Popular Freshwater Fish
Largemouth Bass are the most popular freshwater fish that anglers target. They are located throughout the United States in many different waters such as ponds, rivers, lakes and reservoirs.
Smallmouth Bass are often referred to as the strongest fighting freshwater fish pound for pound. They are mostly located in the northern parts of the United States and throughout Canada. Smallmouth bass thrive in clear waters with rocky bottoms.
Striped Bass grow very large and they are extremely powerful. You can also find striped bass in freshwater and saltwater. Many of the better inland striped bass lakes also have hybrid striped bass, which is a combination of the striped bass and white bass. Some of the best places to fish for striped bass are in the south and on the east coast of the U.S.
Northern Pike are found mostly in the northern parts of the U.S. and throughout Canada. Pike can be extremely aggressive and they are capable of eating very large baits. It is not uncommon to have northern pike eat other pike and small walleye as you are bringing them to the boat.
Muskie are the ultimate freshwater game fish. They grow to over 50 inches long and they will attack a lure right next to the boat. Muskie are most common in the northern part of the U.S. and throughout Canada.
Walleye are one of the most popular freshwater fish to eat. Anglers can target walleye throughout most of the country, but there are more waters to fish for walleye in the northern part of the U.S. and throughout Canada.
Salmon are very popular throughout many parts of the country. Anglers usually troll for salmon, but these fish can also be caught by casting, jigging and even fly fishing in streams and rivers.
Trout can be caught in lakes, rivers and streams. There are a good number of anglers that target trout by trolling in bigger lakes such as the Great Lakes. There is also a good number of anglers that prefer to fly fish in streams and rivers for trout. Fly fishing and trolling may be as different as you can possibly get when it comes to fishing techniques, but they both are very productive in catching many different species of trout.
More Freshwater Fish
- Asian Carp
- Catfish – Blue Catfish, Channel Catfish, Flathead Catfish, White Catfish, Bullhead
- Spotted Bass
- Sunshine Bass
- White Bass
- Yellow Perch
Freshwater Fishing Destinations – Plan your next fishing trip. We cover the best freshwater fishing destinations throughout the U.S. and in Canada.
Types of Freshwater Fishing
Fly Fishing is a popular method of angling that is primarily used for salmon and trout. Casting the nearly weightless lure requires a special fishing line, an especially long rod and a great deal of experience before you can truly enjoy the art of fly fishing. If you put in the time to become an experienced fly fishermen, you may get the chance to catch a variety of freshwater species such as northern pike, panfish, bass, carp and others.
Ice Fishing is a popular method of fishing during the winter time in the northern United States and Canada. Ice fishing can be a good way to get outdoors during the winter. The primary species of fish that are targeted through the ice are perch, crappie, bluegill, walleye, northern pike and lake trout.
Kayak Fishing is growing in popularity, although it is still just a small niche in the overall sport of fishing. Fishing from a kayak is a lot of fun for anglers that enjoy getting away from the crowds. They are great for fishing shallow water and you usually won’t find any other boats in the areas that you find kayak fishermen. There are plenty of kayak fishermen that use their kayaks for bass, northern pike, panfish and other freshwater fish.