Just because spring is prime time for vacations doesn’t mean you have to visit the same beach or cabin year after year. It’s time to switch up your routine! Take this year’s vacation to the next level by visiting one of these five US destinations that have the best fishing, plus beaches, local food and more.
Key West, FL:
You can have your beach and fishing too. Sun, sand and snappers are just three benefits that Key West, a prime fishing spot, offers. The Bahia Honda State Park provides fishing for grouper and snapper off of the Old Bahia Honda Bridge to fly-fishing in the shallow area. Just remember, it’s important to see if a fishing license is needed before the trip and be aware of the state and local fishing regulations.
South Padre Island, TX:
South Padre Island offers a lot of deep sea fishing options. If you’re feeling brave there is even the opportunity to go shark fishing. The deep sea fishing charters can hold a large group of people and the beaches are nice - so gather your crew and be prepared to have a good time in Texas.
Clear Lake, CA:
It’s all about the bass in Clear Lake, CA, which is believed to be one of the oldest natural lakes in North America. Get ready to go home big, because in the springtime all of the larger fish tend to migrate to the shallow water. Lodging options vary from vacation homes to campgrounds depending on how much you want to rough it.
Chesapeake Bay, Maryland:
There are plenty of fish in the sea, or in the Chesapeake Bay in this case. Maryland’s trout season kicked off on March 26 and the striped bass spring season begins on April 16 – making Chesapeake Bay a great place to catch a few. Lodging ranges from camping to upscale hotels. Then after fishing is done for the day, take in a view of the bay and get some fresh seafood.
Lake Lanier, Georgia:
Lake Lanier is nearly an hour Northeast of Atlanta. The convenient location and variety of fish make it an ideal fishing destination. Lake Lanier gives fisherman access to spotted bass, crappie, striped bass and catfish. After fishing, other nearby activities include hiking, hunting and more. Fisherman should consider holidays and popular weekends when planning their trip, due to the location being close to such a large metropolitan area.
Ultimately, the best fishing destination depends on the location, price and the type of fishing you’re looking to do. It’s always important to check the rules and regulations of a destination so you can get straight to the reason you took the trip in the first place. Since spring is already here, it is time to get going - book your trip, pack up your gear and get ready to cast your fishing rod.