Almost all of us have some hobbies we do when we want to take a breather or get our minds off of things. Some people work out, draw, drive, hike, and watch Netflix. But some people opt for fishing.
Fishing lets you use your body, which means you get a work out from it. It also helps you strategize, which allows you to exercise your mental capacity. It also provides a sense of fulfillment once you are able to catch your own fish.
Apart from self-improvement, fishing actually helps the environment. Occasional fishing helps people to not patronize fish from supermarkets––which supports mass fishing by big companies.
Plus, fish is a healthy food option! If you are living and currently visiting the United States, here are some spots where you can go fishing.
Kobuk River, Alaska
This 290-mile long river is located in the northwestern part of Alaska, in the Arctic region. It is also the largest river in northwest Alaska, with width expanding up to 460 meters. The most common fish you can catch in Kobuk River is the sheefish, which is a whitefish related to the salmon family. Apart from it, there are actual salmon, char, arctic grayling, and northern pike.
Some say that fishing sheefish is actually challenging as it is larger than other typical fish that you can catch. It is also forceful and a lot faster which could really excite you while fishing. The fishing season for this kind of fish in Kobuk River starts in June and ends in September.
Lake Tahoe, California & Nevada
This lake borders California and Nevada. There is plenty of fish you can catch here such as kokanee salmon, brown trout, lake trout (mackinaw), Lahontan cutthroat, and largemouth bass. Just like other fishing areas, there are several regulations in Lake Tahoe. For instance, a vessel should not exceed 5 nautical miles per hour and should maintain a speed that only causes a flat wake.
If you also plan on fishing here, you must have a valid California or Nevada sport fishing license, which is applicable for people that are 16 years old and older. The lake also has a limit when it comes to the number of fish you are able to catch so as to maintain the population of the fish and prevent mass fishing in the area.
Devils Lake, North Dakota
This lake is one of the best ice fishing places in the U.S. Ice fishing is similar to normal fishing except that you may need more equipment and you are doing it above a frozen body of water––which you may think is scary but also exciting at the same time.
The Devil’s Lake is the largest lake in North Dakota, covering over 200,000 acres. Some of the fish you can get here are northern pike, walleye, white bass, and perch. The fishing season basically runs the whole year. But if you particularly want to go ice fishing, you have to be there during winter. One thing great about this lake is that it develops ice earlier than the actual winter season and goes a lot later after winter––longer ice fishing season for you!Columbia River, Oregon & Washington
This river is located between the states of Oregon and Washington and is the largest river in the Pacific Northwest of the U.S. It also rises from the Rocky Mountains of British Columbia in Canada.
There is plenty of fish you can catch in Columbia River, but some of them are incredibly large, which means you need heavy-duty gears and even greater body resistance. Some of these fish include king salmon, white sturgeon, and smallmouth bass.
Lake St. Clair, Michigan
This freshwater lake resides between Michigan, USA, and Ontario, Canada. One of the best things you should look forward to when visiting this lake is catching a yellow perch. Apart from that, you can also catch smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, and walleye.
The fishing season here is almost year-round, which means you can visit anytime and be able to experience fishing in one of the most abundant fishing spots in the Great Lakes. There are plenty of fishing classes in the area, which means it would also be a perfect spot for beginners or first-timers.
Kona or Kailua-Kona is a coastal city in the western part of Hawaii island. This may be far from the U.S., but it is technically one of the states in the United States, which is why it is still on the list.
The Kona coast is known for deep-sea fishing, which is a more intense option than the others. But as part of Hawaii’s tourism efforts, visitors can experience deep-sea fishing by renting charters. Some of the fish you can catch are mahimahi, ahi, marlin, and ono.
You also get to experience a more tropical feel while fishing when you are in Hawaii. You get to immerse yourself into communities that actually consider fishing as a way of life.
Chesapeake Bay, Maryland
The Chesapeake Bay is located between the states of Maryland and Virginia. It is also an estuary, which means it merges one or two rivers and the open sea. So you can expect a variety of marine life in this area.
Some of the fish you can catch here are catfish, largemouth and smallmouth bass, American eel, yellow and white perch, walleye, Spanish mackerel, and more.
Bighorn River, Montana
This 461-mile river, located between Wyoming and Montana, is known for fly fishing. This type of fishing uses a light lure and fly rod, which is great for people who want to experience a less intense type of fishing. You can do it alone (and without heavy equipment) and not worry about getting dragged.
It is a public river which means you really do not have a special license to fish in the area. The water here is relatively calm, which allows for fly fishing. Typical fish you can catch are catfish, whitefish, and bass.
Fishing really has a lot of benefits, as mentioned. But one thing you should always remember is that when you are fishing in these areas, make sure to maintain cleanliness for preservation. Nature does not ask us for anything, but it endlessly gives. Let’s do our part and not ruin it.