Two lakes in North Carolina have been ranked in the top 100 bass fisheries in the country according to Bassmaster magazine.
Randleman Reservoir ranked No. 47 among Bassmaster’s Top 100, while High Rock Lake ranked No. 60. Randleman had been ranked No. 60 in the magazine’s 2014 survey, while High Rock was unranked a year ago.
The choice of High Rock was an interesting one, as long-time anglers on the Yadkin River lake have reported much smaller catches this year, with many questioning whether something’s wrong with the lake, which was the site of three Bassmaster Classics in the 1990s.
Bassmaster ranked Toledo Bend Reservoir on the Texas/Louisiana border as the top bass fishery in the country, followed by Wisconsin’s Sturgeon Bay. Rounding out the top five were Michigan’s Lake St. Clair, the California Delta and Lake Sam Rayburn of Texas.
According to Bassmaster, the rankings were created by first polling the fishery agencies of each state to produce a current list of bass-rich waters. Next, the B.A.S.S. Nation was employed to chime in on the best fisheries they compete on across the country. All 630,000 B.A.S.S. Facebook fans were polled to make sure non-tournament lakes were considered, and then the B.A.S.S. Council, a 3,500-member panel of super-avid bass fishermen, helped put the lakes in order. Finally, after scouring tournament data from hundreds of bass fishing clubs and tournament organizers, the rankings were finalized by a 15-member blue-ribbon panel from the fishing industry.