Dale Hollow Lake is understood for lots of things; houseboating, clear water and its untouched appeal. However Dale Hollow is understood most for fishing-calling itself house to among the most popular freshwater video game fish in all of The United States and Canada, the Smallmouth Bass. Do not be deceived by the smallie’s ease of access or their passion to snap at a lot of lures, baits and flies- as they will provide you a run for your cash with one heck of a battle! Not just does Dale Hollow hold the World Record for Smallmouth Bass (and some other records through the years) however more prize catches are captured at Dale Hollow Lake than any other lake on the planet, and is house to 2 smallmouth fishing celebs who triggered rather the stir with their significant catches!
David Lee Hayes takes the number 1 area for the biggest Smallmouth Bass in 1955, weighing in at an unsurpassable 11lb 15oz. To this date, he has yet to be beat in spite of his momentary ousting of the record. On July 9th, David went trolling with his partner Ruth and their 6 years of age child. He reported it to be a rather sluggish day, his household even retiring for a brief nap. He believed his line was snagged, however then felt the battle on his hook and understood he had something huge. After a 20 minute battle which he remembers “seeming like a lot longer,” he woke his partner to assist him net the monster. Not understanding he had a world record “smallie,” he stowed what he might fit of the fish in his metal cooler and continued his day fishing. When fuel was required, Hayes entered into the marina where the dockhand demanded weighing the fish to discover it simply under 12 pounds. Debate struck when Hayes let the fish out of his sight and was implicated of having actually damaged it and weighing it down (unbeknownst to Hayes). Throughout this time, John Gorman held the All-Tackle title for his 10 pound 14 oz smallie captured on April 24th, 1969. Nevertheless, 9 years later on, an examination occurred total with an affidavit, witnesses, lie detector tests, polygraphs, and fish weighing solutions, which showed that the sworn affidavit that knocked the authenticity of Hayes’ smallmouth had actually been falsified returning the title to Hayes.
John Gordman still holds the title of the 2nd heaviest smallmouth ever sent to the IGFA for his 10lb 14 oz catch. Okay for a person who went trolling with his household for supper and wound up with a record on his hands.
With loads of bluffs, rocks, coves and nearly see through water; Dale Hollow lake is an angler’s wonderland. So include it to your “fish list” and call houseboating.org to establish your houseboating/fishing journey as soon as possible. The next Smallmouth Bass World Record holder might be you!