to catch a bass over five pounds of all lakes reported. N 34 21 36.4 – W 86 19 46.1 - The long causeway crossing Brown’s Creek and the shallow humps downstream of it is one of the best places to catch a big bass this time of year.
He could have weighed in five between 19 and 20 pounds, an excellent catch on most lakes but Randy was disappointed the big ones did not hit! Species: Minimum Size Limit: Daily Creel Limit: Crappie: 8″ 20: Largemouth, Smallmouth and Spotted Bass: Largemouth and spotted bass: 14-inch minimum, except that 2 may be less than 14 inches: 5. including only 2 less than 14 inches: I hope you enjoyed the video please leave a like if you did. Approximately 15% of the shoreline is developed, mainly with residential housing and very limited commercial development. In combination with the vegetation, the lake is full of submerged stump fields that were left after the forest was cut before flooding ccurred. Then pop it gently loose and let it fall back to trigger a strike. He is planning on fishing the Stren Series and some other bigger trails like the BASS Opens if he can get in this year. The milfoil is no longer covering the Decatur Flats, but the fish are still abundant. N 34 27 27.6 – W 86 11 53.0 - The bank downstream of Little Mountain Park has humps, grass and duck blinds. Start fishing that bank working a lipless crankbait over the hydrilla that remains in the area. He finds those kinds of places back in the creeks and out on the main lake but winter winds often make it impossible to fish open water. From Guntersville Dam to Nickajack Dam, the lake measures 76 miles. Randy landed his best bass from Guntersville, 10 pound, 11-ounce hawg, from this area on a jerkbait. On October 1, 1993, a 15-inch size limit was placed on bass. To combat the spread of invasive zebra mussels, the law requires draining of water from boats and onboard receptacles when leaving or approaching public fresh waters. Fishing, boating, camping, hunting and eagle watching are popular sports in the area. The lake is alive with undersize spots, which come to the surface by the hundreds in late fall to attack shad schools. Catching all kinds of fish about the same size. Both the outside channel ledge and the inside channel ledge from here to BB Comer Bridge have good grass stubble on them and holds a lot of fish. This couple brought in five-fish weighing 18.21 pounds. There is also a cut in the middle of the island that is more than 12 feet deep. Historically, about two-thirds of the anglers on Guntersville target largemouth bass, although bream (bluegill, redear sunfish, and longear sunfish), crappie, sauger and catfish attract their fair share of anglers. Catfish angling can bring big surprises; several blue catfish over 80 pounds have been taken from Lake Guntersville. The lake has an almost mystical reputation for big stringers of bass, especially in late winter. Largemouth Bass: 10 daily combined total with other bass; Smallmouth Bass: No more than 5 of the 10 daily limit for other bass can be smallmouth bass If you don’t know the lake, every acre of it looks like it holds bass and you can spend a lot of time with nothing but casting practice. Randy gets excited when thinking about fishing Guntersville this time of year because he knows what lives in the lake. Bass are predictable this time of year and Randy finds them in similar places each year. The table below is therefore for guidance only. The Alabama Bass Trail is 13 premier bass fishing lakes throughout Alabama. The head of the island creates a current break and the shallows near deep water make excellent structure for bass. High school anglers take over Lake Guntersville in major BASS event. The bass don’t seem to want to chase a bait far, especially if it is moving fast, but Randy says they still hit hard. Keep your boat near the creek channel and cast to the edges, working your bait over them. Say the word “Guntersville” and bass fishermen all over the US perk up their ears. See exceptions for Neely Henry and Weiss Reservoirs and … You should feel the grass on the bottom and that will help you locate the best spots. Work it as slowly as possible. You will be surprised at the numbers of big bass in less than three feet of water on the coldest days when the water is in the 30s, according to Randy.

