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Alabama


Lake Guntersville


Lake Guntersville stretches 75 miles from Guntersville Dam to Nickajack Dam.  It is Alabama’s largest lake at 69,000 acres.  It is a popular lake for recreation such as fishing and boating.

This is a very popular lake on many bass fishing tournament circuits.  Lake Guntersville gives anglers a chance to catch good numbers of bass to go along with some very big bass. Even with the very high fishing pressure on this lake, it just continues to produce year after year.


Orange Beach & Gulf Shores, AL


The Gulf Shores & Orange Beach area is very good for fishing offshore. There are plenty of fishing charters that operate out of this area and you will find plenty of offshore structures here that will hold many different species of fish. The target species will vary depending on the seasons, but some of the popular fish that are caught offshore are grouper, snapper, cobia, amberjack, king mackerel, barracuda, sharks and others.


Pickwick Lake & Wilson Lake


Pickwick & Wilson Lakes are very popular for fishing and boating.  This area is known as one of the better fishing destinations in the country for multiple species of fish.  Whether you come here to enjoy the outdoors, go boating or go fishing, you have a lot of water to explore here.

Pickwick Lake and Wilson Lake offer some tremendous fishing opportunities for a variety of different fish species.  This area has definitely gained in popularity over the years due to its excellent fishing throughout the year.  Whether you’re looking for numbers, big fish or a variety of fish, it’s all here.  It is known for its awesome smallmouth bass fishing, but there is a lot more here than just smallies.  It’s one of the better fishing vacation destinations in the south.


Arkansas


Beaver Lake


Beaver Lake is located high in the Ozark Mountains of northwest Arkansas, which is the birthplace of the White River.  The lake features around 487 miles of natural shoreline offering visitors plenty of recreational opportunities.  Beaver Lake is a popular vacation destination for boating, fishing, golfing, hiking and just relaxing around the beautiful lake.  Beaver Lake has more than 28,000 surface acres of water.

Beaver Lake is an awesome multi-species fishing lakes.  Striped bass are king here, but there are a variety of other bass, walleye, many different types of panfish and some awesome trout fishing close by.


Bull Shoals Lake


Bull Shoals Lake is located on the border of Missouri and Arkansas.  You can enjoy fishing, boating, hiking or just relaxing around the lake.  This region has plenty of places to stay, boat rentals and restaurants so you can plan a trip here, but don’t expect to find bigger towns with tons of stores.  This is an uncrowded destination, making it a wonderful place to get away from it all.  Just plan accordingly with the things you will need for a week on the lake.  Bull Shoals Lake is an awesome multi-species fishing lake.  Many different species of bass are available to go along with walleye, catfish, trout and panfish.


Norfork Lake


Norfork Lake is one of the most popular vacation spots in the Ozarks.  The lake has some beautiful surroundings to go along with its clear water.  With over 550 miles of shoreline and 22,000 surface acres, there is plenty of water here for pleasure boaters and fishermen.  Because of the warm climate, you can fish this lake year round.  The lake does not freeze over.

Norfork Lake is known as a good striped bass fishing lake, but there is so much more here to offer anglers.  Largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass, white bass, bream, crappie, walleye and catfish are all here.  Many of the species of fish are underfished and there is more water here to fish in a lifetime.


White River


The White River, of northwest Arkansas, flows north and east into Missouri then back into Arkansas. The river travels a total of 720 miles to its confluence with the Mississippi River.  The upper end of the White has been impounded in several places to form three major reservoirs (Beaver, Table Rock, and Bull Shoals) and a river-run lake (Taneycomo).  The White River basin drain contains about 27,765 square miles with crystal clear water and a bottom composed of gravel, bedrock and sand.  The White River below the Bull Shoals Dam is one of the most famous trout fisheries in the world.

The White River is home to some awesome trout fishing.  It is one of the better rivers in the midwest if you’re looking for action with the shot at a trophy fish too.  Rainbow trout are loaded in this river due to an excellent stocking program.  The brown trout fishing is also very good with some very big fish available in this river.


Florida Freshwater


Kissimmee, FL


Kissimmee, Florida is located about 20 miles south of Orlando.  With its close proximity to Orlando and Disney World, it’s not hard to wonder why so many people come here to visit.  While most people come to Kissimmee to stay, they actually end up spending most of their time at the theme parks of Disney World and the other attractions in Orlando.

As far as Kissimmee, there are plenty of lakes to enjoy and some of the best bass fishing in central Florida is right here on the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes.  This chain of lakes consists of 20 lakes that range from 200 acres to 44,000 acres.  Some of the top lakes to fish on this chain are Lake Kissimmee, West and East Lake Toho, Lake Hatchineha and Lake Cypress.  Bass fishing is excellent on the chain with lots of 3 to 5 pound fish and many over 10 pounds.


