California’s Clear Lake named best bass fishery of the past decade

Kern Valley Sun

Since 2012, Bassmaster Magazine has released annual rankings of the country’s best bass fisheries. While tournament data could not be gathered because of the COVID-19 pandemic, crunching numbers gathered over the past eight years revealed a surprising Best Bass Lake of the Decade — California’s Clear Lake.

Overall, California had six fisheries on the Top 100 list — Clear Lake, Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta, Lake Havasu, Berryessa, Shasta and New Melones — creating a three-way tie for second place with Texas and Florida.

“Typically, creating the rankings takes more than two months as we dig through current tournament data as well as state fishery information on stocking efforts, catch rates and angler access,” explained Bassmaster Magazine Editor-in-Chief James Hall. “Instead, we used all of this research and rankings from the past eight years to create an incredible — and somewhat surprising — ranking of bucket-list destinations for anglers.”

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