Check out the following ten spots. And if weights like that happen next week, Guntersville will be by far the best pro tournament BassFans (and pros) have seen this season. He came in third in the Bama BFL on Guntersville last February then placed first in that division in September and second there in the Choo Choo Division the same month. one bass five pounds or larger for every 259 hours of fishing. Start fishing the islands from there to your left toward the back of that arm. Tournament anglers weighed in 25 bass eight pounds and larger in 2016. While not as small as the Whiterock bass, it’s no way near the massive sizes that the Striper bass reach. Butch Yarbough and Kathy Lerma of Harvest, Alabama won the final Alabama North Couple event held on Lake Guntersville the 11th of August 2018. Fish above the bridge around the lily pad stems, stumps and milfoil with lipless crankbaits and a light jig and pig. The numbers of bass 12 to 24 inches long has consistently increased each year since the size limit went into effect. No matter which bait you use it is important to fish as slowly as possible in the cold water. BassFan Lake Profile > Lake name: Guntersville > Type of water: Lowland reservoir fed by the Tennessee River > Surface acres: Approximately 70,000 > Primary structure/cover: Grass (hydrilla and milfoil), ledges, creek channels, humps, riprap, boat docks > Average depth: Roughly 15 feet > Species: Largemouths, spotted bass If you start near the channel marker and fish upstream you can follow the river channel. The first bridge has some riprap to fish. It is 75 miles (121 km) long, running from Guntersville Dam to Nickajack Dam. There is deep water near the point at the ramp and bass move up and down this bank feeding. A 15-inch minimum length limit for black bass was implemented on 1 October 1993, to restrict harvest of small, fast growing bass. If you don’t get bites on them try a slower moving jig and pig or jerk bait. Fish Size and Creel Regulations for Lake Norman. These are a medium size bass. The lake is very fertile and full of hydrilla and milfoil but one of the main reasons the bass are so big now is the size limit. A mandatory registration and pre-tournament meeting will take place on the preceding Friday, beginning at 5:00 P.M. Each team member must check in in-person at the designated site during official registration and present a valid driver’s license. Except for trout on Cumberland River, anglers may cull fish of a particular species until reaching the daily creel limit. Limits over 20 pounds. Most of the time, this species is easy to find roaming the open water. Working the jig is just a slow drag, creating a point to feel every rock. Valid Sep. 1, 2020 through Aug. 31, 2021. Jimmy Mason, 256-762-0014. Largemouth/Spotted/Alabama Bass: 5 per day in combination, no length limit. He says if he had to pick one place to land a ten-pound bass he would never leave Brown’s Creek. The deeper portions of the lake generally consist of sand, gravel and mud. He likes shad colors in the crankbait and the red in the lipless baits. Historically, about two-thirds of the anglers on Guntersville target largemouth bass, although bream (bluegill, redear sunfish, and longear sunfish), crappie, sauger and catfish attract their fair share of anglers. Bream fishing is excellent throughout the lake, especially during late spring and early summer. Crappie (all species): 30 per day in combination, 9 inch minimum length limit. In 2006 he placed second in the Bassmasters Series Crimson Division in March and eighth in that series Volunteer Division the same month, won the seventh Annual Kickin’ Bass Coaches tournament there in June, got a fifth in the Bassmasters Series Crimson Divison in September, and second in the Choo Choo BFL in September. That size limit now includes smallmouth and largemouth and it allows smaller, faster-growing bass to reach quality size. Lake Eufaula Details June 5, 2021 All ABT 100 tournaments are single-day team events held on Saturdays. Smallmouth Bass: 1 per day, 18 inch minimum length limit. Come fishing on the Alabama Bass Trail to see why we love fishing in this state. He has learned its secrets and has had great success there. Lake Guntersville is 67,900 acres in size with an average depth of 15 feet and a maximum depth of 45 feet. The lake has an extensive buoy system that all boaters should familiarize themselves with. Do the same with a Spot or Trap, popping it a little and letting it flutter back down. From its dam near Guntersville in northeast Alabama, the lake extends 76 miles up the Tennessee River into Tennessee. Lake Guntersville, Wheeler Lake, Pickwick Lake, Weiss Lake, Lewis Smith Lake, Neely Henry Lake, Lay Lake, Lake Martin, Logan Martin Lake, Lake Jordan, Alabama River, Lake Eufaula and the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta Tennessee waters are off limits. I really believe a bigbait, not just a swimbait, would get more of those 5-7 pounders to get fired up and eat. State fishery biologists say there are so many of the little bass that they slow growth of larger fish. There are a lot of tournaments at the marina and lots of fish are released there, restocking the area constantly. Minimum Size Limits for Shore Caught Fish. Brent Crow's North Alabama Guide Service . Often a bass will chase a baitfish making it flick on top of the water giving away the position of a school of bass. Location. POSSESSIONS & CREEL LIMITSFor Alabama public waters are listed at: www.outdooralabama.com/fishing/freshwater/regulations/. I do not know if there are any other efforts by anyone else relating to his effort. 