Lake County, FL


Lake County Florida is home to many popular lakes.  You won’t find all the entertainment that you will find in the amusement park capital of the world just south of here, but Lake County gives people the opportunity to enjoy some warm weather and the outdoors without having to deal with all the craziness that you will find in the Orlando area.

Lake County, Florida offers some of the best bass fishing in all of Florida.  With over 1,000 names lakes, you have plenty of options to fish in this county.  Some of the most popular areas to fish in Lake County are the Harris Chain of Lakes, Lake George, the Clermont Chain of Lakes, Holly Chain of Lakes and the St. John’s River.  Big bass are very common in Lake County with 10 pound bass caught every year and 5 to 7 pound bass being fairly common.


Orlando, FL


Orlando, the home of Walt Disney World, is arguably the best family vacation destination in the entire world.  Because of Walt Disney World and the other area attractions, most people are quite busy on their trip to Orlando.  Don’t forget to schedule some fishing time when you come down here.

There are a number of good fishing lakes nearby and Walt Disney World also offers some guided fishing excursions.  Largemouth bass average 2 to 3 pounds in most area lakes with many fish in the 5 to 7 pound range and some over 10 pounds.

Many Orlando visitors like to head over to the beach for a day or two.  If you are looking to get into some saltwater fishing, we have visitor guides for those destinations as well. The closest beach towns on the Atlantic side are Daytona BeachNew Smyrna Beach and the Space Coast towns of Cocoa Beach, Cape Canaveral, Titusville and Melbourne.  From downtown Orlando, it will take an hour to an hour and a half to get to these areas.  You have some options of surf fishing along the beaches, fishing the Indian river or booking a fishing guide or charter for some excellent inshore or offshore fishing.


Lake Okeechobee


Lake Okeechobee is the second largest freshwater lake in the country.  It is arguably the best bass fishing lake as well.  The bass thrive in this lake with all of the forage and cover for them.  All types of grass are spread throughout this lake, which give the bass plenty of places to hide and rest.  The most popular way to fish this lake is with shiners and by flipping jigs or soft plastics around the cover.  If you are coming to Florida to catch a 10 pound bass, Lake Okeechobee is one of your best bets.  There are numerous bass over 10 pounds as well as tons of bass in the 2 to 5 pound range.  If you are going for a trophy bass, try the biggest shiners you can buy.  Big bass love shiners on Lake Okeechobee.


Florida Saltwater



Amelia Island, FL


Amelia Island is known more for its inshore fishing, but there is some excellent offshore fishing in the offshore waters near Amelia Island. There are some deep sea fishing charters that operate in this area that should be available to take you out on a fishing trip. The target species will vary depending on the seasons, but some of the fish that are targeted here offshore are grouper, snapper, cobia, king mackerel, amberjack, barracuda, sharks, mahi mahi, tuna, billfish, wahoo and others.


Apalachicola, FL


There is some excellent fishing in the offshore waters of Apalachicola. Local anglers and fishing charters fish offshore for a variety of fish and the target species of fish will vary depending on the season. The popular fish that are targeted here are grouper, snapper, cobia, king mackerel, amberjack, wahoo, barracuda and mahi mahi.


Boca Raton, FL


Boca Raton is on our site because of its excellent offshore fishing. You have easy access out to the Atlantic Ocean from the inlet. Anglers target a variety of different fish in the offshore waters here. There are reefs in the deep water offshore and anglers target many different species of fish such as grouper, snapper, cobia, king mackerel, amberjack, goliath grouper and others. The open waters will also hold plenty of other fish such as wahoo, sailfish, tuna and a variety of others.


Cape San Blas / Port St. Joe, FL


Anglers do fish offshore in the Cape San Blas area, however, the inshore fishing definitely is more popular here. The target species will vary depending on the seasons, but this area will provide plenty of action if you get out onto the offshore structures. Nearby, Mexico Beach is home to a great artificial reef program, which means anglers have so many pieces of structure to fish for a variety of different species of fish. If you are looking to do some offshore fishing here you may want to hire a fishing charter, however, if you are going out in your own boat, take a look at our Mexico Beach fishing maps page for additional links to maps with GPS points of the reefs. This will help you find some of the better fishing spots offshore in this area.

Some of the popular fish to target here are grouper, snapper, cobia, king mackerel, amberjack, barracuda and sharks. These are just some of the fish you may catch here offshore.


Cedar Key, FL


The Cedar Key Fishing Pier gives anglers an opportunity to do some pier fishing in the Cedar Key area. Anglers usually target redfish, sea trout and many other species of fish can be caught from the pier. This isn’t a beach destination so you won’t be able to roam the beaches here and fish the miles of the surf like other destinations in Florida. However, the pier may be all you need if you are just looking to do some shore fishing while on a trip here.


Charlotte Harbor, FL


Charlotte Harbor has some excellent fishing in the offshore waters here. The target species will vary depending on the seasons, but this area will provide plenty of action year-round. There are several fishing charters in this area that target a variety of fish such as grouper, snapper, cobia, king mackerel, permit, amberjack, barracuda, tuna, mahi mahi, wahoo, goliath grouper and others.


