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Best Fishing Spots in the U.S.



From meditative ice fishing to wild deep sea battles, the U.S. is home to any and every type of fishing trip you could be looking for.

If you’re thinking about where to go on your next great fishing adventure, we’ve got you covered for whatever floats your boat, cools your waders or warms your ice shanty. Just be on the look out for the most dangerous fish in the U.S. before you pick your ideal spot.

Here are the 5 best fishing spots in the U.S.

Deep Sea: Marlin in Hawaii

Hawaii is number one for year-round fishing trip options. To get your marlin battle on, head to the island of Kona. Sport fishermen flock from far and wide to go after 1,000+ pound blue marlin. In fact, in 1984, an angler caught a marlin off of Kona that weighed in at over 1,600 pounds – one of the largest on record. Just be sure you get your catch aboard before the sharks get ahold of it.

Stay At: Hawaii Kona Coast – Kona Coast Resort

Fly Fishing: Trout in Montana

Montana and fly fishing are nearly synonymous, and for good reason. Big Sky Country is home to endless lakes, rivers and streams, and the topography is as spectacular and humbling as anywhere in the world. From Missoula, you can head in any direction and find world-class fishing spots. Down near Bozeman, the Madison, Yellowstone and Gallatin rivers are Montana fishing at its finest. As a bonus, you’ll be close to Jackson Hole, WY, in case you wind up sticking around the area until ski and snowboard season.

Stay At: Madison River, MT - Sacajawea Hotel Three Forks

Out on the Ice: Walleye in Minnesota

Ice fishing is either a leisure activity or an endurance sport, depending on who you ask. While the sport is spreading in popularity to places not typically associated with ice fishing, such as Caples Lake in Northern California, the American North and Midwest still take the cake. Lake of the Woods, on the border between Minnesota and Canada, is a premier destination for dropping your lure through the ice.

Stay At: Upper Red Lake, MN - Hampton Inn & Suites Bemidji

Coastal: Salmon in Alaska

Alaska is your best bet for an authentic frontier experience and has just about every fishing opportunity you can think of. Its angling pride and joy, though, are the massive king salmon that run up the rivers on the Kenai Peninsula twice a year. If the 50-90 pound fish aren’t enough competition to entice you, don’t forget that you’ll also be competing with grizzly bears and bald eagles for your catch. Check out our guide to the Top 5 Summer Vacation Spots for more tips on what to do in Anchorage and on the Kenai Peninsula.

Stay At: Kenai, AK - Aspen Extended Suites

Lures and Lakes: Bass in Texas

Everything’s bigger in Texas, and Lake Fork is where the biggest largemouth bass in Texas live. The reservoir holds 15 of the top 20 Texas state records for largemouth bass, and is also home to catfish, crappie and bluegill. Lake Fork Reservoir is under two hours from the Dallas/Fort Worth area, so this fishing spot is easily accessible to travelers from all around. If you’re there in June, snag tickets to the Firestone 550 for some speed under the lights back in Fort Worth.

Stay At: Emory, TX - Best Western Plus Emory at Lake Fork Inn

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