256-466-9965. brentcrow@bellsouth.net. I caught a couple of fish in a strange way. Randy Tharp knows the lake well. Fish a Trap, Spot and crankbait along the breaklines and over the grass until you find the sweet spot. Bass don’t have to move much on Guntersville, according to Randy. It is Alabama’s largest reservoir with waters covering 67,900 acres and 890 shoreline miles. The creek channel that winds across the flat downstream of Goose Pond Marina out to the main river channel is a good place to work carefully. Remember, Randy says big bass are often in three feet of water or less this time of year and may be way back in the creek. Among the changes in fishing regulations changes to go into effect on Jan. 1 is one reducing the minimum length limit for largemouth bass on the Arkansas River. Fish Size and Creel Regulations for Lake Norman. FISH SPECIESThough most noted nationally for large bass, Lake Guntersville is home to quality angling for a variety of fish. Randy says get on this bank, put your trolling motor down and fish, there are always lots of big bass holding in this area. Downstream of the causeway but near it, there are humps that rise to three or four feet deep and hydrilla forms mats on them in the summer. This time of year Randy likes to fish the back side of the ledge so work in behind the grass, too. Check out the following ten spots. Any game fish or species with a size limit listed must be landed with head and tail fin intact. He limited out here then went looking for bigger bass to cull. Captain Mike Gerry says this has been the best June bass fishing in many years at Lake Guntersville, both for numbers and size of largemouths caught by his clients. The concentration of keeper size bass is good here from those that are released. Black bass. The 5-Minute Rule for Lake Guntersville Fishing Reports. An even larger bass awaited us! It is unlawful to possess more than a total of 50 individuals of all the game fish listed in this section, except channel and flathead catfish. ; For freshwater fishes not listed, there are no statewide daily bag or length limits. Due to its robust and diverse fishery, numerous tournaments are held on the lake. We accept many forms of payment to include, but not limited to cash, travelers checks and the credit cards listed above. LAKE GUNTERSVILLE BASS MASTERS-MADISON. Most of the shoreline has a sand and gravel bottom. These are big areas but the fish can be anywhere in them so take some time to find where they are holding. Harris Reservoir – It is illegal to possess any largemouth bass between 13 inches and 16 inches in total length. The largemouth bass … N 34 31 31.1 – W 86 08 14.9 - Run up to channel marker 372.2, a big marker on a pole. This area is so vast it is hard to fish. Back in this area are huge stumps near the creek channel and you don’t want to hit them with your motor, but they are what attracts the bass. America’s most popular game fish is the largemouth bass and many other members of the black bass family. Size. You just have to fish and find where the concentrations are to load the boat with big fish. Beginning Friday, people who fish at Lake Orovil… Our clients have had some pretty memorable days on the water with us doubles and a triple or two. Casey was bummed with 23 pounds, like that was a small limit the final day. He started fishing Guntersville in 2002 and now has a place on the lake. We are fishing Preston Island area. Find out about local and national tournaments being held on Lake Guntersville. That made up for day one! Richard McMaster, Tournament Director of the TOM'S TOURNAMENT TRAIL is circulating a petition to lower the current lake size limits from 18" to 16" and make it a state wde size limit. These bag and size limits are in effect for most fresh waters in Texas. He says from now to March is the best time of year to hook a monster bass here and expects to catch some of the biggest fish of the year. Storms Took a Toll. He says the colder it gets the more shallow the big bass hold, and he seldom fishes deeper than 10 feet. Between Logan Martin Dam on the south and Neely Henry Dam on the north, the lake covers more than 15,000 acres. Canterbury said Guntersville’s reputation as a “big bass factory” will likely shine through sporadically, with a few big bass and an occasional big limit being brought to the scales. The shallows near those holes are usually the hot spots. Some days the fish will be near the rocks and others they will be holding a little deeper, the rocks in some places run out 18 to 20 feet deep. There are humps, points and islands to fish along this side. N 34 24 4.90 – W 86 12 45.8 - Run up to the mouth of Town Creek and stop at the ramp on your right going in. GENERAL. http://www.bassinbigg.com/, Largemouth BassSmallmouth BassSpotted BassStriped BassWhite BassBlue CatfishChannel CatfishFlathead CatfishSauger. Any additional fish caught in excess of the daily creel limit must be released immediately. These humps are exposed to the wind. Slade's Lake: Largemouth, Redeye, Smallmouth & Spotted bass: 12 inches: No more than 2 bass per person per day This creek offers three causeways to fish and is more protected than the open river. Annual winter drawdowns lower the water level about 2 feet. The following will be applied in conducting all bass fishing tournaments of the Lake Guntersville Bass Masters-Madison (LGBM-M). You will be in about six feet of water and casting to very shallow water but Randy says this is where he found fish holding for several weeks when the water was 36 degrees and his rods were freezing up. The past few years reads like a dream come true in Randy’s resume on Guntersville. There is milfoil here and the breakline is always good.

