Fishing’s evolution over the past 100 years has brought an untold number of technological innovations to enhance an angler’s on-the-water experience. But for every Abu Garcia rod that’s stronger without sacrificing sensitivity and for every Abu Garcia reel that casts farther and recovers line faster, there is something that has never changed: the universal desire of all anglers to catch more and bigger fish.

In celebration of its 100th anniversary, famed fishing equipment maker Abu Garcia announces the fisheries voted No. 11-100 in the Abu Garcia Top-100 Fisheries list. A list designed to inspire curiosity and exploration as well as debate, 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.

The Top-10 selections in the Abu Garcia Top-100 Fisheries list will be announced March 15.

Selected in collaboration with a panel of fishing-industry experts, these fisheries were chosen because they stand out in a host of areas. The Abu Garcia Top-100 Fisheries 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 next century of Abu Garcia’s history begins on these fisheries and countless others like them as anglers trust the brand to equip them to fish to win, whether they’re fishing for fun or for a living,” said Abu Garcia Senior Vice President of Marketing Jon Schlosser. “So many of these fisheries are true ‘bucket-list’ destinations, and we hope that this list inspires anglers to finally take that trip they’ve been dreaming about so they can experience the tremendous fishing opportunities available in this country. When they do, Abu Garcia has all the gear they need to make memories and the record books.”

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

Abu Garcia Top-100 Fisheries Judges Panel:
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)