Are you gearing up for a big fishing trip?
You may already have a place you deem the best fishing spot. Everyone has their own preferences.
But hitting the same spot year after year means you could be missing out on some new adventures, scenery, and a whole array of fresh catch.
So if you're looking for a fresh fishing hole this year, we'll take a tour here of some of the best fishing spots in America.
The northernmost state in America offers some of the country's most breathtaking scenery. The gorgeous city of Ketchikan also offers a rich history of the state, as well as wild salmon for fishing enthusiasts.
You can talk to the locals about some of the hottest spots. Or take advantage of the several excursions and fishing tours available from the city. Not only do you have the chance of catching a glimpse of a whale or two, but you may catch some rockfish, eel, king crab, box crab, and octopus.
At the southernmost tip of the country is the Florida Keys. Unlike the cold waters of Alaska, the water in the Gulf Stream of the Atlantic Ocean is warm and is host to plentiful fish including sailfish, swordfish, snook, redfish, blue and white marlin - to name just a few.
So it's no wonder the Keys are often referred to as the Fisherman's Paradise.
Chartering a boat is the best way to experience the aqua blue waters along this chain of islands.
Bighorn River, MT
Moving away from the oceans for a moment, there's great fishing to be had on the Bighorn River in Montana.
If you're a fly fisher, you don't want to miss this premium spot. It's a tough location to reach. But the experience will far exceed anything you can more easily access in this part of the state. You can expect to find brown and rainbow trout on the river.
It's important to note though that fishing here requires a permit. And there is a strict limit on the number of fish you can catch. You can also expect to see professional fishers here practicing catch and release after they've completed their experiments and techniques.
Catalina Island, CA
Moving west from Montana to California, there is a beautiful town on Catalina Island known as Avalon. The Avalon fishing experience is the antithesis of the rough and tumble sort you'd find in Bighorn River.
With its beaches, coves, and reefs, this is a fishing destination for those seeking a more resort-style fishing getaway. Sign up for a private charter to fish the waters off the island. Or to "catch" fish in an entirely different way, take a flying fish tour in the evening to see the famous Catalina flying fish launch themselves from the water.
Moving back south and to the east, Galveston on the Texas Gulf Coast is one of the best fishing spots in the United States.
There are several fishing charters available from this sunny port - many of which offer knowledgeable guides that will educate you on the area, the fish, and techniques for catching them. And there are specific tours that target fish such as speckled trout or even shark.
Other fish you might encounter include both freshwater and saltwater varieties such as red snapper, drum, croaker, stingrays, and blacktip shark.
While you may be familiar with Venice in Italy and California, you may not have heard of the one at the mouth of the Mississippi in Louisiana. If you're looking for a premium fishing experience though, this is the place.
Whether you're hungry for freshwater fish such as bass, speckled trout, or redfish, or want to hunt saltwater fish such as sailfish, marlin, and tuna, you can have it all in Venice.
Getting to Venice is as simple as flying into New Orleans' International Airport and driving 90 miles along the west bank of the Mississippi.
Halfway up the East Coast, you'll find the popular and beautiful beaches of Delaware. And as you move farther north along the coast, you'll encounter Lewes. Not as crowded as its southern neighbors, the fishing off the coast here offers up flounder, marlin, and tuna.
Yet, if freshwater fishing is more your speed, there is plenty of that available around Lewes too. And the town itself is quaint and relaxing - the perfect place to kick back after a day of fishing.
Flying into either Philadelphia or New Castle County is the best option, then catching I-95 to Route 1 which will take you directly into town.
Pymatuning Lake, PA and OH
If you're looking for a barebones fishing experience that focuses on nature and relaxation, head to the shores of Pymatuning Lake in either Pennsylvania or Ohio. You need only a fishing license from either state to have access to the lake.
Gas-powered motorboats are either heavily discouraged or even outright banned on certain parts of the lake. So if you're forever seeking a sublime and quiet fishing experience, pack up your favorite rod, outfit it with the best fishing line, and head to this idyllic spot.
The Best Fishing Spot Awaits
Whether you're looking for saltwater fish while boating in the warm ocean waters, or hoping to catch freshwater fish while casting flies in a chilly river, the best fishing spot for you is out there somewhere.
Sample just a few of the above spots, and you'll be all the closer to finding your fishing nirvana.
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