Best Destinations



Canada Canada Canada
Atikokan, Ontario Lake Simcoe Perrault Falls, Ontario
Chapleau, Ontario LOTW Kenora Quetico Provincial Park
Dinorwic Lake LOTW Morson
Dog Lake LOTW Nestor Falls
Eagle Lake LOTW Northwest Angle Seine River
French River, Ontario LOTW Sioux Narrows
Georgian Bay Ontario Manitoba
Ignace, Ontario Minaki, Ontario
Lake Nipissing Ontario Vermilion Bay, Ontario
Lac Seul Wabigoon Lake
Alabama Michigan New York
Pickwick Lake & Wilson Lake Bays de Noc Finger Lakes
Burt Lake Lake Champlain
Arizona Douglas & Saugatuck, MI Lake Erie
Drummond Island, MI
Lake Havasu
Lake Powell Houghton Lake Area North Carolina
White Mountains, AZ
Iron Mountain, MI Asheville, NC
Arkansas Iron River, MI
Keweenaw Peninsula North Dakota
Beaver Lake Lake Gogebic
Bull Shoals Lake Lake St. Clair
Norfork Lake
Manistee County, MI Ohio
California
Manistique, MI Lake Erie
Lake Almanor
Mullet Lake
Redding, CA Muskegon, MI Oklahoma
Trinity Lake Saginaw Bay
St. Joseph, MI Lake Texoma
Connecticut
Traverse City, MI South Carolina
Candlewood Lake Watersmeet, MI
Lake Lure
Idaho Minnesota Lake Murray
Lake Pend Oreille Crane Lake, MN Tennessee
Salmon, ID
Ely, MN
Iowa Dale Hollow Lake
Hackensack, MN Texas
Iowa Great Lakes Kabetogama Lake
Lake Pepin Lake Texoma
Kentucky Lake Vermilion
Marcell, MN Utah
Dale Hollow Lake Mille Lacs Lake
Kentucky Lake Otter Tail Country, MN Lake Powell
Lake Cumberland Park Rapids, MN
Rainy Lake Wisconsin
Maine
Birchwood, WI
Missouri
Cable, WI
Branson, MO
Bull Shoals Lake
Table Rock Lake Door County, WI
Eagle River, WI
Montana Green Lake
Hayward, WI
Fort Peck Lake Iron River, WI
New Hampshire Lake Pepin
Lake Winnipesaukee
Mercer, WI
Minocqua, WI
Presque Isle, WI
Rhinelander, WI
St. Germain, WI
Three Lakes, WI
Tomahawk, WI

Canada


Atikokan, Ontario


The Atikokan, Ontario area is home to some awesome fishing.  You have a nice combination of big water to fish and tons of smaller lakes and backcountry lakes that receive minimal fishing pressure.  You also have access to the Quetico Provincial Park, which has some of the best small waters smallmouth bass fishing anywhere.  It’s an awesome smallmouth bass destination with good fishing for walleye, pike, perch and even crappie too.


Chapleau, Ontario


Chapleau is known as the gateway to the Chapleau Crown Game Preserve.  The Preserve is a huge area with wildlife viewing stations and drive-in tourism opportunities.  It’s a pretty cool place to visit just for this reason, however, if you’re on this website, you’re looking to learn about the fishing in this area.  It’s a small town, but there is plenty here to service you on a trip here.  There are fly-in services that use this as their main base to fly out of.  There are drive to resorts and campgrounds too.

The fishing is good here for northern pike, walleye, smallmouth bass, lake trout, brook trout and perch.  Some of these lakes just outside town are fairly remote so you won’t see too many anglers out here.  The fishing is good for numbers in many of the lakes and trophy fish are here too.


Dinorwic Lake & Wabigoon Lake


This lake provides good fishing for a variety of species.  Anglers usually come here to target walleye and perch to eat and they will target muskie and smallmouth bass for action.  Crappie are here too and don’t forget about the muskie.  There are some trophy muskie here too if that’s something you want to pursue.  The lake isn’t real deep either, so you can find active fish much shallower on this lake than other deep water lakes in the summer.  This lake has a little bit of everything, so you’re going to get some action and if you want to target a specific fish, you can totally do that as well.


Eagle Lake


Eagle Lake is located in northwestern Ontario about 120 miles north of International Falls, Minnesota. There is plenty of water to fish with over 68,000 acres of water and over 400 miles of shoreline. Eagle Lake is a great lake for catching walleye, smallmouth bass, northern pike and muskie. There are plenty of fishing resorts and lodges located on the lake.


French River, Ontario


The French River system is home to some incredible fishing.  Many anglers come here to target the walleye, bass or huge muskie.  You can find pretty much everything in here.  To go along with walleye and muskie, you will also find northern pike, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, perch, sturgeon, catfish and sunfish too.  Many anglers come here just to fish the French River, but for the anglers who are coming to fish Lake Nipissing, it’s always nice to have the river as an option when you get windy days.


Georgian Bay Ontario


The Georgian Bay area is huge and it is home to some awesome recreational opportunities.  Georgian Bay is a bay of Lake Huron and if you take a look at the map, you will see just how big this area is and how diverse the fishery can be depending on where you choose to fish.


Ignace, Ontario


While this area won’t wow you with a big named Canadian lake to fish, but that doesn’t bother the people who come here every year to fish this area’s many smaller lakes.  You don’t have to worry about windy weather ruining your trip here because there is always somewhere to fish where you won’t have to deal with big waves.  Anglers target a variety of fish here as most of the lakes will have good fishing for northern pike and walleye.  Some lakes are also good for lake trout or smallmouth bass as well.  You have plenty of options with enough resorts and campgrounds on many of the nicer lakes to fish in the area and if you bring a smaller boat, you can experience some good fishing on some of the backwater lakes here too.


Kawartha Lakes Region


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Lac Seul (east side)


Lac Seul is the second largest body of water located entirely within the province of Ontario.  It is 150 miles long with many bays, islands and narrow channels.  The lake has many rock shoals that provides excellent habitat for smallmouth bass, walleye, northern pike, muskie and perch.  This lake has resorts spread out on the east end and the west end.  This is a big lake and it’s not uncommon to make long runs out here.  However, this lake is loaded with fish so if you put in the time to learn the areas around where you’re staying, you should be able to catch some fish close to home too.  This is one of those lakes that delivers on 100 fish days and even better if you hit it just right.


Lake Nipissing


Lake Nipissing is an outstanding fishing lake.  It is a huge lake with tons of fishing opportunities.  There is enough water that holds fish in the bays, so you don’t have to go out and fish the main lake on a trip here if you don’t want to do that.  You will find plenty of great spots with rocks, vegetation, some islands, points and nice shorelines that will hold a variety of fish.

