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(Reelfoot voted one of Top Bass Lakes)
courtesy of: Lake County Banner

Reelfoot Lake was listed as one of the top 96 places in America to catch a record bass in this month’s edition of the prestigious outdoor magazine, Field and Stream.

Reelfoot Lake gets top billing in Tennessee ahead of second place Fort Loudon Reservoir as the place to look for lunker largemouth bass.

“Whether they weigh five pounds or 15, you can catch hefty largemouth bass in every state except Alaska,” said outdoor senior writer Bob Marshall, who wrote the article for Field and Stream.

Listed alphabetically by state there are 96 such places from Moose Pond in Maine to Slick Marsh in Florida to Lake Wilson in Hawaii.

Each listing includes the latest official data about lunker largemouths that tipped the sales to the extent they are state records.

According to the Field and Stream article, the Tennessee state record is a 14 pound, 8 ounce bass caught on Sugar Creek on Oct. 17, 1954, “angler unknown.”

The Reelfoot Lake entry is accompanied by a statement from Tim Churchill, reservoir program coordinator for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources agency.

“In terms of larger public water (Reelfoot) has real stable bass population because the water level doesn’t fluctuate much and the habitat has good cover for big fish,” he said.

Fort Loudon Reservoir is a “sleeper” he added because it is seldom used.


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