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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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Let's Talk Fantasy Lineup For Lake Guntersville (press release)
I really feel like Justin has a good chance on Guntersville. Not because he lives there. Chris Lane pointed out that the guys who live there have no experience fishing it in the Spring because they are away fishing elsewhere. He's been pretty strong so ...
Bassmaster Elite Series to make stop in GuntersvilleSand Mountain Reporter

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Kendrick Wins Rayovac Series Tournament On Lake Guntersville (press release)
GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (March 21, 2015) – Jay Kendrick of Grant, Alabama, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 31 pounds, 5 ounces Saturday to win the FLW Series Southeast Division tournament on Lake Guntersville with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing ...
Kendrick catches 31-05 to win at G'

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Friday Fishing Report
Captain Mike Carter says Guntersville main-lake water temps were creeping towards 60 before the front but may slump again with the two freezing nights. His anglers have been catching some fish over 7 pounds at depths of 2 to 4 feet in the creeks, with ...

Outdoors: Dirty water bass fishing doesn't have to be a pain
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Spring rains can turn your favorite fishing hole to the appearance of chocolate milk. Some anglers may throw down their rods and wait for clearer waters. However, fishing dirty or muddy water can be productive. It takes a different approach.

Weekend fishing report, including lake water temps, prime lures and bass reports
Captain Mike Carter reports from Guntersville that main lake water temperatures are still in the mid-50's, but some of the shallow creeks are already up to over 65 degrees in the afternoon. He said depths of 2 to 4 feet in the creeks are producing ...

Big Gizzard Shad Were Kendrick's Focus
“I remember going to Clear Lake Tackle and spending $500 on them,” he said. Over time, he's learned how to fish them effectively and under what conditions they perform best. And when he saw shore anglers throwing cast nets into Lake Guntersville and ...

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