Anglers target smallmouth bass, walleye, northern pike, muskie, perch and even largemouth bass here.  It’s a remarkable fishery here with so many options.


Lake Simcoe


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LOTW Kenora


Kenora, Ontario is the most popular part of Lake of the Woods.  This is where you are going to find the most services, the most people and basically everything you will need for an ideal fishing vacation.  The downside is that you will see more people fishing here than on other parts of Lake of the Woods, but with a 15 to 20 minute boat ride, you can easily find some water all to yourself.  This is an amazing part of Lake of the Woods that gives you the feel of being around everything while also still feeling like you are getting away from it all.  It’s an awesome destination.

This area is home to some incredible fishing on Lake of the Woods.  The smallmouth bass fishery is outstanding for numbers and some big fish are here too.  You will find lots of 2 to 3 pound smallies here with some smaller and some bigger.  Northern pike are here in good numbers and some big fish live here too.  Walleye fishing can be very good if you know how to target them.  Big fish in the upper 20 inch range are possible with some fish exceeding 30 inches.  The muskie fishing is very good as well.  Good numbers of fish are possible and big fish up to and above 50 inches are possible.  Largemouth bass, perch and crappie area also available here.


LOTW Morson


The Morson area of Lake of the Woods is a nice vacation destination for those of you that are looking to get away from it all and enjoy the outdoors.  The scenery is beautiful here and you won’t find the crowds here, that’s for sure.  This area is unique because it gives you access to some big open water and you can also fish some of the protected waters around all the islands that are great for fishing when the winds pick up.

The Morson area of Lake of the Woods is home to some excellent fishing.  Anglers typically come here to target walleye, northern pike, smallmouth bass and muskie.  Good numbers of fish are here and big fish are available for all 4 species of these fish.  Largemouth bass, perch and crappie area also available here.


LOTW Nestor Falls


Nestor Falls is located south of Sioux Narrows and Kenora.  For some visitors, this is the preferred destination on Lake of the Woods because the drive isn’t too bad when you’re coming from the U.S.  It’s only about an hour and fifteen minute drive from International Falls, Minnesota and the fishing can be very good here.  You will find plenty of services here to plan an awesome trip, but don’t expect to have all the conveniences that you will find farther north in Kenora.

The Nestor Falls area is home to some excellent fishing on Lake of the Woods.  Smallmouth bass, northern pike, walleye and muskie will get the most attention from most anglers here and the fishing can be incredible here.  Good numbers of fish are available and big fish are possible for all 4 species of fish.  Largemouth bass, perch and crappie area also available here.


LOTW Northwest Angle


The Northwest Angle is a very unique destination.  It is located in the United States, but you have to drive through Canada to get here.  The border crossing is different here, so we recommend a quick online search to see the latest information for crossing the border here.  Most people come here to fish and the fishing is very good in the Northwest Angle.

This area is home to some awesome fishing.  You can find good numbers and trophy smallmouth bass, northern pike, walleye and muskie in the Northwest Angle on Lake of the Woods.  Some anglers report the better fishing will be on the Canadian side of the lake, but there is plenty of good fishing available on the Minnesota side as well.  Largemouth bass, perch and crappie area also available here.


LOTW Sioux Narrows


Sioux Narrows is an awesome vacation destination.  Located in between Nestor Falls and Kenora, you will definitely find some areas where you won’t see another boater.  However, you will still see some boats and people in this area.  It’s not nearly as popular as Kenora, but it gets fished quite a bit.  There is so much water to here that you can easily find a place all to yourself whether you are boating or fishing.

The Sioux Narrows area of Lake of the Woods is a very good fishing area.  Anglers do well with smallmouth bass, northern pike, muskie and walleye.  You may have to take a little bit of a road ride to find the better walleye fishing, but it is worth it as the walleye fishing can be very good here.  Big fish and good numbers of fish are possible here.  Largemouth bass, lake trout, perch and crappie area also available here.


Minaki, Ontario


Minaki is home to the Winnipeg River system.  The fishing can be very good here for walleye, northern pike, smallmouth bass, muskie and more.  This area has plenty of resorts, but it is much less crowded than nearby Kenora.  It’s not too far either in case you needed to make a trip back into the popular town of Kenora.  Most anglers come here to fish the Winnipeg River system, however, there are plenty of other lakes here to fish as well.

The Winnipeg River system is the main body of water to fish in this area and it has good populations of walleye, northern pike, smallmouth bass and muskie.  You can catch trophy fish of all species too, which is awesome.

You can also catch lake trout in some of the area lakes that offer deeper, cooler waters.  Perch and crappie are here too, so if you want to target panfish, you can.  Some of these lakes have a lot of perch also, so you will most likely catch more perch than crappie depending where and how you are fishing.


Perrault Falls, Ontario


The Perrault Falls area has so many lakes to fish that you’ll wish you had a full month off from work to fish it all.  The major lakes that get most of the attention here are Perrault LakeWabaskang Lake and Cedar Lake.  If you have access to a smaller boat though, there are so many other lakes that you can fish in this area.  Walleye, northern pike, smallmouth bass, perch and muskie are all here.

This area is such a good multi-species fishing area.  Whether you fish on one of the main lakes that we listed above or you decide to take a smaller boat on some of the smaller lakes in this area, you can easily find a lake to catch all of the species of fish listed below.  Pike and smallmouth bass might be the best in this area, but the walleye fishing is good, muskie can be very good and panfish such as perch and crappie are here too.  It’s just a great area for so many species of fish.  Anglers also target lake trout and whitefish in this area, but they are definitely secondary compared to the species listed above.


Rainy Lake


Rainy Lake is located along the border of Minnesota and Canada near International Falls.  A large portion of the lake surrounds Voyageurs National Park.  Rainy Lake is a popular vacation destination for people that enjoy the outdoors.  There aren’t a ton of places to stay here, but there are just enough to service the people who come here for a vacation.

Rainy Lake has some excellent fishing opportunities for northern pike, walleye and smallmouth bass.  All 3 species of fish are here in good numbers and trophy fish are available too.

Some anglers do target crappie and perch on Rainy Lake.  Anglers usually catch some sauger mixed in while fishing for walleye.  These fish are here, but don’t expect to consistently catch them unless you know how to target them.  There have been some very nice reports of some unbelievable crappie fishing here, but you have to do your homework to score big here consistently for crappie.


