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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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Friday Fishing Report
Captain Mike Carter reports from Lake Guntersville that bass fishing has really turned on there within the last week, particularly the shallow bite, where Choo Choo Lures swimjigs and spinnerbaits are catching lots of quality fish. He said that 1/2 to ...

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Outdoors Notebook: Hunting seasons, fishing tournaments and more
April 20-22, 2016: B.A.S.S. Nation Tournament at Lake Guntersville; April 23: Alabama Bass Trail tournament on Pickwick Lake; April 28-May 1: Bassmaster Elite Tournament on Lake Wheeler out of Decatur; ...

Best Black Friday deal: A day on the lake
Times Daily
Guntersville: Is there ever a bad time to fish Guntersville? The bass actually go into a lull in those days after the frog bite dies and the trap bite heats up. If you get there and the bass aren't slamming lipless crankbaits, try crappie fishing. The ...

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Sauger disappearance leaves winter void
Times Daily
The tailrace areas below Wilson, Wheeler, and Guntersville dams were go-to destinations for sauger fishermen. Some of those same fishermen also traced the paths of the fall migration on the main lakes, especially on Pickwick and on Guntersville, as the ...

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Chattanooga Times Free Press

Reeling in dollars: Rhea County boosts economy through competitive bass fishing
Chattanooga Times Free Press
Guntersville, Ala., may contest that title, but Dayton's emergence as a destination for anglers is hard to ignore. NBC Sports Network is airing an hourlong special this fall going inside a 2015 Fishing League Worldwide professional event held on Lake ...

Catching eatin' fish on the TVA lakes in winter
Most TVA chain anglers are bass crazy, no doubt about it--if they think of crappie at all, it's for a brief period in late March and April when the panfish school around shoreline brush to spawn. But these big lakes are all loaded with big crappie, and ...

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