Crystal River, FL


The Crystal River area offers some very good offshore fishing, however, it’s a decent boat ride to get out of the river and out to the better fishing spots in the Gulf of Mexico. The target species will vary depending on the seasons, but this area will provide plenty of action year-round. Some of the fish you can catch here offshore are grouper, snapper, cobia, king mackerel, permit, amberjack, sharks and others.


Daytona Beach, FL


The Daytona Beach area is home to some excellent offshore fishing. There are many boats that head out of New Smyrna Beach (just south of Daytona Beach) to fish for many different fish offshore. If you are looking for a deep sea fishing charter, you will have plenty of options in this area. The target species will vary depending on the seasons, but some of the fish that are targeted here offshore are grouper, snapper, cobia, king mackerel, amberjack, barracuda, sharks, mahi mahi, tuna, billfish, wahoo and others.


Destin, FL


The Emerald Coast area is known for its outstanding offshore fishing.  There are a fleet of fishing charters that call Destin home, so you should be able to find a fishing charter that can put you on some fish.  Anglers will fish the offshore structures that will hold many different species of fish.  The target species will vary depending on the seasons, but some of the popular fish that are caught offshore are grouper, snapper, cobia, amberjack, king mackerel, barracuda, sharks and others.


Everglades City, FL


You aren’t going to find surf & pier fishing in the Everglades, City area and 10,000 Islands area. If you want to visit this area and still do some surf and pier fishing on your trip, you may want to check out Marco Island and Naples. There are some great options for fishing without a boat in these destinations.


Florida Keys


Big Pine Key


Big Pine Key and the Lower Keys have some very good fishing available offshore for a variety of different fish. This area of the Florida Keys doesn’t have a ton of offshore fishing charters available, so it may be easier to plan an offshore fishing trip in one of the other areas. If you do get to do some fishing offshore in this area, you may catch mahi mahi, wahoo, a variety of tuna, sailfish, marlin and many other species of fish.


Islamorada


Islamorada is home to some of the best deep sea fishing anywhere.  This area has so many deep sea fishing charters that you should have no problem finding someone capable of taking out on an awesome fishing trip.  You can fish for so many species of fish here. Anglers target sailfish, marlin, a variety of tuna, wahoo, mahi mahi, kingfish, tarpon, grouper, snapper and many other species of fish. Whether you are trolling the open water in the Gulf stream or fishing over the many reefs and wrecks, you will have plenty of options around Islamorada.


Key Largo


The deep sea fishing is awesome around the Key Largo area.  There are many fishing charters available and some of the popular fish that you can catch here are mahi mahi, sailfish, wahoo, several species of tuna, marlin, amberjack, kingfish, grouper, snapper, cobia, sharks and barracuda.  These are just some of the fish that you can target in the offshore waters around Key Largo.


Key West


Key West is home to some of the best deep sea fishing in the country. You can fish for so many species of fish here. Anglers target sailfish, marlin, a variety of tuna, wahoo, mahi mahi, kingfish, tarpon, grouper, snapper and many other species of fish. Whether you are trolling the open water in the Gulf stream or fishing over the many reefs and wrecks, you should be able to catch plenty of fish on a deep sea fishing trip around Key West.


Marathon


Marathon is a very popular fishing destination for anglers seeking to go offshore to target a variety of fish such as mahi mahi, wahoo, tuna, sailfish, marlin, sharks, grouper, snapper, kingfish, barracuda and a variety of other fish.  Whether you are trolling open water or fishing the many reefs and wrecks, you should be able to catch a bunch of fish on a fishing trip here.


Fort Lauderdale, FL


Fort Lauderdale is a great deep sea fishing destination. Anglers come here from all over the country to fish these offshore waters. There are several deep sea fishing charters in the area to take you out on a fishing trip. The target species will vary depending on the seasons, but some of the fish that are targeted here offshore are grouper, snapper, cobia, king mackerel, amberjack, barracuda, sharks, mahi mahi, tuna, billfish, wahoo and others.


Fort Myers Beach, FL


There are some great pieces of structure to fish offshore in this area. The target species will vary depending on the seasons, but this area will provide plenty of action year-round. Many of the fishing charters will target grouper, snapper, cobia, king mackerel, permit, amberjack and goliath grouper. Some other fish that are targeted offshore are barracuda, bonito, sharks and others.


Fort Pierce, FL


The Fort Pierce Inlet gives anglers access to the Atlantic Ocean. It is home to some excellent fishing offshore for a variety of different fish. The target species will vary depending on the seasons, but some of the fish that are targeted here offshore are grouper, snapper, cobia, king mackerel, amberjack, barracuda, sharks, mahi mahi, tuna, billfish, wahoo and others.


