If you love bass fishing, there are some great boats out there designed to get the best possible results. And with so many to choose from, you might be struggling to narrow down your search.
If so, we’re here to help!
We’re going to take a look at seven of the best bass boat brands out there. We’ll find out what makes them great. And we’ll highlight some of the models to look out for.
So if you’re ready, let’s reel ’em in!
Best Bass Boat Brands
Bass Cat are among the best-known names in the industry when it comes to bass boats. They offer three different ranges: Premium, Advantage and Vision.
All three series are made completely of fiberglass, with one-piece hulls and strong full-width transoms. They’re made to weather the roughest water. And they come with a lifetime transferable structural warranty.
The Premium range features eight models of boat, the Advantage range four and the Vision five.
The top-of-the-line model is the Advantage Jaguar. The overall performance begins at 250 horsepower, but you can get options all the way up to 450 horsepower. The Soft Touch hull will handle even big waves at speed.
All the models come with a wide range of features to enhance your angling experience. These include pump-in and pump-out Livewells, rod boxes, organizers and straps, ice chests and dip net scabbards.
Nitro’s Z series are dedicated bass boats, and you can choose from a selection of nine different models. They’re all constructed from fiberglass, and they’re tough enough to cope with the harshest conditions.
The newest in the range is the Z21 XL, and it combines speed, function and style. If you’re looking for a boat that can achieve top speeds with a full tournament load, it’s ideal.
It also has lots of fishing-friendly features. Two day boxes at the fore allow you to keep your bait in easy reach. And the redesigned rod boxes provide more storage space. They also have automatic LED lighting, so you can see what you’re doing however late you’re out on the water.
There’s also a console large enough for two 12-inch graphs, plus Nitro’s Z-Touch system for easy control of all key functions.
Most of the boats in the Z series will carry up to four people. The exception is the Z17, which has a maximum capacity of three.
If you’re looking for a boat for freshwater bass fishing, Crestliner’s models could be for you. They’re constructed entirely from aluminum, though, so they won’t be the right choice for sea fishing.
As long as that doesn’t cause you problems, their Mod-V series of bass and crappie boats are great for bass specialists.
Their hulls are all-welded, so they’re exceptionally strong. You’ll be able to head out on the water in the most challenging conditions.
The Mod-V construction allows them to reach shallow spots others fear to go. And when you get there, the massive casting decks allow plenty of room to maneuver.
There’s plenty of variety on offer in the series too. The boats range from 16 feet to 21 feet 5 inches long, and from 20 to 250 horsepower. Depending on the model, they have seating for three or four people.
You’ll also have the reassurance of buying from a trusted brand. Crestliner have won CSI (Customer Satisfaction Index) awards for 15 consecutive years.
Ranger offer a huge range of bass boats in both fiberglass and aluminum construction. Whether you’re a strictly freshwater angler or head out to sea, there are options to suit.
The Z Comanche and Z500/Z100 ranges are fiberglass bass boats. The Z Comanche is the prestige series and features four different models. The Z500/Z100 is the more affordable line, although it still boasts some premium features.
Choose a Z Comanche bass boat and you’ll get a foam-filled hull for level, upright flotation. There’s also a large, padded casting deck and One-Piece-Feel Interloc construction. There’s loads of scope for customization, and the trailer comes as standard with this series too.
The Z500/Z100 has the same big casting deck, although it isn’t padded. And both lines feature loads of storage, plus features like aerated Livewells and insulated coolers.
If you’re looking for an aluminum bass boat, check out the RT series. There’s a choice of six models, all of which feature foam-filled hulls, all-welded construction, and a superior finish.
Lowe’s great range of fishing boats include two series for bass fishing. The Stinger 8-Series is specifically for bass, while the 5-Series will suit those looking for a bass and multi-species boat.
The 8-Series includes four models of aluminum boats, designed for both tournament and leisure fishing. The smallest is the 17 feet 8 inches Stinger 178, with 60 to 90 horsepower. The largest is the 19 feet 8 inches Favorite 198, with 150 horsepower.
All of them carry up to four people. And they all have features like lockable rod storage, tournament-style seating, Livewells and fishfinders.
The Stinger 5-Series offers two models. The 18 feet 10 inch Singer 195 has a horsepower range of 175 to 190. The Stinger 175C is 17 feet 7 inches long and has a range of 25 to 75 horsepower.
You might also want to consider the 20-feet Catfish, a Mod-V boat suitable for bass, crappie and multispecies fishing. Or there’s the 18-feet Legacy with side console, aerated Livewell and masses of bow storage.
Lund’s range of aluminum boats include two options for bass fishers.
The Pro-V Bass XS is designed for tournament anglers and comes in 18 feet 9 inches and 20 feet 10 inch lengths. The Renegade is a Mod-V boat in a choice of 17 feet 9, 18 feet 9 and 19 feet 9 lengths. It’s perfect for fishing in shallow waters.
The Pro-V Bass XS is a top-of-the-line boat with all the features any serious angler could ask for. Both the 1875 and 2075 models offer a four-seat layout, something you won’t get with fiberglass boats. They’ll carry up to five people, and they’re built to handle both skinny water and tougher conditions.
They come with maximum horsepower of 200 and 250 respectively. Features include hydraulic steering, custom fiberglass console and dash with windscreen, Livewell lighting and lighted instrumentation. Both models also have a Kicker Stereo with two MB Quart speakers.
