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 are spread along its length. Fishing, boating, camping, hunting and eagle watching are popular sports in the area. Eagle watching is centered on Guntersville State Park and the dam during the winter. Guntersville is noted for its milfoil and hydilla weed beds from which big bass explode on topwater baits.
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.
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 run upstream during the winter and early spring and are caught 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.
Milfoil and hydilla weed beds.