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1. St. Lawrence River (Thousand Islands) NY

2. Lake Guntersville AL

3. Sam Rayburn TX

4. Clear Lale CA

5. Lake Fork TX

6. Chickamuaga Lake TN

7. New Melones Lake CA

8. Lake St. Claire MI

9. Seante Copper (Marion & Moultre) SC

10. Lake Erie NY

Always interesting and with a few surprises.

Tom

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I believe at least second year in a row a Florida lake hasn’t made it in the top 10... seems used to be lake O, stick marsh, even the Kissimmee chain used to make it in the top 10s. Pretty sad. 

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I'd love to see the lakes...but the slideshow doesn't function for me. They use to publish the list, where is that?

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18 minutes ago, Big Mike in Fl said:

I believe at least second year in a row a Florida lake hasn’t made it in the top 10... seems used to be lake O, stick marsh, even the Kissimmee chain used to make it in the top 10s. Pretty sad. 

All ebbs and flows of ecosystems if I had to guess. 10-12 years ago some of the Texas lakes were struggling (relative to what they had been and are now) and now they are flourishing. Guntersville is back with a vengeance after a down 3 or so years earlier this decade. Won’t be long until the FL fisheries will be back in business. 

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Top 100 lakes and the first one is a river? Color me confused.  :wall:

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7 minutes ago, MN Fisher said:

I'd love to see the lakes...but the slideshow doesn't function for me. They use to publish the list, where is that?

Someone more skilled at copy and paste can add the entire 100 list published in Bassmaster mag June/July 2019.

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Okay, they managed to put Virginia in the Northeast. The census bureau only includes 9 states in the northeast and Maryland and Virginia aren't included.

 

But anyway, I clicked through the list of the region's best 25 and what do I find in addition to the Potomac River. Jeez, the entire upper Chesapeake Bay.

 

That's no lake either.

 

2019 List Of Bassmaster Magazine’s 100 Best Bass Lakes      

RANK

FISHERY

STATE

Top 10

   

1

St. Lawrence River

New York

2

Lake Guntersville

Alabama

3

Sam Rayburn Reservoir

Texas

4

Clear Lake

California

5

Lake Fork

Texas

6

Chickamauga Lake

Tennessee

7

New Melones Lake

California

8

Lake St. Clair

Michigan

9

Santee Cooper Lakes 

South Carolina

10

Lake Erie

New York

     

Northeast

   

1

St. Lawrence River

New York

2

Lake St. Clair

Michigan

3

Lake Erie

New York

4

Lake Erie

Ohio

5

Burt/Mullett lakes

Michigan

6

Lake Champlain

New York/Vermont

7

Bays de Noc

Michigan

8

Saginaw Bay

Michigan

9

Lake Charlevoix

Michigan

10

Grand Traverse Bay

Michigan

11

Potomac River

West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland

12

Oneida Lake

New York

13

Cayuga Lake

New York

14

Presque Isle Bay

Pennsylvania

15

Upper Chesapeake Bay

Maryland

16

Smith Mountain Lake

Virginia

17

Webber Pond

Maine

18

Green River Lake

Kentucky

19

Lake Cumberland

Kentucky

20

China Lake

Maine

21

Great Pond

Maine

22

Candlewood Lake

Connecticut

23

Chautauqua Lake

New York

24

Lake Winnipesaukee

New Hampshire

25

Kentucky Lake

Kentucky/Tennessee

     

Western

   

1

Clear Lake

California

2

New Melones Lake

California

3

Lake Perris

California

4

Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta

California

5

Diamond Valley Lake

California

6

Don Pedro Reservoir

California

7

Lake Berryessa

California

8

Lake Coeur d’Alene

Idaho

9

Shasta Lake

California

10

Lake Havasu

Arizona/California

11

Roosevelt Lake

Arizona

12

Lower Colorado River

Arizona/California

13

Alamo Lake

Arizona

14

Potholes Reservoir

Washington

15

Lake Washington

Washington

16

Brownlee Reservoir

Idaho/Oregon

17

Sand Hollow Reservoir

Utah

18

Elephant Butte Reservoir

New Mexico

19

Lake Mohave

Nevada/Arizona

20

C.J. Strike Reservoir

Idaho

21

Siltcoos Lake

Oregon

22

Owyhee Reservoir

Oregon

23

Lake Pleasant

Arizona

24

Lake Mead

Nevada/Arizona

25

Columbia River

Oregon/Washington

     

Central

   

