The Last Frontier offers some of the best fishing in America – fly, fresh, saltwater, and ice – available at your choice of 3 million lakes and 3,000 rivers. Add to this 627 species of fish that inhabit these waters and you’ve got a winning combination for a successful fishing trip.
With 3,131 lakes, ponds, and streams to choose from, the Golden State also offers an additional 840 miles of coastline. Fishing inland will serve up a wealth of steelhead trout and bass while coastal fishing will offer anglers the chance at lingcod, salmon, yellowtail, sea bass, or even blue fin tuna.
As the ‘fishing capital of the world’, Florida is best known for its spectacular saltwater deep sea sport fishing where the catch of the day might include barracuda, sailfish, jack, mackerel, or kingfish. For more than 40 years, Miami has been home to the Metropolitan South Florida Fishing Tournament which attracts up to 50,000 competitors during its five month run.
The fishing grounds of the Gem State have long been attracting anglers in search of Chinook salmon, sockeye salmon, steelhead, walleye, bass, and pike. Go fly fishing at Silver Creek or fish the Salmon River or Snake River in Hells Canyon for North America’s largest fish, the white sturgeon.
Whether you choose to fish inland on the many lakes, streams, and bayous, or to go deep sea fishing along the coastline, the Pelican State offers plenty of opportunities to cast your line. Louisiana is home to the annual Coastal Conservation Society (CCS) Statewide Tournament and Anglers Rodeo (STAR), the wealthiest and longest lasting fishing competition in the state.
The Pine Tree State offers anglers the chance to fish at anyone of 6,000 lakes where you’ll find four species of trout, salmon, largemouth bass, northern pike, and muskellunge; an additional 5,500 miles of Atlantic coastline offers fishing for blue fin tuna, striped bass, or mackerel.
Known as the ‘Land of 10,000 Lakes,’ Minnesota actually has almost 12,000 to choose from. Avis fishermen can enjoy fishing for bass, trout, northern pike, and Minnesota’s state fish, the walleye. Winter is the time for ice fishing including the annual Brainerd Jaycees $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza which attracted over 11,000 participants this year.
The Big Sky Country of Montana is accentuated by its mountains, expansive skylines, and bountiful rivers and streams that are perfect for fly fishing. Anglers can catch a variety of trout including westslope cutthroat, brook, brown, and Montana’s top game fish, the rainbow trout.
Known as the Beaver State, fishermen can take advantage of the 15,000 miles of waterways that include lakes, streams, and beautiful coastline. One of the most popular fishing spots in Oregon is the Rogue River which is famous for offering up its Chinook salmon and steelhead trout.
With 15,057 freshwater lakes, 2,444 streams, 236 miles of the Mississippi River, and 860 miles of shoreline along the Great Lakes, it’s no wonder the Badger State consistently ranks as one of the top providers of non-resident fishing licenses in the U.S. Anglers can enjoy fishing for musky, northern pike, walleye, crappies, bluegill, and bass.
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