SEBRING, Fla. (July 9, 2018) – Bassmaster Magazine just released their listing of the top 100 bass lakes in the U.S. and Sebring’s Lake Istokpoga was #7 on the list of Southeastern U.S. lakes.

According to Bassmaster Magazine, the process to create the rankings takes about three months to complete.  Data is received from state fisheries agencies across the U.S.  This is coupled with catch data collected from dozens of tournament organizations across the country from the past 12 months.  After the numbers are crunched, a blue-ribbon panel from the bass fishing industry debates the strength of the lakes, then settles on a final ranking.

“We are thrilled to see Lake Istokpoga recognized for its fantastic trophy bass fishing,” said Casey Hartt, lead marketing consultant for the Highlands County Tourist Development Council (TDC).  “This ranking helps encourage more visitors to our area who are looking to fish a top Florida bass lake.”

Bassmaster’s 100 Best Bass lakes will be published in a 12-page section of the July-August issue of Bassmaster Magazine. The complete rankings can also be found on

Visit Sebring is the destination marketing organization managed by the Highlands County Tourist Development Council (TDC). The mission of the TDC is to promote Highlands County as a friendly, attractive and diverse destination for tourism, thus creating a positive economic impact benefiting the entire community. It serves as a destination marketing organization that works to generate overnight stays, increase tax revenues, stimulate economic growth and strives to constantly enhance the image of Highlands County.