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Alaska


Kenai Peninsula


The Cook Inlet & Resurrection Bay offer some excellent fishing for salmon, halibut and cod.  When visiting the Kenai Peninsula, you will have access to these waters from the following towns:

Homer | Hope | Kenai | Ninilchik | Seward


Prince William Sound


Prince William Sound is a sound off the Gulf of Alaska on the south coast of Alaska.  It is located on the eastern side of the Kenai Peninsula.  Most of the land surrounding Prince William Sound is part of the Chugach National Forest, the second largest national forest in the U.S.  This area provides some spectacular scenery as it is ringed by the steep and glaciated Chugach Mountains.

Whitter, Cordova and Valdez are popular fishing vacation destinations where anglers target five species of Pacific salmon, rainbow trout, halibut, rockfish, lingcod, cutthroat trout and Dolly Varden.


South Central Alaska


South Central Alaska is home to Anchorage, Copper Valley and the Mat-Su Valley.  For many visitors to this area, Anchorage is just the starting point to their Alaskan adventure. You can stay in Anchorage or venture out into some of the nearby destinations that offer a variety of wildlife and fishing adventures.

Southcentral Alaska offers the most variety of fishing in the state of Alaska.  Saltwater fishing is available for all five species of Pacific salmon, halibut, rockfish and lingcod. Inland, anglers have the option to fish for salmon and trout in the rivers, lake trout & northern pike in the many inland lakes or grayling in streams.


Southeast Alaska


Shaped by the staggering force of massive glaciers millions of years ago, Alaska’s Inside Passage is home to a variety of wildlife, tremendous scenery and some outstanding fishing.

Southeast Alaska, also known as the inside passage, is known for having some tremendous fishing opportunities.  In this area, you will be primarily fishing out of the saltwater ports of Ketchikan, Petersburg, Wrangell, Sitka, Juneau, Haines and Skagway.  You can expect to catch a variety of fish here such as salmon, halibut, lingcod and rockfish.

Fish the open water with charters for 5 species of Pacific salmon, rockfish, sea bass and halibut.  You can fish the open waters in all 7 locations in southeast Alaska.


Southwest Alaska


Southwest Alaska is home to a few destinations that we cover in our featured fishing destinations.  DillinghamUnalaska / Port of Dutch Harbor and Kodiak Island make up this region.  Visitors come to see wildlife such as bears, the active volcanoes and so much more.  Fish the open water with charters for 5 species of Pacific salmon, rockfish, sea bass and halibut.  You can fish the open waters in all 3 locations in southwest Alaska.


Arizona


Lake Powell


The Colorado River impounded behind Glen Canyon Dam near Page, Arizona forms Lake Powell.  This lake is over 570 feet deep when filled to capacity.  Part of Lake Powell is in Arizona and the bigger portion of the lake is in Utah.  Since Lake Powell occupies two states, make sure you know the fishing regulations of the state that you are going to be fishing.  Lake Powell is known as a popular houseboating destination.

Lake Powell has good fishing for a variety of species of fish.  The striped bass fishery took off here and due to a “keep everything you catch” plan, it has helped this fishery avoid the boom and bust days that were common years ago.  It may seem weird that people come in and keep 100 striped bass in a day, but it actually helps this fishery because the spawn is so good here for the striped bass that if left unchecked, they would eat all the shad and the fishery would collapse.  Lake Powell is known for its striped bass, but it also has good fishing for so many other species of fish.  Target largemouth or smallmouth bass, catfish, walleye and panfish here and you’ll have plenty of action.


Rim Country, AZ


Payson, Arizona is located in northern Gila County.  This area is often referred to as the Rim Country.  Payson sits in the shadow of the Mogollon Rim, which is an extensive plateau at an elevation of 7300 fee.  This area is home to pine forests and pristine mountain lakes.  Payson is about a 90 minute drive from Phoenix, Flagstaff and Prescott. It is a paradise for people that enjoy the outdoors.  Enjoy year round activities such as hiking, biking, hunting, fishing, camping, horseback riding and more.

