Top 10 Places to Fish in the U.S.

Lake James, North Carolina
Lake James, North Carolina

Besides the tranquility of being on the water for hours, fishing is a great activity that more than 55 million Americans participated in last year. The Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation has recently released their Top 100 family-friendly places to boat and fish for 2016, where more than 300 sites, representing all 50 states were considered. To make the list, the location needed to be a public body of water within driving distance of a major city, have good fishing opportunities and family-friendly amenities. 

It’s no surprise that Florida and California ruled the top 10. Here’s the list of the best sites to drop a line. 

  1. Everglades National Park, Florida

a kayak on the shore of a beach in Everglades National Park
a kayak on the shore of a beach in Everglades National Park
  1. Bahia Honda State Park, Atlantic Ocean, Florida

  1. Blue Springs State Park, St. Johns River, Florida

Manatee's in the springs of St. John's River, Florida.
Manatee's in the springs of St. John's River, Florida.
  1. Kissimmee State Park, Lake Kissimmee, Florida

a dock at Kissimmee State Park.
a dock at Kissimmee State Park.
  1. Clear Lake State Park, Clear Lake, California

awesome views at Clear Lake State Park in California.
awesome views at Clear Lake State Park in California.
  1. Brannon Island State Park, Sacramento River, California

  1. Dockweiler State Beach, Santa Monica Bay, California

  1. Hanging Rock State Park, Hanging Rock Park Lake, North Carolina

  1. Guntersville State Park, Guntersville Lake, Alabama

scenic deck on Guntersville Lake, Alabama.
scenic deck on Guntersville Lake, Alabama.
  1. Lake James State Park, Lake James, North Carolina

picnic site at Lake James State Park
picnic site at Lake James State Park

And don’t forget that fishing actually helps drive conservation. Anglers and boaters help protect our aquatic natural places and the wildlife that lives there through fishing licenses, boat registrations, fishing gear and boat fuel sales. 

To find a place to boat and fish near you that’s not on the list, visit TakeMeFishing.org. Also, share your favorite moments of fishing with family and friends using #FirstCatch - first catch of the day, first catch of the season or first catch of a lifetime! 

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