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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. 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.

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.

Kayak anglers like Guntersville because numerous boat ramps dot the shoreline. YakAngler.com rated Lake Guntersville one of the top waters for fishing from a kayak in 2013.

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.

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.

 LINKS (disclaimer):
It is illegal to possess blueback herring Duane Raver's Blueback Herring courtesy of the US Fish and Wildlife Service in Alabama. Regulations designate legal capture methods for bait and specify additional species that may not be used for bait.

Fishing license information may be found at: www.outdooralabama.com/fishing/freshwater/license/. Instant licensing is available via the Internet (2% fee), via the telephone by calling 1-888-848-6887 ($3.95 fee), or at 900 vendors and probate offices in Alabama. All youth age 15 and younger fish for free. The extreme upper end of Guntersville Lake is in Tennessee.

Possession and creel limits for Alabama public waters are listed at: www.outdooralabama.com/fishing/freshwater/regulations/

Bass fishing quality at Guntersville Reservoir is assessed here.  If you are a member of a bass club, please consider being a part of our Bass Angler Information Team. We use information from clubs to help better manage your lakes for fishing.

Talk with anglers that fish Lake Guntersville Lake at www.al.com/forums/fishing/.
Find fishing reports under "Resources" at www.al.com/outdoors/
Bass fishing reports for Lake Guntersville may be available at: www.wmi.org/bassfish/reports/alabama/

State fish management information and Alabama reservoir location, size and elevation are listed at: www.outdooralabama.com/fishing/freshwater/where/reservoirs/

Information from the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is provided at lakeinfo.tva.gov/ and at www.tva.gov/sites/guntersville.htm and navigation maps at www.lrn.usace.army.mil/opn/TNRiver/ or through TVA, https://maps.tva.com/, or email mapstore@tva.gov, call 1-800-MAPS-TVA, fax 1-423-751-6216, or write 1101 Market St., Chattanooga, TN 37402-2801.  Boaters may use TVA's locks to go downstream to Wheeler or upstream to Nickajack.
For information lake level, discharge and other key recreation information on your mobile device, try http://m.tva.com.
Report missing or damaged navigation guides or buoys on TVA reservoirs by completing their Web form.

Lake Guntersville State Park is recently renovated: lodge, restaurant, motel, cabins, chalets, campgrounds, golf course, beach, hiking trails, etc. See a video of the Guntersville State Park. Read what the Huntsville Times says about Guntersville State Park at www.al.com/parks/parks.html. Buck's Pocket State Park (camping) and Cathedral Caverns State Park are nearby.

Contact the following fishing guides:
Capt. Chris Jackson, chris@chrisjacksonfishing.com, 205-706-2425, chrisjacksonfishing.com
Doug Campbell, Waterfront Tackle, 256-582-6060, doug@localaccess.net
Reed Montgomery, www.fishingalabama.com/ 1-205-663-1504, ALABASSGYD@aol.com
C & B North Alabama Guide Service at www.angelfire.com/al2/fishingguideservice/ - Charlie Slaton at 256-593-7249 or 256-572-6217 and Bobby Bright at 256-593-7830 or 256-738-4293

Regional information may be found at the north Alabama regional tourism site, www.northalabama.org/, call (800) 648-5381, or e-mail www.info@northalabama.org. For motels, resorts, lodges, cabins, bed-and-breakfasts, RV parks, marinas, and camping accommodations, look in the "Stay" Section.

Marina information:
Alred Marina: gas, ramp, transient docking, restrooms, full service yard, marine supplies. (256) 582-4400.
Guntersville Marina: gas, transient docking, restrooms: (256) 582-8529.
Goose Pond Colony Marina: gas, ramps, transient docking, restrooms, marine supplies, snacks, campground, lodging, golf: www.goosepond.org/marina.htm (800) 269-2884 or (256) 259-3027.
Jackson County Park and Marina 1-256-574-4719.
Anchorage Marina, Goose Pond Colony and Jackson County Park Marina are Certified Clean Marinas by TVA.

View from Guntersville State ParkGuntersville State Park is a favorite place to stay in cabins, chalets, motel or camping accommodations.
Creekstone Lodge has accommodations near Scottsboro.
Crow Creek Cottage is near Stevenson; call 1-888-344-573.
Golf and Fish Inn Hole is on the other side of Lake Guntersville near Scottsboro, www.fishinnhole.com
Goose Pond Colony has camping and resort facilities near Scottsboro, www.goosepond.org/.
Along AL Hwy 79 on the east side of Lake Guntersville are Cabin and Two Bedroom Trailers Rentals by Tee Kitchens at 1-256-859-1465 and a house that sleeps 3-4.
The Riverhouse cabin is on the southwest part of the lake, near the town of Guntersville, www.vacationrentalnet.com/USA/Vacation-Rentals/Alabama/Lake-Guntersville/17/
Cabin rental, 4BR and 2BA, in the South Sauty area by Jim Porter at 1-256-878-9200.
For a place on the bluff overlooking Guntersville Lake is www.gorhamsbluff.com/
Contact Diamond Woodworth about a lake house rental on Lake Guntersville.
Also see Thornton Properties.
Scottsboro has Traveler's Place Inn and Suites which has electricity available to charge your batteries. 
Phone: 1-256-574-1010.

Rent Boats:
Lake Guntersville Rent-A-Boat (3374 Hwy. 69 West in Guntersville) at 1-256-582-2038.
Town Creek Fish Center at Gunterville State Park

Local tourism is found at: Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourism.

For camping, try Guntersville State Park at www.alapark.com/LakeGuntersville/

How to lock-through Guntersville Dam.

No fish consumption advisories have been issued for most of Guntersville Lake.  The Tennessee River at the Alabama-Tennessee state line has a fish consumption advisory as does Willows Creek. Information on the consumption advisory may be found at the Alabama Department of Public Health Web site, www.adph.org. Consumption advisory information is found under "A-Z Contents" by looking for "Fish Consumption Advisories."

It shall be unlawful to intentionally stock or release any fish, mussel, snail, crayfish or their embryos including bait fish into the public waters of Alabama under the jurisdiction of the Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries as provided in Rule 220-2-.42 except those waters from which it came without the written permission of a designated employee of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources authorized by the Director of the Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries to issue such permit. The provisions of this rule shall not apply to the incidental release of bait into the water during the normal process of fishing.

The Fisheries Section's District I Supervisor can answer specific questions about Guntersville Reservoir at Keith.Floyd@dcnr.alabama.gov.

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