Homosassa, FL


Homosassa offers some very good offshore fishing, however, it’s a decent boat ride to get out of the river and out to the better fishing spots in the Gulf of Mexico. The target species will vary depending on the seasons, but this area will provide plenty of action year-round. Some of the fish you can catch here offshore are grouper, snapper, cobia, king mackerel, permit, amberjack, sharks and others.


Jacksonville, FL


Jacksonville is known for its inshore fishing, but you can definitely experience some excellent offshore fishing in the offshore waters around Jacksonville.  There are numerous wrecks in these waters that hold a variety of different fish.  You will be able to find some deep sea fishing charters that operate in this area to help take you out on a fishing trip.  The target species will vary depending on the seasons, but some of the fish that are targeted here offshore are grouper, snapper, cobia, kingfish, amberjack, barracuda, sharks, mahi mahi, tuna, billfish, wahoo and others.


Jupiter, FL


Anglers target a variety of different fish in the offshore waters around Jupiter, Florida. There aren’t too many deep sea fishing charters that operate out of Jupiter, but that doesn’t mean that the fishing isn’t good. There are reefs in the deep water offshore around Jupiter and anglers target many different species of fish such as grouper, snapper, cobia, king mackerel, amberjack, goliath grouper, wahoo, sailfish, tuna and a variety of others.


Marco Island, FL


Marco Island has plenty of structure to fish offshore and there are plenty of fishing charters that fish this area. The target species will vary depending on the seasons, but this area will provide plenty of action year-round. The most popular species of fish that anglers will target here are grouper, snapper, cobia, king mackerel, permit, amberjack and goliath grouper. Some other fish that are targeted offshore are barracuda, bonito, sharksand others.


Mexico Beach, FL


Mexico Beach is home to a great artificial reef program, which means anglers have so many pieces of structure to fish here for a variety of different species of fish. This area isn’t a real popular tourist destination, but there are several fishing charters here that do go offshore, so you should be able to find a charter to take you out on a trip. Some of the popular fish to target here are grouper, snapper, cobia, king mackerel, amberjack, barracuda and sharks. These are just some of the fish you may catch here offshore.


Miami, FL


Deep Sea fishing is popular out of the Miami, Florida area. There are a number of fishing charters here and there is quick access to the Atlantic Ocean. The target species will vary depending on the seasons, but some of the fish that are targeted here offshore are grouper, snapper, cobia, king mackerel, amberjack, barracuda, sharks, mahi mahi, tuna, billfish, wahoo, sailfish and others.


Naples, FL


Deep Sea / Offshore Fishing is very popular in Naples, Florida. The target species will vary depending on the seasons, but this area will provide plenty of action year-round. Many of the fishing charters will target the hard, rocky bottom or wrecks to bottom fish for grouper, snapper, cobia, king mackerel, permit, amberjack and goliath grouper. Some other fish that are targeted offshore are barracuda, bonito, sharks and others. Offshore trolling is also done in this area, especially for king mackerel.


Panama City Beach, FL


The Panama City Beach area offers some very good fishing offshore. This is a popular destination for fishing offshore, so you should be able to find plenty of fishing charters to choose from to plan your fishing trip. There are plenty of offshore structures that will hold many different species of fish. The target species will vary depending on the seasons, but some of the popular fish that are caught offshore are grouper, snapper, cobia, amberjack, king mackerel, barracuda, sharks and others.


Pensacola, FL


The Pensacola area has some very good fishing offshore. Many anglers fish out of the Pensacola area and there are plenty of fishing charters that can take you out for an offshore fishing trip. You will find plenty of offshore structures here that will hold many different species of fish. The target species will vary depending on the seasons, but some of the popular fish that are caught offshore are grouper, snapper, cobia, amberjack, king mackerel, barracuda, sharks and others.


Pine Island, FL


You won’t find too many deep sea fishing charters that operate out of Pine Island, but there are several in the nearby destinations of Fort Myers Beach and Sanibel Island. The offshore waters in this area are home to a variety of fish. The target species of fish will vary depending on the seasons, but this area will provide plenty of action year-round. Anglers target grouper, snapper, cobia, king mackerel, permit, amberjack and goliath grouper.


Riviera Beach, FL


Sanibel & Captiva Islands, FL


The Islands of Sanibel and Captiva are known for their excellent inshore and surf fishing, but the deep sea fishing is also very good in this area. There are several deep sea fishing charters that operate out of this area. Some of the popular fish to target are grouper, snapper, cobia, king mackerel, permit, amberjack and goliath grouper. Some other fish that are targeted offshore are barracuda, bonito, sharks and others.


Sarasota, FL


There is some very good fishing in the offshore waters around Sarasota and there are several deep sea fishing charters that can take you out for a fishing trip. The types of fish will vary depending on the seasons, but you can definitely catch fish offshore here year-round. Some of the offshore fish to target are grouper, snapper, cobia, king mackerel, permit, amberjack, Spanish mackerel, barracuda, tuna, wahoo, goliath grouper and many others.