Check out the following ten spots. Lake Guntersville, feed by the Tennessee River and many creeks, is Alabama's largest lake at 69,100 acres. Size Limit . My buddy had found these fish a week prior as a result of high muddy water conditions. The largest bass caught in 2016 came from Lake Guntersville, and weighed 11.19 pounds. Waterfront Bay. Those are some of the things being said by pros who have pre-fished Lake Guntersville for next week's BASSMASTER Tour event. The Sheriff’s Office says a 911 call came in around 12:20 pm of a paddle boarder on the east side of the lake who fell off the board. You can fish them to get an idea of what to look for then find some similar spots of your own. So before you launch your boat, be sure to launch the AlabamaBassTrail.org web site. When the channel markers stop be careful but keep going to the second bridge and under it. A total of 40 game fish may be kept in any one day. All youth age 15 and younger fish for free. ALABAMABASSTRAIL.ORGEleven of Alabama's premier bass fishing lakes are now features in a trail designed with you in mind. WINONA, Minn. – Authorities have recovered the body of an adult male from Lake Winona. While fishing this spot and others Randy says to watch for any action on the water. Catch Limit: 5; Size Limit: 15" on Largemouth & Smallmouth, 12" on Spotted Bass They live in the same areas year-round, not migrating long distances like they do on some lakes. Fish them very slowly. Right now Randy will have a Rapala DT 6 or DT 10, a Cordell Spot or Rattletrap, a one-quarter to three eights ounce jig and pig to cast, a Texas rigged Paca Craw with a heavy weight to flip in any thick grass he finds and Pointer jerkbait read to try. Fishing License: An Alabama license is required and may be purchased over the phone at 888.848.6887 or online at takemefishing.org. We accept many forms of payment to include, Copyright © 2020. On October 1, 1993, a 15-inch size limit was placed on bass. Worms and craws are usually green pumpkin, and he also casts a black and blue jig and pig. Implementation of these rules shall be left exclusively to the officers of the club. The TVA manages the entire 949 miles of shoreline which occupies a narrow valley between steep sloping, forested ridges. The lake is full of hydrilla, milfoil and grass, providing gamefish with an abundance of habitat. When you reach the back of the creek where Minky Creek splits to the left jump across and fish that creek, working it as you go in. Guntersville Reservoir and its Tributary of Town Creek – It is illegal to possess any largemouth or smallmouth bass less than 15 inches in total length. Tournament limits of five fish often weight between 25 and 30 pounds, and bigger limits are caught each year. Put your skill to the test when you go for smallmouth bass; it’ll jump and fight aggressively on the surface in order to throw the hook. February 13, 2021. 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He also won the 2005 BITE Tournament on Guntersville in April and was second in the BITE Championship there in November. N 34 50 34.7 – W 85 49 57.1 - Go up to Mud Creek and in past the boat ramp. Crappie fishing is best during the spring and fall, but night fishing in the summer around bridge pilings can be productive. The Alabama Bass Trail is 13 premier bass fishing lakes throughout Alabama. Largemouth, Smallmouth, Redeye, & Spotted Bass Limits. When you hook a largemouth, you’d better be ready for its short, powerful runs as it tries to escape to cover. This reputation has been built up over the years by the great catches there in tournaments and most of the national trails visit the lake each year. When we released the first 6-pounder I had caught, that fish spit out a shad that was 10-inches long. It stays very stable since the TVA requires a set depth in its channels. Guntersville Lake fish habitat includes milfoil and hydilla weed beds from which big bass explode on topwater baits. Guntersville Reservoir and its Tributary of Town Creek – It is illegal to possess any largemouth or smallmouth bass less than 15 inches in total length. That gives you a good idea of the amount of water you have to cover to find schools of fish at times. OROVILLE — After 20 years, a state regulation that limited the size of black bass people could take home from Lake Oroville will expire today. Lake Guntersville is known worldwide in the bass fishing world as a great place to catch big bass. For some reason, they will school up in one small spot that seems to us to be just like the rest. A recent tournament won with four bass weighing over 30 pounds. The lake stretches 75 miles (121 km) from Guntersville Dam to Nickajack Dam.It is Alabama's largest lake at 69,000 acres (280 km²).. History. The BAIT survey shows Guntersville ranking pretty far down the list in percent of angler success, number of bass per angler day and pounds of bass per angler day. It seems to be slightly better when the water becomes slick calm. A spotted bass must be 16 inches or longer to qualify as a trophy fish