As Bassmaster Classic Comes to Town, Lake Guntersville Turns 75

Northeast Alabama
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GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)– Guntersville is getting ready for the Super Bowl of bass fishing, the Bassmaster Classic.  The lake will play home to the anglers in the tournament February 21-23.

Yet as the town gets ready, they are also remembering the event that happened 75 years ago this Thursday that made the lake possible.

“All of the locks at the Guntersville Dam were closed on that date,” says local historian Larry Smith.  “And the lake began filling up.  It took, some say ten days.  Some say two weeks for the lake to completely fill up.”

The lake has been a huge financial asset for  Guntersville, Marshall County, Scottsboro and Jackson County.   Yet when TVA started the construction, many people were skeptical and predicted the project would turn the area into a ghost town.

“People were saying that grass would be growing in the streets of Guntersville if they did this because it would ruin their great bottom lands where they could grow crops without fertilizer.”

Those predictions were wrong.   And next month the Bassmaster Classic will drive home that fact even more.

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