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Some of the best fishing in the world can be found in the United States. No matter your age, sex, or race, fishing in USA waters will provide a memorable trip for all. The locales, species, and skills needed to land your dream fish are as varied as the people who call this country home.

US Fishing Spots

What fish you’re after will heavily influence where you decide to go. The US is surrounded by the North Pacific Ocean, the North Atlantic Ocean, and the Gulf of Mexico, each creating the perfect conditions for a variety of species offshore. Inland, lakes, rivers, bay, estuaries, and more make freshwater fishing some of the best in the world. Below are some of the top spots you should add to your American fishing dream!

East Coast

The East Coast looks out onto the North Atlantic, and benefits from the warmer waters coming up from the Gulf Stream. Along the coast are popular cities, and even inshore you’ll find tourist destinations that still have excellent river and lake fishing. When you’re not taking in a show on Broadway or visiting the Statue of Liberty, head to the Salmon River in NY for some incredible fly fishing.

Chesapeake Bay

Chesapeake Bay in Maryland is America’s largest estuary, with 46 principal rivers and streams. These brackish waters are perfect for Striped Bass (aka Rockfish in the Northeast). Try the Crab, and fish from Annapolis for Bluefish, Mackerel, and Striped Bass.

Cape Cod

The warm protected waters of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, is where you’ll want to go to catch your fill of Bluefin Tuna. Head out of Stellwagen Bank, north of the cape, for your best chance of reeling in this fish – only a few miles out and you can begin your fishing adventure. Use trolling and jigging techniques for best effect. Striped Bass fishing is also very popular here, as well as Bluefish and Black Seabass.

Outer Banks

These barrier islands are found along the coast of North Carolina and are the closest landmass to the continental shelf in North America. Top catches here include Blue Marlin, White Marlin, Striped Bass, Yellowfin Tuna, Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, and more. The ride to the Gulf Stream can be as little as 15 minutes! If inshore fishing is more your speed, you can target Trout, Seabass, Flounder, and more.

West Coast

The West Coast looks out onto the North Pacific Ocean. The fishing changes dramatically from north to south, due to the influence of the surrounding waters, such as the California Current running from British Columbia down to the Baja California Peninsula.

Oregon

The Columbia River winds its way through Oregon and Washington State. This is the largest river in the Pacific Northwest. Head out of Tillamook, Astoria, or Coos Bay to find huge Smallmouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, and Sturgeon, as well as King and Coho Salmon. In August, head to the Buoy 10 fishery in Astoria for excellent Salmon and Steelhead fishing.

Washington

In Washington, head to the Strait of San Juan de Fuca for some huge Halibut. With over 3,000 miles of shoreline, you’ll be able to get your lines in the water pronto! Puget Sound and Lake Sammamish are other top locales to target Pink Salmon, King Salmon, Dolly Varden, Brown Trout, Lingcod. On the Pacific Coast, you can also target Albacore Tuna in the summer.

California

When not visiting Disneyland or the Universal Studios, try fishing in these great waters both inshore and offshore. Southern California offers Striped Marlin, Bluefin Tuna, Yellowfin Tuna, Mahi Mahi, Thresher Shark, and more, much like the species found in the Gulf of Mexico. Inshore fishing includes Halibut, as well as Lingcod, Pacific Barracuda, California Sheephead, and Yellowtail Amberjack. Halfway up the coast, the fishing changes dramatically – in Northern California, cooler waters offer fishing very similar to that of Oregon and Washington.

Gulf of Mexico

The Gulf of Mexico offers fantastic deep sea fishing. You’ll head out into these warm waters and fish around the oil rigs offshore. Top oil rigs you’ll be fishing around include Thunderhorse, Mars, Elf, and Ursa.

Texas

Texas is known for excellent offshore fishing, accessible from Corpus Christi, Galveston, Freeport, Rockport, and Port Aransas. Red Snapper is your primary target, here. Further inland, you’ll be reeling in Speckled Trout and Redfish. Try your hand at gigging for Flounder here too.

New Orleans

Redfish can be caught in New Orleans year-round, and boy do they get big! Sight fish for them, or try fly fishing. When freshwater fishing, you’ll be catching Perch, Largemouth Bass, Catfish, and more in the lagoons. Top spots to head to include Lake Borgne, Black Bay, Lake Pontchartrain, and the City Park.

And Let’s Not Forget Florida!

The most southern point of the East Coast is this fishing Mecca! Florida is the place for sportfishing in the US. Leaving from Destin, you can target Amberjack and Grouper, or head further out for Blue Marlin, Sailfish, and Yellowfin Tuna. You have many locales to choose from, inshore and offshore, such as the Panhandle, the Everglades, the Florida Keys, Lake Okeechobee, Lake Kissimmee, and many more.

Freshwater

Freshwater fishing can be done all around the US, but for the best fishing, you’ll want to head to the Great Lakes in the north. Lake Superior is the largest of the lakes – try ice fishing here during winter. Lake Huron has the longest coastline, and Steelhead, Chinook Salmon, Carp, and Walleye can be caught in various places along it. Lake Michigan is popular and great for Coho Salmon. Lake Ontario is the smallest of the Great Lakes, but great for Chinook Salmon, Lake Trout, and Steelhead. In Lake Erie, it’s all about the Walleye. This is where you’ll most likely catch the biggest fish!

Off The Mainland

Alaska

If you're fishing in Alaska,  odds are you’ll be fishing the Kenai River, from Cooper Landing to Cook Inlet. This top fishery produces gigantic King Salmon, as well as Humpback Salmon, Sockeye Salmon, Coho Salmon, Rainbow Trout, and Dolly Varden.

