Alabama is home to some of the best bass fishing lakes in the United States, including well-known fisheries like Lake Eufala and Pickwick Lake. The state’s bass fishing is dominated by vast, sprawling reservoirs with deep water and giant largemouth bass.
Logan Martin Lake
This 17,000-acre impoundment on the Coosa River has such an abundance of big largemouth bass that it’s easy to overlook the lake’s thriving spotted bass population. Logan Martin may well be Alabama’s best-kept secret for spotted bass, and you can catch tons of them around creek mouths, brush piles and boat docks.
Just south of Birmingham, Lay Lake is an old reservoir – first built in 1914 – that remains a top spot for bass. The lake’s 12,000 acres are loaded with fish-attracting habitat, with some of the best action taking place around shallow grass beds.
A 2013 electrofishing survey by the Alabama DCNR found that more than half of the largemouth bass in 45,000-acre Lake Eufaula measured 14 inches or longer. With statistics like that, it’s hard to argue with its claim to be the “Bass Fishing Capital of the World.”
Though Pickwick Lake lies across the Tennessee border, the bulk of its 43,000 acres are in Alabama. Perhaps the best smallmouth bass lake in the state, Pickwick is one of the easiest places in Alabama to hook up with 5-pound-plus smallies. The lake is a tournament favorite, and five-fish daily limits weighing 20 pounds or more are commonplace.
You might not catch as many bass here as you would at Pickwick, true, but if you want a trophy, there’s no better place in Alabama than Lake Guntersville. The lake spans 69,000 acres, and shallow vegetation is key to success. Topwaters, spinnerbaits and soft plastics thrown to grass beds have sent many an angler home with a trophy.