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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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Fox 54

Fishermen Concerned with Trash Dumped Near Lake Guntersville
Fox 54
JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. - On any given day you will find old tires floating in the water or soda cans and even motor oil containers at Mink Creek near Scottsboro. Local fisherman Doug Cruger is fed up with the amount of litter that is piling up. He ...
Trash dumping in Lake Guntersville causing concernsWAAY

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The Tennessean

Outdoors calendar: Turkey quota hunt deadline next week
The Tennessean
Feb. 22. Tennessee Team Bass Inc. Tournament, Lake Guntersville, launch from Goose Pond. Call 615-207-7499 or email ... Walmart Bass Fishing League Tournament, Land Between the Lakes Division, Kentucky Lake/Lake Barkley. Visit

Saratoga Wire

Eagle Watch Time at Guntersville State Park
A juvenile Bald Eagle swoops in to catch a fish below the dam. Several ... To get updates and see photos of the events, follow Lake Guntersville State Park on Facebook ( and Twitter (
Lake Guntersville State Park celebrates 30 years of eagle awarenessWAFF

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Clarksville Leaf Chronicle

Tennessee buck (Photo: File)
Clarksville Leaf Chronicle
Fort Loudoun 808.0V; Watts Bar 737.3V; Chickamauga 677.8V; Nickajack 633.2V; Guntersville 593.9V; Wheeler 551.1V; Wilson 505.3V; Tims Ford 877.0R; Normandy 865.4F; Pickwick 410.0V; Kentucky (Dam 356.2R, New Johnsonville 356.3F, Perryville 357.0S ...

Ted Peck: Open water a special kind of southern comfort
Guntersville Lake in northern Alabama has been on my bass-fishing bucket list for years. This 75-mile long impoundment of the Tennessee River has been rated in the top five by Bassmaster Magazine since it started keeping score. This 69,000 acre fishery ...
Shake, rattle and roll--time to tie on a

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Chicago Sun-Times

Chicago fishing: Mark Zona, 3 questions & more
Chicago Sun-Times
I caught up with Zona as he was crossing the Ohio River, trying to make home in Michigan Thursday night from a shoot on Lake Guntersville for “ZONA'S Awesome Fishing Show.'' “I like fishing in the harshest conditions,'' Zona said. “My band of pirates ...

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