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Top 10 Destinations for Giant Largemouth Bass in the Southwest

While catching big bass remains the main objective, the scenery at Lake Powell is astounding and is a major part of the fishing experience. (Photo courtesy of In-Fisherman.com)
While catching big bass remains the main objective, the scenery at Lake Powell is astounding and is a major part of the fishing experience. (Photo courtesy of In-Fisherman.com)

These 10 Southwest destinations offer the best opportunities to catch monster largemouth bass

In much of the nation, a 15.38-pound largemouth bass would annihilate the state record. In Texas, however, 15.38 represents a four-way tie for the No. 50 slot on the state’s Top 50 largemouth bass list. Of course, the simple fact that Texas maintains such a list reveals much about the state’s seriousness concerning trophy bass.

California is another state that continues to produce absurdly big bass, like the famous fish known as “Dottie.” This fish would have established a new world record if it had been caught a different way (the fish was accidentally snagged) and shattered the existing state record of 21-12. In between Texas and California waters, many lakes of various descriptions yield more than their share of giant largemouth bass. Some are large and acclaimed for their bass offerings while others are less well known, at least outside of the immediate area.

We’ve sorted through all of the opportunities and have selected ten Southwestern waters that offer exceptionally good prospects for giant largemouth bass.

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