There are so many fishing opportunities to fish in the Mogollon Rim.  Trout are stocked here and there are stream-spawned fish here as well in many of the streams just below the Mogollon Rim.  There are several lower-elevation lakes, reservoirs and rivers that give anglers the opportunity to fish for warm water sport fish too.  It’s a unique destination with anglers being able to target multiple species of trout, bass, crappie and other panfish.


White Mountains, AZ


Show Low, Snowflake, Pinetop, Lakeside and Taylor combine to make up an awesome outdoor recreational area in Arizona.  If you like the outdoors, you will find plenty to do here from hiking, camping, fishing, hunting, cross country skiing and more.

Just over three hours from the deserts of Phoenix and Tucson, the White Mountains offer some great fishing for a variety of trout such as rainbow trout, brook trout, brown trout and cutthroat trout.  Fly fishing is very popular in many of the lakes and streams in this region.


California


Big Bear Lake


Big Bear Lake is a popular 4 seasons vacation destination in California.  Located about 100 miles northeast of Los Angeles, this lake is surrounded by the San Bernardino National Forest.  Whether you come here for fishing & boating in the summer or the skiing in the winter, this is an awesome vacation destination.  It is an excellent fishing lake.


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Clear Lake


Clear Lake is a very popular boating and fishing destination in California.  It’s only a couple of hours from San Francisco, which helps make it such a popular destination.  This lake is beautiful and it offers visitors so much to do if you enjoy outdoor recreation.  Clear Lake is known as one of the better bass fishing lakes in the entire country.  With its excellent weather, anglers can fish Clear Lake year round.


June Lakes Loop


The June Lake Loop consists of June Lake, Gull Lake, Silver Lake and Grant Lake.  It’s a nice fishing destination in California and with these 4 lakes, anglers have quite a few options for putting some fish in the boat.


Lake Almanor


Lake Almanor is a large reservoir in northwestern Plumas County, northeastern California. The reservoir has a maximum depth of about 90 feet and it is formed by Canyon Dam on the North Fork of the Feather River, as well as Benner and Last Chance Creeks, Hamilton Branch, and various natural springs.  This lake offers anglers some very good fishing for trout, salmon and smallmouth bass.


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Lake Oroville


Lake Oroville is a large reservoir that was formed by the Oroville Dam across the Feather River.  The lake is situated in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada about 5 miles northeast of Oroville.  The lake is fed by the North Fork, Middle Fork, West Branch and South Forks of the Feather River and it is a popular lake for recreation.  The fishing can be very good for a variety of different fish.


Lake Tahoe


Lake Tahoe is a large freshwater lake in the Sierra Nevada of the United States.  It is located along the border between Nevada and California.  This is a very popular tourist area that is known more for snow skiing and boating than fishing, although, fishing is very popular on this lake also.  This is one of the most scenic lakes in the country.

This lake is a very deep, cold water lake.  Hiring one of the fishing charters on this lake will give you a much better chance to do well on the lake, especially if this will be your first time on the lake.  Trolling is one of the most popular and effective techniques for targeting trout and salmon on Lake Tahoe.


Mammoth Lakes


The Mammoth Lakes Region is located in California’s Eastern Sierra.  This area has huge mountains, tons of water to fish and a variety of outdoor activities available to you.  If you like outdoor recreation, there will be something for you to do in the Mammoth Lakes Region.


Redding, CA


Redding, California is a very popular vacation destination in northern California. With mountains all around, miles of trails for hiking and biking, a river running through it, and national parks nearby and awesome weather, Redding is one of the better outdoor vacation destinations in the country.  Cradled by Mount Shasta and Mount Lassen, Redding is considered by many to be the trout fishing capital of California.  Shasta Lake also offers some excellent fishing.


