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Bassmaster Magazine ranks best lakes for 2017

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Mille Lacs leaps to No. 1

--- Quote ---“This fishery really got our attention last September during the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship, when 94 limits of smallmouth were weighed in that topped the 20-pound mark. After months of research and processing data from dozens of sources, we realized that the Angler of the Year event was hardly impressive production for the lake. Thirty-pound limits were weighed in during five team events last fall, including two limits breaking the 36-pound mark. Remember, these are limits of smallmouth...”

Rankings highlight the Top 12 fisheries in the nation regardless of location. The remaining lakes are ranked within one of four regions (Northeastern, Southeastern, Central and Western).

12. Chickamauga Lake, Tennessee [36,240 acres]

Central Division
12. Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri [54,000 acres]
13. Caddo Lake, Texas/Louisiana [25,400 acres]
15. Table Rock Lake, Missouri [43,100 acres]
17. Lake Dardanelle, Arkansas [34,300 acres]
18. Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees, Oklahoma [46,500 acres]
20. Millwood Lake, Arkansas [29,500 acres]
22. Lake Ouachita, Arkansas [40,324 acres]
24. Bull Shoals Lake, Arkansas/Missouri [45,000 acres]
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Similar to other years rankings. Area lakes get hammered and hopefully AG&F
can manage this important resource.  Along with lake management, many boat ramp facilities need updated.


Good to see some state lakes on the List.

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