in Kentucky Fish and Wildlife’s Trophy Fish Program. It doe not run out straight from the creek but swings out then runs down parallel to the river for a long way. Host. Work Traps and Spots as well as a lipped crankbait across this area. Keep your boat in the channel and follow it, casting to both sides to hit stumps and other cover along the drop. Lake Guntersville Fishing Reports – During the summer as soon as the weather is hot, it is better to visit in the morning as soon as the animals are somewhat more active. Discover the hottest spots with detailed maps. Off Limits: Standard MLF BIG5 off limits apply. – just imagine the fight of that hawg! In the BAIT survey, Guntersville has the highest weight per bass and the shortest time to catch a bass over five pounds of all lakes reported. N 34 21 36.4 – W 86 19 46.1 - The long causeway crossing Brown’s Creek and the shallow humps downstream of it is one of the best places to catch a big bass this time of year.
He could have weighed in five between 19 and 20 pounds, an excellent catch on most lakes but Randy was disappointed the big ones did not hit! Species: Minimum Size Limit: Daily Creel Limit: Crappie: 8″ 20: Largemouth, Smallmouth and Spotted Bass: Largemouth and spotted bass: 14-inch minimum, except that 2 may be less than 14 inches: 5. including only 2 less than 14 inches: I hope you enjoyed the video please leave a like if you did. Approximately 15% of the shoreline is developed, mainly with residential housing and very limited commercial development. In combination with the vegetation, the lake is full of submerged stump fields that were left after the forest was cut before flooding ccurred. Then pop it gently loose and let it fall back to trigger a strike. He is planning on fishing the Stren Series and some other bigger trails like the BASS Opens if he can get in this year. The milfoil is no longer covering the Decatur Flats, but the fish are still abundant. N 34 27 27.6 – W 86 11 53.0 - The bank downstream of Little Mountain Park has humps, grass and duck blinds. Start fishing that bank working a lipless crankbait over the hydrilla that remains in the area. He finds those kinds of places back in the creeks and out on the main lake but winter winds often make it impossible to fish open water. From Guntersville Dam to Nickajack Dam, the lake measures 76 miles. Randy landed his best bass from Guntersville, 10 pound, 11-ounce hawg, from this area on a jerkbait. On October 1, 1993, a 15-inch size limit was placed on bass. To combat the spread of invasive zebra mussels, the law requires draining of water from boats and onboard receptacles when leaving or approaching public fresh waters. Fishing, boating, camping, hunting and eagle watching are popular sports in the area. The lake is alive with undersize spots, which come to the surface by the hundreds in late fall to attack shad schools. Catching all kinds of fish about the same size. Both the outside channel ledge and the inside channel ledge from here to BB Comer Bridge have good grass stubble on them and holds a lot of fish. This couple brought in five-fish weighing 18.21 pounds. There is also a cut in the middle of the island that is more than 12 feet deep. Historically, about two-thirds of the anglers on Guntersville target largemouth bass, although bream (bluegill, redear sunfish, and longear sunfish), crappie, sauger and catfish attract their fair share of anglers. Catfish angling can bring big surprises; several blue catfish over 80 pounds have been taken from Lake Guntersville. The lake has an almost mystical reputation for big stringers of bass, especially in late winter. Largemouth Bass: 10 daily combined total with other bass; Smallmouth Bass: No more than 5 of the 10 daily limit for other bass can be smallmouth bass If you don’t know the lake, every acre of it looks like it holds bass and you can spend a lot of time with nothing but casting practice. Randy gets excited when thinking about fishing Guntersville this time of year because he knows what lives in the lake. Bass are predictable this time of year and Randy finds them in similar places each year. The table below is therefore for guidance only. The Alabama Bass Trail is 13 premier bass fishing lakes throughout Alabama. The head of the island creates a current break and the shallows near deep water make excellent structure for bass. High school anglers take over Lake Guntersville in major BASS event. The bass don’t seem to want to chase a bait far, especially if it is moving fast, but Randy says they still hit hard. Keep your boat near the creek channel and cast to the edges, working your bait over them. Say the word “Guntersville” and bass fishermen all over the US perk up their ears. See exceptions for Neely Henry and Weiss Reservoirs and … You should feel the grass on the bottom and that will help you locate the best spots. Work it as slowly as possible. You will be surprised at the numbers of big bass in less than three feet of water on the coldest days when the water is in the 30s, according to Randy.

