Bassmaster Elite Series pro Brandon Lester is a native of southern middle Tennessee. Early on, he honed his fishing skills on a little-known lake near his hometown of Fayetteville. Little known, because the fishery is cast in the shadow of nearby Lake Guntersville and Lake Chickamauga, the super bass lakes on the Bassmaster Top 100.
Lester calls Tims Ford Lake his home water. It’s small, at 10,700 acres and 34 miles long, and is categorized as a highland reservoir in bass fishing terms. The reason why are the rolling hills and deep hollows defining the area. Built by the TVA and opened in 1970, the lake impounds the Elk River, which eventually empties into the Tennessee River at Wheeler Lake in nearby Alabama.
Come along with Lester and take a virtual tour of Tims Ford, named after an early day river crossing. As an added bonus, Lester spent this day on the lake in the midst of the spawn. If you go fishing on highland lakes, no matter where they are, you can pick up few tips.
“I’m going to spill it all for fans of the B.A.S.S. Nation,” he added.