Pack your bags! Grab your kids! There’s still time! Although school will start in just a few short weeks and summer will fade into fall, in these last days of warmth and freedom, there’s still time for you to squeeze in a quick family vacation. And if you’re lucky enough to have more than one avid angler in the family, why not make it a fishing trip? To help you decide where to point your compass, today we’re discussing our top 10 family fishing vacations. These fishing hotspots are gorgeous, diverse, and located all around the country, so you’re sure to find one that tickles your fancy.
Top 10 Family Fishing Vacations
Kenai Peninsula, Alaska
For a true Alaskan experience, head on up to Kenai Peninsula, where you can view four active volcanoes, spot bears and moose, take a glacier cruise, or (of course) go fishing. There are four species of salmon in the Peninsula’s rivers and lakes, and the fishing is excellent all summer long.
Colorado River, Colorado
Colorado is known for its gorgeous mountains and rivers, and the Colorado River won’t disappoint. There, you can expect to catch catfish, black crappie, walleye, or striped bass.
Florida Keys, Florida
If your family is split on its love of fishing, Florida might be the perfect place for you to vacation. While you and your fellow anglers fish in the Florida Bay and the Atlantic Ocean (where you might catch marlin, sailfish, or swordfish), the non-fishers in the family can relax on the beach or sunbathe on the boat.
The Bayous and Gulf of Louisiana
Southern Louisiana is one of the most unique places in America with its distinctive cuisine, French ancestry, and Cajun dialect. As you might have guessed from the tasty gumbos and jambalayas, the seafood in Louisiana is superb. And where there’s great seafood, there’s great fishing!
Yellowstone River, Montana
Whether you’re a fisherman or not, every American should see Yellowstone National Park at least once in their lifetime. And while you’re there, why not check out the Yellowstone River in southern Montana? It’s one of the greatest trout streams in the world.
Port Isabel, Texas
If you’re looking for a relaxing seaside trip, try Port Isabel on the tropical tip of Texas. The pirate legends will spark your children’s imaginations, the fantastic fishing will keep you occupied, and the historic bayside town features many local restaurants.
Black Hills, South Dakota
If you’re a fly fisher with a penchant for small streams, check out the Black Hills in South Dakota. The scenery is breathtaking, and the fishing season stretches solidly from March until mid-November.
Mammoth Lakes, California
California’s premier mountain resort, the Mammoth Lakes are yet another mountainous, adventurous vacation destination. You can fish from the shore, a boat, or a dock using a variety of fishing techniques—a little something for everyone!
White River, Arkansas
Midwesterners hoping to squeeze in a short fishing trip before summer’s end should head to the White River in Arkansas. You could take a guided fishing trip or camp overnight, catching lively trout all the while.
Reelfoot Lake, Tennessee
Yet another great spot for Midwesterners, Reelfoot Lake is a shallow natural lake with a swamp or bayou-like feel. Perfect for fishing, boating, and wildlife viewing, it is an extremely unique fishing spot to find in Tennessee.
So which of our top 10 family fishing vacations is next on your list?
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P.S. Which spots would you add to our top 10 family fishing vacations?