Relaxation season is here. Leave the job, the bills, and the worries behind as you head to your favorite fishing hole this year. Try a place you’ve never been, or hit up the same spot where you pulled out that monster last year — just don’t miss out on a break from the everyday grind.
Few hobbies are more soothing than a day on the lake. Reeling in fish after fish as you soak up the sun and cool off in the water is just what the doctor ordered. With nearly 50 million anglers in the country , plenty of folks are looking to get out to the wilderness as soon as the workday is over. The total number of participants is up from five years ago and equipment and supplies are constantly improving.
So, stash your fishing equipment in your car and plan an adventure to one of the top fishing destinations in the U.S. Pick somewhere close to home, or travel across the country for a species that will fit nicely in your trophy room. With plenty of spots to choose from, you can’t go wrong. Just take a look at our list to map out your next big trip to a sublime body of water.
A deep reserve of redfish and speckled trout make this Mississippi River destination one of the hottest fishing spots in the world . There’s enough for everyone, even the pros — just ask the winners of the Bassmaster Classic. Navigate through the beautiful scenery of the marshes as you pull one fish in after another. With oil rigs and offshore gas platforms dotting the horizon, there are plenty of structures willing to hide the species you are searching for. Big game opportunities also exist, with marlin, tuna, and swordfish swimming just beneath the surface. September marks the best month for angling, but you can’t go wrong with a trip to the Deep South any time of the year.
A trout fisherman’s dream is the only way to describe this Peach State gem. Located in the Chattahoochee National Forest, Lake Russell is stocked with hybrid stripers, brown trout, and crappies. If you can’t get a bite there, swing over to Lake Hartwell. It won’t be long before you’re pulling out more than you can fit in the boat.
Calling all fly-fishermen! Check out the Pine Creek Gorge to catch the best action. First, make sure you grab yourself the proper fly fishing reels to snag your next monster; don’t be under-equipped when visiting Pine Creek Gorge. Then, head over to Pennsylvania’s grandest canyon and get started.
If you’re hunting walleye, Lake Winnebago and the Fox River are two can’t miss spots. The bodies of water are located in one of the last pure wildlife areas in the country. Travel north to the Nicolet National Forest or south to Horicon Marsh State Wildlife Area to maximize your adventure.
You’ll love the fishing and you might love the town even more. You can’t go wrong with the Midwestern experience of this Hawkeye State paradise. Rathbun Lake features crappies, walleyes, and channel cats that will keep your rod in the water all day long.
Georgetown, South Carolina
Take on your choice of rivers at the Intercostal Waterway. With the Francis Marion National Forest nipping at your heels, don’t be surprised to see a large congregation of hunters and anglers during your stay.
Lake Amistad is the spot to hit at this border town. Snag a bass or a catfish worthy of your next mount.
Located just a short drive from Houston, Galveston has redfish, spotted seatrout, black drum, and flounder ripe for the picking. Don’t forget to prepare for the extra-large kingfish and red snappers when planning your trip. You’ll want to charter a boat for the best fishing possible.
Who doesn’t love to enjoy some fishing and a great time after a day on the water is over? Look no further than Miami. Do some offshore fishing and scan the channels and mangroves to get the full experience.
Ocean City, Maryland
Take your family to the beach while you reel in the beautiful white marlin of the Atlantic Ocean. Focus on the Isle of Wight Bay to capitalize on the Gulf Stream.