San Francisco


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Shaver Lake


The Shaver Lake Basin is located in the Sierra National Forest.  It is known for its outdoor recreation.  Whether you are looking to ski, fish, camp, hike, go snowmobiling or spend time doing some other outdoor activity, this is a great destination to get outdoors and have some fun.  Anglers looking to do some fishing can target trout, smallmouth bass, catfish and bluegill.


Trinity Lake


Trinity Lake is a little off the beaten path, but it does offer some excellent outdoor opportunities.  It is located within the Shasta-Trinity National Forest and it has miles of tree-lined shores and countless secluded coves to explore.  Whether you come here for the boating, hiking, camping, fishing or just to relax, this is an excellent destination for getting outdoors.


Colorado


Aspen


Aspen is known as one of the premier ski destinations in the United States.  This town is extremely popular among tourists during the winter.  The summer can be a lot of fun here as well.  You will find plenty of resorts, restaurants and shopping.

Most fishermen do not think of Aspen as a fly fishing destination, but there is some good fly fishing here and in the nearby towns.  Fly fishing guides are available and they can help you experience some of the excellent trout fishing that Colorado is known for.


Boulder


The city of Boulder is located in Boulder Valley where the Rocky Mountains meet up with the Great Plains.  To the west of Boulder, you can see slabs of sedimentary stone tilted up on the foothills and these are called Flatirons, which are a recognizable symbol of Boulder.  Many anglers come to Boulder, Colorado to experience the fly fishing in the nearby rivers.  Fishing guides are available in Boulder to help you enjoy your trip.  If you are up for an adventure, river rafting is also popular in this town.


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Colorado Springs


The City of Colorado Springs is the most populated city in El Paso County and the second most populated city in Colorado.  Tourism is very popular here because of all the modern conveniences of a big city and its location next to the Rocky Mountains.  With the mountains nearby, this area is a great place to enjoy the scenery of all the rock formations.  The fishermen enjoy Colorado Springs because of the nearby rivers that provide excellent fly fishing opportunities for trout.  Fishing guides operate out of Colorado Springs and they can help you find some excellent trout fishing in the area rivers.


Durango


Durango, Colorado is a small town nestled in the Animas River Valley and it is surrounded by the San Juan Mountains.  This town is a great destination for outdoor enthusiasts.  There are so many outdoor activities available here such as fishing, whitewater rafting, kayaking and canoeing, hiking, mountain biking, backpacking, rock climbing and hunting.  Fly fishing is very popular in the Gold Medal waters nearby.  There are plenty of fishing guides in the area that specialize in fly fishing for trout.


Estes Park


Estes Park is a small town located at the confluence of two rivers (Big Thompson and Fall River) that flow from Rock Mountain National Park.  Many fly fishermen target trout in the rivers, but you also have the option of fishing Lake Estes and Mary’s Lake.  People enjoy boating and fishing on the lakes.  Boat rentals and fishing guide services are available as well.


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Glenwood Springs


Glenwood Springs is a wonderful vacation destination for the outdoors enthusiast.  This town is located about 45 miles north of Aspen and 60 miles west of Vail.  Some of the best ski resorts in the country are located within 60 miles of Glenwood Springs.  From spring through fall, fly fishermen take advantage of the Gold Medal waters that flow through this town.  Two rivers, the Colorado River and Roaring Fork River, converge in Glenwood Springs.  The Frying Pan River and Gunnison River are close enough to plan a day trip to.


Gunnison


Gunnison is a small town that offers a variety of recreational opportunities.  It is known for its exceptional trout fishing in the Gunnison River, which runs right through the town.  You also have the option of fishing Blue Mesa Reservoir.  There is plenty of other things to do here such as river rafting, boating, horseback riding, camping and hunting.  You may also want to check out the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.