Hawaii

Aloha amazing fishing! At the opposite end of the map, Hawaii offers completely opposite fishing opportunities to Alaska. It’s hard to not catch a Blue Marlin, Striped Marlin, or Yellowfin Tuna here. Other species that regularly inhabit these waters include Albacore Tuna, Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, Amberjack, Trevally, Snapper, and Barracuda.

Fishing Tips

  • Fishing is a pastime as old as time itself, so of course there are a few legends attached to it. Keep your bananas at home when on a fishing trip – it’s a widely held belief that bananas are unlucky and will prevent you from catching fish!

  • Fishing with a guide will help you get the most out of your trip, and give you the best chance of landing your dream catch. They know the top spots and how to navigate even the trickiest of waters.

  • These waters all hold a variety of species. Keep a mix of lures and baits in your tackle box – you’ll be able to swiftly change tactics and target a different fish if needed.

Need to Know

There’s something to fish for year round in America, you just need to know where to go, and be up for fishing on the ice in winter!

Regulations

Regulations across the USA vary from state to state. You may need to buy a license before your trip, or your captain will have one for you already. Always check the latest information for each state. In federal waters, you'll usually need an additional license.

If fishing out of Southern California: Deep sea trips out of San Diego often require a passport and Mexican fishing permit (some captains cover the permit).

For world-class fishing and endless opportunities to catch your trophy fish, you have to go fishing in US waters. Each location offers you different species, with a special technique to catch them. There is so much to discover when fishing here!

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January

In New York State, join in the Winter Classic Fishing Tournament – open on all types of water, enter your catch into seven categories to win big!

February

Sailfishing is great in Florida now. On the West Coast, Largemouth Bass and Walleye are biting.

March

In New Orleans, don’t miss out on the Big Bass Fishing Rodeo! Join in the Billfish Tournament in Miami – will you catch the biggest Marlin?

April

All over the US the fisheries are heating up. Inshore or offshore, you’ll find lots of action out on the water

May

The Florida Keys Dolphin Tournament is a highlight this month – don’t worry, Dolphin fish is the other name for Mahi Mahi.

June

In Vermont, join in the Lake Champlain International Fishing Derby – the largest fishing derby in America.

 
July

Are you a fly fishing aficionado? Then the Del Brown Permit Tournament in Florida is for you!

August

August is a great month for fishing across the US. Spend the week at White Marlin Open in Maryland –the largest pro tournament in the world!

September

Lake Kenai is great this month for Coho Salmon and Steelhead. You can also catch Halibut and Lingcod offshore.

October

October is all about the Destin Fishing Rodeo. Put this on your calendar and join in the fun down in Florida.

November

The Salmon River in NY offers good fishing for Coho and Chinook this month, and excellent fishing for Rainbow Trout.

December

You’ll find plenty of ice fishing this month. Head to Lake Ontario’s Lake Simcoe, or Winnebago lake in Wisconsin. Or warm up in Hawaii!

United States Fishing Calendar

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Wow! Great trip! Mostly BIG redfish and small to medium hammerheads
Mike S. fished with Reel Busy Shark Charter on October 25, 2021
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The weather can be variable as far as rain is concerned. So be sure to bring appropriate raingear. A ponch is lightweight and easy to carry. Also check with your guide to see what fish are biting in October. We were successful fishing for redfish.
Half day bay fishing with Captain Eric
James P. fished with Risen Tide Sportfishing on October 24, 2021
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Do a bay fishing charter, you catch a lot of fish and multiple different species.
Half day trio with captain
Lanny H. fished with Spots To Dots Guide Service Llc on October 24, 2021
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redfish trout and flounder with high probability of catching all three on a trip
Half day trip with Captain John
Larry D. fished with Lake Toho Guides on October 23, 2021
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My grandson and I each caught over 12 fish. It was great
Fishing with Doug
Ezra G. I. fished with Six Shooter Charters LLC on October 21, 2021
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If you fish fresh water like I do in Michigan you are taught to set the hook you do not do that here you just reel in and sunblock.
Fishing with Michael
Timothy L. fished with My Ohana Sport Fishing on October 20, 2021
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Do your research but definitely include looking up my ohana and give them look
Best day ever!!!
Tracie F. fished with Port Aransas Guide Service on October 20, 2021
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Just be patient that the captain being guide enjoy the nature of the beauty the fresh salt water air and the banter amongst your boat in the other fisherman which is very friendly.
Bite Me 3
Jeff L. fished with Bite Me Sportfishing – Bite Me 3 on October 20, 2021
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Just like fishing anywhere. There’s a reason they call it fishing and.not catching…. Lol. It’s still a great time.

FAQs about Fishing Charters in United States

To give you an idea of how much a fishing trip in United States costs, the average price for a 4 hour private trip is $533, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $956. These prices are based on trips booked on our site recently.

Prices will vary depending on trip length, fishing technique, as well as the type and size of the boat you booked. However, to give you an indication, the average boat size in United States is 27 ft and the most common vessel type is a Center console.

According to customer reviews, Reel Thrill Sportfishing Charters, Captain Kaleb Charters, and Flood Tide Charters are some of the most popular fishing charters in United States. Full list of top fishing charters in United States.

Reel Thrill Sportfishing Charters, Captain Kaleb Charters, and Flood Tide Charters all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in United States.

The best way to experience fishing in United States is to book a private charter with a licensed fishing guide. See the full list of charters available for online booking here: List of fishing charters in United States.

The most popular fish species you can target are Redfish, Cobia, and King Mackerel (Kingfish). Top fishing techniques include light tackle, trolling, and bottom fishing. Nearshore fishing, inshore fishing, and offshore fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

October is all about the Destin Fishing Rodeo. Put this on your calendar and join in the fun down in Florida. Check availability for local fishing charters in United States.