Let’s be clear about this up front: America is a big country. Really big. And inside that vastness are lots and lots of mountains, streams, lakes, rivers, reservoirs, and canals. There are more than 95,000 miles of ocean coastline and, beyond that coastline, lots of deep water accessible by half- or full-day boat trips.
So when rounding up the 11 best places to fish in the U.S.,there may be one or two folks out there who think they know a place that was overlooked. And they’re right. But these are the best places to catch the widest range of fish, with a nod to geographical diversity and wilderness beauty. With that out of the way, here you have it - an arguably indispensable list of must-fish destinations in the U.S.
Detroit, Michigan: Bass, Trout
One reason Motor City makes this list is because it is a great jumping off point for fishing the northern reaches of Michigan’s Southern Peninsula. But you don’t even have to go that far, because Detroit has two world-class lakes at its disposal — Lake Erie, and Lake St. Clair, the latter of which is sandwiched in between Detroit and Canada. St. Clair is shallow and sandy-bottomed, making it a haven for smallmouth bass. Further upstate you can catch salmon and steelhead in Lake Michigan, or trout and bass in any of the numerous lakes and streams couched in Michigan’s remote north.
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