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Lake Information for Guntersville Lake


Lake Guntersville is located in north Alabama between Bridgeport and Guntersville. Alabama's largest lake contains 69,100 acres and stretches 75 miles from Nickajack Dam to Guntersville Dam. Free boat ramps and private marinas dot the lake's perimeter.

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Fishing, boating, camping, hunting and eagle watching are popular sports in the area. Eagle watching centers on Guntersville State Park and the dam during the winter, though some bald eagles stay all year. Guntersville Lake fish habitat includes milfoil and hydilla weed beds from which big bass explode on topwater baits.

Fishing Description: 

Though most noted nationally for large bass, Lake Guntersville is home to quality angling for a variety of fish. Historically, about two-thirds of the anglers on Guntersville target largemouth bass, although bream (bluegill, redear sunfish, and longear sunfish), crappie, sauger and catfish attract their fair share of anglers.

In 2009, Huntsville will host the Wal-Mart FLW Tour opening stop at Lake Guntersville February 12-17. The Thursday-through-Sunday format will be fished on Lake Guntersville, drawing 200 professionals and 200 co-anglers in pursuit of a $1 million purse.

Bass fishing family enjoys their catch.A 15-inch minimum length limit for black bass was implemented on 1 October 1993, to restrict harvest of small, fast growing bass. This minimum length limit has been changed to apply only to largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. Sample data from 2004 revealed that the regulation has performed well over the past 11 years. Our samples not only revealed more largemouth bass greater than 15 inches than previous samples, but fish were more robust. Condition of largemouth bass between 12 and 24 inches has consistently improved each sample since 2001, and is higher than it has ever been since the Fisheries Section began sampling this reservoir. A summary of bass club tournament data on Guntersville is available.

Fishing Tips, Tactics, How-To info: 

Bream fishing is excellent throughout the lake, especially during late spring and early summer. Crappie fishing is best during the spring and fall, but night fishing in the summer around bridge pilings can be productive.

Sauger and a few walleye run upstream during the winter and early spring, and anglers catch sauger within the reservoir at bridge crossings and below Guntersville Dam. Catfish angling can bring big surprises; several blue catfish over 80 pounds have been taken from Lake Guntersville.

Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
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Guntersville Lake
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Businesses Located Nearby

Bait & Tackle

    Guntersville Bridge Bait
  • 18958 Us-431 - Guntersville, AL
  • (256) 505-0104
    Buster's Bait & Tackle
  • 2902 Governors Dr Sw - Huntsville, AL
  • (256) 536-1564

Boat Rental

    Lake City Boat & Jetski Repair
  • 5316 Al Highway 79 S - Guntersville, AL
  • (256) 582-3177

Vacation Rental

Bar and Restaurant

    Billy Bob's Bar-B-Que
  • 3585 Al Highway 69 - Guntersville, AL
  • (256) 582-4790
    Brooks Family Restaurant
  • 1139 Highway 231 - Laceys Spring, AL
  • (256) 880-4949
    Clarences Rib Shack
  • 3363 Lake Guntersville Park Dr - Guntersville, AL
  • (256) 582-3935

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