The top 10 for the big 3

Looking to catch a largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass in a single day? Well, look no further. Here are the 10 best Grand Slam fisheries in the nation.

Turkey hunters have to spend several days traveling across the country to harvest every species of turkey to complete a Grand Slam. However, bass anglers can achieve a similar slam by merely fishing one day on a lake loaded with multiple species of black bass.

Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass coexist in several reservoirs throughout the nation to provide bassmasters with the opportunity to catch a Grand Slam in a single day. Bassmaster Magazine recommends the following lakes from coast to coast for the best chance to score a slam in one day of fishing.

Center Hill Lake, Tennessee

Guide Jim Duckworth pursues his trifecta of spotted, smallmouth and largemouth bass every time he takes out clients at Center Hill. “The lake has all the types of cover that those three species like and the forage base for all three species,” Duckworth said.

The prime months to score a Center Hill slam are April and May, when all three species will be in various stages of the spawn. Duckworth suggests working Bandit 200 crankbaits (root beer hue) from the bank to 10 feet deep along spawning flats during April. “In May you want to throw a Zara Spook, especially if you are looking for that big fish.”

Pickwick Lake, Alabama/Mississippi/Tennessee