Steamboat Springs


Steamboat Springs is one of the top ski destinations in the country.  There are many nice resorts here as well as many other types of lodging to go along with the nice restaurants and many shops.  Even though Steamboat Springs is known more as a winter vacation destination, there is plenty to do here in the summer also.  Fly fishing is excellent and there are quite a few fishing guides that can help you find some of the better fishing spots.  Fly shops are also available with all of the tackle you need and the local knowledge to help you catch more fish on your trip.  River rafting is also popular in the Steamboat Springs area.  The Stagecoach State Park is also worth visiting.  The state park features a 780 acre reservoir that you can fish.


Winter Park – Frasier Valley


The Winter Park – Frasier Valley area is located about 70 miles northwest of Denver, Colorado.  This area is known for its skiing, but there is plenty to do here in the summer as well.  Fly fishing is a popular summer activity in this region.  You will be able to find fly shops and fishing guides to help you have a more successful trip on the area waters.  Head north about 30 miles and you will have access to Lake Granby through the Beacon Landing Marina where you can have fun boating and fishing.  Whitewater rafting is also available in the Winter Park – Frasier Valley area.


Hawaii


Hawaii


People travel to Hawaii from all over the world.  Hawaii is a great vacation destination.  On your next trip to Hawaii, make sure to plan some fishing time.  Hawaii is known for its excellent deep sea fishing for billfish, tuna, mahi mahi, ono and several species of shark.  However, there are many places to fish along the islands that give shore anglers a shot at catching some awesome fish.  Because the ocean bottom drops off fast around the Hawaiian Islands, depending on where you are fishing, you may get to experience some incredible catches from shore that you wouldn’t be able to experience any place else.


Idaho


Bear Lake


Bear Lake is located on the Idaho – Utah border.  The lake is known for its turquoise blue water.  It is a popular summer vacation destination.  Many people visit here to enjoy the beautiful waters.  Boating and fishing are popular on Bear Lake.

Anglers fish for cutthroat, mackinaw and whitefish.  If you enjoy fishing for trout, you will enjoy fishing on Bear Lake.


Boise, ID


Boise is the capital and most populous city in Idaho.  You can find plenty of hotels and restaurants throughout the city as well as all of your modern-day conveniences.  Boise also offers plenty of outdoor recreation such as fishing, rafting, kayaking and more.

The Boise River flows right through the city and it is very popular for rafting and fishing.  The Lucky Peak State Park has a nice reservoir that offers fishing and boating.  Boat rentals are also available at the marina.

Anglers have plenty of options here for catching a variety of trout.  Stay close to town and you can catch rainbow trout and brown trout.  As you venture farther away from the city, you will be able to target rainbow trout, cutthroat trout, bull trout and even whitefish here.  The rainbow trout are most abundant here.

If you’re willing to drive a little outside of Boise, you can fish the Snake River for a variety of fish.  Depending on what part of the Snake River you choose to fish, you may have to drive an hour or so.  Once you’re there, you can target smallmouth bass, perch, crappie and catfish.


Challis, ID


Challis is a small town in central Idaho.  This town isn’t as popular as some of the other areas that we covered in Idaho, but you will find some of the same adventures in Challis that you find in other towns.  The Salmon River offers excellent fishing and whitewater rafting adventures.  Steelhead fishing is good on the Salmon River as well as they migrate from the Pacific from the fall through the spring.

The steelhead migration here from fall through the spring is what draws many anglers to this area to fish.  You can catch other species of trout as well, but the steelhead get the most attention once they arrive into this stretch of the Salmon River.  Cutthroat trout and rainbow trout are also available in the Salmon River and the area tributaries.  Fish the mountain lakes for rainbow trout, cutthroat trout and brook trout.


Coeur d’Alene, ID


Coeur d’Alene is a popular tourist destination and it is the largest city of Kootenai County, Idaho.  This area has so much to offer with the dining, shopping, nightlife, skiing and outdoor recreation.  There is even a casino in the area if you enjoy gambling.  Lake Coeur d’Alene is very popular among boaters and fishermen.  There are marinas available as well as fishing guide services to take care of your needs.

