Thunder Bay makes top 100 list for bass

Bassmaster Magazine has announced its best bass fisheries, and Thunder Bay has made its mark. The third annual ranking by the magazine of America’s best bass fisheries lists Thunder Bay as the No. 43 spot in the country. It is one of six spots in Michigan on the list, and is Thunder Bay’s first time on the list.

According to a press release, “months of research, catch-rate data and countrywide polling by the publication’s staff created the ultimate bucket list for anglers looking to fish the most productive waters in the nation.”

“The Bassmaster 100 Best Bass Lakes project spawned from our desire to not only identify traditionally good bass fisheries, but also to spotlight lakes that are red hot right now,” Bassmaster Editor James Hall. “Our goal is to make the annual rankings as objective as possible by using the most current data available from state wildlife agencies, current tournament data and expansive polling of the B.A.S.S. membership.”

Lake Michigan’s Sturgeon Bay was named the No. 1 spot for 2014. Last year’s No. 1, Lake St. Clair, fell to No. 16. Texas and California tied for the states with the most entries on the list; both have eight lakes ranked in the Top 100.

Bassmaster asked each state’s wildlife department to list their best lakes, and to rank the lakes and offer reasons for each ranking. All the B.A.S.S. Nation presidents and conservation directors ranked the lakes they frequent as well.

“Our master list included more than 180 great bass fisheries. Once we had this foundation, the real work began,” Hall said.

The other four locations in Michigan were Grand Traverse Bay (No. 9), Burt Lake (No. 39) Mullet Lake (No. 46), and Lake Charlevoix (No. 82).