Top destinations for your fishing road trip in the USA

Summer means vacation time and many boaters and anglers are preparing for the “open road”. In addition to making sure the road is actually “open” rather than “closed for construction”, there are a few things you need to consider before you fish it out of your driveway. For example, where to go on your fishing trip.

A fishing trip can be defined as a fishing trip that covers enough distance to require a stop (or two) at a supermarket to fish for road trip foods like honey buns, coffee, fries, jerks, or pops. Many fishermen might include the need for a selection of “tunes” to make this an authentic fishing road trip. An overnight stay is not required; Numerous local fishing spots become worthy destinations. However, here are some states with great local fishing spots that I’m including as fishing options:

South carolina

Throw a bait hook in the surf and you just never know what might pick it up.


I have to settle for a massive largemouth bass in east Texas.


Pike and steel head, baby!


This is Trout Central and there are some surprising bonus fish out there.

North Dakota

You won’t believe the pikeperch fish in some of their lakes.

If the fishing vessel is piled high, consider protective rod tubes. There are cool models out there, but you can save money by building one out of PVC pipe. Try not to overpack bait and equipment. “Do your homework” and do research online on state fishing. However, if you have the room, as a fisherman once said to me, “it is better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it”.

And go through your safety checklists before fishing trips. For the vehicle: tires, liquids, etc. For your boat: trailer lights, spare tire, whistle, etc. For you and your guests: life jackets, additional rain ponchos, emergency papers to prevent fishing tickets (fishing permits), etc.

Where do you try local fishing spots on your next fishing trip?

You might like it too

Andy Whitcomb

Andy is an outdoor writer ( and stressed-out dad has contributed over 380 blogs to since 2011. Born in Florida but raised on the banks of farm ponds in Oklahoma, he now hunts pike, small bass and steelhead in Pennsylvania. After graduating with a degree in zoology from OSU, he worked in fish hatcheries and as a fisheries research technician at OSU, in the US state of Iowa and the US state of Michigan.

Comments are closed.