Coeur d’Alene is one of the better fishing destinations out west.  You have the options of fishing for so many different species of fish, fishing for numbers or targeting trophy-sized fish.  It’s a special lake with so many different fish to catch.


Ketchum – Sun Valley, ID


The Sun Valley – Ketchum area is known for its world-class skiing and outdoor recreation.  There are many resorts in these towns as well as nice restaurants, shopping and bars.  There is so much to do here and the scenery is breath-taking. During the summer months, people come here to experience the fishing and whitewater rafting.

Some of the popular areas to fish are Silver Creek, Wood River and the Big Lost River.  Most of the rivers in the area have excellent rainbow trout fishing with some brown trout and brook trout mixed in.  Some anglers make a day trip up to the town of Stanley (about 60 miles away) during the steelhead run.  Wherever you end up fishing, you will have plenty of options and there are fishing guide services and outfitters available to make sure you catch fish.


Lake Pend Oreille


Lake Pend Oreille is a popular lake to visit in northern Idaho.  The lake is 65 miles long and as deep as 1,150 feet in some spots.  Lake Pend Oreille is surrounded by quite a few small towns and national forests.  Some of the more popular towns on this lake are Sandpoint, Bayview and Hope.

This is an excellent lake for fishing and the highest rated Idaho fishing destination by us.  This is a special lake with so many different types of fish, trophy fish and the ability to catch good numbers of fish too.  Figure out what you want to target or just go out for a mixed bag.


Orofino, ID


Orofino is a small town located in the northeastern part of the Nez Perce National Historical Park.  The area is very scenic with the Clearwater River, Dworshak Reservoir and the surrounding mountains.  There are some hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts and lodges to accommodate you as well as guides and outfitters to put you on some fish.  Anglers come here every year to catch steelhead in the Clearwater River.


Priest Lake


Priest Lake is located in the northern most portion of Idaho.  The northern part of this lake is only 15 miles from the Canadian border.  Priest Lake is a popular vacation destination.  If you enjoy being outdoors, you will enjoy Priest Lake.  It is a gorgeous lake that is loved by fishermen and pleasure boaters.

This lake is a solid fishing lake, especially if you like to fish for trout.


Riggins, ID


Riggins, Idaho is located between the two deepest gorges in North America: Hells Canyon to the west and the Salmon River Canyon to the east.  This town is popular for people that are looking for a vacation with a little bit of adventure.  The scenery is beautiful and there is plenty to do with the Salmon River, Little Salmon River and Snake River nearby.

There is plenty of whitewater here and many outfitters that can set you up for a trip of a lifetime.  The fishing can be excellent on the Salmon River.  Most people come here to catch steelhead in the spring and fall.  Steelhead are amazing fighters and they taste excellent.  Chinook salmon are also very popular and the smallmouth bass fishing can be pretty good too, although, they are usually not targeted nearly as much in this area.


Salmon, ID


Salmon is a small city located in Lemhi County, Idaho on the Salmon River.  This city is a very popular vacation destination.  People that enjoy a little adventure will love it in Salmon, Idaho.  People enjoy taking river trips, fishing and hunting.


Stanley – Sawtooth, ID


The Stanley-Sawtooth area in central Idaho is great place to take a vacation.  Get away from it all and enjoy the mountains, wilderness lands and wild rivers.  Spend some time whitewater rafting or fishing on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River.

The fishing is excellent for native cutthroat trout, rainbow trout and dolly varden.  Anglers do well in this area and you will find several fishing guides available to put you on some fish here.


Montana


Bigfork, MT


Bigfork, Montana is located at an altitude of 2,900 feet in the mountains of northwest Montana.  The town is located on the shores of Flathead Lake where the Swan River flows into the lake.  Flathead Lake is the largest natural freshwater lake west of the Mississippi and the lake draws visitors that enjoy fishing, boating and other forms of water recreation. Bigfork is one of the most popular places to visit in Montana.  You will find plenty of accommodations here as well as fishing guides.

