The rank of many lakes on this list has suffered due to intense angling pressure. Guntersville is the exception. This 70,000-acre impoundment receives as much intelligent fishing pressure as any lake on the planet. The constant stream of casts would injure most fisheries, but this is simply not the case with G-ville. “I don’t care the time of year, if you don’t have 25 pounds, don’t count on being in the Top 10,” says former Classic champion Chris Lane. “Plus, you can catch fish anywhere on this lake. There’s not one portion of the lake that’s better than the other.”
On top of being a world-class largemouth fishery, the lake does have an impressive population of spotted bass and even some smallmouth if you fish the far upper end. Lipless crankbaits and umbrella rigs are responsible for recent huge limits.