Bass Fishing: 25 of the Best Locations in the USA

David McClureCorrespondent IMarch 24, 2009

Bass fishing has become as much of a pastime as baseball in America these days, or so it would seem. Americans are very blessed to have so many locations to go find bass in every state in the Union except Alaska. Even Hawaii has seen Peacock Bass stocking efforts.

The state and local governments have created outstanding methods for managing both the health and population of bass in lakes and rivers all across the land. They have also allowed access to countless lakes and rivers, whether by boat or on foot.

With so many great locations, it can be overwhelming to decide where you should go. You may have a few favorite spots near your home, or you may be close to some of the big name bass waters. No matter where you are, with a little work, you can find a great place to fish.

The following list includes 25 of the best bass fishing waters in the continental United States. The lakes all have solid reputations and are well worth the trip. Largemouth, smallmouth, spotted, and peacock bass were all a consideration when adding these lakes to the list.

These lakes are in no particular order and all are worthy of your time in search of quality fish.

Texas is home to many incredible bass fisheries. Most notable are:

  1. Falcon Lake
  2. Lake Fork
  3. Toledo Bend
  4. Sam Rayburn Reservoir
  5. Lake Amistad

Florida is also home to numerous big bass spots, including:

  1. Lake Okeechobee
  2. The Everglades
  3. Lake George

Georgia checks in with:

  1. Lake Lanier
  2. Clark's Hill Lake

California, which has become the best place to look for record book fish, has:

  1. Lake Amidor
  2. Castaic Lake
  3. Casitas Lake
  4. The San Joaquin Delta
  5. Lake Folsum
  6. Clear Lake

Michigan has several good bass waters, especially for smallmouth bass, check out:

  1. Lake St. Clair and River
  2. Lake Erie and the Detroit River
  3. Saginaw Bay and River Basin
  4. Fletcher's Pond

Some other lakes to consider:

  1. The Santee Cooper Reservoir in South Carolina
  2. Lake Champlain in New York
  3. Lake of the Woods in Minnesota
  4. Pickwick Lake in Alabama
  5. Bull Shoals in Arkansas
  6. Lake Mead in Nevada
  7. Lake Havasu in Arizona

There are many great bass fishing locations stretched across the country, all you need is an open mind and a fishing rod in your hand!