1

Sam Rayburn Reservoir

Texas

2

Lake Fork

Texas

3

Sturgeon Bay

Wisconsin

4

Toledo Bend

Texas/Louisiana

5

Mille Lacs Lake

Minnesota

6

Lake Falcon

Texas

7

Lake Conroe

Texas

8

Lake Minnentonka

Minnesota

9

Caddo Lake

Texas/Louisiana

10

Table Rock Lake

Missouri

11

Lake Lyndon B. Johnson

Texas

12

Millwood Lake

Arkansas

13

Caney Creek Reservoir

Louisiana

14

Lake Dardanelle

Arkansas

15

Lake Ray Roberts

Texas

16

Lake Texoma

Texas/Oklahoma

17

Lake Ouachita

Arkansas

18

Lake of the Ozarks

Missouri

19

Lake O’ the Pines

Texas

20

Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees

Oklahoma

21

Lake Columbia

Arkansas

22

Bull Shoals Lake

Arkansas

23

Lake Wanahoo

Nebraska

24

La Cygne Reservoir

Kansas

25

Newton Lake

Illinois

     

Southeast

   

1

Lake Guntersville

Alabama

2

Chickamauga Lake

Tennessee

3

Santee Cooper Lakes 

South Carolina

4

St. Johns River

Florida

5

Lake Seminole

Florida/Georgia

6

Pickwick Lake

Alabama/Mississippi/Tennessee

7

Jordan Lake

North Carolina

8

Rodman Reservoir

Florida

9

Lake Murray

South Carolina

10

Falls Lake

North Carolina

11

Lake Tohopekaliga

Florida

12

Shearon Harris

North Carolina

13

Lake Eufalua

Alabama

14

Lake Istokpoga

Florida

15

Watts Bar Reservoir

Tennessee

16

Stick Marsh/Farm 13

Florida

17

Lake Wateree

South Carolina

18

Lake Okeechobee

Florida

19

Wheeler Lake

Alabama

20

Cherokee Lake

Tennessee

21

Clarks Hill Lake

Georgia/South Carolina

22

Lake Jordan

Alabama

23

Fellsmere Reservoir

Florida

24

Roanoke River

North Carolina

25

Lake Lanier

Georgia

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That list is a joke. They put the Saint Lawrence River of New York over the Rodman Reservoir, Stick Marsh, Lake Kingsley, Kenyan Lake, Lake Okeechobee, and other well known trophy bass fisheries in Florida? Earlier this year a man caught a 15 pound, 13 ounce largemouth bass out of Orange Lake in Florida and hundreds of 8 pound or better bass get caught every year in Florida. I doubt you will see that type of fishing from the Saint Lawrence River! I bet there are dozens of ponds and lakes in Central/North Florida that has better trophy bass fishing than the Saint Lawrence river has. Florida does not have smallmouth bass but we do have peacock bass which are far more beautiful and pound for pound more powerful fish than a smallmouth bass. The Everglades is well known for +100 bass days (some people have had +200 bass days) so the Saint Lawrence does not compare with numbers of bass caught in 1 day of fishing either. 

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It's nice to see Minnetonka on the list - gives me hope that I'll catch something good this year.

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Michigan is in the Northeast? Learn something new every day...

 

46 minutes ago, Johnbt said:

23

Lake Wanahoo

 Nebraska

 

That is only 30ish minutes from me - did not expect to see that (or any Nebraska pond/lake/stream/river/watering hole) on this list. I’ve had better luck fishing the subdivision pond near my house then I ever have at Wanahoo. 

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Wish they'd stop putting lakes from Kansas on the list. Fishing sucks here, go to Table Rock or Lake of the Ozarks instead. 

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Seems like they roughly throw this list together based on incomplete tournament bag data.

 

It's not a flawless list, but it does the job well enough.

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Ruh roh! There was a day I thought my home lake didn't get the respect it deserved, and now it's #7 nationally and #2 out west with its neighbor #6 out west. They're both plenty big and out of the way enough that it probably won't affect the pressure on either of them very much, but it is crazy seeing the national attention.

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8 hours ago, soflabasser said:

That list is a joke. They put the Saint Lawrence River of New York over the Rodman Reservoir, Stick Marsh, Lake Kingsley, Kenyan Lake, Lake Okeechobee, and other well known trophy bass fisheries in Florida? Earlier this year a man caught a 15 pound, 13 ounce largemouth bass out of Orange Lake in Florida and hundreds of 8 pound or better bass get caught every year in Florida. I doubt you will see that type of fishing from the Saint Lawrence River! I bet there are dozens of ponds and lakes in Central/North Florida that has better trophy bass fishing than the Saint Lawrence river has. Florida does not have smallmouth bass but we do have peacock bass which are far more beautiful and pound for pound more powerful fish than a smallmouth bass. The Everglades is well known for +100 bass days (some people have had +200 bass days) so the Saint Lawrence does not compare with numbers of bass caught in 1 day of fishing either. 