Rideau Lakes Ontario


Rideau Lakes is a township located within Leeds and Grenville United Counties in Eastern Ontario, Canada.  There are many lakes throughout this chain of lakes and they have been one of the more popular bass fishing destinations up north.  It’s an awesome destination with lots of water to fish and plenty of places to accommodate you.

This area is home to some of the best bass fishing you will find anywhere.  Largemouth bass and smallmouth bass are here in huge numbers and it’s one of the few places you can go and target largemouth bass in Ontario.  If you saw some of the reports here, you probably wouldn’t believe them, but the bass are here thick.  That is accurate.  Catching 100 bass in a day here is definitely possible with 2 anglers fishing hard and covering plenty of water.  If you want to take it easy, that is fine too.  You should still catch plenty of bass.

The northern pike, sunfish and crappie are also here in good numbers.  Lake trout, perch and even carp are here too.  Walleye are here in limited numbers, but there are some fish in the system.


Sault Ste. Marie


Sault Ste. Marie is a city that lies on the northeastern end of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula on the Canadian border and it is separated from its twin city of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, by the St. Marys River.  The population was 14,144 at the 2010 census, making it the second most populous city in the Upper Peninsula.  This area has a diverse fishery with salmon, trout, walleye, northern pike, muskie, smallmouth bass and other species available too.


Sioux Lookout, Ontario


The Sioux Lookout area is one of the better drive-to fishing destinations in all of Ontario. This area has Lac Seul, which is known for its outstanding walleye fishing.  Lac Seul is the big draw and on some of the other parts of Lac Seul, walleye and pike will be plentiful, but muskie and smallmouth bass not so much.  In the Sioux Lookout area, you can target muskie and smallmouth bass to go along with excellent walleye and pike fishing.  The variety of species to go along with good numbers and trophy fish make this area an awesome fishing destination.  Some of the other popular lakes to fish are Abram Lake, Minnitaki Lake, Botsford Lake, Big Vermillion Lake & Little Vermilion Lake.  In this other lakes, there are a lot of options for targeting different species of fish.  Muskie, pike, walleye, smallmouth bass and lake trout are all available.  It just depends on the lake that you’re fishing.


Temagami, Ontario Region


The Temagami area is a popular fishing destination with so many options for anglers.  Lake Temagami is the big lake here that draws many anglers for its northern pike, walleye, smallmouth bass and lake trout fishing.  It’s a big lake, but with the way it is shaped, you can fish so many areas on windy days, so even though it is a big lake, it does fish a little smaller than most big lakes in Ontario.  That makes it a little easier to fish for most anglers.  You have plenty of bays, points and islands to keep you busy.

The Marten River area is just south of Lake Temagami and this water system is awesome for fishing too.  Anglers fish several lakes for northern pike, walleye, smallmouth bass and lake trout.  If you want to fish smaller waters, there are so many smaller lakes and streams to fish here too.  Many anglers pursue brook in some of these smaller waters.


Thousand Islands


The Thousand Islands are a group of over 1,700 islands that straddle the United States – Canada border in the St. Lawrence River.  The Canadian islands are in the province of Ontario and the islands in the United States are located in the state of New York.  This area is a popular vacation destination for fishing, boating and camping.

Anglers have many different species of fish to target such as northern pike, muskie, smallmouth bass, walleye and others.  This area is truly an amazing fishery.  If you want to catch a lot of fish, you can do that.  If you want to catch trophy fish, you can do that too.


Thunder Bay, Ontario


Thunder Bay is located on Lake Superior, but in Ontario, Canada.  The bay is known for its excellent fishing, but this is definitely big water fishing.  In this area, many people will use Thunder Bay as their base camp as they get you enjoy all the amenities of this city, but still get away to experience some awesome fishing too.  For others, they may stay at a fishing resort, but then come in for a day or part of a day in the Thunder Bay area.  It’s a nice destination that mixes some some city life with some outdoors adventures.

Stay on the bay and target chinook salmon, rainbow trout and lake trout.  Fish the area waters for a variety of fish.  Depending on the lake you choose, you can target smallmouth bass, walleye, northern pike, perch, crappie and more here.


Vermilion Bay, Ontario


Vermilion Bay is a small town located on Eagle Lake.  Most people come here to fish Eagle Lake, however, some people use this as their base as they can head several different directions to experience some awesome fishing up here.  If you are looking for better numbers of fish, most people would go farther north for a day trip.  Drive 45 minutes to an hour and a half north and you have a lot of options in the Ear Falls and Perrault Falls area.

There are other lakes in this area to fish as well.  Some people stay in the small campground on Crystal Lake.  You can catch decent pike in this small lake or head to some of the other area lakes.  Blue Lake is nearby and has a resort called Blue Lake Resort on it as well.  Clark’s Camp is located on the Indian Lakes Chain, which has 10 lakes with good fishing here.  There are so many options in this area and we didn’t even talk about Eagle Lake that much.  You could spend a month on Eagle Lake and still not fish it all.


Alabama


Pickwick Lake & Wilson Lake


Arizona


Lake Havasu


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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.


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.


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


California


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.


Lake Havasu


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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.


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.


Connecticut


Candlewood Lake


Candlewood Lake is the largest lake in Connecticut and it is bordered by five towns: Brookfield, Danbury, New Fairfield, New Milford and Sherman.  The Connecticut Light & Power built a hydroelectric dam and flooded the area, so technically, this lake isn’t a natural beauty, but it is still a beautiful lake and an awesome recreational lake.  Visitors enjoy boating, swimming, fishing, hiking, picnicking, bird watching and more.  There’s a public boat launch here, plus a small beach.  This lake is known as a good bass fishing lake with largemouth bass and smallmouth bass available.  It’s also a good lake for trout and a variety of panfish.


Idaho


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.


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.


Illinois


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Iowa


Iowa Great Lakes


The Iowa Great Lakes are a group of natural glacial lakes in Dickinson County in northwestern Iowa in the United States. The three principal lakes of the group are Spirit Lake, West Okoboji Lake, and East Okoboji Lake.  These lakes are extremely popular in this state.  Whether you are looking to do some boating, fishing or just relax on the lake, this is a great destination.

The chain of lakes here gives anglers a lot of options. Anglers target game fish such as largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, walleye, northern pike and muskie. It’s a very good fishery with trophy fish possible for a number of species of fish.


Kentucky


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.


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.


Maine


Moosehead Lakes Region


Moosehead Lake, located among scenic mountain ranges, is the largest lake east of the Mississippi contained within one state.  Surrounded by vast forested wilderness, this lake gives visitors a chance to get away from it all and relax in one of the most beautiful areas of Maine.  Anglers can fish Moosehead Lake, one of the other area lakes or one of the many ponds in the Moosehead Lake Region.  Brook trout, lake trout, landlocked salmon, perch and bass are available in the area lakes.