Check out the following ten spots. And if weights like that happen next week, Guntersville will be by far the best pro tournament BassFans (and pros) have seen this season. He came in third in the Bama BFL on Guntersville last February then placed first in that division in September and second there in the Choo Choo Division the same month. one bass five pounds or larger for every 259 hours of fishing. Start fishing the islands from there to your left toward the back of that arm. Tournament anglers weighed in 25 bass eight pounds and larger in 2016. While not as small as the Whiterock bass, it’s no way near the massive sizes that the Striper bass reach. Butch Yarbough and Kathy Lerma of Harvest, Alabama won the final Alabama North Couple event held on Lake Guntersville the 11th of August 2018. Fish above the bridge around the lily pad stems, stumps and milfoil with lipless crankbaits and a light jig and pig. The numbers of bass 12 to 24 inches long has consistently increased each year since the size limit went into effect. No matter which bait you use it is important to fish as slowly as possible in the cold water. BassFan Lake Profile > Lake name: Guntersville > Type of water: Lowland reservoir fed by the Tennessee River > Surface acres: Approximately 70,000 > Primary structure/cover: Grass (hydrilla and milfoil), ledges, creek channels, humps, riprap, boat docks > Average depth: Roughly 15 feet > Species: Largemouths, spotted bass If you start near the channel marker and fish upstream you can follow the river channel. The first bridge has some riprap to fish. It is 75 miles (121 km) long, running from Guntersville Dam to Nickajack Dam. There is deep water near the point at the ramp and bass move up and down this bank feeding. A 15-inch minimum length limit for black bass was implemented on 1 October 1993, to restrict harvest of small, fast growing bass. If you don’t get bites on them try a slower moving jig and pig or jerk bait. Fish Size and Creel Regulations for Lake Norman. These are a medium size bass. The lake is very fertile and full of hydrilla and milfoil but one of the main reasons the bass are so big now is the size limit. A mandatory registration and pre-tournament meeting will take place on the preceding Friday, beginning at 5:00 P.M. Each team member must check in in-person at the designated site during official registration and present a valid driver’s license. Except for trout on Cumberland River, anglers may cull fish of a particular species until reaching the daily creel limit. Limits over 20 pounds. Most of the time, this species is easy to find roaming the open water. Working the jig is just a slow drag, creating a point to feel every rock. Valid Sep. 1, 2020 through Aug. 31, 2021. Jimmy Mason, 256-762-0014. Largemouth/Spotted/Alabama Bass: 5 per day in combination, no length limit. He says if he had to pick one place to land a ten-pound bass he would never leave Brown’s Creek. The deeper portions of the lake generally consist of sand, gravel and mud. He likes shad colors in the crankbait and the red in the lipless baits. Historically, about two-thirds of the anglers on Guntersville target largemouth bass, although bream (bluegill, redear sunfish, and longear sunfish), crappie, sauger and catfish attract their fair share of anglers. Bream fishing is excellent throughout the lake, especially during late spring and early summer. Crappie (all species): 30 per day in combination, 9 inch minimum length limit. In 2006 he placed second in the Bassmasters Series Crimson Division in March and eighth in that series Volunteer Division the same month, won the seventh Annual Kickin’ Bass Coaches tournament there in June, got a fifth in the Bassmasters Series Crimson Divison in September, and second in the Choo Choo BFL in September. That size limit now includes smallmouth and largemouth and it allows smaller, faster-growing bass to reach quality size. Lake Eufaula Details June 5, 2021 All ABT 100 tournaments are single-day team events held on Saturdays. Smallmouth Bass: 1 per day, 18 inch minimum length limit. Come fishing on the Alabama Bass Trail to see why we love fishing in this state. He has learned its secrets and has had great success there. Lake Guntersville is 67,900 acres in size with an average depth of 15 feet and a maximum depth of 45 feet. The lake has an extensive buoy system that all boaters should familiarize themselves with. Do the same with a Spot or Trap, popping it a little and letting it flutter back down. From its dam near Guntersville in northeast Alabama, the lake extends 76 miles up the Tennessee River into Tennessee. Lake Guntersville, Wheeler Lake, Pickwick Lake, Weiss Lake, Lewis Smith Lake, Neely Henry Lake, Lay Lake, Lake Martin, Logan Martin Lake, Lake Jordan, Alabama