Best Bass Lakes of the Decade


Since 2012, Bassmaster Magazine has released annual rankings of the country’s best bass fisheries. While tournament data could not be gathered this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the magazine decided to crunch numbers gathered over the past eight years and revealed the  Best Bass Lake of the Decade — California’s Clear Lake.  Here in Minnesota, Lake Mille Lacs finished the 21st best Bass Lake of the Decade. Bassmaster Magazine Editor-in-Chief James Hall said they used all of their research and rankings from the past eight years to create a bucket-list of destinations for anglers. The Rankings also broke down the lakes by region…Minnesota had 3 lakes in the top ten for the Central Region. In addition to Lake Mille Lacs….Lake Minnetonka and Rainy Lake ranked 5th and 7th in the Region respectively.

Bassmaster Magazine’s 100 Best Bass Lakes of the Decade     

Top 25   

Clear Lake, California

Lake Guntersville, Alabama

Lake Erie, New York/Ohio/Pennsylvania/Michigan

Lake St. Clair, Michigan

Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta, California

Toledo Bend, Louisiana/Texas 

Sam Rayburn Reservoir, Texas

Falcon Lake, Texas

Lake Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

10 Lake Okeechobee, Florida

11 Lake Champlain, New York/Vermont

12 St. Lawrence River (Thousand Islands), New York

13 Pickwick Lake, Alabama/Mississippi/Tennessee

14 Grand Lake O’ The Cherokees, Oklahoma

15 Chickamauga Lake, Tennessee

16 Lake Fork, Texas

17 Lake Havasu, Arizona/California

18 Oneida Lake, New York

19 Candlewood Lake, Connecticut

20 Columbia River, Oregon/Washington

21 Mille Lacs Lake, Minnesota

22 Lake Seminole, Georgia/Florida

23 Santee Cooper Lakes (Marion/Moultrie), South Carolina

24 Lake Charlevoix, Michigan

25 Sturgeon Bay (Lake Michigan), Wisconsin


Best Bass Lakes of the Decade – Central Region

Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri

Bull Shoals Lake, Arkansas/Missouri

Lake Ray Roberts, Texas

Table Rock Lake, Missouri

Lake Minnetonka, Minnesota

Lake Dardanelle, Arkansas

Rainy Lake, Minnesota

Lake Ouachita, Arkansas

Newton Lake, Illinois

10 Caddo Lake, Texas


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