Michigan


Bays de Noc


The Bays de Noc area covers over 200 miles of shoreline in the southwestern part of the Upper Peninsula.  There are beautiful sand beaches to go along with many places to stay, good food and excellent fishing.  The area is comprised of three cities and towns, all situated on the shores of Little Bay de Noc – Escanaba, Gladstone and Rapid River.  Little Bay de Noc is known best for its trophy walleye fishing during the fall, but you can catch a variety of fish throughout the year on these waters.  Anglers catch smallmouth bass, northern pike, perch and crappie to go along with the awesome walleye fishing.


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Douglas & Saugatuck, MI


Saugatuck and Douglas are harbor villages that offer its visitors an excellent vacation getaway.  Located on the shores of Lake Michigan, this area has plenty to do such as art galleries, golf, fishing, boating and much more.  This area is a popular fishing vacation destination and there are plenty of fishing charters available to help you fill a limit of salmon and trout.


Drummond Island, MI


Drummond Island is very unique island in the Upper Peninsula.  This island is home to one of the largest closed loop trail systems for off road – ATV / ORV exploration in the United States.  If you like the outdoors, you will find plenty to do around the island.  Combine that with some great food, excellent fishing and numerous places to stay and you can see why people enjoy coming to Drummon Island.  Anglers fish for salmon, trout, perch, northern pike, smallmouth bass, whitefish and other species of fish in the waters that surround Drummond Island.


Grand Haven, MI


Grand Haven is located on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan at the mouth of the Grand River, for which it is named.  This area has plenty for its visitors with attractions, festivals & events, parks, beaches, shopping, dining and some excellent fishing.  You will also find plenty of lodging options here as well.


Houghton Lake Area


Houghton Lake is a town situated on the southwest shore of Houghton Lake, Michigan’s largest inland lake.  Higgins Lake is close by and there are some other smaller lakes located in this area as well.  If you’re looking for some inland lakes to fish in Michigan, this is a good area to visit.  It’s a nice family vacation destination in a beautiful area of Michigan.


Indian River Area


Indian River is an unincorporated community in Cheboygan County.  It’s a small town, but there are a couple of lakes here that make this area so special.  Indian River is named after the river which flows through it and it is nestled between Burt Lake and Mullett Lake.  The lakes are a very popular tourist destination.  If you like to get outdoors, there’s plenty for you to do here.


Iron Mountain, MI


Iron Mountain is located in the state’s Upper Peninsula.  It was named for the valuable iron ore found in the vicinity.  It’s a small city just over the Wisconsin border and this area is popular among people that enjoy the outdoors.  Most of the lakes in the area are smaller lakes, so you can usually get out on the water even if the winds pick up.  The Menominee River is famous for its excellent smallmouth bass fishing and the river runs through the town.


Iron River, MI


Iron River, Michigan is located just northeast of Eagle River, Wisconsin.  The Iron River area doesn’t attract nearly as many people as in Eagle River, Wisconsin, but there are plenty of places to stay in Iron River and there are plenty of lakes that offer good fishing for walleye, northern pike, muskie, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass and a variety of panfish.


Keweenaw Peninsula


The Keweenaw Peninsula is the most northern part of Michigan in the Upper Peninsula. Here, you will find some great fishing from inland lakes to the waters of Lake Superior and Keweenaw Bay.  Anglers target a variety of fish in this area.  On inland lakes, they come here mostly for the walleye, northern pike, smallmouth bass and perch fishing.  On the waters of Lake Superior, salmon and trout are priority, but other fish are available.  On the spawning streams, steelhead provide exciting action.


Lake Cadillac & Lake Mitchell


Cadillac is a popular vacation destination for people that enjoy the outdoors.  With Lake Cadillac and Lake Mitchell here, there’s a lot of outdoor recreation available here.  The summers attract a good number of people to the lakes and for the anglers, there is some very good fishing here.


Lake Gogebic


Lake Gogebic is located in the Upper Peninsula and it is Michigan’s largest inland lake. This lake is very popular for fishing, boating and camping.  With over 13,000 acres of water, there is a lot of water here to fish, but with some good electronics and a fishing map, you should be able to narrow down some of the better fishing spots a lot faster.  Lake Gogebic is known as a very good walleye and perch lake, but you can also target northern pike, smallmouth bass and whitefish.


Lake St. Clair


Lake St. Clair is the smallest lake in the Great Lakes system.  It is not considered as one of the “Great Lakes,” however, it is part of the Lake Erie basin.  Lake St. Clair is shallow, with an average depth of around 10 feet and the maximum depth of 21 feet.

Lake St. Clair offers some excellent fishing.  You can catch trophy smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, walleye, perch and muskie.  This lake is unique in that so many different species are targeted by anglers.  There are many anglers that target smallmouth and largemouth bass, while others target the great-tasting walleye, and some anglers go crazy over the muskie in these waters.  Local anglers believe that St. Clair is the best smallmouth bass lake in the state.


Les Cheneaux Islands


The Les Cheneaux Islands are home to the villages of Cedarville and Hessel.  Located on the shores of Lake Huron and close to lakes Michigan and Superior, this area has great fishing, miles of beaches, small town charm and much more.  This area gives anglers so many options with all of the water that is here.  Fish the many channels or open water for salmon, trout, perch, northern pike, smallmouth bass, whitefish and other species of fish.


Manistee County, MI


Manistee County is located on Lake Michigan, a part of northwestern Michigan.  Historic Manistee, the Victorian port city, is the county seat, and it features a riverwalk running through downtown to Lake Michigan.  The coastline villages include Onekama, Arcadia, Bear Lake, Copemish, Kaleva, Brethren, and Wellston.  This area offers so much for people that enjoy the being around the water.  Fishing, boating, beaches and plenty of accommodations, restaurants and shops make this a popular tourist destination in Michigan.

Salmon and trout are the primary species of fish in this area for most anglers.  With Lake Michigan here and some very good river fishing available, it’s easy to forget about the other game fish here.  Anglers can also catch walleye, big pike, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, muskie and a variety of panfish.


Manistique Lakes, MI


The Manistique Lakes Area is a popular vacation destination in Michigan.  With all the lakes here, there is plenty of outdoor recreation for you and your family here.  The six major lakes are: North Manistique Lake at 1,722 acres; Big Manistique Lake at 10,130 acres; South Manistique Lake at 4,001 acres; Milakokia Lake at 1,956 acres; Lake Ann Louise at 311 acres; and Millecoquins Lake at 1,890 acres.


