Acadia National Park, Maine
Stock your tacklebox with plenty of gear because this park offers saltwater and freshwater fishing throughout its lakes, ponds and coastal shorelines.
• The catch: Bluefish, brook trout, brown trout, cod, landlocked salmon, mackerel, small and largemouth bass, pollock, striped bass, yellow perch
• Regulations: https://www.nps.gov/acad/planyourvisit/fishing.htm
Biscayne National Park, Florida
The aquamarine waters off of Miami are home to some of saltwater anglers’ most prized catches. Much of the preserve is accessible only by boat, so rent one or charter a guide.
• The catch: Bonefish, permit, snook, tarpon
Glacier National Park, Montana
Fish the cold, crystal waters of the Flathead River and hundreds of mountain lakes. Even the most focused of anglers will likely be distracted by the rugged splendor of the breathtaking scenery here.
• The catch: Brook trout, bull trout, westslope cutthroat trout
• Regulations: https://www.nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/fishing.htm
Glen Elder State Park, Kansas
At Waconda Lake—one of the state’s largest—you’ll have 12,500 acres to fish. What you won’t have is much shade, so throw a hat and sunscreen into your pack.
• The catch: Black bass, catfish, crappie, walleye, white bass wipers
• Regulations: http://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Fishing-Application-and-Fees
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina and Tennessee
With 2,900 miles of flowing water and fishing permitted year-round, you have virtually no excuse not to pull in a trout.
• The catch: Big rainbow trout, brown trout, smallmouth bass, wild brook trout
• Regulations: https://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/fishing.htm
Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, California
Cast an in-line spinner into the peaceful Smith River and gaze up at the world’s tallest trees as you wait for a fish to hit.
• The catch: Salmon, steelhead trout
• Regulations: https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Fishing
Matagorda Island State Park, Texas
What this barrier island lacks in modern amenities—there’s no electricity or drinking water—it makes up for in saltwater fishing.
• The catch: Pompano, redfish, sea trout, Spanish mackerel, tarpon
Olympic National Park, Washington
Some anglers insist fish are more likely to bite in the rain. Hopefully that’s true, because Olympic’s 4,000 miles of streams and rivers and 600 lakes get as much as 170 inches of rain each year.
• The catch: Char, salmon, sea-run cutthroat trout, steelhead
• Regulations: https://www.nps.gov/olym/planyourvisit/fishing.htm
Voyageurs National Park, Minnesota
Considered the unofficial “walleye capital of the world,” the interconnected waterways make up 40 percent of the park.
• The catch: Lake trout, muskie, northern pike, smallmouth bass, walleye
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming/Montana/Idaho
Trout have lured anglers to this fly fishing paradise for well over a century. July is a favorite time for dry-fly fishing, while August is popular among those looking to fish the backcountry lakes.
• The catch: Brown trout, lake trout, rainbow trout, Yellowstone cutthroat trout
• Regulations: https://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/fishing.htm#fish_regs
10 of the best parks for fishing
In these 10 beloved parks, anglers will be rewarded with endless stretches of water, awe-inspiring views and—with any luck—a fish on the line.
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