Best Bass Lakes of 2013: Clear Lake

Clear Lake, Calif.

Clear Lake, California
Tyler Reed
Clear Lake, Calif., ranks No. 3 in Bassmaster Magazine's 100 Best Bass Lakes of 2013.

The largest freshwater lake entirely in California (68 square miles), Clear also produces some of the largest bass the state has to offer with amazing consistency. Although 25 pounds typically wins a one-day derby here, 30-pound limits are not unusual. Remember, Elite Series pro Steve Kennedy set a four-day weight record in 2007 with 122-14, which is slightly more than 30 pounds per day! Skeet Reese wasn’t too far behind him with 117-6. “You fish here expecting a 30-pound limit,” Reese says. “Plus, you can have 100-fish days and catch a teener. If this place isn’t a dream lake for a bass fisherman, that fisherman needs to check his pulse.”

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