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Pack your bags, because after reading about the best lakes in the nation this year, you’ll not want to waste a second getting on the road, boat in tow. This year’s rankings mark the sixth installment of our annual bass lake research project. And looking back on previous rankings, there has not been a more impressive year for production of quantity and quality of bass. Here are the top 12 bass lakes in the country. If you'd like to see the top 25 for each region, look for the links below.
Photo: Seigo Saito / Captions: Andy Crawford, James Hall, Mark Hicks and Brian Sak