Manistique, MI


Manistique is located in the Upper Peninsula near the Bay de Noc area.  It’s not a large city, but it is located on the shores of Lake Michigan and this area is popular for tourism. This area is home to “The Big Spring” which is the largest in Michigan.  It’s over 40 feet deep and 16,000 gallons of clear water gush per minute.  The water is crystal clear and there are tons of trout that call this area home.  It’s a cool place to see.


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Muskegon, MI


Muskegon is a decent-sized city that is known as a popular summer tourist destination in Michigan.  Located on the shores of Lake Michigan and Muskegon Lake, people come here to fish, boat and just enjoy the outdoors.  The Muskegon River is also a huge attraction here since it’s one of the better fishing rivers in the state for salmon, trout and smallmouth bass.


Saginaw Bay


Saginaw Bay is a bay within Lake Huron located on the eastern side of Michigan.  It forms the space between Michigan’s Thumb region and the rest of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan.  Saginaw Bay is a large bay covering 1,143 square miles.  It is one of the most popular places to fish for walleye in the United States.


Saulte Ste. Marie


Sault Ste. Marie is a city that lies on the northeastern end of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula on the Canadian border and it is separated from its twin city of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, by the St. Marys River.  The population was 14,144 at the 2010 census, making it the second most populous city in the Upper Peninsula.  This area has a diverse fishery with salmon, trout, walleye, northern pike, muskie, smallmouth bass and other species available too.


St. Joseph, MI


St. Joseph lies on the shore of Lake Michigan at the mouth of the St. Joseph River, which is around 90 miles east-northeast of Chicago.  This is a very popular port for fishing with good numbers of salmon and trout being caught here throughout the fishing season.


Traverse City, MI


Traverse City is located at the bottom of Grand Traverse Bay.  The bay is part of Lake Michigan and it is 32 miles long, 10 miles wide and up to 620 feet deep in some spots.  It is divided into two arms by the Old Mission Peninsula.  Traverse City is the main town on the bay and this is a very popular tourist area.  Plan on finding many restaurants, shops, accommodations and and some awesome scenery around the water.

This area offers some outstanding fishing for lake trout, salmon and smallmouth bass.  Most anglers come here for the smallmouth bass fishing because it is truly amazing.  You will find tons of bass in the 2 to 3 pound range and bass in the 4 to 5 pound range are possible with bigger fish here caught too.  There are also some inland lakes close by which gives you some options when the bay is too rough on windy days.


Watersmeet, MI


Land O’ Lakes & Watersmeet are located about 8.5 miles away from each other.  You will find dozens of lakes in this part of Northern Wisconsin and Lower Michigan.  There are a variety of accommodations nestled amidst the natural beauty of the lakes and forests here. There are so many lakes to fish to go along with some rivers and streams as well.  In this area, the most popular lakes to fish are part of the famous Cisco Chain of Lakes, which are 15 interconnected lakes with over 270 miles of scenic shoreline.

Walleye and muskie are targeted by most anglers in this area, but you can also catch northern pike, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass and panfish.


Minnesota


Crane Lake, MN


Crane Lake, MN is located in northern Minnesota near the Minnesota – Canada border. The pristine waters of Crane Lake, Sand Point Lake and Namakan Lake are located in Voyageurs National Park. This area is a wonderful vacation destination to get away from it all. The unspoiled waters, pristine wilderness and outstanding fishing attract thousands of visitors every year.


Detroit Lakes, MN


25 miles of Detroit Lakes, there is plenty of outdoor recreation for friends and family.  The accommodations in Detroit Lakes give you plenty of options with many campgrounds, hotels and motels, resorts and more.

Make sure you bring your fishing rods.  With all of the lakes, there are plenty of fishing opportunities for you.  Walleye, northern pike and bass are the dominant species in most area lakes.  Muskie, trout, perch, crappie and other panfish inhabit these waters as well.


Ely, MN


Ely, Minnesota offers some of the finest outdoor adventures in the United States.  The Boundary Waters Canoe Area provides some of the most spectacular fishing you’ll ever experience.  The opportunities are endless in this region.  The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is the largest wilderness preserve east of the Rocky Mountains.  You don’t have to be an expert to enjoy these waters.   There are many canoe outfitters that can help you with all of the details of planning a trip into the Boundary Waters.  You will also find numerous resorts along the lakes in the Ely area.

This area is known for its tremendous smallmouth bass, walleye and northern pike fisheries.  Some lakes are better than others, but if you take this area as a whole, there are a lot of places where you can fish and do well for smallies, pike and walleye.  Good numbers are possible and trophy fish too.


Grand Rapids, MN


Grand Rapids is a small town in Minnesota that is known for its outdoor recreation.  The area lakes are popular among fishermen and boaters.  Many anglers and families plan trips to the Grand Rapids, Minnesota area every year.

There are so many lakes to fish and a variety of different fish to catch.  Most fishermen target walleye and northern pike, but you can also catch muskie, smallmouth bass, perch, rock bass and even largemouth bass. The types of fish depend on the lake you are fishing.  There are fishing guides in the area to help you learn the area waters and have a more successful fishing trip.


Hackensack, MN


Hackensack, Minnesota is located just south of Leech Lake.  Whether you choose to fish Leech Lake or fish one of the many productive lakes in the Hackensack area, you will have plenty of options with all of the great fishing up here.  There are plenty of nice lakes to get out and do some boating without the crowds that you will find in many of the popular tourist destinations in Minnesota.  While this area may be away from the crowds, there are several fishing resorts in this area to accommodate you.

Some anglers stay on some of the lakes in the Hackensack area even though they may spend a day or 2 fishing on Leech Lake. The smaller lakes give anglers the ability to fish on windy days, while Leech Lake may be too rough for some boats when the wind picks up.  Anglers target muskie, northern pike, walleye, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass and panfish in the area lakes.


Kabetogama Lake


Kabetogama Lake is part of Voyageurs National Park on the Minnesota, Ontario border.  This lake has miles of pristine, undeveloped shorelines and 25,000 acres of water.  It is a popular vacation destination for people who love the outdoors.  There are many resorts waiting to accommodate you and most of them have boat rentals available at the resort.

Walleye, sauger, northern pike and perch are the primary species of fish in this lake, however, the smallmouth bass and crappie fishing can be pretty good here too.  Walleye are the preferred target by most anglers.  Good numbers of fish plus some very big fish are possible here.  For pike, it’s one of the better big fish lakes in Minnesota.  Perch are available in big numbers, so expect to catch them while fishing for walleye.  Smallmouth bass and crappie are here too.


