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10 of the Absolute Worst States to Fish for Bass

Tyler Brinks

If your state makes the list, try not to feel bad! Not everyone can have good bass fishing.

America is home to some of the best bass fishing in the world. With so many great states to fish, there had to be a few on the losing end. These 10 states have the absolute worst bass fishing.

Here’s a rundown of the worst states to live in if you are a bass fisherman.

1. Alaska

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Alaska has excellent fishing. It attracts thousands of visitors each year to fish for salmon and halibut. However, not one of them is fishing for bass. Since it is the only state in the country that does not have a bass swimming in its waters, adding it to the list was easy. Besides that, it is just too cold.

2. Hawaii

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While bass do swim in the waters on the islands, the majority of fishing is for things other than bass. Largemouth and smallmouth options are few. There are many other things to do in Hawaii, and this makes it one of the worst states to fish for bass.

Don’t get upset, Hawaii, you still have amazing beaches and an endless stream of tourists supporting your economy.

3. Wyoming

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Home of the smallest state record for largemouth bass in the country at 7 pounds, 14 ounces. Wyoming offers vast open spaces and limited places to fish for bass.

If you are a fisherman in Wyoming, chances are you are taking advantage of the excellent trout fishing found throughout the state.

4. North Dakota

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That is the state record largemouth in North Dakota is 8 pounds, 7 ounces. The state has good walleye fishing and an oil boom, but bass fishing options are limited. While there are places to bass fish, they are few and far between.

Adding to the fact that this is one of the worst states for bass fishing is the extreme cold and short season.

5. South Dakota

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Can’t have just one of the Dakotas on the list. South Dakota, like its neighbor to the north, has bass fishing opportunities, but it is not a state that known for big bass. The biggest bass ever caught in South Dakota came from a gravel pit. Need we say more?

6. Ohio

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Ohio is home to a slice of Lake Erie shoreline, but it ends there. Throughout bass fishing circles, Ohio is regarded as one of the toughest places to fish for bass.

The namesake Ohio River is notorious for tough fishing. It’s recurring low winning weights for bass tournaments cements it on this list.

7. Montana

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Home to some of the best blue-ribbon fly-fishing in the world, Montana is not known for bass. There are several decent bass fishing locations in Big Sky State, like Noxon Reservoir, but they are few and far between.

The state record largemouth is less than nine pounds and proves the that this is one of the 10 worst states to fish for bass. If you are in Montana, pick up a fly rod and enjoy the trout fishing.

8. NevadaLake Mead

Lake Mead was once known for its excellent bass fishing. Extreme low water conditions have taken its toll on the largest man-made lake in the country. A desert is not always the best place to fish for bass.

Moving to the northern section of the state, Nevada lacks huge bodies of water and by default, bass fishing.

9. Rhode Island

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The nation’s smallest state also has the smallest amount of fishable bass waters. The lack of access alone makes it a member of this list.

The state has a variety of regulations and programs to help improve the bass fishing here, but the Ocean State still makes the list. A state with a nickname like that is better suited for fishing in the ocean.

10. Utah

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The most famous lakes in the state, the Great Salt Lake, has zero bass. Sure there are a few lakes in the southern part of the state with large trout-fed bass. The problem is that the majority of Utah is home of trout only.

Utah’s best body of water, Lake Powell, is not even their own as they share it with Arizona.

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