Top Fishing Trips and Destinations in the United States

Posted Feb 24th 2011 05:00 PMUpdated Mar 3rd 2011 01:12 PM


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As a country with the fourth largest renewable freshwater supply in the world, it's no surprise that fishing trips are common and popular in the United States. When adding in saltwater and deep sea fishing trips along the over 12,000 miles of coastline, the number of fishing destinations in the U.S. seems almost limitless.

Here, AOL Travel takes a look at a few of the most popular locations for fishing trips in the U.S.:

Freshwater Fishing
Spending my formative years in a Missouri fishing household leaves me with a bit of bias. It's difficult to not mention Missouri lakes in this section. Bull Shoals Lake on the Missouri/Arkansas border has long produced some of the biggest largemouth bass in the region, and nearby Table Rock Lake still maintains a reputation for great smallmouth bass fishing. Of course, there are plenty of amazing fishing spots outside Missouri. Here are some of top freshwater fishing destinations, in no particular order:

Lake Casitas, near Ventura, California
Lake Jennings, near San Diego, California
Lake Fork, 75 miles east of Dallas, Texas
Buggs Island (Kerr) Lake in Virginia and North Carolina

Deep Sea Fishing
Saltwater and deep sea fishing off the coasts of the United States is varied and exciting, but some places are better than others. Last year's oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico may have put a damper on coastal fishing in Louisiana and the rest of the Gulf Coast, but there are still popular deep sea fishing locations to be found:

• The Southern California Bight
Montauk Point on the coast of New York
Cape Hatteras off the coast of North Carolina
Puget Sound in Western Washington

Fly Fishing and Ice Fishing
Whether you're looking to strap on your waders and cast your fly rod or pull on your parka and drop a line through an ice hole, there are plenty of places to do it in the U.S. These types of fishing trips often require more patience and tenacity, but the rewards are substantial. Here are some of the best places for fly fishing and ice fishing in the U.S.:

• The Yellowstone River in Montana
• Numerous lakes along the Wind River Ridge in Wyoming
Lake Champlain, which borders parts of Vermont and New York
Higgins Lake in Michigan

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October 01 2013 at 5:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I have been to Ketchikan, Alaska for the past 15 years and I love it every time I go fishing up there> Its an experience like any other. I would recommend staying at a Alaska Fishing Lodge and take a guide out to show you what you need to do to catch the big ones! We send some pounds and pounds of fish!

August 02 2011 at 10:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply