How We Rank Destinations


We just started rolled out our new ranking system for the top fishing vacation destinations.  With our ranking system, we take all of the knowledge that we have for researching destinations and make it easier for you to find and plan a better fishing trip.

Below is an example of how we rank one of our featured destinations (Lake Fork).

It is fairly simple how we do it, however, we factor in a lot of things before giving it a score.  Some areas are easier than others.

For example, when we put a score for the guides and charters available, we do factor in the types of guides available in the area.  Are they seasonal, are they part-time, are there several guides who do fishing trips full time.  For example, one area may have 2 guides listed and they are both part time and one area has 2 guides listed, but they are full time and that’s all they do.  We would score the second area higher because their guides are providing a better service than the guides in the other area.

We do use a different ranking system for ranking the best destinations by species of fish.  This system isn’t available to the public, but we do factor in the services offered, however the fishing in the area for that specific fish gets weighted way heavier.

We hope you enjoy the new ranking system.  It could change in the future, but as of now, it isn’t going anywhere.

Lake Fork Points Points Possible
Ability to catch a lot of fish 1.75 2
Ability to catch trophy fish 1.75 2
Good for multiple species of fish 1 1
Guides & Charters available 1 1
Scenic 1 1
Quality lodging options 0.75 1
Dining options 0.5 1
Businesses such as boat storage, rentals, repair, outfitters, etc. 1 1
Positive Score 8.75
Overly Crowded 0 Minus 1
Overly Expensive 0 Minus 1
Negative Score 0
Total Score 8.75
Highest Score Possible 10
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