Ray Scott’s Alabama bass fishing oasis, Presidents Lake, up for sale

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Outdoor icon Ray Scott needs no introduction in bass fishing and deer hunting circles.

The founder of the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society (B.A.S.S.) and the Whitetail Institute of North America has hosted presidents, dignitaries and a host of other characters at Legacy Lakes, his own fishing and hunting oasis designed meticulously for the discerning outdoorsman.

However, if you’ve got the inkling and the right amount of cash, you too can have your own personal outdoors paradise.

The Montgomery County, Alabama property and lodge are currently listed for sale by National Land Realty. The price tag: $3.4 million.

The 55-acre main lake, dubbed Presidents Lake, was named “the best bass lake in the United States” by Outdoor Life Magazine six years ago. The lake, custom-designed by Scott, is a work of art. The shoreline is designed at a 30-degree grade to a minimum of 4 feet to keep down undesirable vegetation. Lake Life Pumps, designed by Scott, are placed to control thermal stratification of oxygen levels.

The lake is loaded with custom-designed structure that bass love, such as underwater ridges, drop-offs, bottom structure and stick-ups to provide the ultimate environment for trophy bass. The lakes are stocked with Florida largemouths and forage fish including bluegill bream, shad and shiners. All fishing is done on a catch-and-release basis to maintain a maximum population of trophy bass, according to the listing.

Here are just some of the property’s highlights:

  • The fully furnished lodge includes 4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths and a swimming pool
  • The Boat House offers additional lodging with a bedroom and bath
  • The Presidents Cabin consists of a spacious den, 2 beds and 2 baths
  • 80 acres of high-fenced game area stocked with Canadian genetic deer

Scott, dubbed the “godfather” of modern bass fishing, created the first national bass tournament trail (the Bassmaster Tournament Trail), Bassmaster Magazine, The Bassmasters television show and the BASS Federation. He also is known for his contributions to conservation and boating safety.

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Will Leschper is founder of The Texas Outdoor Digest. He has been recognized for Excellence in Craft by the Outdoor Writers Association of America and the Texas Outdoor Writers Association. He is Conservation Editor of Texas Fish & Game Magazine and is a regular contributor to the Journal of the Texas Trophy Hunters, in addition to writing for plenty of of now-defunct publications.

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