There are so many species of fish here in the area rivers and lakes.  The primary species of fish are cutthroat trout, rainbow trout, brown trout, lake trout and whitefish.  You will find trout in the area rivers, streams and lakes.

There are actually good numbers of pike in many of the area waters.  For perch fishing, Flathead lake is very good and you can even catch some smallmouth bass there too, but they are there in low numbers.


Big Sky, MT


Big Sky, Montana is known mostly for the skiing.  The Big Sky Resort is a popular tourist destination among skiers.  The town of Big Sky is located in southern Montana and there are plenty of places to stay as well as fishing guides and outfitters.  The area waters are loaded with trout, which makes Big Sky a great vacation destination for fly fishermen as well as skiers.

This area is home to some awesome fishing.  Anglers usually target cutthroat trout, brown trout and rainbow trout in the area rivers, streams and lakes.  With Yellowstone National Park so close, you have a lot of options here.  Go fish in the park or fish some of the nearby waters that are known for their awesome trout fisheries.


Billings, MT


Billings is the largest city in Montana.  It is located in the south central part of the state and it has been growing rapidly.  This city is popular among tourists because it offers many conveniences with nice hotels, restaurants and shopping, but it is also close to Yellowstone National Park.  This area provides a nice balance for people looking to get away from the daily grind without leaving all of their conveniences behind.

There is plenty of water to fish here for a variety of different fish.  Anglers target cutthroat trout, rainbow trout, brown trout and whitefish here.  Many anglers pursue brook trout in the smaller lakes around town.  The lower half of the Yellowstone River also offers walleye, catfish and sturgeon.


Bitterroot Valley, MT


The Bitterroot Valley provides some awesome scenery, enough accommodations and area services so you can have an excellent vacation with some awesome fishing opportunities.

The Bitterroot Valley is home to some awesome fishing.  Anglers target a variety of trout such as rainbow, brown, cutthroat and an occasional brook trout too.  You can stay local and fish the area waters or make a drive to some of the other popular waters in this area.  The area guides will have several options for doing different trips for a variety of different fish.


Bozeman, MT


Bozeman is a decent-sized city located in southwestern Montana.  This area is popular among tourists.  There are plenty of hotels, vacation rentals and other types of lodging.

The area rivers are home to some excellent fishing for rainbow trout, brown trout and cutthroat trout.  Whether you are looking for action or the chance at a big fish, there is a place for you in this area.


Butte, MT


Butte is a decent-sized town located in the southwesten part of Montana.  Butte was one of the biggest copper towns in the west and it was home to  hundreds of saloons and a famous red-light district.

The area rivers are home to brown trout, rainbow trout, cutthroat trout, brook trout and even some grayling.  The Big Hole River gets a lot of attention here, but you also have the Madison River, Jefferson River and Upper Clark Fork River close by with some awesome fishing for a variety of trout.


Fort Peck Lake


Fort Peck Lake is the largest lake in Montana measuring 134 miles long and it has 1520 miles of shoreline with a maximum depth of 220 feet.

This lake is known for its excellent walleye fishery, however, there are so many species of fish that you can catch here.  Salmon, lake trout, northern pike and smallmouth bass are all here in good enough numbers to fish for them and to expect to be able to catch some fish.  Crappie and catfish are here too.


Helena, MT


Helena is the capital of Montana and the county seat for Lewis and Clark County.  This city is very unique in that it has a nice blend of the past and the present.  You will be able to find plenty of hotels and other accommodations in Helena.  This city is surrounded by pristine forests and there are plenty of places to experience the great outdoors.  Boating and fishing are popular on Holter Lake, Hauser Lake, Canyon Ferry Lake and Spring Meadow Lake.  There are also numerous trout streams in the area.

