Lake Mem­phrem­a­gog makes Bass­mas­ter list

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier Ver­mont, VT

Lake Mem­phrem­a­gog has made it onto Bass­mas­ter mag­a­zine’s 100 Best Bass Lakes list, com­ing in at a re­spectable no. 44. It is the third year that the al­most fifty year-old print mag­a­zine, based in Alabama, has com­piled the list of Amer­i­can lakes for their over 500,000 sub­scribers who re­side through­out the United States and in seven or eight coun­tries, in­clud­ing Canada.

It is a three month process to put the list to­gether, re­searchers at the mag­a­zine con­sult­ing with of­fi­cials work­ing with the Depart­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources and Wildlife agencies. Catch rates are looked at and about 3,500 an­glers are polled. “We also ask our 550,000 Face­book fans for their in­put,” said the edi­tor of the list, James Hall. On­line fish­ing tour­na­ment data is con­sulted and, fi­nally, a panel of fif­teen fish­ing and in­dus­try ex­perts de­ter­mines the rank­ing.

“It’s an ed­u­ca­tional process. At first, we thought we wouldn’t see much fluc­tu­a­tion from year to year, but that hasn’t been the case. One lake on the list dropped by 32% in one year. Some lakes in Min­nesota froze so hard last win­ter that all the fish in them died,” said Mr. Hall.

“Bass is Amer­ica’s favourite sport fish,” con­tin­ued Mr. Hall. “They’re ag­gres­sive and will­ing to bite at ar­ti­fi­cial bait. They’re feisty and will jump right out of the wa­ter. They’re also a very hardy fish which is good be­cause most of the fish­er­men will put them back.”

It was ac­tu­ally the mag­a­zine’s founder, Ray Scott, who started the first “Catch and Re­lease” pro­gram for Bass, so that the pop­u­lar­ity of the sport would not de­plete the stock, in the United States. In some lakes, where there is an over­abun­dance, it is ac­tu­ally bet­ter to keep the smaller bass so that the more ma­ture fish have a bet­ter chance of sur­viv­ing, an ex­am­ple of why it’s im­por­tant to un­der­stand fish pop­u­la­tions.

Be­sides the United States and Canada, bass fish­ing is very pop­u­lar in Ja­pan, South Africa, Spain and Aus­tralia. Mak­ing the 100 Best Bass Lakes list can be good for tourism. “The top lakes go crazy with vis­i­tors af­ter the list comes out and other lakes have set at­ten­dance records. One thing we hope to ac­com­plish with the list is to get people to try new lakes,” con­cluded Mr. Hall. The com­plete list and beau­ti­ful pho­tos of the lakes can be found at the Bass­mas­ter web­site.

Photo pro­vided by Den­nis Cur­rau

Lake Mem­phrem­a­gog, seen here on the Amer­i­can side, made the “Best 100 Bass Lakes” list of Bass­mas­ter mag­a­zine for the first time, in­di­cat­ing a very healthy Bass pop­u­la­tion in the lake.

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