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All about fishing in America

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Throughout this website you can find information about fresh water fishing opportunities in all 50 states. The site focuses primarily on lake fishing, but also provides some information about fishing in rivers and streams. You can choose to locate information by species, using the images or species name below. Or, begin your search by clicking state names at the bottom of this column to see information about fishing for all species in a given state.

Fishing for bass

Largemouth Bass

Largemouth bass fishing

Bigmouth bass are the most sought after sport fish and can be found in all states except AK and HI.

Smallmouth Bass

Smallmouth bass fishing

Native to northern waters but can be found in all state except Alaska and Hawaii.

Spotted Bass

Spotted bass fishing

Found in 23 states, primarily in the southern and eastern region of the United States.

Shoal Bass

Shoal bass fishing

Found in Florida and Georgia. Also in some Alabama waters but is catch and release only.

Redeye Bass

Redeye bass fishing

Native to the Coosa River system redeye are found in FL, GA, NC, SC and TN

Fishing for catfish

Channel Catfish

Channel catfish fishing

Most popular of the catfish is available in all but five states.

Flathead Catfish

Flathead catfish fishing

Grows to over 100 pounds and exists in two thirds of the states.

Blue Catfish

Blue catfish fishing

The biggest species of catfish in the US and available in more than half the states.

White Catfish

White catfish fishing

Resides in one third of the states in backwaters and muddy ponds.

Fishing for crappie

Black Crappie

Black crappie fishing

The larger of the two crappies, it is found in all but two states.

White Crappie

White crappie fishing

Also found in all states other than Alaska and Hawaii.

Fishing for walleye


Walleye Fishing

This great tasting, white meat fish is found in three fourths of the states.

Fishing for panfish


Bluegill fishing

The most popular of all panfish is found in all the United States.

Flier Sunfish

Flier sunfish fishing

Found in less than ten states in the southeast sector of the country.

Green Sunfish

Green sunfish fishing

Found in over half the states, the green sunfish grows to over 2 lbs.

Hybrid Sunfish

Hybrid sunfish fishing

Grows to over two pounds and found in more than a dozen states.

Longear Sunfish

Longear sunfish fishing

Found in seven states in the southern/eastern sectors of the US.

Pumpkinseed Sunfish

Pumpkinseed sunfish fishing

One third of the states harbor these sunfish which prefer coldish waters.

Redbreast Sunfish

Redbreast sunfish fishing

Less than ten states house this hefty sunfish with very colorful males.

Redear Sunfish

Redear sunfish fishing

One of the larger panfish, the redear is available in about half the states.

Rock Bass

Rock bass fishing

Generally under three pounds, rock bass are found in half the states.

Soptted Sunfish

Spotted sunfish fishing

Found in less than ten states, they rarely exceed one-half pound.


Tilapia fishing

This plant-eating sunfish is only found in a half-dozen states.


Warmouth fishing

Located in almost half the states, the warmouth grows to over two pounds.

White Bass

White Bass fishing

The largest of US sunfish, white bass tend to travel in schools.

White Perch

White perch fishing

Excellent tasting sunfish which grows to over four pounds.

Yellow Bass

Yellow bass fishing

This schooling fish averages less than one-half pound.

Yellow Perch

Yellow perch fishing

The second most popular sunfish grows to well over three pounds.

Fishing for trout

Rainbow Trout

Rainbow trout fishing

Great tasting and swims in chilly waters in all but a few states.

Cutthroat Trout

Cutthroat trout fishing

A favorite in almost twenty states the cutthroat grows to over forty pounds.

Brook Trout

Brook trout fishing

The brook is found in cold streams and creeks in nearly forty states.

Brown Trout

Brown trout fishing

Found in over forty states this fighter is a favorite of many trout anglers.

Lake Trout

Lake trout fishing

The largest of the trouts, lake trout can exceed seventy pounds.

Golden Trout

Golden trout fishing

Found in limited western states the golden is the smallest of the trouts.

Fishing for salmon

Atlantic Salmon

Atlantic salmon fishing

Found in over a dozen states, it grows to around eighty pounds.

Chinook Salmon

Chinook salmon fishing

Less than ten states sport the chinook grows to over 30 pounds.

Chum Salmon

Chum salmon fishing

Found in AK, OR and WA the chum is aka dog salmon and blue backs.

Coho Salmon

Coho salmon fishing

This popular salmon grows to around thirty pounds.

Kokanee Salmon

Kokanee salmon fishing

These landlocked sockeye salmon seldom reach ten pounds.

Pink Salmon

Pink salmon fishing

Found in AK and WA the pink salmon grows to over a dozen pounds.

Sockeye Salmon

Sockeye salmon fishing

Averaging five to six pounds, the sockeye is found in AK, ID and WA.

Fishing for striped bass

Striped Bass

Striper fishing

Landlocked stripers can exceed sixty pounds and reside in forty states.

Fishing for steelhead

Steelhead Fishing

Steelhead fishing

These sea-run rainbow trout are found in less than ten states.

Fishing for other species

Alligator Gar

Alligator gar fishing

Found primarily in southeastern states this gar comes in large sizes.


Bowfin fishing

Great fighter but poor tasting the bowfin prefers warmer waters.

Chain Pickerel

Chain pickerel fishing

Less than ten pounds with nasty teeth, they eat any smaller fish.

Longnose Gar

Longnose gar fishing

Grows to over twenty pounds and lives in close to half the states.


Muskie fishing

Lives in northern, cooler waters and grows to over sixty pounds.

Northern Pike

Northern pike fishing

Native to cold water in the north, they now reside in over forty states.


Paddlefish fishing

Bring heavy tackle as these guys grow to over six hundred pounds.


Sauger fishing

Found in over a dozen mid-western states, they are excellent table fare.


Saugeye fishing

Mix of sauger and walleye are also found in over a dozen states.

Spotted Gar

Spotted gar fishing

Up to ten pounds, it is found in the Mississippi River drainage system.


Sturgeon fishing

Found in nine states, this prehistoric fish grows to monster size.

Tiger Muskie

Tiger muskie fishing

More than half the states house them and they grow to over fifty pounds.

By clicking on the images and links above, you will be taken to a page offering more information about the selected species. Find information about the life cycle and tips on how to locate and catch them. Each page also provides links to state pages which provide a list of lakes where that particular species can be found.

The state list below directs you to information about fishing, by state.

Fishing opportunities in each state.

Fishing Boat Rentals

In addition to our fishing information, there are some miscellaneous species, which we do not cover in this website that may be of interest to some anglers, in some states. If you wish to see information on any of these species, submitting an article would be the best way for us to add them to our site.

Unique fishing opportunities, by species and state.