There is nothing better than spending a weekend fishing and relaxing. Try your hand at catching some of the best fish in America at the best fishing spots!
If you are in the mood to go fishing but don’t know where to go, look no further. In this blog post, we will discuss 9 of the best fishing spots in the country. With these ideas, you’ll have plenty of great places to choose from when planning your next trip out on the water. Keep reading!
1. Florida Keys, Florida
Fishermen’s paradise lies off the coast of Florida’s Sunshine State. If you’re hoping to catch redfish, tarpon, snook, or bonefish, head to Florida’s “backcountry,” the waters between the Keys and the mainland. Most visitors come to see the warm waters of the Gulf Stream and the deep ocean depths of the Atlantic.
You can charter a boat in these waters to try your hand at catching some of the world’s most sought-after fish, including blue and white marlin, sailfish, and swordfish.
No bites? No problem. The best fish finder makes all the difference! Also, the Keys is home to some of the best seafood restaurants in the U.S.
2. Kona, Hawaii
Kona is easily Hawaii’s top sportfishing destination and one of the most popular fishing destinations in the country. Kona’s waters are calm as a lake but filled with thrills for anglers. The deep-sea fishing here keeps true to its name, with depths reaching 6,000 feet just outside of the harbor.
There are also charter boats that catch tuna, mahi-mahi, ono, and sharks, among other big-game bottom fish. Be sure you don’t let the impressive views distract you from the task at hand!
3. Outer Banks, North Carolina
Are you having a hard time deciding on what to fish for during your next fishing trip? Head to the Outer Banks and see what you can discover. The area offers a variety of fishing options, including flyfishing, inshore charter fishing, pier fishing, and braking fishing.
Many fishers in the area prefer head boat fishing—large boats provide all the supplies (reels, hooks, bait, and fishing licenses) and transport passengers to popular locations for trout, flounder, sea bass, and more.
The majority of head boats offer half and full-day trips as well as snacks and restrooms on board. Bring your family along and make it a fishing vacation! However, if you prefer solitude, bring your line to the beach for some of the best surf fishing around.
4. Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts
The picturesque seaside island of Martha’s Vineyard is not only a scenic destination but also an excellent spot for fishing. Bring along some friends and family for a charter boat trip to catch bonito and false albacore (locally knows as “albies).
Fish like a local and give surfcasting a go. All you need is a pole and a good spot like a rocky beach or a sandy shore. If you don’t have a pole, you can always rent one. Go out at dusk and you’ll be reeling in striped bass in no time!
5. Thousand Islands, New York
Located in upstate New York (way upstate), along the eastern side of Lake Ontario in the St. Lawrence River, you’ll find over 1,800 tiny islands and excellent freshwater fish. You can spend an entire day reeling in bass, salmon, walleye, northern pike, and muskellunge during the area’s mild summers.
Anglers of all levels will find success here, especially on one of the popular guided tours. A confident and experienced fisherman should try fishing for massive muskies known to grow to 60 inches long.
6. Bighorn River, Montana
This large river that flows through both Montana and Wyoming is a must-visit destination for fly fishing enthusiasts. Public access is limited on the river due to its flowing through private property and Crow Tribal lands, but the public fishing spots are well worth braving the crowds.
Sport fishermen often catch and release trouts to maintain the quality of the fisheries with strict catches limits and try new techniques and artificial flies as they go. Primarily brown trout inhabit the river, but coveted rainbow trout can also be caught here.
7. Kobuk River, Alaska
The experienced angler who is tired of catching the same fish time and time again should try heading north for a chance to reel in a rarer catch. Kobuk River (“Kobuk” translates to “big river” in Inuit) stretches over 200 miles. Kobuk River is filled with large populations of arctic grayling, lake trout, arctic char, chum salmon, and northern pike, but its true treasure is sheefish.
This cousin of the salmon can grow to over a yard in length and are so fast and powerful that they can rip out a fishing rod even from the hands of experienced anglers. Located north of the Arctic Circle, to catch one of the biggest, prize-worthy sheefish, you’ll likely need a guide and a heavy dose of adventurous spirit.
8. Lake of the Woods, Minnesota
Lake of the Woods takes the cake in the battle to claim the title of “Walleye Capital of the World.” Ice fishing is especially popular on this lake in northern Minnesota.
If you are in the mood for an unforgettable experience, brave the cold and stay at one of the area’s well-maintained and comfortable ice shanties. You should also pay attention to the skies above you during the warmer months. Bald eagles love to fish here too!
9. Lake St. Clair, Michigan
Although St. Clair is less than half the size of nearby Lake Huron or Lake Erie, its abundance of game fish accounts for half of all sport fishing in the Great Lakes. This lake is home to walleye, crappie, crappie, and millions of quality smallmouth bass. A charter boat in the summer can catch more bass over a six-hour trip here than you’d catch over a week in lesser waters.
Looking for the Best Fishing Spots in the Country?
Fishing can be a nice, relaxing weekend activity. However, it’s not always easy to find the perfect fishing spots in your area. That’s why we put together this list of some of our favorite spots across the country for you and your family or friends to enjoy!
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