Fishing vacations are a great way to combine two great things: travel and fishing. Whether it’s a trip for freshwater fish at a faraway fishing lodge, or deep sea fishing with another fellow angler, there are tons of fishing opportunities out there. You don’t even need to leave the country to find a different, unique fishing spot. Whether you want to fly fish, find game fish, go ice fishing, or go offshore fishing, all of these places can be found in the United States.
How Do You Plan the Perfect Fishing Vacation?
There are several things to consider when planning a fishing vacation. First, you’ll want to take into account the occasion. Planning a romantic getaway with your partner that also includes a fishing tour is different than planning a bachelor party or guy’s getaway or family trip for fishing. Understanding the overall “theme” and purpose of the trip is important when it comes to choosing the right destination.
Once you’ve established why you’re going, you’ll want to search for the right spot. What’s right is based on a number of different factors. There are plenty of great fishing vacation destinations that wouldn’t work for every trip.
When choosing a fishing destination, consider the species of fish you wish to target, the weather in which you want to fish, who is going, where everyone is coming from geographically and whether they want to fly or drive to the destination, and what you can all afford.
It’s also a good idea to think about the gear you’ll need, especially when it comes to budgeting. You might want to go all-out on an Alaska fishing trip for some deep sea fishing, but if you can’t afford travel to Alaska, the gear needed for safe Alaska fishing, and you aren’t sure about the environment and might need to pay a professional fishing guide, this dream trip might come crashing down before it even gets off of the ground.
Finally, you’ll want to think about what else you’ll need to have fun. Do you intend to spend all day every day of the trip fishing? Are you going with someone else or a group of people who are all as enthusiastic about fishing as you are? If not, you’ll want to choose a destination that offers other activities so your fellow travelers can stay busy and enjoy their time while you’re fishing.
There’s a lot that goes into the perfect fishing vacation. And what’s perfect for one angler might not be right for someone else. This doesn’t mean that the destinations we’ve listed aren’t great options, but they might not be right for every fishing spot. Planning your trip requires not only discovering the country’s best fishing spots, but also figuring out which of these spots is going to suit your fishing tour and the needs of your fellow travelers.
Best Fishing Vacations in the United States
Now that you have some idea what you need to think about when planning your fishing vacation, you can take a look at some of the best fishing opportunities available for a great vacation.
Lake Placid Lodge
This fishing lodge is a premier destination for fly fishing in New York. You get excellent accommodations that are located right by Lake Placid when you stay here. Rooms offer lakeside views, soaking tubs, and wood-burning fireplaces.
Cheeca Lodge is a popular eco-tourism spot that also offers world class fishing access. It’s located in the Florida Keys and features a 525-foot fishing pier right on site. The resort will also help you set up deep water fishing trips on boats during your stay. The resort host the yearly Presidential Sailfish Tournament in January, so check your dates before booking.
Blackberry Farm is another luxury option that offers access to world class fishing right in Tennessee. Located just a few minutes from the Smoky Mountains, Blackberry is located on a 4200 acre estate. The resort has been endorsed by Orvis, one of the best-known authorities on fishing in the United States. Here’s you’ll have access to three-season flyfishing, as well as tasting tours of the blackberry fields.
Wapiti Meadow Ranch
If you’re looking to head toward the Northwestern part of the country for fishing, this Idaho destination is a great option. It’s located on the Wapiti Meadow Creek, which is close to the Salmon River. Here, you’ll get to fish for Chinook salmon. It’s one of the most affordable options on our list and offers log cabin accommodations that also features miles of nature walks, wildlife tours, and horseback riding.
Resort at Paws Up
This fishing destination is located in Montana, which is known for everything it offers to outdoor enthusiasts. This is a “glamping” resort that offers comfort and luxury, as well as access to fishing. It’s located inside of the golden triangle of western trout fishing. This resort is ideal for romantic getaways, but probably wouldn’t be right for a guy’s trip – unless the guys you know like their fishing with a dose of glam. We’d recommend this destination for couples who love fishing together.
Emerson Resort and Spa
A resort on a fishing trip? That’s right. This is a great option for those who want fishing to be a part of an overall relaxing and indulgent vacation. It’s also great for couples who want to divide their time separately and one half needs something to do while the other fishes. The Emerson is located in the Northern Catskills of New York, about two hours from the city. The resort is a short distance from the town of Phoenicia, where you can get your gear and enjoy a variety of fishing-themed activities. It’s also not far from Woodstock.
The Cloister at Sea Island
This is a five-star resort that offers fishing and a whole lot more. You have the choice of staying in the lodge, the inn, or the private cottages. The Cloister gives you access to some of the east coast’s best fishing, as well as crabbing. There’s also easy access to charter boat fishing where you can head out into the ocean for marlin, mackerel, tuna, barracuda, and sailfish.
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