Lake Pepin


Lake Pepin is a 24,550 acre lake that is located on the border of Minnesota and Wisconsin. This is a popular lake for fishing and boating.  There are numerous public boat launches, fishing guide services, marinas and plenty of lodging options to accommodate you on your trip here.

Lake Pepin is a very good walleye and sauger fishery.  Anglers can catch good numbers of walleye to go along with some big fish too.  Pike are caught throughout the lake as well and there are some big pike here too.  Fish in the 30 inch range are reported frequently on Lake Pepin.

Bass are under fished here due to the walleye, sauger and northern pike fishing.  You can target largemouth bass and smallmouth bass and do fairly well here, but they are definitely a secondary species of fish here.  Catfish are common throughout the lake, but they don’t get a lot of interest from most anglers who fish here.


Lake Vermilion


Are you looking for a big lake with a variety of fish?  Lake Vermilion is an excellent lake that has 40,000 acres of water, 365 islands and 1200 miles of shoreline.  If that wasn’t enough, it stretches 40 miles across the heart of Minnesota’s Arrowhead Region.  This lake is a great place for an outdoor getaway.  There are plenty of resorts along the lake to take care of your accommodations.

Lake Vermilion is a good lake even though some anglers report the fishing can be tough here.  It’s a big lake and there are plenty of fish here.  Once you figure out the patterns, you should be able to catch smallmouth bass, northern pike, walleye, muskie and crappie if you choose to target them.  Most anglers come here to fish for walleye and muskie, but the pike fishing and smallmouth bass can be very good as well.  This is definitely a trophy fishing lake too as there are many big fish caught every here of smallmouth bass, pike, walleye and muskie.

Largemouth bass and crappie are secondary here.  Good bass anglers can definitely have some success here, however, you have to put some work in and know where to target these fish.  Perch fishing can be good when they are in the shallows in the spring, but they are much harder to find and catch once they go deeper.


Marcell, MN


Marcell, Minnesota is located in northern Minnesota in an area called the Edge of the Wilderness.  This area has several resorts and some spectacular fishing on many different lakes.  It’s a beautiful area and you won’t find the crowds in this area.

The area lakes can differ quite a bit as far as what the primary species of fish are in the Marcell, Minnesota area.  However, if you look at this area as a whole, you can find some very good largemouth bass lakes up here.  Northern pike are here as well.  Walleye can be hit or miss, but there are enough good lakes up here for anglers to target them and catch enough for a fish fry on a regular basis.  Smallmouth bass can be hit or miss on many of the lakes, but Big Turtle Lake makes up for the lakes that don’t have good smallmouth bass populations.  This is a very good area for fishing.

You will find panfish in the area lakes and on some lakes the fishing can be very good for panfish.  Each year can vary based on the lake and the most recent spawns for the panfishing to be good or just ok.  Muskie are here in some of the lakes, but this isn’t considered muskie country by any means.  You can find some fish and maybe even catch a fish or two on your trip and there may even be some good sized muskies caught up here, but they are definitely secondary compared to other species in the Marcell area.


Mille Lacs Lake


Mille Lacs Lake is Minnesota’s second-largest lake and it covers 132,000 surface acres.  Mille Lacs is a great lake for outdoor recreation, but it has been known for its outstanding walleye fishery over the years.  There was a walleye collapse and they are hoping to be coming out of that now, however, there are plenty of restrictions on the lake as far as keeping walleye throughout the seasons.  This has been a huge debate on the lake.  Fortunately, the smallmouth bass fishing is off the charts good right now which is helping make up for the walleye issues.

Mille Lacs Lake has been an awesome walleye lake historically.  There have been some issues in recent years and there have been new regulations put in place to try to restore the walleye fishery to its better years.  The smallmouth bass fishery has taken off recently with anglers reporting lots of bass being caught with some absolute huge bass here too.  Smallmouth bass in the 4 to 6 pound range are possible on any given day and on some days, you may catch several fish in this range with lots of 2 to 3 pound fish too.  Pike fishing is good for anglers who go out and target them and some big fish are here too.

This lake has a very diverse fishery.  Some anglers do target muskie and largemouth bass, however, most anglers don’t come here for these fish.  The panfish are a nice addition for anglers looking to catch some perch, crappie and bluegill.


Otter Tail Country, MN


Towns in Otter Tail Country – Fergus Falls, Pelican Rapids, Perham

Otter Tail Country is home to over 1,000 lakes and streams.  This is a great area for enjoying the outdoors whether it be fishing, boating, hiking or just getting outside in this beautiful part of Minnesota.

The lakes in this region offer excellent fishing for a variety of fish such as largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, walleye, northern pike, muskie and panfish.  You have a lot of options and there are so many lakes here that you can usually find a place to get away from the crowds and catch some fish.


Park Rapids, MN


Park Rapids, Minnesota is just under 30 miles from Walker, Minnesota and the south part of Leech Lake.  This area is a popular tourist destination with tons of lakes, numerous resorts and excellent fishing opportunities.

Anglers target muskie, northern pike, walleye, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass and panfish in the area lakes.  There are a lot of lakes in this area to fish and so many places to get away from the crowds and enjoying the fishing.


Rainy Lake


Rainy Lake is located along the border of Minnesota and Canada near International Falls.  A large portion of the lake surrounds Voyageurs National Park.  Rainy Lake is a popular vacation destination for people that enjoy the outdoors.  There aren’t a ton of places to stay here, but there are just enough to service the people who come here for a vacation.

Rainy Lake has some excellent fishing opportunities for northern pike, walleye and smallmouth bass.  All 3 species of fish are here in good numbers and trophy fish are available too.

Some anglers do target crappie and perch on Rainy Lake.  Anglers usually catch some sauger mixed in while fishing for walleye.  These fish are here, but don’t expect to consistently catch them unless you know how to target them.  There have been some very nice reports of some unbelievable crappie fishing here, but you have to do your homework to score big here consistently for crappie.


Missouri


Branson, MO


Branson, Missouri has grown to become one of the most popular vacation destinations in the midwest.  There is something to do in Branson for the entire family.  There is plenty of entertainment with tons of live shows in the numerous theatres.  There is plenty of shopping, restaurants and golf courses.  Table Rock Lake and Lake Taneycomo keep boaters and anglers happy.  Branson is one of the best family vacation destinations without the fishing.  Tie in the fishing and this is an awesome destination for a fishing vacation.