Sebastian, FL


Sebastian has some excellent fishing offshore for a variety of different fish. With the inlet in Sebastian, you can get out to the Atlantic Ocean quickly and there are several deep sea fishing charters that can take you out on a fishing trip. The target species will vary depending on the seasons, but some of the fish that are targeted here offshore are grouper, snapper, cobia, king mackerel, amberjack, barracuda, sharks, mahi mahi, tuna, billfish, wahoo and others.


Space Coast, FL


There is some very good fishing offshore for a variety of different fish in the Cape Canaveral area and there are some deep sea fishing charters in the area that can take you out on a fishing trip. The target species will vary depending on the seasons, but some of the fish that are targeted here offshore are grouper, snapper, cobia, king mackerel, amberjack, barracuda, sharks, mahi mahi, tuna, billfish, wahoo and others.


St. Augustine, FL


St. Augustine has some very good fishing offshore for a variety of different fish. There are some deep sea fishing charters in the area to take you out on a fishing trip. The target species will vary depending on the seasons, but some of the fish that are targeted here offshore are grouper, snapper, cobia, king mackerel, amberjack, barracuda, sharks, mahi mahi, tuna, billfish, wahoo and others.


Steinhatchee, FL


Steinhatchee doesn’t have a ton of deep water close in, but there are enough structures to fish here offshore that anglers have a lot of success fishing for a variety of different fish. Some of the popular fish that anglers target offshore here are grouper, snapper, cobia, king mackerel, king mackerel, sheepshead, mangrove snapper and others. The Sea Hag Marina’s Offshore Fishing page has some great information to go along with numerous GPS points that will help you have more success if you are fishing offshore without a fishing charter.


Stuart, FL


Most anglers have heard of Stuart, Florida for its excellent deep sea fishing. This is where most of the deep sea charters operate from in this area. The nearby St. Lucie Inlet gives them quick access to the Atlantic Ocean where you can target a variety of fish. The target species will vary depending on the seasons, but some of the fish that are targeted here offshore are grouper, snapper, cobia, king mackerel, amberjack, barracuda, sharks, mahi mahi, tuna, billfish, sailfish, wahoo and others.


Tampa Bay, FL Area


The fishing is very good offshore in the Tampa Bay area. This area is very popular and there are so many deep sea fishing charters here to take you out on a fishing trip. The target species will vary depending on the seasons, but this area will provide plenty of action for something year-round. The popular fish that are targeted here are grouper, snapper, cobia, king mackerel, permit, amberjack, mahi mahi, tuna, barracuda and goliath grouper, but there are so many other species of fish that you can catch.


Venice, FL


Venice, Florida is home to some excellent deep sea fishing. There are some deep sea fishing charters that operate out of this area and some of the popular species of fish that they will target are grouper, snapper, cobia, king mackerel, permit, amberjack and goliath grouper. Some other fish that are targeted offshore are barracuda, bonito, sharks and others. The type of fish you will catch will vary depending on the seasons, but if you have good weather and fish the right spots, you should be able to do very well here offshore.


Georgia


Golden Isles, GA


The Golden Isles are known more having some outstanding deep sea fishing and there are several fishing charters here that are available to take you out on a trip. The target species will vary depending on the seasons, but some of the fish that are targeted here offshore are grouper, snapper, cobia, king mackerel, amberjack, barracuda,sharks, mahi mahi, tuna, billfish, wahoo and others.


Lake Lanier


Lake Lanier is a popular reservoir located in the northern part of Georgia.  This lake is very popular for boating and fishing with millions of visitors that come here every year.  You will find plenty of hotels to go along with a couple of resorts along the lake.  Marinas are plentiful to help with your boating needs and there are plenty of places to fish in the lake.

Lake Lanier is known for its excellent bass fishery.  From largemouth bass to spotted bass and even striped bass, you have a lot of options here.  Depending on what lures you choose to fish with, you may end up catching all 3 species of fish on any given day here.  The bass fishing is what most people come here for, however, you can also catch some catfish, walleye, bluegill and panfish.  The panfish fishery can fluctuate from year to year depending on the spawns, but the catfish are pretty consistent for the anglers who choose to fish for them.  Walleye can be spotty here, but there are some walleye in the lake and some anglers do target them.


Tybee Island, GA


Tybee Island has some outstanding deep sea fishing and there are several fishing charters here that are available to take you out on a trip. The target species will vary depending on the seasons, but some of the fish that are targeted here offshore are grouper, snapper, cobia, king mackerel, amberjack, barracuda,sharks, mahi mahi, tuna, billfish, wahoo and others.


Kentucky


Kentucky Lake


Kentucky Lake is one of the world’s largest man-made lakes.  The lake covers 2,380 miles of shoreline and 160,000 acres of water.  Kentucky Lake is a very popular vacation destination.  Whether you’re coming here for a fishing getaway or a family vacation, there is something to do for everyone.

