Large mouth. Small mouth. Enormous stripes.
Lewis Smith Lake is synonymous with big bass fishing, and local anglers are well aware of it. Visit a boat ramp in Trimble or Bremen on a weekend and the parking lots are usually full of empty boat trailers.
But pretty soon, more traffic and out of town takes could be coming to fill those parking lots up too.
It's only been a few short months since the lake was introduced as one of 11 premiere bass fishing lakes in Alabama. Now, it's being included in a new brochure released by the Alabama Bass Trail to raise awareness and interest in the sport, as well as promote the state as a year-round fishing destination.
"The brochure is an extension of the Alabama Bass Trail's state of the art website," Kay Donaldson, program director for the Alabama Bass Trail said in a press release. "It is a great tool for visiting anglers to identify potential hot spots and to determine where they would like to start their fishing adventure."
The Trail, which was modeled after the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, stretches from the mountains of North Alabama south to the Mobile delta. Other lakes on the trail include Lake Guntersville, Wheeler Lake, Pickwick Lake, Neely Henry Lake, Logan Martin Lake, Lay Lake, Lake Jordan, Alabama River, Lake Eufaula, and Mobile-Tensaw River Delta.
Donaldon said while speaking at the Cullman Area Chamber of Commerce's Fourth Friday Luncheon in March, that Lewis Smith lake was chosen as one of the 11 lakes on the tour because of the community that surrounds it.
"Cullman is very tourism minded," she said. "They approach the anglers with open arms hospitality and they have the boat hookups, which is important. All the things anglers deem important, this community has."
Along with a map of each lake, detailed information on marina locations, boat ramps, bait and tackle stores, areas of vegetation and structure, and seasonal temperatures are all indicated for all 11 lakes. Donaldson said the brouchure will also serve as a handy take-along guide for anglers whether they are fishing at one or at all 11 lakes.
Large mouth. Small mouth. Enormous stripes.
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