Fishermen like to “get away from it all”. This sounds a bit dubious when you see the charter boats, the rental motorized boats and the combat fishermen who line the banks and fill the water with outboard motors at popular recreational spots, but if you own a fishing kayak, there can be no question that you wish to escape the raging crowd and find a quiet place to do a bit of angling.
If a state has water, it’s going to insist it has one of North America’s best fishing locations, whether that water is a river, a lake or a stream. For this reason, it can be a bit difficult to decide which place would make the best kayak fishing vacation.
Nothing is more disappointing than driving or flying four hundred miles only to discover your vacation choice is an invasion of water sport vacationers and weekend warriors.
At the top of the “ten best fishing spots”, you’ll invariably find Alaska taking first claim.
With over three million lakes and more than twelve thousand listed rivers and breath-taking miles of untouched wilderness, this isn’t very surprising. What is surprising is the number of people who focus in on one area alone to catch that prized salmon on the Kenai Peninsula.movie The BFG 2016 trailer
The Peninsula is a world class fishing area. It receives over one million visitors a year. In the summer, it becomes so packed, every campground is full, and fishermen line up on the banks for miles.
The kayak fisherman might have to navigate a long way on white water rapids to find an ideal and quiet fishing spot. If salmon isn’t your great expectation and you just want a quiet escape, any other area of Alaska will do. The rivers, lakes and streams are full of delicious dolly varden; nearly as large as salmon; grayling and twelve inch rainbow trout.
The Midwest boasts of 8,500 towns with populations of less than 20,000.
The region consists of twelve states in the north-central United States: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Ohio and Wisconsin. Lake Superior, Lake Michigan, Lake Huron and Lake Erie border Midwestern states.
The state of Minnesota known as ‘the land of 10,000 lakes’ actually downsizes its bragging rights. It contains 11,842 lakes that are over 10 acres in size. Four great rivers travel through the region; the Ohio, the Wabash, the Mississippi and the Missouri. The fishing consists of walleyes, bass, panfish, northern pike, and catfish.
The Yellowstone Park is extending open arms to anglers, although the caution that all boats, including inflatable rafts, require a boating permit at the cost of a very minimal five dollars for seven days for non-motorized vessels.
They also require a fishing permit of $18 for a three day stay or $40 for a seasonal permit; a very cheap price for your get-away vacation and one that supports the National Park Service. Major rivers include the Gibbon, championed by sports fishermen everywhere, Firehole River, Madison River, Snake River and Bechler River.
Yellowstone Lake is the largest body of water, and the largest fresh water lake above 7,000 feet in North America. Backcountry lakes include the Shoshone, Heart Lake, the Isa Lake, which is believed to be the only lake in the world to drain into two oceans backwards, Grebe Lake and Trout Lake. Hey! With a name like that, how could the kayak-fishing enthusiast possibly lose?
If you’re going east, young man, you might wish to try the Chattahoochee River.
With water temperatures rarely exceeding fifty degrees, Fahrenheit, the Chattahoochee is a year round fishing experience. A tributary of the Apalachicola River, the 430-mile river wanders through the Blue Ridge Mountains of Georgia, into Alabama and Florida, emptying out in the Gulf of Mexico. Considered a paradise for kayaking pleasure, the river is abundant with catfish, trout and bass.
In the hectic pace of American life style, with its teeming cities and busy people swamping favorite vacation spots, it sometimes feels frustrating to try and find a spot to get away from it all, but the back country is out there, sparkling with fresh water, winding rivers and abundant fishing streams. All you have to do is load up your kayak and find it.