Here in Alabama, bass fishing is a popular recreational activity that’s enjoyed by all ages. There are several lakes and rivers located throughout the state that attract fishing enthusiasts from across the country. The Alabama Bass Trail includes 13 lakes and rivers that are perfect for bass fishing. For information about each one, take a look below.
1. Walter F. George Lake
Walter F. George Lake, which is best known as Lake Eufaula, covers more than 45,000 acres and is Alabama's most popular lake for bass fishing. In fact, it's nicknamed the "Bass Fishing Capital of the World." This beautiful lake is located on the Chattahoochee River between Alabama and Georgia.
2. Lake Guntersville
Lake Guntersville covers approximately 69,000 acres, which makes it Alabama's largest lake. This North Alabama lake is located between the cities of Bridgeport and Guntersville.
3. Wheeler Lake
Wheeler Lake is located between the North Alabama cities of Rogersville and Huntsville. It covers approximately 67,000 acres, which makes it Alabama's second largest lake.
4. Mobile-Tensaw River Delta
Covering approximately 260,000 acres, the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta is Alabama's largest river delta and wetland. It's also the second largest delta in the United States. Because of its biodiversity, the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta is often referred to as "America's Amazon."
5. Lay Lake
Lay Lake covers approximately 12,000 acres and is located about half an hour south of Birmingham. It's one of Alabama's most popular lakes for tournament fishing.
6. Pickwick Lake
Pickwick Lake, which covers 47,500 acres, is located in Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee. Over the years, this lake has become a popular fishing destination because of its abundance of smallmouth bass.
7. Lake Jordan
Lake Jordan covers nearly 7,000 acres and is located just north of Montgomery on the Coosa River. It's home to a variety of fish, including largemouth bass, spotted bass, crappie, catfish, and more. Lake Jordan is a popular lake for bank fishing.
8. Neely Henry Lake
Neely Henry Lake, which covers more than 11,000 acres, is located near the city of Gadsden on the Coosa River. Because it's filled with numerous amounts of largemouth bass, crappies, and bluegills, it's one of Alabama's most popular fishing destinations.
9. Lake Martin
Lake Martin covers approximately 44,000 acres and is located in three counties: Tallapoosa, Coosa, and Elmore. Besides its great fishing opportunities, Lake Martin is also known for being one of America's largest manmade lakes.
10. Alabama River
Just north of Montgomery, the Coosa River and Tallapoosa River unite to form the Alabama River. This scenic river flows through Alabama for 318 miles and contains an abundance of largemouth bass, spotted bass, crappie, catfish, and more.
11. Lewis Smith Lake
Lewis Smith Lake, which is best known as Smith Lake, covers more than 21,000 acres and is one of the nation's cleanest lakes. This beautiful lake is located on the Sipsey Fork of the Black Warrior River.
12. Weiss Lake
Weiss Lake covers more than 30,000 acres and is one of Alabama's most scenic lakes. It's located in both Alabama (Cherokee County) and Georgia (Floyd County). Because of its abundance of crappies, Weiss Lake is known as the "Crappie Capital of the World."
13. Logan Martin Lake
Logan Martin Lake, which covers approximately 17,000 acres and has 275 miles of shoreline, is located on the Coosa River near Birmingham. It's nicknamed "Lake of a Thousand Coves" and hosts numerous fishing tournaments each year.
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