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Lake Guntersville’s Summer Bass are Deep, Quick And Big


Big largemouth are stacked on deep ledges.

Photo: Greg McCain
Photo: Greg McCain

By Greg McCain
Originally published in the August 2014 issue of AON

Lake Guntersville’s reputation as a producer of tournament-quality largemouth bass is well-deserved and known everywhere in fishing circles. Stop on a hot ledge, and fill a five-fish limit of 4- to 6-lb. fish in a few minutes.

A brief mid-afternoon outing with B.A.S.S. Elite Series pro Kevin Hawk in early July produced that type of action. While we needed more than a few moments to fill our limit, the action was steady if not constant for just more than an hour on our first stop near the mouth of Alred Creek on the lower end of Guntersville.

Kevin already had his Smith Lake Park-wrapped Ranger/Optimax rig in the water when I arrived at the boat ramp on Highway 431 just north of the bridge spanning the river. Although there are a multitude of techniques and presentations that fool Guntersville bass, Kevin suggested we start deep on the river ledges.

“I’ve actually been catching more numbers in the grass in the mid-lake area, but if I were tournament fishing, I would probably start out deep,” Kevin said. “The ledges generally produce a better quality fish.”

The trip started with a bang.

Kevin stopped on the edge of the main river channel just outside Alred and pointed to an underwater point on his Lowrance graph. Emphasizing the absolute necessity of using electronics for efficient deep-water fishing on Guntersville, Kevin noted the contour lines around the point were tight, indicating a fairly sheer drop or ledge on both sides.

“Cast in that direction,” he said. Read More over on Alabama Outdoor News >>