There are so many species of fish here in the area rivers and lakes.  The primary species of fish are cutthroat trout, rainbow trout and brown trout, but you will also find perch and walleye here too to go along with some other species of fish.


Livingston, MT


Livingston, Montana is a great vacation destination for those who enjoy being outdoors. The surrounding mountain ranges provide some beautiful scenery and the Yellowstone River offers some outstanding fly fishing opportunities for trout.  The town of Livingston has plenty of hotels, motels and other types of lodging to go along with some great shops and restaurants.  The Yellowstone National Park is nearby which gives you some options for what you can do on a vacation to Livingston, Montana.

The Yellowstone River gets the most attention here and it should.  The fishing is very good here.  You have several rivers to fish in this area with good fishing for a variety of trout.  Anglers fish for cutthroat trout, rainbow trout, brown trout and even whitefish in some areas.


Missoula, MT


Missoula is a good-sized city and one of the largest in all of Montana.  Missoula is home to the University of Montana.  This area is a popular tourist destination, especially among fly fishermen.  Missoula is located in a deep valley near the Clark Fork River, the Bitterroot River and the Blackfoot River, which gives fly fishermen a lot of options during their trip to this area.  There are plenty of hotels, restaurants and shopping to go along with numerous fishing guides and outfitters to help you catch that fish of a lifetime.

Missoula is home to some very good fishing for many different species of fish.  With so many rivers in this area, you have a lot of options to target many different fish.  Cutthroat trout, rainbow trout and brown trout are most popular with brook trout, bull trout, cutbows and grayling are possible here too.


Whitefish, MT


Whitefish, Montana is a very popular vacation destination.  It is probably known more as a winter vacation destination because of the skiing, but there is so much to do here during the summers as well.  The town is tucked against Big Mountain and the peaks of Glacier National Park.  There are plenty of accommodations from hotels, motels, resorts and even vacation home rentals.  You will also find plenty of shops and restaurants also.

The primary species of fish in the rivers are cutthroat trout, rainbow trout, brown trout and bull trout.  You may run into some brook trout and you can target grayling as well in the mountain lakes.  The pike fishing can also be very good in Whitefish Lake and don’t forget about the lake trout in there as well.  You have a lot of options for catching many different species of fish here.


Nevada


Lake Tahoe


Lake Tahoe is a large freshwater lake in the Sierra Nevada of the United States.  It is located along the border between Nevada and California.  This is a very popular tourist area that is known more for snow skiing and boating than fishing, although, fishing is very popular on this lake also.  This is one of the most scenic lakes in the country.

This lake is a very deep, cold water lake.  Hiring one of the fishing charters on this lake will give you a much better chance to do well on the lake, especially if this will be your first time on the lake.  Trolling is one of the most popular and effective techniques for targeting trout and salmon on Lake Tahoe.


North Dakota


Devils Lake


Devils Lake is the largest natural body of water in North Dakota.  It is the premier vacation destination in the state.  You can find some of the finest fishing and hunting here, which will keep you busy for all 4 seasons of the year.  The lake is about 122,000 acres and most of it is not developed.

Fishing is excellent for a number of species.  Walleye, perch, northern pike, and white bass are caught in Devils Lake.  Being a relatively shallow lake with excellent populations of forage, large fish are produced quickly in Devils Lake.  Many pike over 10 pounds are caught every year.  Walleye in the 6 to 8 pound class are common as well as some jumbo yellow perch.  Most people target the pike, perch and walleye, but don’t forget about the white bass.  There are lots of them and many white bass are caught over 3 pounds here.  Devils Lake gives anglers a great place to getaway as well as an opportunity to land the fish of a lifetime.


Lake Sakakawea


Lake Sakakawea is one of the three largest man-made reservoirs in the nation.  The lake has a surface area of about 368,000 acres and is 178 miles long with depths ranging from 70 to 175 feet in the main channel.  The lake offers many opportunities for boating and fishing.

