Looking for your next fishing adventure? These top 5 states are the best for fishing in the U.S.
Although these states are great for fishing, we also took into consideration the natural beauty, diversity of wildlife, and the local culture. Every state in the country has excellent spots for fishing, but if you are a passionate angler, these are the places you need to visit in your lifetime.
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With some of the most impressive species of fish and the grandest sights you can find on the planet, Alaska is an absolute perfect location for anyone who is passionate about angling. From small streams to epic oceans, Alaska boasts a diverse range of fish from rainbow trout, to Atlantic char, and the highly prized king salmon, which is the state fish of Alaska. The largest state in America gives you a never-ending sense of remoteness and adventure, making it a must-visit destination for every angler. The prime fishing season is from May through September; visiting anglers will be able to catch an endless supply of salmon, trout, and halibut during the summer months.
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Minnesota, especially the northern half of the state, is one of Mother Nature’s gifts to anglers. Drive 45 minutes north of the busy Twin Cities and you’ll find yourself surrounded by the Northwoods, with tall pines, gorgeous lakes, and plenty of resorts to visit. With 13,000 natural lakes, you can’t throw a stone without hitting water, and almost all of them are filled with hungry walleye. The locals of Minnesota have a passion for fishing and a welcoming nature that makes for a fun and enjoyable vacation. For a real adventure, however, visit Minnesota during the frozen winters for the chance to pull a mighty northern pike or musky during an epic ice fishing experience.
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Rich in culture, heritage, and fishing, Louisiana is one of those areas that should be on every angler’s bucket list. From world-class bass lakes to redfish in the bayou to offshore tuna in the Gulf of Mexico, this state has something for all anglers. It’s an area of the country that is like no other, with energetic, good-humored people, amazing food, and some of the most action-packed fishing you can find. With an interesting diversity of habitat and wildlife, Louisiana is sure to send you home with at least a few good stories.
There is never a bad time to go inshore fishing in Louisiana. Redfish, drum, and sheepshead can be found all year round while speckled trout and flounder are in abundance from March through November. Tuna can be found offshore all year long, but some offshore trophies like mangrove snapper, wahoo, and amberjack are more likely to be found during the cooler winter months.
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Other states have more lakes, more fish, and more resorts, but no state delivers the grand natural wonder that is Wyoming. With mountain streams full of trout that are almost as beautiful as the mountains themselves, this state will offer a trip that you’ll remember forever. There is something majestic about fly-fishing on a clear, cold stream flowing from the colossal, remote mountains, and if you happen to catch a fish, well that’s just an added bonus in comparison to the surrounding natural beauty.
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With two Great Lakes on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other, New York has everything an angler could ask for, including fly-fishing in the Adirondack Mountains and world-class bass fishing in the Finger Lakes region. When you visit New York, skip Broadway and Central Park and head for the real treasures of the state: the fishing waters. You can find find trout, bass, Pacific salmon, and more, giving you a perfect vacation in a simply gorgeous state any time of the year.
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Kyle Alsop and Taylor Bivins of Kansas State University are the winners of the 2016 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship, thanks to a series of consistent weights. They finished the tournament on Kentucky's Green River Lake with 36 pounds, 4 ounces.
The Kansas State team was the only one in the field of 89 teams to bring in more than 10 pounds every day.