Best Bass Lakes of 2012: Clear Lake

Until Falcon Lake was brought center stage by the Bassmaster Elite Series pros in 2008, Clear Lake owned all the heavyweight B.A.S.S. records. Steve Kennedy set a four-day weight record in 2007 on this 43,785-acre natural lake with 122 pounds, 14 ounces. Skeet Reese brought in 117-6 and Greg Guiterrez landed 108-1 during the same event. Although the Elite Series anglers didn’t break the 100-pound mark in 2010 when they visited, Byron Velvick scared triple digits by winning with 98-6. And according to the California Department of Fish and Game, catch rates on this lake are still the highest in the state.