Competition or just for pleasure, to secure food or for a family vacation or outing, fishing is one of the all-time great American pastimes. From coast to coast, America offers anglers virtually unlimited waters to wet their hooks, and some outstanding fishing opportunities are found on the thousands of lakes scattered across the country.
When planning a fishing trip, fishing is not always just about catching fish and some of the best lakes in America for fishing can be found in both rural and urban areas with beautiful scenery and ample amenities.
Renowned throughout the State of Florida and the southern United States, Lake Okeechobee is one of the premier lakes for bass fishing in the entire U.S. Known as the “inland sea” with a total surface area of over 700-square miles. Lake Okeechobee is so large the opposite shoreline isn’t visible from land. Located in central Florida, near Ocala, and holding large and hungry populations of both large and smallmouth bass, Lake Okeechobee is home to several professional fishing tournaments each year. Many towns and free campgrounds surrounding Lake Okeechobee provide anglers plenty of services.
Holding a wide variety of fish species, Lake Champlain sets on the borders of New York and the Green Mountains of Vermont. Set in the upper part of the Great Appalachian Valley, Lake Champlain offers fishermen one of the most unique opportunities in the northeast United States to catch large and smallmouth bass, salmon, brown, rainbow, brook and lake trout all form the same water. Vermont’s largest city of Burlington and quaint towns along Lake Champlain’s shorelines in both states offer anglers fishing charters, camping, lodging and dinning services.
Surrounded by unmatched scenery on the border of Nevada and California, Lake Tahoe offers anglers spectacular trout fishing. Set in Serra Nevada Mountains in the town by the same name, Lake Tahoe holds crystal clear water and substantial populations of brown, rainbow and lake trout, with records reaching over 35 pounds. Surrounded by snow-capped mountains, numerous campgrounds and restaurants make Lake Tahoe and ideal family or solo fishing vacation.
Set in the magical vastness of Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, Yellowstone Lake runs cold, clear and deep. Home to native populations of cutthroat trout and world record mackinaw, the Native American word for lake trout, Yellowstone Lake gives anglers the chance to catch fish from the same fabled waters as the mountain men who originally open the great American West. Unlike most of the waters in Yellowstone Park, which are strictly catch-and-release, Yellowstone Lake allows fishermen to catch fish for their supper. Yellowstone Lake Marina and Yellowstone Village provides fishing guides, services and boat rentals.
The second largest of the five freshwater North-American Great Lakes, and the only one entirely located within the U.S., Lake Michigan covers an area of over 22,000 square miles. Set on the shores of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Chicago, Illinois, Lake Michigan holds numerous species of fish, including Coho (sliver) and Chinook (king) salmon, lake, steelhead and brown trout, large and smallmouth bass, walleye, pike and perch. Fishing charter services are available in the larger cites as well as virtually all the smaller towns along the lake’s shorelines.
About the author: Boyde McMakin is a travel fanatic with PPL Motorhomes who loves to experience life outdoors with his family. He also loves to read, write, and draw anything inspirational that he encounters in life.