River, Lake Eufaula and the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta Tennessee waters are off limits. I really believe a bigbait, not just a swimbait, would get more of those 5-7 pounders to get fired up and eat. State fishery biologists say there are so many of the little bass that they slow growth of larger fish. There are a lot of tournaments at the marina and lots of fish are released there, restocking the area constantly. Minimum Size Limits for Shore Caught Fish. Brent Crow's North Alabama Guide Service . Often a bass will chase a baitfish making it flick on top of the water giving away the position of a school of bass. Location. POSSESSIONS & CREEL LIMITSFor Alabama public waters are listed at: www.outdooralabama.com/fishing/freshwater/regulations/. I do not know if there are any other efforts by anyone else relating to his effort. 256-466-9965. brentcrow@bellsouth.net. I caught a couple of fish in a strange way. Randy Tharp knows the lake well. Fish a Trap, Spot and crankbait along the breaklines and over the grass until you find the sweet spot. Bass don’t have to move much on Guntersville, according to Randy. It is Alabama’s largest reservoir with waters covering 67,900 acres and 890 shoreline miles. The creek channel that winds across the flat downstream of Goose Pond Marina out to the main river channel is a good place to work carefully. Remember, Randy says big bass are often in three feet of water or less this time of year and may be way back in the creek. Among the changes in fishing regulations changes to go into effect on Jan. 1 is one reducing the minimum length limit for largemouth bass on the Arkansas River. Fish Size and Creel Regulations for Lake Norman. FISH SPECIESThough most noted nationally for large bass, Lake Guntersville is home to quality angling for a variety of fish. Randy says get on this bank, put your trolling motor down and fish, there are always lots of big bass holding in this area. Downstream of the causeway but near it, there are humps that rise to three or four feet deep and hydrilla forms mats on them in the summer. This time of year Randy likes to fish the back side of the ledge so work in behind the grass, too. Check out the following ten spots. Any game fish or species with a size limit listed must be landed with head and tail fin intact. He limited out here then went looking for bigger bass to cull. Captain Mike Gerry says this has been the best June bass fishing in many years at Lake Guntersville, both for numbers and size of largemouths caught by his clients. The concentration of keeper size bass is good here from those that are released. Black bass. The 5-Minute Rule for Lake Guntersville Fishing Reports. An even larger bass awaited us! It is unlawful to possess more than a total of 50 individuals of all the game fish listed in this section, except channel and flathead catfish. ; For freshwater fishes not listed, there are no statewide daily bag or length limits. Due to its robust and diverse fishery, numerous tournaments are held on the lake. We accept many forms of payment to include, but not limited to cash, travelers checks and the credit cards listed above. LAKE GUNTERSVILLE BASS MASTERS-MADISON. Most of the shoreline has a sand and gravel bottom. These are big areas but the fish can be anywhere in them so take some time to find where they are holding. Harris Reservoir – It is illegal to possess any largemouth bass between 13 inches and 16 inches in total length. The largemouth bass … N 34 31 31.1 – W 86 08 14.9 - Run up to channel marker 372.2, a big marker on a pole. This area is so vast it is hard to fish. Back in this area are huge stumps near the creek channel and you don’t want to hit them with your motor, but they are what attracts the bass. America’s most popular game fish is the largemouth bass and many other members of the black bass family. Size. You just have to fish and find where the concentrations are to load the boat with big fish. Beginning Friday, people who fish at Lake Orovil… Our clients have had some pretty memorable days on the water with us doubles and a triple or two. Casey was bummed with 23 pounds, like that was a small limit the final day. He started fishing Guntersville in 2002 and now has a place on the lake. We are fishing Preston Island area. Find out about local and national tournaments being held on Lake Guntersville. That made up for day one! Richard McMaster, Tournament Director of the TOM'S TOURNAMENT TRAIL is circulating a petition to lower the current lake size limits from 18" to 16" and make it a state wde size limit. These bag and size limits are in effect for most fresh waters in Texas. He says from now to March is the best time of year to hook a monster bass here and expects to catch some of the