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.
Santee Cooper Lakes, South Carolina: Catfish
Anyone who ever watched Hillbilly Handfishin’ on Animal Planet (hello? anyone?) might think that the only way to catch a catfish is to feed it your arm. Not so. But you are going to need some strong tackle and a lot of stamina if you head to these hallowed fishing grounds an hour inland from South Carolina’s Atlantic coast. Adjacent Lakes Marion and Moultrie routinely pump out 60- and 70-pound blues and flatheads, and multiple 100-pounders have been hauled out of these waters since the year 2000.
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