The lake can be a challenge for new fishermen because of its size, but it will definitely reward you once you learn the hot spots.  You can catch rainbow and brown trout, chinook salmon, walleye, sauger, saugeye, giant northern pike, crappie and perch.


Oregon


Bend, OR


Bend, Oregon was ranked #8 out of the 20 best fishing towns in America by Field and Stream in 2008.  Bend is central Oregon’s largest city and it is now known as a gateway for many outdoor activities such as camping, rock climbing, white-water rafting, mountain biking, hiking and fishing.

There are so many places to fish here with a variety of fish.  Some of the fish you are going to see in this area are rainbow trout, brook trout, brown trout, redband trout, steelhead, whitefish, bull trout and cutthroat trout.  Most anglers fish the Deschutes River for rainbow trout, brown trout, steelhead and even smallmouth bass.


Utah


Bear Lake


Bear Lake is located on the Idaho – Utah border.  The lake is known for its turquoise blue water.  It is a popular summer vacation destination.  Many people visit here to enjoy the beautiful waters.  Boating and fishing are popular on Bear Lake.

Anglers fish for cutthroat, mackinaw and whitefish.  If you enjoy fishing for trout, you will enjoy fishing on Bear Lake.


Heber Valley


Heber Valley, located in the mountains of Utah, gives anglers a variety of options for planning a fishing vacation.

There are several reservoirs, rivers and streams where anglers can target a variety of fish, but the fly fishing for brown trout and rainbow trout is most what people come here to do. Heber Valley is beautiful and there are enough area businesses to make your trip enjoyable.


Lake Powell


The Colorado River impounded behind Glen Canyon Dam near Page, Arizona forms Lake Powell.  This lake is over 570 feet deep when filled to capacity.  Part of Lake Powell is in Arizona and the bigger portion of the lake is in Utah.  Since Lake Powell occupies two states, make sure you know the fishing regulations of the state that you are going to be fishing.  Lake Powell is known as a popular houseboating destination.

Lake Powell has good fishing for a variety of species of fish.  The striped bass fishery took off here and due to a “keep everything you catch” plan, it has helped this fishery avoid the boom and bust days that were common years ago.  It may seem weird that people come in and keep 100 striped bass in a day, but it actually helps this fishery because the spawn is so good here for the striped bass that if left unchecked, they would eat all the shad and the fishery would collapse.  Lake Powell is known for its striped bass, but it also has good fishing for so many other species of fish.  Target largemouth or smallmouth bass, catfish, walleye and panfish here and you’ll have plenty of action.


Wyoming


Pinedale, WY


Pinedale, Wyoming is a small town in Sublette County.  It is the gateway to the Wind River Mountains and is home to some outstanding outdoor recreational activities.  Fishing and hunting are very popular here and there is enough civilization here where you can get away from it all and still have all the amenities you will need for a great fishing vacation.

Trout fishing is popular in the area lakes, rivers and streams.  There are so many rivers, streams and lakes here to fish that you couldn’t possibly fish it all.  Anglers can do well here on there own, but there are plenty of fishing guides here to help make your trip a memorable one.


Jackson Hole, WY


Jackson Hole is a valley located in the state of Wyoming.  This valley is a major year-round tourist destination with ski resorts, the Grand Teton National Park, Jackson Lake and the Snake River.  The town of Jackson Hole is located at the southern end of this valley.  The area rivers, streams and lakes provide summer recreational activities such as fishing, boating, river rafting and more.

The Jackson Hole area offers anglers so many options.  There are so many fishing guides and outfitters here to help you plan a better fishing trip.  The rivers and streams provide some excellent fly fishing opportunities for a variety of trout and Jackson Lake has some very good fishing for lake trout with other species such as cutthroat trout, brook trout and brown trout too.  The Snake River is the local river and it offers very good fishing for trout.  Cutthroat trout are here in good numbers.


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