These are the best places to wet a line in North America
Fishing is one of the most popular outdoor pursuits in the country, and for good reason too! There’s nothing quite like the rush of adrenaline that feeling a fish on the other end of your line causes. You never quite know what you’re going to catch, and that excitement keeps anglers coming back for more and more.
Plus, even on fishing trips when nothing is caught, fishing is a very relaxing activity. Toss a line out into the fishing hole you’ve chosen, and sit back and relax with one eye on your rod.
f you’re new to fishing, check out my guide on how to get started with it here. Once you’ve read that, or if you are already a seasoned angler, check out this list of some of North America’s greatest fishing holes.
Lake Erie, Ohio
Often hailed as the walleye fishing capital of the world, Lake Erie should be on any list of great North American fishing holes. Walleye and perch are two of the most commonly targeted species on this Great Lake. They can be caught from shore, off fishing piers in the area, or you could hire a charter to experience the fishing from a boat with a professional guide.
There are plenty of options to please any angler, novice or otherwise. The Lake Erie Islands are another great place to do some fishing in the area. The extra bonus of catching walleye or perch is that they make for some of the best eating of any fish in the world. You haven’t truly lived until you’ve experienced a good old fashioned fish fry as the sun sets over the lake.
Fly Fishing Spots
Some of the best inshore fishing in North America takes place on the trout streams and rivers that many states boast. Fly fishing definitely has a learning curve to it, but casting a fly to a river trout on a backdrop of mountains out west and lush forests in the east is truly unforgettable. Here are two favorite fly fishing spots for in-the-know fly fishers:
Multiple Rivers, Montana
If you want to head out west for some fly fishing, you can’t go wrong with choosing Montana. The state offers some truly unbeatable fly fishing rivers and you won’t find a shortage of fish or guides to point you in the right direction and even teach you the subtle art of casting. Some of the best rivers to fish in Montana include the Jefferson River and the Red Rock River. Missouri Headwaters State Park and Lost Creek State Park are some of the best places to catch yourself a trout in the state. If you are looking for a place to stay, the Bozeman KOA is located near the Missouri Headwaters State Park. Butte KOA and Deer Lodge KOA are located near Lost Creek State Park.
Beaverkill, New York
Beaverkill River is one of the most famed fly fishing spots in the country. Many of the conservation techniques that are used in rivers across the country today were pioneered at Beaverkill up in the scenic Catskill Mountains. After you enjoy the fishing in the area, make sure to stop by the Catskill Fly Fishing Center & Museum as well.
As a parting tip, once you’re hooked on fishing (pun intended) always try to keep a fishing rod and some lures in your vehicle. You never know when you’ll pass by another great fishing hole!
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