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.
  1. 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:

  2. 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

    • Regulations:

  3. 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:

  4. 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:

  5. 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:

  6. 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:

  7. 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

    • Regulations:

  8. 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:

  9. 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

    • Regulations:

  10. 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:


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January 18, 2018 09:48 AM