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Lake Guntersville named 4th highest for bass fishing

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The article comes out this month in Bassmasters Magazine. The article comes out this month in Bassmasters Magazine.

A national fishing magazine named Lake Guntersville in Marshall and Jackson counties the fourth highest-rated lake across the entire nation for bass fishing.

The article comes out this month in Bassmasters Magazine.

Chris Lane won the Bassmasters classic last year. Since then, he moved to Guntersville and opened a guide business because of the lake.

As far as the number four ranking, they were actually a little disappointed.

"I would expect it would have been number two to be honest with you," said Pat Kelly with Chris Lane Outdoor Fishing Guide.

One cast with a greenish colored lizard, and Kelly has a point.

"This is why Lake Guntersville is so good.  It didn't take long to catch that fish," he said.

While a number four ranking seems very, very good, Kelly said when it comes to bass in Lake Guntersville, the numbers are undisputable.

"Our average weight here in tournament lately has been five pound average, anywhere from 25 to 33 pounds has been winning tournaments," said Kelly.

While the lake has deep and shallow places, ledges, and rocks, Kelly said the lake weeds help create a habitat for bass like no other lake.

"We have so many bass that you can't find them all because we have so much grass.  It's kind of a protection for them and it also keeps the bait here," he said.

While Bassmasters sees the lake as number four, it's higher in Kelly's book.

"I used to do the tournament trails years back, and to me this is the grandest lake of them all," he said.

The 2007 champion, Boyd Duckett, is moving to Guntersville this year and bringing his fishing rod business with him, but local officials believe it pays off big when it draws the interest of tourists.

"It is huge for Guntersville because it brings in just that many more people that come in and spend their money and stay in our hotels and eat at our restaurants and gas up their cars and go shopping.  We like for them to leave their money in Guntersville," said Mayor Leigh Dollar.

Lake St. Clair in Michigan took top honors in Bassmasters Magazine.

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