Wondering where the best place to go bass fishing is?
If you're like me, and you need to satisfy the urge to get your string stretched more frequently than your schedule allows, than the answer might be a golf course or neighborhood pond after work. Any place I can sneak away for an hour or two during the week to unwind and catch a few fish satisfies my appetite to fish until I can make a full day trip with the boat on the weekend. You would be surprised at how good bass fishing can be in those little bodies of water, mostly due to lack of fishing pressure. It's reason enough to keep a travel rod & reel combo and a small tackle backpack in the car at all times. I really prefer the backpack for tackle storage when I'm fishing on foot, or when I'm fishing in someone else's boat, because it has room to store my rain gear, glasses and wallet. On the other hand, when you are ready to hook up the boat and drive to the lake or even book a fishing charter in one of the nation's famed trophy bass lakes, then you have a lot of options. Fortunately our friends at BASS compile an annual list of the 100 Best Bass Fishing Lakes in the U.S. to help you narrow that list down. Not so surprisingly, Florida, Texas, Alabama and California lakes dominate the list, with Florida earning five spots in the top 55. That bodes well for Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission's largemouth bass management program.
So how does the foremost authority on bass fishing determine what lakes make the Top 100 list? I can assure you it is not a random process. BASS is an organization with hundreds of thousands of members, ranging from casual weekend anglers to the top Professional Bass Fisherman in the world. Input from anglers and data collected from tournaments are key factors in proving how a particular fishery may rank. Keep in mind, the list does not include privately managed lakes like Promise Ranch in Florida and Ray Scott's Bass Fishing Retreat in Alabama, but it does include 100 of the best publicly accessed lakes in the country. Whether public or private, just being on a lake I know is considered one of the best places to catch trophy largemouth ratchets up the excitement level on every cast. It's that anticipation of a trophy catch that makes fishing such a unique experience. So take a look at what Bassmaster Magazine has ranked as The 100 Best Bass Lakes of 2014, when you are ready to go catch that fish of a lifetime, pick your lake and plan your own Ultimate Fishing Experience.