Chuck Cranford

Chuck Cranford caught this double digit bass on Guntersville Lake earlier this year. 

Bassmaster Magazine released its list of the best bass fishing waters in the nation this week. Guntersville Lake cracked the list at No. 2. 

The only waterway ahead of it was the St. Lawrence River, a smallmouth bass fishery in upstate New York. 

Here's what Bassmaster said about Guntersville's ranking:

"Alabama’s Lake Guntersville took the No. 2 spot after producing several 30-plus-pound limits this spring. That said, the Big G was producing so many 20-pound limits that a 4-pound average quit turning heads. Even during tough tournaments, anglers had to catch at least 24 pounds to win. This historic fishery had been down in the rankings for several years, falling out of the Top 10 in both 2016 and 2017. It climbed to No. 9 last year, and is now looking as healthy as ever."

Guntersville ranked ahead of its upstream neighbor, Chickamauga, which had been a darling of the rankings the last few years. 

The overall top 10 was made up of these lakes:

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

In the Southeast regional rankings, Guntersville was No. 1 and Chickamauga No. 2. Other Tennessee River lakes making the Southeast list were No. 6 Pickwick and No. 19 Wheeler. 

Guntersville will be the fishing venue for the 50th annual Bassmaster Classic next spring, with the daily weigh-ins at the Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center in Birmingham. Guntersville will also host the national kayak bass fishing championship next year. 

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