biggest fish of the year. Storms Took a Toll. He says the colder it gets the more shallow the big bass hold, and he seldom fishes deeper than 10 feet. Between Logan Martin Dam on the south and Neely Henry Dam on the north, the lake covers more than 15,000 acres. Canterbury said Guntersville’s reputation as a “big bass factory” will likely shine through sporadically, with a few big bass and an occasional big limit being brought to the scales. The shallows near those holes are usually the hot spots. Some days the fish will be near the rocks and others they will be holding a little deeper, the rocks in some places run out 18 to 20 feet deep. There are humps, points and islands to fish along this side. N 34 24 4.90 – W 86 12 45.8 - Run up to the mouth of Town Creek and stop at the ramp on your right going in. GENERAL. http://www.bassinbigg.com/, Largemouth BassSmallmouth BassSpotted BassStriped BassWhite BassBlue CatfishChannel CatfishFlathead CatfishSauger. Any additional fish caught in excess of the daily creel limit must be released immediately. These humps are exposed to the wind. Slade's Lake: Largemouth, Redeye, Smallmouth & Spotted bass: 12 inches: No more than 2 bass per person per day This creek offers three causeways to fish and is more protected than the open river. Annual winter drawdowns lower the water level about 2 feet. The following will be applied in conducting all bass fishing tournaments of the Lake Guntersville Bass Masters-Madison (LGBM-M). You will be in about six feet of water and casting to very shallow water but Randy says this is where he found fish holding for several weeks when the water was 36 degrees and his rods were freezing up. The past few years reads like a dream come true in Randy’s resume on Guntersville. There is milfoil here and the breakline is always good.

Check out the following ten spots. Lake Guntersville, feed by the Tennessee River and many creeks, is Alabama's largest lake at 69,100 acres. Size Limit . My buddy had found these fish a week prior as a result of high muddy water conditions. The largest bass caught in 2016 came from Lake Guntersville, and weighed 11.19 pounds. Waterfront Bay. Those are some of the things being said by pros who have pre-fished Lake Guntersville for next week's BASSMASTER Tour event. The Sheriff’s Office says a 911 call came in around 12:20 pm of a paddle boarder on the east side of the lake who fell off the board. You can fish them to get an idea of what to look for then find some similar spots of your own. So before you launch your boat, be sure to launch the AlabamaBassTrail.org web site. When the channel markers stop be careful but keep going to the second bridge and under it. A total of 40 game fish may be kept in any one day. All youth age 15 and younger fish for free. ALABAMABASSTRAIL.ORGEleven of Alabama's premier bass fishing lakes are now features in a trail designed with you in mind. WINONA, Minn. – Authorities have recovered the body of an adult male from Lake Winona. While fishing this spot and others Randy says to watch for any action on the water. Catch Limit: 5; Size Limit: 15" on Largemouth & Smallmouth, 12" on Spotted Bass They live in the same areas year-round, not migrating long distances like they do on some lakes. Fish them very slowly. Right now Randy will have a Rapala DT 6 or DT 10, a Cordell Spot or Rattletrap, a one-quarter to three eights ounce jig and pig to cast, a Texas rigged Paca Craw with a heavy weight to flip in any thick grass he finds and Pointer jerkbait read to try. Fishing License: An Alabama license is required and may be purchased over the phone at 888.848.6887 or online at takemefishing.org. We accept many forms of payment to include, Copyright © 2020. On October 1, 1993, a 15-inch size limit was placed on bass. Worms and craws are usually green pumpkin, and he also casts a black and blue jig and pig. Implementation of these rules shall be left exclusively to the officers of the club. The TVA manages the entire 949 miles of shoreline which occupies a narrow valley between steep sloping, forested ridges. The lake is full of hydrilla, milfoil and grass, providing gamefish with an abundance of habitat. When you reach the back of the creek where Minky Creek splits to the left jump across and fish that creek, working it as you go in. Guntersville Reservoir and its Tributary of Town Creek – It is illegal to possess any largemouth or smallmouth bass less than 15 inches in total length. Tournament limits of five fish often weight between 25 and 30 pounds, and bigger limits are caught each year. Put your skill to the test when you go for smallmouth bass; it’ll jump and fight aggressively on the surface in order to throw the hook. February 13, 2021. 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