Couldn't have said it better. 

Obviously the criteria they use is limited and flawed. 

Has been for years. 

 

 

 

 

Mike

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9 hours ago, soflabasser said:

That list is a joke. They put the Saint Lawrence River of New York over the Rodman Reservoir, Stick Marsh, Lake Kingsley, Kenyan Lake, Lake Okeechobee, and other well known trophy bass fisheries in Florida? Earlier this year a man caught a 15 pound, 13 ounce largemouth bass out of Orange Lake in Florida and hundreds of 8 pound or better bass get caught every year in Florida. I doubt you will see that type of fishing from the Saint Lawrence River! I bet there are dozens of ponds and lakes in Central/North Florida that has better trophy bass fishing than the Saint Lawrence river has. Florida does not have smallmouth bass but we do have peacock bass which are far more beautiful and pound for pound more powerful fish than a smallmouth bass. The Everglades is well known for +100 bass days (some people have had +200 bass days) so the Saint Lawrence does not compare with numbers of bass caught in 1 day of fishing either. 

The article I read in the email from bassmasters stated that the list was compiled by averaging bag weights in B.A.S.S tourneys. If the fish are so big down there, you boys need to start putting together better bags in your derbies.

  I know that during the elite tourny on the st lawrence last year, they constantly talked about having more 20lb+ bags every day of the event than any event in elite series history. Maybe that has something to do with it. 

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24 minutes ago, Jleebesaw said:

The article I read in the email from bassmasters stated that the list was compiled by averaging bag weights in B.A.S.S tourneys. If the fish are so big down there, you boys need to start putting together better bags in your derbies.

  I know that during the elite tourny on the st lawrence last year, they constantly talked about having more 20lb+ bags every day of the event than any event in elite series history. Maybe that has something to do with it. 

Yeah, I think they go by average tourney weights. 

Its similar fishing the tidal marshes of SE Louisiana as well .  You can go out and catch 50+ bass on good days, but the weight just isn't there. You come back with anything over 4lb and chances are you will win big fish(I think the biggest I've ever seen weighed in at a tourney I fished was 5lb).   If MLF does a top 100 lakes, the marsh I fish might make the cut.

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I've posted a lot of big fish here from #5 on the "Northeast" list.

 "Northeast" ? - Maybe that explains my funny accent.

I always thought those bodies of water were part of the Lake Menderchuck Chain . . . . . . 

Who Knew ?

:smiley:

A-Jay

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When did they move Kentucky Lake to the Northeast?  I was planning to fish there this weekend.  Now I don't even know where it is. 🤬

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3 hours ago, Mike L said:

Couldn't have said it better. 

Obviously the criteria they use is limited and flawed. 

Has been for years. 

 

I’m fine with the flaw, more for us Flocals. 😂 

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They must’ve been following me around for the last 2 weeks here in the Fla.  

I heard giggling coming from the hydrilla and had a bass come out the water, look at me and say ‘brah...come on. You should take up karate instead..’

Been that rough. 

 

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6 hours ago, Tennessee Boy said:

When did they move Kentucky Lake to the Northeast?  I was planning to fish there this weekend.  Now I don't even know where it is. 🤬

Hahahahaha I saw that too. What in the world ........

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I’m going to give Cayuga Lake a try this summer. And a few other lakes in the area. Heck, I might even try and catch a few trouts since my current PB is tied between rainbows and browns at 4 ounces.

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13 hours ago, Mike L said:

Couldn't have said it better. 

Obviously the criteria they use is limited and flawed. 

Has been for years. 

 

 

 

 

Mike

We are blessed to live in the Fishing Capital of the World and know very well how good the bass fishing is here. It is common for a Florida bass fisherman to have a PB bass of over 8 pounds and there are many with +10 pound PB bass. Same cannot be said for the Saint Lawrence River and other northern waters where bass do not grow as much. That list is extremely flawed and anybody with decent bass fishing knowledge knows this. Maybe next year they will say Nebraska, Indiana or some other below average bass fishing state has better bass fishing than Florida? LOL

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12 hours ago, 813basstard said:

They must’ve been following me around for the last 2 weeks here in the Fla.  

I heard giggling coming from the hydrilla and had a bass come out the water, look at me and say ‘brah...come on. You should take up karate instead..’

Been that rough. 

 

I gotta say, when the water temp is at 90* it can be awful hard putting together a successful day.

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I can think of a couple lakes in Oklahoma that are better than Grand or Texoma, not sure who compiled this list and where the data came from.

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