The Potomac River flowing through Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland and Smith Mountain Lake have been named among Bassmaster Magazine’s 2019 List of 100 Best Bass Lakes.

In the list of the top 25 lakes in the Northeast, the Potomac River was ranked number 11 and Smith Mountain Lake was ranked number 16. The magazine’s listing of its 100 Best Bass Lakes includes a listing of the top 25 lakes in each of four geographical regions.

According to a press release issued by Bassmaster Magazine, state fishery agencies across the U.S. are polled and rank the fisheries in their states based on stocking efforts, catch rates and angler access.

Then, B.A.S.S. Nation conservation directors add to the potential lakes list based on the thousands of tournaments they hold across the country. And finally, the data from dozens of tournament organizations, as well as big bass programs from various states, are analyzed to create the ultimate list of the Top 100 lakes.

The rankings are debated by a blue-ribbon panel of fishing industry insiders. The final result of this research and debate is Bassmaster’s 100 Best Bass Lakes rankings published in the July/August issue of the magazine.

For the first time ever, New York’s St. Lawrence River has been the best bass fishery in the country.