Lake Guntersville, Alabama

Situated on 67,900 acres of water surface, 890 miles of  shoreline, Guntersville Reservoir is located in Northeast Alabama.  From the Dam at Guntersville to the dam at Nickajack, 76 miles of water is waiting for Fishermen and Recreational Boaters alike.  There are numerous launches available on Guntersville.  The majority of the launches are on the lower end of the lake.

The towns of Scottsboro, Stevenson, Bridgeport, Guntersville, Hollywood and numerous more have launches on the lake.  Food and lodging is available on most every part of the lake, with the majority being in Guntersville.  Also, the Guntersville State Park offers anglers and recreational boaters easy access to the water.  From Cabins to Chalets to numerous campsites, they are all available to rent.  With the State Park ramp just a stones throw from the campgrounds, it is very convenient to the campers.

The State Park Ramp in my honest opinion has to be the best public launch on the lake.  A 5 lane ramp and 2 30+ ft floating docks are available.  In addition to the excellent ramp, there is also plenty of parking.   For family fun, they are 17 hiking trails to choose from.  The scenic Appalachian foothills greet anglers on the entire lake, adding to the already beautiful surroundings.

Now to the good part, the fishing!  Ask any local angler when the best time to fish Guntersville and you will receive mixed reviews.  The fishing is good year round.  The best time is when the vegetation starts to emerge.  Fall and Winter are also good times on the lake.  Crappie really get the attention during this time.  As many of you already know, B.A.S.S,  FLW, Ever-start, and numerous other tournament trails fish Lake Guntersville every year. 

There are also numerous species of fish to be taken on Guntersville.  Largemouth bass, white bass, channel catfish spotted bass, white bass, yellow bass, redbreast, redear sunfish, bluegill, white crappie, yellow perch, channel catfish, blue catfish, sauger, bullhead catfish, drum, and carp can all be caught here. 

Most people will tend to agree that the lower end of the lake has the best fishing, but it has been my experience that fish can be caught from dam to dam.  Spinnerbaits, Soft plastics, Topwater, and Crankbaits seem to be the favorite lures for bass.  Minnows, crickets and worms work extremely well for the various species of panfish and catfish in the lake.  Don’t be surprised if you catch a big cat on your bass lures!

The main river area of the lake usually stays clear, but it can be expected to see stained to muddy water from time to time.  Especially after heavy rains.  This is usually only pertaining to the backwater areas of the numerous feeder creeks.  Construction on Guntersville dam started in 1935 and was completed in 1939.   The underwater structure is numerous on Guntersville.  From stumps to ponds, from rip-rap to demolished dams and bridges, the structure fisherman has plenty of spots to fish on this lake.  With the vegetation and all the structure, it’s easy to see why the bass fishing is good on the lake.

For more information on Guntersville Lake, you can visit these links:
Lake Gunterville Bass Fishing Reports  – Here you can find updated bass fishing reports be Ultimate Bass members.
Tennessee Valley Authority – You can find water release times and water levels on the lake from TVA’s website.
Outdoor Alabama  – Here you can find more information on Alabama Lakes and Waterways, also you can buy your fishing license online!
Alabama State Parks  – This is the Lake Guntersville State Park website, any questions about the Park can be answered here.

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