7 Fishing Trips to Put on Your Bucket List

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All across America, great fishing destinations await. And for adventure-seeking anglers, and even those just looking to escape, these destinations have a lot to offer.

1. Bighorn River, Montana

(Photo courtesy of The National Park Service)

Are you a trout lover? Then this is the place for you.

Found in southern Montana, and flowing partially into Wyoming, Bighorn River boasts some incredible streams full of trout – ranging from 15 to 19 inches. It’s a popular destination for fly fishers from around the U.S.

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2. Mille Lacs Lake, Minnesota

Roughly 100 miles north of the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area sit Minnesota’s second-largest inland lake, Mille Lacs. Home to a number of species of fish – walleye, northern pike, muskie, jumbo perch, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, black crappie, burbot and tullibee – it is one of the state’s most popular fishing lakes. Take a trip in the dead of winter and treat yourself to some truly spectacular ice fishing – ice fishing houses number in the thousands during the winter.

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3. Kodiak Island, Alaska

(Photo courtesy of Kodiak Legends Lodge)

Fishing where bears graze for their nightly dinner? Talk about a bucket-list destination.

If you’re the kind of sportsman who enjoys straying from the beaten path, an adventure awaits for you in Alaska; we’re talking about some of the absolute best salmon fishing in the country, with fewer crowds than other destinations. Did we mention the breathtaking views?

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4. Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Cape Cod is one of the most scenic places in America, and should be on your travel bucket list regardless. It’s just a HUGE bonus that it happens to boast some of the best saltwater fishing on the east coast.

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5. Cape Ann region, Massachusetts

Just up the Massachusetts coast, North of Boston, are the charming towns like Gloucester and Rockport which in part, make up the Cape Ann region of the state. Known as “the whale watching capital of the world”, whales put on a spectacular show just 15 miles off the coast.

The region offers a plethora of professional fishing charters for stripers, haddock, sharks, bluefin tuna and more, promising the catch of a lifetime.

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6. Lake of The Ozarks, Missouri

One of the largest man-made lakes in the world, Lake of The Ozarks has been billed as “some of the best fishing in the country.” Withover 1,000 miles of shore to explore and catch several species of fish - largemouth bass, spotted bass, black and white – there’s something for fisherman.

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7. Shenandoah Park, Virginia

(Photo courtesy of The National Park Service)

It’s home to some of the finest wild brook trout streams in the Eastern United States, with roughly 40 streams carving out the Blue Ridge Mountains. Referred to as “unblemished mountain wilderness”, it’s truly a fisher’s paradise.

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