The Renegade is a less expensive series. The draft of the three models varies from 11.5 inches for the 1775 to 12 inches for the 1995. All are ideal for shallow coves and backwaters.
Tracker’s offerings include a range of six Mod-V boats, including the economically priced Bass Tracker Classic XL.
It’s an all-welded aluminum boat, so it will suit freshwater anglers. And despite its modest price tag, it’s packed with features.
These include a Lowrance color fishfinder and Minn Kota trolling motor. You’ll also get a matching trailer as part of the package. There’s tournament seating at bow and stern, and a maximum capacity of three people.
The 50 horsepower isn’t the most powerful vessel out there. But if you want more oomph, there are plenty of other models to choose from. These include the Pro Team 195 XW. Fitted with a 150 L FourStroke motor, it will give you speeds of 52 to 60 miles per hour.
Other features include a timed, divided and aerated Livewell, Minn Kota trolling motor and Lowrance fishfinder.
All models come with Tracker’s warranty, which they claim is the best in the market for aluminum boats.
Amongst Xpress’s dizzying range of boats are three series designed exclusively for bass. Choose between the Xclusive Pro Bass, the Hyper-Lift Bass and the Xplorer Bass.
As the name suggests, the Xclusive Pro Bass is the top of the range. It features three models: the X18, X19 and X20, at 18, 19 and 21 feet long respectively. They all have loads of features and storage, as well as offering a comfortable ride.
The all-welded aluminum vessels have been the tournament boat choice of no fewer than four Bassmaster Elite Anglers. Standard features include a hyper-lift hull, front and rear storage boxes, recirculating Livewell and built-in coolers.
The Hyper-Lift Bass is available in 17 and 18 feet lengths, and is a more economical option. But it still offers excellent performance and a padded hull. And it comes equipped with features like fold-down fishing seats, a Minn Kota trolling motor and lockable rod box.
The Xplorer Bass is a side-console vessel with unibody injected foam construction. It’s a versatile boat, suitable for a range of fish and fowl-related sports.
If you’re looking for a sleek and speedy bass boat, Allison have a great range on offer. Their BasSport Pro Elite and Prosport ranges offer a combination of style and performance.
The firm are known for their innovation. They’ve achieved industry firsts from the cupped propeller, way back in 1954, to the first bass boat to achieve 100 miles per hour in 1975.
Today, exclusive design features include quick change windshields, a Livewell flush-out drain, and quick change, easy access aerator pumps. And their impressive fuel efficiency also means they’re the most cost-effective boats to run.
Top of the range is the speedy XB-21 BasSport, which epitomizes this efficiency. With this model, you’ll get double the gas mileage of other bass boats. In fact, Allison claim you’ll get better mileage at 80 miles per hour than others can manage at 35.
You’ll also find comfortable bucket seats, well-designed consoles and a choice of windshield heights. The impressive front storage provides space for 30 rods in four different storage solutions.
Triton offers nine different bass boat series, all with fiberglass construction. Their boats are the choice of serious tournament anglers. They’ve provided vessels for world champions and point titlists including Randy Howell, Casey Ashley and Jacob Wheeler.
Their focus is on performance, functionality and dependability. Price wise, options start with the relatively economical 179 TRX and go all the way up to the wallet-busting 21 XRT.
If money is no object, the latter will give you a deck that’s a full 7 inches wider than other models. That means even more space for storage plus a bigger rod box on the port side. The console has room for two 12-inch screens. And it all comes with a maximum of 300 horsepower.
All models come with a lifetime hull warranty for the first owner, and 10 years for the second. And there’s a three-year warranty for parts.
Skeeter has been in business for almost 70 years, so a lot of experience goes into making their bass boats. They have three different series – the FXR, ZXR and ZX. All are available in a range of lengths and with a host of standard and optional features.
For tournament-level elite anglers, the top-notch offering is the FXR21 Apex. It doesn’t come cheap – but it delivers pretty much every premium feature you could imagine. That includes a top-of-the-range Minn Kota trolling motor, 12-inch hydraulic Atlas jackplate and Fusion BT audio.
For those looking for fewer bells and whistles, there’s the ZXR20. This is a light, strong bass boat with an updated deck design and ergonomically positioned rod tubes and lockers.
Whichever option you choose, you’ll benefit from Skeeter’s exacting engineering standards and tough testing regime.
Gambler specialize in bass boats and offer three models: the 21 Gambler, 22 Gambler and Gambler Elite.
The 20 feet 7 inch long 21 Gambler is the smallest and nippiest. And despite the smaller size, the hull rides smooth and dry.
The 22 features a massive front casting deck and top speeds of more than 80 miles per hour.
And the Elite is for those who want the last word in luxury alongside top-class performance. It features stitched upholstery, custom suspension seats and premium marine sound system.
Gambler are known for their focus on innovation. Their industry firsts include raised flipping decks and HPI foam fore liner hulls. And their boats’ top speeds typically vary by no more than 2 miles per hour whether they’re empty or fully-loaded.
They all come with a lifetime warranty too.
The Best Bass Boats Around
That brings us to the end of our look at the best bass boat brands out there.
There are great options whether you’re looking for a fiberglass or aluminum bass boat. And whether you’re all about tournament fishing, or want something comfortable for a family outing, there are models to suit.
We hope you’re soon enjoying an excursion in one of them. Happy fishing!