Kentucky Lake is known for its tremendous crappie fishery.  Spring and fall are the best times to plan a trip for the crappie fishing.  During the spawn, 1 – 1.5 pound crappie are considered common.  Largemouth and smallmouth bass are also plentiful on Kentucky Lake.  There are more largemouth than smallmouth in the lake, but if you target the rocky areas, you can usually find some smallmouth bass.  If you time the spawn right in the spring, you can experience some awesome fishing for largemouth bass with 30 to 50 fish days being possible.  Get away from the crowds and find the pattern and you will catch more fish.  Other species that are available are white bass, sunfish, sauger, catfish and striped bass.


Lake Barkley


Lake Barkley was impounded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1966. The dam impounds the Cumberland River near Grand Rivers, Kentucky, approximately 38 miles up stream from where the Cumberland empties into the Ohio River.  One mile above the dam is a canal connecting Lake Barkley with Kentucky Lake, forming one of the greatest freshwater recreational areas in the country.

There are many opportunities for fishing Lake Barkley.  There is a very healthy population of crappie, largemouth bass, white bass, catfish, sauger and bluegill.  Spring crappie fishing is a favorite for most anglers.  The crappie spawn is an excellent time to fish with fish all over the shallows from 4 to 6 feet deep.  In some areas, you can find them in as shallow as 1 foot of water or less.  Bass fishing is also excellent on this lake.  May and June are excellent times for catching trophy bass.  Anglers also like to target catfish and white bass.


Lake Cumberland


Lake Cumberland is a large lake located in southern Kentucky.  Because of its temperate climate, Lake Cumberland has a very long recreational season that thousands of visitors take advantage of every year.  This lake has become a major tourism destination for people that enjoy boating, swimming, fishing and just relaxing by the lake.

Fishing is very popular for a variety of species, however, most people come here for the tremendous striped bass fishery.  If you know what you’re doing or you decide to fish with a guide, you have a good chance to catch good numbers of striped bass with some big fish mixed in too.


Cave Run Lake


Cave Run Lake is a beautiful lake that covers 8,270 acres.  It is located in the beautiful mountains of eastern Kentucky just south of Morehead and about 60 miles east of Lexington.

Cave Run Lake is known for its muskie fishing, but anglers also can catch largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, crappie, white bass and spotted bass.  Whether you come to fish for muskie or other species of fish, it’s a nice lake that a lot of anglers do well on.


Louisiana


Venice, LA


Venice is also home to some incredible offshore fishing.  For many anglers, they will never leave the shallows of the inshore areas because the fishing is so good inshore here.  However, if you get a chance to do an offshore trip, take advantage of it and enjoy it.  The fishing is awesome out here for so many different fish.  Some of the fish you can catch here are tuna, mahi mahi, marlin, wahoo, snapper and grouper.


Mississippi


Biloxi, MS


Biloxi holds its own when it comes to offshore fishing. There are plenty of charters available here to go along with several different types of fish to catch. You will find plenty of offshore structures here that will hold many different species of fish. The target species will vary depending on the seasons, but some of the popular fish that are caught offshore are grouper, snapper, cobia, amberjack, king mackerel, barracuda, sharks and others.


Oklahoma


Lake Texoma


Lake Texoma is one of the largest reservoirs in the United States.  Located along the Oklahoma – Texas border, this lake covers over 89,000 surface acres.  Lake Texoma is extremely popular among anglers and boaters alike.  The lake draws around 6 million annual visitors.

For fishermen, Lake Texoma offers some of the best striped bass fishing in the entire country.  Natural reproduction maintains a strong year-round striped bass fishery on this lake.  Many lakes that have striped bass must rely on stocking efforts, but on Texoma, they naturally reproduce, which allows for some fantastic fishing and liberal regulations.  Last we checked, each person is allowed to keep 10 fish with only 2 over 20 inches, but make sure to check the regulations before you head out onto the lake.  There are plenty of fishing guides available and this is one of the very few lakes that you can limit out consistently in a couple of hours or less with the right guide.


South Carolina


Beaufort, SC


You will have a little farther boat ride here if you plan on going out to fish the offshore waters near Beaufort. Some people will just head over to Hilton Head Island to find an offshore charter. The fishing will be the same as the Hilton Head Island area. Fish the reefs and wrecks for snapper, grouper, sharks, barracuda, amberjack, king mackerel and other fish or go after tuna, marlin, mahi mahi, sailfish and more.


Charleston, SC


Anglers have access to some good offshore fishing here too.  With the jetties here, a lot of anglers choose to stay closer and fish the jetties, but you can go offshore for some very good fishing too.  The target species will vary depending on the seasons.  Fishing charters will target grouper, snapper, cobia, king mackerel, permit, amberjack, barracuda, bonito, sharks and more.