For the fishermen, you have the option of fishing Table Rock Lake, Lake Taneycomo or Bull Shoals Lake.  You can catch a variety of fish depending on what lake you decide to fish.  Some of the species to catch are largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass, trout, white bass, crappie, catfish and bluegill.  If you want to fish for trout, Lake Taneycomo provides fast action with some trophy potential too.


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.


Montana


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.


New Hampshire


Lake Winnipesaukee


Lake Winnipesaukee is the largest lake in the state of New Hampshire and the 6th largest lake in the United States of lakes that lie within the boundaries of one state.  The crystal clear water of this spring-fed lake combined with the wooded shoreline and 3 mountain ranges surrounding the lake make this lake a popular year round vacation destination.  Aside from swimming and boating, fishing is the next most popular activity on Lake Winnipesaukee.

You can fish for salmon, rainbow trout, brook trout, lake trout, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, pickerel, yellow perch, sunfish and whitefish.  The lake offers endless opportunities for fishing.  From the shallow coves to the maximum depths of around 213 feet, the lake offers many different ways to catch fish.  It is well worth spending some time learning this lake.  A fishing guide or charter can help shorten the learning curve or just help to put some fish in the boat during your trip here.


New York


Finger Lakes

Lake Erie

Niagara River


North Carolina


Asheville, NC


Asheville, North Carolina is a very popular summer vacation destination.  The city is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains at the confluence of the Swannanoa River and the French Broad River.  There are an abundance of things to do from river rafting adventures, hiking on mountain trails, taking in the beautiful scenery and experiencing some excellent fishing.

Asheville is an awesome fishing destination.  There is plenty of water to fish and there are numerous fishing guides that can help you find the local hot spots.  Fly fishing for trout is very good here in the nearby streams.


North Dakota


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.


Ohio


Lake Erie


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


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.


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


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.


Utah


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.


Wisconsin


Birchwood, WI


The Birchwood, Wisconsin area is a beautiful lake community.  If you want to get away from the crowds and enjoy some time outdoors and on the water, this may be a nice vacation destination for you and your family.

This area has so many different lakes to fish.  Long Lake and Lake Chetac get the most attention.  They are good lakes known for good walleye fishing and you can also catch northern pike, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and panfish.  Many of the area lakes will have good fishing for walleye, pike, bass and panfish.


Boulder Junction, WI


Boulder Junction is known for its muskie fishing with its 50 plus “Class A” muskie lakes, but it is just as popular for its outdoor appeal.  Thousands of people love spending their vacations in Boulder Junction because of the quiet waterways, crystal clear lakes, numerous trails and other outdoor recreation that the Northwoods of Wisconsin offers.

Walleye & muskie are abundant in this area and they are the species of fish that get targeted the most in this area.  Anglers have so many lakes to fish and many of the area lakes will give anglers a good chance to catch walleye and muskie.  Smallmouth bass are here also in good numbers and some very big fish are caught here every year.


Cable, WI


Cable, Wisconsin is a small town just north of Hayward, Wisconsin.  If you enjoy the outdoors, you will find plenty to do here.  The trail system attracts many people here that enjoy hiking, biking, running, snowmobiling, atving and cross country skiing.  The lakes are popular during the open water seasons.

The fishing is very good here with Lake Owen and Namakagon Lake drawing the most interest from anglers.  Largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, walleye, pike and muskie are all possible here in the area lakes.


Chequamegon Bay, WI


The Chequamegon Bay is a popular fishing destination in Wisconsin, although, this area doesn’t draw nearly as many visitors as some of the other popular destinations in Wisconsin.  The scenery is beautiful and the fishing is outstanding for a variety of different fish.

This area might have some of the best smallmouth bass fishing for big bass in the entire state of Wisconsin.  You can also catch lake trout, walleye, salmon, brown trout, northern pike and perch.


Chippewa Falls, WI


Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin is located in the northwest part of Wisconsin about 90 miles east of St. Paul, Minnesota.  It’s small town atmosphere, beautiful scenery and numerous lakes in Chippewa County make the Chippewa Falls area a great place for a vacation.  Chippewa County has hundreds of lakes and numerous trout streams.  The county has 21,037 acres of lakes and streams and over 310 miles of rivers and streams.

The fishing in the Chippewa Falls area is very good.  Whether you are targeting a trophy muskie, bass, northern pike, trout or panfish, it’s all here in the Chippewa Falls area lakes and streams.


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Door County, WI


Rated as one of the top ten vacation destinations in America, Door County has so much to offer.  With hundreds of miles of scenic shoreline, there are numerous recreational opportunities in this area.  From swimming on the beaches, shopping, dining, hiking, sight-seeing, boating or fishing, Door County has something here for everyone.

Door County is known for having a great salmon and trout fishery as well as being one of the top smallmouth bass destinations in the country.  Walleye, northern pike and perch are also plentiful making this area an unbelievable place for fishing. With all of the different opportunities, you might catch your personal record for a variety of species all in one vacation.


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Eagle River, WI


Eagle River, Wisconsin is one of the top places to visit in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. Eagle River is very scenic with lots of wildlife.  Numerous fishing lakes combined with miles of trout streams keep visitors coming back every year.  You also have plenty of accommodations, restaurants and shops to make it a very convenient vacation.

The Eagle River Chain of Lakes is known for its abundant walleye and muskie populations. The lakes that surround this town are known for their bass, walleye and muskie fishing with some pike available too.  You can fish the chain and at times, fish with the crowds or you can get away from it all very easily by driving 15 minutes out of town to fish one of the several lakes in the area.


Green Lake


Green Lake is a very large, deep lake that covers 7,346 acres with 75% of the lake deeper than 20 feet and a maximum depth of 236 feet.  Green Lake is a beautiful town with a lot to offer the entire family.  Experience the shopping, dining, outdoor recreation, or just relax around the lake.  Green Lake is known for being a crowd-free, accessible lake.

The lake supports a healthy population of northern pike, smallmouth bass, trout, channel catfish and panfish.  Walleye and largemouth bass are also present.


Hayward, WI


Hayward is located in northwestern Wisconsin.  Its small hometown atmosphere and unique setting make it a great vacation destination for people that enjoy the outdoors.  The recreational opportunities are endless with over 55,000 acres of lakes.  Fishing, boating and just enjoying the outdoors is popular in this area.

Fishing is good for muskie, northern pike, walleye, bass, crappie, perch and other panfish.  Hayward is home to the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame, where world record catches are registered.  We have a large fishing section to help you learn more about the fishing here.


