State launches Alabama Bass Trail as tourism attraction

Published: Mar. 8, 2012 at 8:47 PM CST|Updated: Apr. 5, 2012 at 3:58 PM CDT
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Governor Robert Bentley holds up a large bass at the Alabama Bass Trail launch.
Governor Robert Bentley holds up a large bass at the Alabama Bass Trail launch.

GUNTERSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Alabama is looking to reel in more tourists, and they're launching a bass trail to highlight some of the rich natural resources in the state.

Alabama has used golf to kick off the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail to promote tourism across the state.

Thursday, they launched a statewide trail for bass fishing.

There is a picture of the Governor Robert Bentley holding a bass that was caught just two days ago from Lake Guntersville. A politician and professed bass fisherman himself, Governor Bentley conceded he did not catch this fish, but it did help show just how big bass fishing is in the state.

They announced 11 lake destinations Thursday morning that will be highlighted as destination spots for bass fishing all across Alabama.

One goal is to encourage young people through college age to get involved in the sport, but it's also designed to bring people into Alabama, like the golf courses, as a destination point for their family.

"Well, it's big for Alabama and the more it grows, obviously, the more money will come in.  Tourism dollars are good clean dollars and we want to promote tourism in this state," said Governor Bentley.

Now, they've set up a website for the Alabama Bass Trail.

It's got everything you need to know, including the latest fishing report, current fishing conditions, and how far you are away from the next great lake.

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