Georgetown, SC


You have quick access to some excellent offshore fishing in the Georgetown area. You have much smaller crowds here than farther north in Myrtle Beach, but there are still plenty of fishing charters here to service you for an offshore trip.

The target species will vary depending on the seasons, however, plan on fishing the hard, rocky bottom or wrecks for bottom fish such as grouper, snapper, cobia, king mackerel, permit, amberjack and more. Some other fish that are targeted offshore are barracuda, bonito, sharks and others. Offshore trolling is also done in this area, especially for king mackerel.


Hilton Head Island, SC


You have some deep sea fishing options here also. There are so many charters that operate out of the Hilton Head Island area and several of them will go offshore. Fish the reefs and wrecks for snapper, grouper, sharks, barracuda, amberjack, king mackerel and other fish or go after tuna, marlin, mahi mahi, sailfish and more.


Lake Lure


Lake Lure is a gorgeous lake located in the Blue Ridge Mountain Range of western North Carolina.  The lake has been called “one of the most beautiful man-made lakes in the world” by National Geographic.  With 720 acres of water and approximately 27 miles of shoreline, there is plenty of water to fish for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, white bass, rainbow trout and bluegill.

Lake Lure has a good population of bass.  Largemouth bass are more abundant than smallmouth bass, but you can target smallies here too and there are some big fish here too.  White bass are here in good numbers.  Secondary species of fish include rainbow trout, brown trout and panfish.


Lake Murray


Lake Murray is a large lake covering over 50,000 acres.  The lake is a major recreational destination in South Carolina.  There are numerous fishing tournaments held throughout the year and there are plenty of places for a recreational fishermen to launch a boat.  Fishing guides, boat rentals and marinas can be found here to make your trip more enjoyable.  Lake Murray is known for its excellent striped bass fishing to go along with other species such as largemouth bass, crappie and other panfish.


Myrtle Beach, SC


The Deep Sea / Offshore Fishing is what most people will do if they are looking to get into some serious fishing while in Myrtle Beach. The target species will vary depending on the seasons. Fishing charters will target the hard, rocky bottom or wrecks to bottom fish for grouper, snapper, cobia, king mackerel, permit, amberjack and more. Some other fish that are targeted offshore are barracuda, bonito, sharks and others. Offshore trolling is also done in this area, especially for king mackerel.


Santee Cooper Lakes


Lake Marion

Lake Marion is the largest lake in South Carolina, covering over 100,000 acres.  It is one of the Santee Cooper Lakes and it is known for its excellent catfish fishery.  The crappie fishing is also very good, but this lake really stands out for its catfish.  Fish in the 10 to 20 pound range are common and there are many fishing guides that can take you out for some incredible fishing.  Striped bass, largemouth bass and bluegill round out a good fishery.

Lake Moultrie

Lake Moultrie is the third largest lake in South Carolina and it covers over 60,000 acres. There is plenty of public access on the lake and it is very popular among fishermen.  Lake Moultrie is one of the best lakes in the country for catfish.  Catfish anglers flock to this lake and channel cats in the 10 to 20 pound range are very common here.  There are some other species on the lake as well, but none get the attention that catfish do on Lake Moultrie.  Other fish consist of striped bass, largemouth bass, crappie and bluegill.


Tennessee


Chattanooga, TN


Chattanooga is the 4th largest city in Tennessee.  This city is located at the transition between the ridge-and-valley portion of the Appalachian Mountains and the Cumberland Plateau.  The scenery is beautiful in Chattanooga with mountains and ridges surrounding the city.

Fishing is also very good in this area with the Tennessee River, Chickamauga Lake and Nickajack Lake.  Anglers target largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, huge catfish, striped bass, crappie and bluegill.


Dale Hollow Lake


Dale Hollow Lake is a beautiful lake located on the Kentucky / Tennessee border.  The lake is surrounded by beautiful scenery and miles of shoreline.  It is a wonderful tourism area with plenty of accommodations, houseboats, warm weather, tons of water and some of the best smallmouth bass fishing in the country.

Dale Hollow Lake is home of the world record smallmouth bass that weighed 11 pounds and 15 ounces. Largemouth bass, crappie, muskellunge, walleye, catfish, gar, and trout are also available.  The majority of the fishermen come here for the world class smallmouth bass fishery.


Kentucky Lake


Kentucky Lake is one of the world’s largest man-made lakes.  The lake covers 2,380 miles of shoreline and 160,000 acres of water.  Kentucky Lake is a very popular vacation destination.  Whether you’re coming here for a fishing getaway or a family vacation, there is something to do for everyone.

Kentucky Lake is known for its tremendous crappie fishery.  Spring and fall are the best times to plan a trip for the crappie fishing.  During the spawn, 1 – 1.5 pound crappie are considered common.  Largemouth and smallmouth bass are also plentiful on Kentucky Lake.  There are more largemouth than smallmouth in the lake, but if you target the rocky areas, you can usually find some smallmouth bass.  If you time the spawn right in the spring, you can experience some awesome fishing for largemouth bass with 30 to 50 fish days being possible.  Get away from the crowds and find the pattern and you will catch more fish.  Other species that are available are white bass, sunfish, sauger, catfish and striped bass.


