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.
Lake Tenkiller, Oklahoma
Just south of Tahlequah, the capital of the Cherokee Nation, Lake Tenkiller in Eastern Oklahoma offers up all manner of bass and trout, as well as catfish and walleye. Fed by the Illinois River, the lake is home to numerous fishing tournaments. Nearby Lake Gibson offers up a similarly diverse angling experience, and Tahlequah is a charming, outdoorsy town in a part of the country that is most definitely country.
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