Fishing in America - Top US Places to Drop a Line [Infographic]

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Every fisherman dreams of the big catch. Every lake, river and coastline carries within it the chance to reel in...glory. America is awash with some of the world's most amazing fishing hotspots - here's the line on some of the best.




From lakes to rivers to deep sea sport fishing, prime fishing spots all over the country lure in anglers year round.

Miami

One of America's top fishing destinations, Miami offers everything from deep sea fishing to backcountry angling in the Everglades. Florida's recreational fishery is among the largest in the country. Saltwater fishing around Miami is only half the story. To the west, Miami opens into one of the most exciting freshwater fishing regions in the country – the Everglades. Some places to fish: Piers and docks. Biscayne Bay. Everglades National Park . offshore on the Atlantic.

San Diego

San Diego has one of the world's largest sport fishing fleets and is near the most prolific tuna and billfish waters in the Pacific Ocean. It's the "Sport Fishing Capital." Did you know the first plastic worm was created in San Diego in the '40s? Fish all around the San Diego area for species like halibut, sea bass, panfish, bonefish, and even marlin and swordfish.

Minneapolis

Anglers can target almost any freshwater species in the Twin Cities and around Minnesota. The hardy won't want to miss Minnesota's popular winter tradition: ice fishing. Mille Lacs is famous for its ice-fishing hut city that pops up every year on its 132,000 acre surface. In warmer months, hit Minneapolis's rivers and lakes for fly fishing, small craft boat fishing and large craft boat fishing for bass, walleye, steelhead, catfish and many more species.

Seattle

Find plenty of salt and freshwater fishing action within a relatively short distance of the city of Seattle. The Puget Sound offers year-round fishing for halibut, flounder, lingcod and rockfish. However, the name of the game is "Salmon"! Major Seattle fishing areas include the Puget Sound, Bainbridge Island, Lake Washington, Olympic Peninsula, and Lake Union.

New Orleans

New Orleans offers more places to find large mouth bass than anywhere else in the country, and fish for other giants here: redfish, speckled trout, snapper, tarpon and catfish. Head to City Park, Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Salvador, Biloxi March, or Venice and Grand Isle for great recreational fishing.

Mammoth Lakes

Located in the Inyo National Forest , and just 32 miles south of Yosemite National Park , Mammoth Lakes is a first-class resort destination and offers some of the best lake fishing in its 100-plus lakes. Mammoth Lakes stock 15,000 pounds of fish in the 2-5 lb. range, and the Department of Fish and Game reports the annual allotment for catchable trout is 250,000 pounds. If you like to fish, you'll love the Mammoth Lakes fishing derbies.

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