Pickwick Lake & Wilson Lake


Pickwick & Wilson Lakes are very popular for fishing and boating.  This area is known as one of the better fishing destinations in the country for multiple species of fish.  Whether you come here to enjoy the outdoors, go boating or go fishing, you have a lot of water to explore here.

Pickwick Lake and Wilson Lake offer some tremendous fishing opportunities for a variety of different fish species.  This area has definitely gained in popularity over the years due to its excellent fishing throughout the year.  Whether you’re looking for numbers, big fish or a variety of fish, it’s all here.  It is known for its awesome smallmouth bass fishing, but there is a lot more here than just smallies.  It’s one of the better fishing vacation destinations in the south.


Texas


Corpus Christi, TX


You have to make a good run to get out to the deep sea fishing spots. Port Aransas is where many people will go if they’re looking to do some deep sea fishing in this area. If you’re launching out of Corpus Christi, it’s going to take you a lot longer to get to the offshore fishing spots that most people target in this area. Some of the popular fish that are caught offshore are grouper, snapper, cobia, amberjack, king mackerel, barracuda, sharks, tuna, sailfish, marlin and others.


Galveston, TX


The Galveston area is great with the inshore fishing opportunities and some very good offshore fishing too depending on the season. Depending on where you launch your boat, it can be a short boat ride or a long boat ride to get into the Gulf. There are plenty of offshore charters here who fish for a variety of fish. Some of the popular fish that are caught offshore here are grouper, snapper, cobia, amberjack, king mackerel, barracuda, sharks, tuna, sailfish, marlin and others too.


Lake Fork


Lake Fork is 27,690 surface acres and it is located in Wood and Rains County of northeast Texas.  With 315 miles of shoreline, there is plenty of water to fish.  Lake Fork has gained the reputation of being one of the best, if not the best bass lake in the country.  There are so many huge bass caught here every year that many of the fishing guides consider 5 pound bass “dinks.”  Of the top 20 State Record Largemouth Bass of Texas, the majority of them were caught from Lake Fork.  Fishing is also excellent for crappie and catfish, however, most anglers do not even think about fishing for these species.  This lake is a remarkable lake, but you may need a fishing guide to get you started.  It is a big lake with tons of wood that sits above the surface, but learning the underwater structure is key to landing some of the monster bass that live here.


Lake Texoma


Lake Texoma is one of the largest reservoirs in the United States.  Located along the Oklahoma – Texas border, this lake covers over 89,000 surface acres.  Lake Texoma is extremely popular among anglers and boaters alike.  The lake draws around 6 million annual visitors.

For fishermen, Lake Texoma offers some of the best striped bass fishing in the entire country.  Natural reproduction maintains a strong year-round striped bass fishery on this lake.  Many lakes that have striped bass must rely on stocking efforts, but on Texoma, they naturally reproduce, which allows for some fantastic fishing and liberal regulations.  Last we checked, each person is allowed to keep 10 fish with only 2 over 20 inches, but make sure to check the regulations before you head out onto the lake.  There are plenty of fishing guides available and this is one of the very few lakes that you can limit out consistently in a couple of hours or less with the right guide.


Matagorda Bay, TX


Matagorda Bay gives you direct access to the Gulf. Depending on where you are launching your boat, it may be a short ride or a long ride out to the Gulf since the bay is pretty big. There are plenty of charters here that go offshore for a variety of fish depending on the season. Some of the fish you may catch are grouper, snapper, cobia, amberjack, king mackerel, barracuda, sharks, tuna, sailfish, marlin and others.


Port Arthur, TX


Port Arthur is known for its inshore fishing, however, you can be into some very good offshore fishing depending on the season. Anglers will fish the offshore structures that will hold many different species of fish. There are several charters here also who focus on the offshore waters of the Gulf.  Some of the popular fish that are caught offshore are grouper, snapper, cobia, amberjack, king mackerel, barracuda, sharks, tuna, sailfish, marlin & others.


Seadrift, TX


With no direct access to the Gulf from Seadrift, you could take a boat ride to get out to the gulf, but most anglers would just launch closer to the direct access points nearby which are Port Aransas and Port O’Connor. Once you are in the Gulf, anglers target a variety of fish such as grouper, snapper, cobia, king mackerel, permit, amberjack and goliath grouper. These are just some of the fish that can be caught offshore. The time of year will dictate what is found in this area in the offshore waters.


South Padre Island, TX


Anglers will fish the offshore structures that will hold many different species of fish. The target species will vary depending on the seasons, but some of the popular fish that are caught offshore are grouper, snapper, cobia, amberjack, king mackerel, barracuda, sharks, tuna, sailfish, marlin and others.


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