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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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A juvenile Bald Eagle swoops in to catch a fish below the dam. Several juvenile Bald Eagles are testing their fishing and flying skills above the waters at Guntersville Dam. A mature pair of Bald Eagles have been preparing their nest and will hopefully ...

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Clarksville Leaf Chronicle

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Fort Loudoun 808.0V; Watts Bar 736.2V; Chickamauga 675.4V; Nickajack 633.2V; Guntersville 593.6V; Wheeler 550.5V; Wilson 506.2V; Tims Ford 875.0F; Normandy 865.3S; Pickwick 409.1V; Kentucky (Dam 354.7F, New Johnsonville 354.6F, Perryville 355.4R ...

Sunday Fishing Report
Captain Mike Carter reports the warmer weather last week was good for fishing, bad for duck hunting as it moved some waterfowl out of the Guntersville marshes. He said lower water is a plus on the lake for bass, pulling fish out of the grass into more ...

Mueller Anxious For Elites, Second Classic
A 32-pound, 5-ounce limit on the second day of the 2014 Bassmaster Classic at Lake Guntersville changed all of that. Once you set ... Mueller didn't believe he was ready for the Elites last year, not only from a fishing perspective but also from a ...

Shreveport Times

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Approximately 67 Dutch oven cooks from the Claiborne Dutch Oven Cookers and Bayou Pots met at Lake Bistineau State Park in Doyline over the weekend, preparing 38 pots of main and side dishes, along with desserts. The Bayou Pots hosted the DOG and Lake ...

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