From the miles of coastline and lake shore to the endless rivers and streams, there is no shortage of incredible fishing destinations for anglers across the U.S. Whether you’re booking a solo trip or bringing the whole family, you won’t want to miss out on these amazing fishing vacation spots.
Mammoth Lakes, California
Mammoth Lakes boasts incredible fishing and activities the whole family can enjoy. Spend your days catching trout and Large Mouth Bass or exploring the beautiful California wilderness surrounding the lakes by horseback or hike.
Fly fishermen won’t want to miss the opportunity to cast in the Upper Owens River and nearby Hot Creek, but keep in mind it’s catch and release in some areas, so pay attention to where you’re fishing. The lakes and surrounding streams and rivers offer more than just one afternoon of fishing, so plan for a three- to four-day trip or longer to get the full experience of Mammoth Lakes.
Sacramento River, California
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If you love the thrill of pulling big fish onto the boat, then look no further, the Sacramento River offers not only incredible White Sturgeon fishing, but great trout fishing as well.
Pamlico Sound, North Carolina
Pamlico Sound, the largest lagoon on the East Coast, offers miles of blue waters and sandy beaches, perfect for the angler and watersport lover. Fishermen will find Pamlico Sound’s waters are home to Red Drum, often referred to as Channel Bass.
Drum fishing has a certain art to it, so it’s recommend to use a guide service like AJ’s Sea Ducks and Trophy Swans Guide Service. AJ is a master at catching old Red Drums and provides excellent service.
Mahoning Creek, Pennsylvania
Golden Rainbow Trout are popular among anglers because of how rare they are. This isn’t the same Golden Trout that can be found in California, this is a distinct breed of rainbow trout that have a golden hue. The best place to fish for them is in Mahoning Creek, a tributary off of the Allegheny River. Since this fish is so sought after, it’s best to hire a guide.
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Cajun Fishing Adventures is one of Louisiana’s more popular fishing destinations. The backwaters of Buras offer unbelievable saltwater fishing and an experience you won’t forget. The location at the Mississippi River Delta provides a unique ecosystem full of different species, including the best redfish.
Skagit and Skykomish Rivers, Washington
If you’re addicted to reeling in huge Chinook and Steelhead, then the Skagit and Skykomish Rivers are prime fishing vacation spots for you and your family. The Skagit River is also expected to have 23,000 King Salmon this year, so you could find yourself reeling in a 50-60 pounder.
Before you embark on your fishing excursion, make sure to book your accommodations early to ensure a reservation and stock up on the essential outdoor gear you’ll need to make your trip successful, safe and fun.