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Abu Garcia Top 100

In celebration of its 100th anniversary, famed fishing equipment maker Abu Garcia announces the fisheries voted No. 1-100 in the Abu Garcia Top-100 Fisheries list.

Today’s list includes 11-100 with the top 10 being named March 15.

The Abu Garcia Top-100 Fisheries list includes natural and man-made lakes, as well as rivers and sections of rivers, across 38 different states—all of them known for delivering the quantity and quality of fish most sought after by Abu Garcia loyalists.

Selected in collaboration with a panel of fishing-industry experts, these fisheries were chosen because they stand out in a host of areas. The list places a premium on those fisheries that offer the best overall multispecies angling opportunities. The list also preserves space for those fisheries offering unparalleled species-specific fishing opportunities and experiences, whether it’s chasing world-record-class redear sunfish on Lake Havasu, fighting a flathead on Santee Cooper or looking for the best five largemouth bass in Lake Guntersville. True trophy-quality angling opportunities for a wealth of different species, from bass to white sturgeon, are included in the list.

The Abu Garcia Top-100 Fisheries Judges Panel were:

Ken Duke — Managing Editor of Fishing Tackle Retailer
Mike Iaconelli — Abu Garcia pro staff member and former Bassmaster Classic champion
Dr. Keith Jones — Former VP of Product Development for Berkley and fish-behavior researcher
Ashley Nichole Lewis — Pacific NW-based fishing guide and host of “Breakout with Bad Ash”
Liz Ogilvie — Vice President and CMO of the American Sportfishing Association (ASA)
Jason Schratwieser — International Game Fish Association (IGFA) president
Malcolm Stewart — Supercross racing superstar and ultra-avid angler

Abu Garcia Top-100 Fisheries: 11 through 100

11. Toledo Bend (TX/LA)
12. Lake Pickwick (AL/MS/TN)
13. Castaic Lake (CA)
14. Green Bay (WI)
15. California Delta (CA)
16. Columbia River — John Day Pool (OR/WA)
17. Mille Lacs (MN)
18. Devils Lake (ND)
19. Lake Tohopekaliga (FL)
20. Lake Texoma (OK/TX)
21. Lake Amistad (TX)
22. Kentucky Lake (TN/KY)
23. St. Johns River (FL)
24. Snake River — Tri-Cities area (WA)
25. Lake Casitas (CA)
26. Lake Oahe (SD)
27. Lake Champlain (NY/VT)
28. Lake Sakakawea (ND)
29. Lake Havasu (AZ/CA)
30. Saginaw Bay (MI)
31. Sturgeon Bay (WI)
32. Lake Eufaula (AL)
33. Webster Glacial Lakes (SD)
34. Falcon Lake (TX)
35. Bay de Noc (MI)
36. Lake Okeechobee (FL)
37. Lake Coeur d’Alene (ID)
38. Fort Peck Lake (MT)
39. Boundary Waters (MN)
40. White River (AR)
41. Lake Tahoe (NV/CA)
42. Lake of the Woods (MN)
43. Lake Michigan (WI/IL/MI/IN)
44. Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees (OK)
45. Bull Shoals (AR/MO)
46. Fox River (WI)
47. Oneida Lake (NY)
48. Table Rock Lake (MO/AR)
49. Lake Wallula/Columbia River — McNary Pool (WA)
50. Dale Hollow Lake (TN/KY)
51. Kenai River (AK)
52. Venice area (LA)
53. Susquehanna River (PA)
54. Rainy Lake (MN)
55. Lake Winnipesaukee (NH)
56. Leech Lake (MN)
57. Lake Seminole (GA/FL)
58. Lake Lanier (GA)
59. Detroit River (MI)
60. Columbia River — Bonneville Dam (WA/OR)
61. Lake Eufaula (OK)
62. James River (VA)
63. Lake Pleasant (AZ)
64. Lake Hartwell (SC)
65. Kerr Lake (NC/VA)
66. Lake Murray (SC)
67. Lake Cumberland (KY)
68. Snake River — Hells Canyon (OR/ID)
69. New Bullards Bar Reservoir (CA)
70. Lake of the Ozarks (MO)
71. Mississippi River — Redwing pools (MN)
72. Menominee River (WI)
73. Potomac River — Fletcher’s Cove (VA/MD)
74. Atchafalaya River — Morgan City area (LA)
75. Spirit Lake (IA)
76. Lake Mead (AZ/NV)
77. Wheeler Lake (AL)
78. Lake Minnetonka (MN)
79. Broken Bow Lake (OK)
80. FAN CHOICE: Lake Vermilion (MN)
81. Lake Sardis (MS)
82. Lake Francis Case (SD)
83. West Lake Okoboji (IA)
84. Eleven Mile Reservoir (CO)
85. Mississippi River — St. Louis area (MO)
86. Peshtigo River (WI)
87. Innoko River (AK)
88. Merritt Reservoir (NE)
89. Clinton Lake (KS)
90. Pymatuning Reservoir (PA/OH)
91. Pomona Lake (KS)
92. Missouri River — Yankton area (NE)
93. O’Neill Forebay (CA)
94. Pyramid Lake (NV)
95. Milford Lake (KS)
96. Boysen Reservoir (WY)
97. Umpqua River Loop (OR)
98. Grenada Lake (MS)
99. Spinney Mountain Reservoir (CO)
100. Mammoth Lakes Basin (CA)

For more information on the Abu Garcia Top-100 Fisheries list, to explore each fishery in detail and learn more about the best times, places and ways to catch fish there, go to https://www.abugarcia.com/pages/abu-100-years.