Grab your rod and reel and head to America’s national parks to find some of the best fishing in the country – and even the world. Depending on which part of the U.S. you live in or are visiting, you’ll have the chance to catch a variety of majestic aquatic species in very diverse bodies of water. At some of our national parks you’ll find the perfect fishing spots hidden deep in the wood line along cool calm lakes. At other parks, the best spots for large trophy fish are from a boat on the ocean. No matter which park you decide to visit for a fishing adventure, there is nothing in the world that is more relaxing and exhilarating at the same time.
Yellowstone National Park
When it comes to America’s most treasured fishing spots, most professional anglers will agree that Yellowstone National Park is at the top of the list. Each year, thousands of anglers head to Yellowstone to fish for its famous and much sought after cutthroat trout. If you’re looking for a quiet, isolated oasis where you can fish in solitude, there are plenty of spots just off the trails at Yellowstone. Depending on your own personal preference, you can cast artificial lures or try your hand at fly fishing for a chance at catching a beautiful trophy trout. While Yellowstone is known for its cool streams full of fish, anglers need to be cautious as it is also known for its grizzly bears who love an afternoon fish buffet.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Visit the next national park on the list if you’re looking for the ultimate fly fishing experience. Great Smoky Mountains National Park has vast streams and rivers full of trout that gracefully flow through the beautiful mountains. Enjoying fishing year round amidst a stunning backdrop of naturalistic scenery. In addition to trout, you’ll find a variety of other fish, including smallmouth bass. There are many areas of the park to explore, with adventure seekers finding some of the best fishing spots in the remote sections just off of the trails.
Voyageurs National Park
If you’re looking for a great northern spot to fish with a boat, Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota has four beautiful large lakes with an abundance of both smallmouth and largemouth bass, pike, muskies and the always popular and delicious walleyes. Don’t have a motorized fishing boat? No problem! Many people enjoy taking their canoes out on to the river for an afternoon of quiet and peaceful fishing. At Voyageurs National Park, you can fish year-round, as many people like to set up their ice shacks on the frozen lakes in the winter.
Everglades National Park
Alternatively, you can head down South to Florida, where many fishermen on the hunt for that big beautiful trophy fish spend their days at Everglades National Park. Everglades is unique as it offers both saltwater and freshwater fishing. This oceanic park features beautiful winding rivers and streams that flow through the grounds. Here you’ll find largemouth bass, sea trout and snook, among other smaller species. If you have a boat to take offshore, you’ll also find large tarpon in the deeper pockets of water.
These are just a few of America’s best national parks for fishing, though there are many more! If you’re looking a peaceful place to enjoy a day of fishing amidst a stunning backdrop, our national parks provide the perfect fishing spots for both advanced anglers and beginners.