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      An impoundment of the Tennessee River, Guntersville Lake is known for its abundance of largemouth bass, striped bass, black crappie and catfish.

Lake Guntersville, Alabama's largest lake, is known as one of the best fishing lakes in the Southeast. This scenic lake in the foothills of the Appalachians stretches for 75 miles through northern Alabama between Nickajack Dam and Guntersville Dam on the Tennessee River. The water level on the lake is very stable, seldom varying more than two feet in depth, as the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) requires a set depth for the channel. The lake regularly draws anglers from all over Alabama, as well as from Georgia and Tennessee.

A number of free public boat ramps and private marinas provide anglers with plenty of easy access to the lake. Many fishermen target the lake's largemouth bass, although fishing for bream, catfish, and crappie is also popular. Bream fishing is excellent during late spring and early summer, and crappie fishing is good during the spring and fall. Some very large catfish have been taken from the lake, some weighing over 80 pounds. Milfoil and hydrilla weed beds create excellent habitats for the lake's bass. Although there are some smallmouth, striped and spotted bass in the lake, largemouth bass are the dominate species in Lake Guntersville.

Bass fishing tournaments are held year round at Lake Guntersville. These range from small club events to regional and national tournaments. The fishing in Lake Guntersville improves as the water temperature cools in the fall. The fish will begin to more actively feed before winter's cold weather sets in. Fall is a transition time when the bass can be found at different depths, but are often evident in the shallows and the weed beds.

With more than 900 miles of shoreline and a beautiful mountain view, Lake Guntersville offers plenty of coves and quiet areas for fishing. Whether out on your own or utilizing the services of an expert guide, fishing on Lake Guntersville can be a relaxing and rewarding experience.

Nova Sisk is the director of sales for Hampton Inn $ Suites Scottsboro Alabama hotel. The Hampton Inn & Suites Scottsboro hotel in Alabama is located in the mountain/lakes region of northern Alabama surrounded by majestic mountains and rich valleys, located minutes from Lake Guntersville.

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2 Marshall County men sentenced to 30 days in jail for cheating in bass ...
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MARSHALL COUNTY, Alabama – Two Marshall County men were convicted Monday of cheating in a fishing tournament on Lake Guntersville in April. Gary Lee Minor Jr., 37, of Albertville and Robert Scott Gillaspie, 45, of Boaz each were convicted in a ...
2 Alabama men convicted of cheating in fishing tourneyTuscaloosa News (subscription)

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Bass tournament anglers sentenced to jail for cheating
Two men from Marshall County, Alabama, were found guilty and sentenced to jail time for cheating in a Guntersville Lake bass tournament, according to a story from WAFF-TV in Hunstsville. Gary Minor Jr. of Albertville, Alabama, and Robert Gillaspie of ...
Guntersville men convicted of cheating in fishing tourneyWAAY

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Georgia College's bass fishing team will begin preparing for their first tournament of the season, as they kick things off with the Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) Invitational on Lake Chickamauga in Tennessee October 18 and 19. Newly appointed angler ...
Trophy bass couldn't escape the third timeKansas City Star

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The Tennessean
National Bass Fishing Trail Tournament, Lake Guntersville, launch from Blue Bridge. Visit Oct. 18. Middle Tennessee Bass Anglers Classic. Visit Oct. 19. Team Nashville Bassmasters Tournament, Normandy Lake, 6 a.m.-3 p.m., ...

Alabama fishermen convicted of cheating in bass tourney need my new book ...
... when two fishermen were convicted of cheating in a fishing tournament by stashing large fish caught elsewhere in pens near the dock until weigh-in. In court, the men used the defense that the rules did not state the fish had to be caught in Lake ...

Fishing for stronger relationships between fathers and teens
Fishing, fellowship and fatherly love will make for a dynamic October weekend for Redstone Arsenal youth and their dads at Camp Maranatha on Lake Guntersville in Scottsboro. Bicentennial Chapel Youth Ministries are hoping to have 50 father-child teams ...

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