Whether you want to pass on the fishing tradition to the grandkids, land the ultimate trophy fish, avoid the crowds, or make it a vacation we’ve got the angler’s getaway you’ll love.
More than 49 million men, women, and children across the U.S. will “wet the line” this year. Perhaps you’re one of these millions — you grew up an angler, heading to the waters every weekend with Dad or Grandpa — or maybe you’re considering joining their ranks.
Here are 4 fishing trips to help you enjoy the rod and reel sport and get a healthy dose of the great outdoors while you’re at it.
A Beginner’s Paradise
Experienced anglers agree that on days the fish weren’t biting it was still a great trip. The opportunity to enjoy nature, breathe fresh air, and relax is reward enough. But younger ones may not see it that way at first. If you’re thinking of introducing the grandkids to the sport of fishing, the best way to get them excited is to make sure they get to reel in the rewards — the odds of them enjoying and getting hooked on the sport increase greatly.
Now, all you need is to find a fishing spot where getting a bite is practically guaranteed. Consider a trip to a fish hatchery.
Hatcheries are centers built to share valuable information with the community. The grandkids can learn about the importance of sustainability and aquatic conservation, fish life cycles, and migration, then get in some quality fishing at the same time. You’ll still enjoy an authentic fishing experience since hatcheries stock nearby ponds, lakes, or rivers.
The National Fish Hatchery System maintains 70 fish hatcheries throughout the U.S. Click here for an interactive map to find a hatchery near you.
Takin’ It to the Deep
Looking for a way to bond with your kids and grandkids? An offshore fishing adventure is the way to go.
Deep sea fishing charters offer trips for large groups — where you and the family can bond with fellow fishermen — or private excursions that allow you to enjoy sun and surf at your own pace.
Charters are equipped to accommodate experienced anglers and beginner fishermen. Look for boats that offer simple lessons for those with no experience.
As an added convenience when chartering a boat, everything is included: rods, reels, tackle, bait, nets, ice, and fishing licenses (charter boats carry a fishing license that covers everyone on the trip).
To start planning your fishing adventure use this list of deep-sea charters from World Wide Fishing Guide.
For both seasoned anglers and novices, the appeal of fly fishing is all about the challenge. The goal is to float a line then drag a fish-catching fly across the water in the most natural way possible, convincing fish their next meal is moving away.
Because fly fishing has grown in popularity over the last decade, a destination fly fishing trip is a great way to beat the crowds, find hidden and secret fishing locations, and receive hands-on coaching to perfect your technique.
Type “guided fly fishing trips near me” into your browser to see the wide variety of adventures waiting for you.
Fish. Relax. Repeat.
If you prefer a little luxury and relaxation after a long day of casting, book a stay at a fishing lodge. These range from quaint and cozy lodges with 10–15 rooms to resort-style accommodations with private villas featuring multiple bedrooms, kitchens, and living rooms.
Lodges offer a fleet of top-of-the-line vessels that come outfitted with tournament-grade equipment. And don’t worry if you want to eat what you catch: most lodges clean, pack, and freeze your catch to take home and enjoy.
For an extensive directory of fishing lodges, check out this database from ResortsandLodges.com.
More Important Links:
Fishing License Info by State: https://www.takemefishing.org/get-a-fishing-license/
Detailed Map of Places to Fish and Boat: https://www.takemefishing.org/where-to-fish-and-boat/
Units in the National Wildlife Refuge System That Are Open to Fishing: https://www.fws.gov/fishing/wheregofishing.html