Iron River, WI


The Iron River area is a popular vacation destination.  People come here to enjoy the beautiful lakes and streams that provide excellent fishing and other recreational activities.  The 96 area lakes provide excellent fishing for northern pike, muskie, bass, walleye, and panfish.   The top 12 lakes that anglers target are Deep Lake, Delta Lake, Eagle Lake, Half Moon, Iron Lake, Iron River Flowage, Lake Wanoka, Long Lake, Peterson Lake, Pike Chain of Lakes, Pine Lake, and Ruth Lake.

You can find excellent fishing in the other lakes and you might just stumble upon an area that nobody knows about.  That is what’s great about the Iron River area.  There are so many places to fish.  With Lake Superior only 17 miles north of Iron River, you have the option of fishing the lake and its tributaries.  The area rivers provide some excellent fishing during the spawning runs.  Brule River offers an excellent steelhead run through the month of April and Flag River also heats up for steelhead around the second week of April.


Lac du Flambeau, WI


Lac du Flambeau is a small town located near Minocqua, which is one of the more popular vacation destinations in Wisconsin.  You won’t find the crowds in Lac du Flambeau like you will in Minocqua, so you have less crowds on the lakes, but all the amenities a close car ride away.  There are plenty of lakes here with so many outdoor recreational opportunities here.

The Lac du Flambeau chain of lakes gets most of the attention in this area.  The fishing can be very good for a variety of different fish.  Most anglers come here to fish for walleye, smallmouth bass, muskie, northern pike and panfish.  The largemouth bass fishing is pretty good too depending on the lake you are fishing.


Land O’ Lakes, WI


Land O’ Lakes & Watersmeet are located about 8.5 miles away from each other.  You will find dozens of lakes in this part of Northern Wisconsin and Lower Michigan.  There are a variety of accommodations nestled amidst the natural beauty of the lakes and forests here. There are so many lakes to fish to go along with some rivers and streams as well.  In this area, the most popular lakes to fish are part of the famous Cisco Chain of Lakes, which are 15 interconnected lakes with over 270 miles of scenic shoreline.

Walleye and muskie are targeted by most anglers in this area, but you can also catch northern pike, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass and panfish.


Manitowish Waters, WI


Manitowish Waters is located northwest of Minocqua and close to the border of Wisconsin and the upper peninsula in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.  Manitowish Waters is a lovely area with pristine lakes and plenty of scenery.  The Manitowish Waters chain of lakes includes ten lakes with over 4,200 acres of connected waters to enjoy.  Boating, fishing and swimming are very popular on the chain.

The chain provides some excellent fishing forwalleye, muskie and northern pike.  Largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, crappie and other panfish are also caught in the chain.


Mercer, WI


Mercer is home to several smaller lakes and a huge lake called the Turtle Flambeau Flowage.  In the smaller lakes in the area, anglers target bass, walleye, panfish, pike and even muskie in some of the lakes.  The Turtle Flambeau Flowage is what stands out in this area though.  The Flowage consists of nine lakes, three rivers and several creeks.  The flowage offers some beautiful surroundings and plenty of water for the outdoor enthusiasts.  Boating and fishing are very popular on the flowage.  Water skiing and jet skiing are permitted in some areas, but very limited, which makes it nice for the fisherman looking to find some peaceful surroundings.

The flowage gets the most attention here and it should.  The fishing is very good for smallmouth bass, walleye and muskie.  Some very big crappie are caught here too and you will definitely run into some northern pike here as well.  Don’t expect to find too many big pike in these waters though.


Minocqua, WI


Minocqua is one of the most popular areas to visit in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.  This area has one of the largest concentration of freshwater lakes in the country.  There are numerous types of lodging, plenty of restaurants and some excellent outdoor opportunities.

The fishing in Minocqua is known for its muskie fishing, although, it has some pretty good fishing for walleye, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and panfish also.  Northern pike are also available in many of the lakes.


Presque Isle, WI


Presque Isle is a quiet town that has been nicknamed “The Last Wilderness.”  Located in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, there is plenty to do here for those of you that like being on the water.  This area has many lakes, streams, pristine forests and plenty of wildlife to help you get away from the daily grind.

The fishing is excellent in Presque Isle.  The lakes don’t get nearly as much fishing pressure up here as some of the other areas in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.  Muskie, walleye, northern pike, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, crappie, perch and other panfish are available.


Rhinelander, WI


Rhinelander, Wisconsin is a great place to get away from it all.  Located in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, you will enjoy outdoor activities in the vast forests and numerous lakes.  Rhinelander sits on Boom Lake, which is one of the 1,100 lakes in Oneida County.

The Wisconsin River and Pelican River surround Rhinelander which help to give this area a well-rounded fishery.  Muskie and walleye are abundant in the area lakes.  Most anglers in this area will target walleye or muskie.  If you like fishing for Muskie, this area is home to the Hodag Musky Challenge and it is one of the most prestigious catch and release musky tournaments in the Midwest.  Some very nice fish are caught here every year.  You can also catch northern pike, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, crappie, perch and other panfish in the area lakes.  Bass are here, but usually under fished by most anglers.


St. Germain, WI


St. Germain, Wisconsin is one of the more popular areas to visit in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.  There is so much to do here for the outdoorsman with the area lakes and pristine wilderness.

The St. Germain area offers some excellent fishing.  Most people spend their time on Big St. Germain Lake and Little St. Germain Lake.  You can catch largemouth and smallmouth bass, northern pike, walleye, muskie, crappie, bluegill and perch.  The spring is best for fishing as you can target many species in shallower water.  In the summer, the fishing is still good and the weather is warm enough for a variety of outdoor activities.  This is the perfect time for a family vacation.  If you have some time off in the fall, plan a muskie fishing trip.  The fishing is excellent in the fall for walleye and muskie, but most anglers come up here in the fall to land a trophy muskie.


Three Lakes, WI


Three Lakes, Wisconsin is a small community located just south of Eagle River in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.  The town is nestled in the midst of the Nicolet National Forest which offers some excellent scenery. For the water enthusiasts, the Three Lakes Chain of Lakes consists of 28 lakes.

Fishing is very good on the chain for muskie and walleye.  You can also catch smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, northern pike, crappie, perch and other panfish.


Tomahawk, WI


The Tomahawk, Wisconsin area is home to a variety of waters that are popular for fishing and boating.  It’s a small town with beautiful scenery and some awesome lakes.

Anglers can fish numerous lakes, flowages and rivers in this area. Anglers come here to catch walleye, muskie, northern pike, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, trout and panfish.  There are plenty of places to get some action and some big fish waters are here too.