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This Texas Lake Is America’s Best Bass Fishing Spot for 2023

Texas’s O.H. Ivie Lake is the best lake in America for bass fishing, according to the editors at Bassmaster Magazine.  

The magazine released their list of the top 100 lakes on Monday, breaking down America’s greatest bass fishing spots by region. The annual list was developed after spending months compiling data across the country, according to editors.

O.H. Iver has already produced 15 bass over 13 pounds in the first three months of 2023, cementing its status as the premier trophy bass fishery in the U.S.

In second spot is the St. Lawrence River, a 50-mile stretch known for scenic beauty and feisty smallmouth bass, and at number 3, after two years out of the top spot, is California’s Clear Lake, which was aided from the wettest spring in years which flooded vegetation and fed hungry bass. 

Check out the full list below, and head over to Bassmaster for more details

Bassmaster Magazine’s Top 10 Best Bass Lakes of 2023

  1. O.H. Ivie Lake, Texas
  2. St. Lawrence River (1000 Islands), New York
  3. Clear Lake, California
  4. Lake Murray, South Carolina
  5. Toledo Bend Reservoir, Louisiana/Texas
  6. Fellsmere Reservoir/Stick Marsh/Kenansville Lake, Florida
  7. Lake St. Clair, Michigan 
  8. Orange Lake, Florida
  9. Lake Erie/Upper Niagara River, New York
  10. Lake Okeechobee, Florida

Best Bass Lakes – Central Division

  1. O.H. Ivie Lake, Texas
  2. Toledo Bend Reservoir, Louisiana/Texas
  3. Lake Fork, Texas
  4. Possum Kingdom Lake, Texas
  5. Caney Creek Reservoir, Louisiana

Best Bass Lakes – Western Division

  1. Clear Lake, California
  2. Lake Berryessa, California
  3. Diamond Valley Lake, California
  4. Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, California
  5. Lake Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

Best Bass Lakes – Northeastern Division

  1. St. Lawrence River (1000 Islands), New York
  2. Lake St. Clair, Michigan 
  3. Lake Erie/Upper Niagara River, New York
  4. Burt/Mullett lakes, Michigan
  5. Lake Champlain, New York/Vermont

Best Bass Lakes – Southeastern Division

  1. Lake Murray, South Carolina
  2. Fellsmere Reservoir/Stick Marsh/Kenansville Lake, Florida
  3. Orange Lake, Florida
  4. Lake Okeechobee, Florida
  5. Lake Guntersville, Alabama

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