Do you have a partner, a relative, or a friend whose idea of relaxation is standing hip-deep in water? Maybe a quiet afternoon spent on a boat while they cast out their fishing line? Well, good news for all anglers out there. Warm weather is upon us and you know what that means. Time to take out the spin reels, pick up some bait, and load up the tackle box – because we’re going fishing! Anyone can easily learn how to fish at any age and it’s a great way to get together and enjoy the outdoors. Plus, it’s fun! Canada and the U.S. has a lot of lakes, and that means lots of fish! Come along as we show you some of the best destinations for an indulging angling adventure.
Big Bear Lake
Located 7,000 feet in the San Bernardino Mountains, the 7-mile lake is home to several different species of fish. Since the temperature here never gets too hot, its depths allow fish to thrive, even in the warmest part of summer. Rainbow trout is the most popular fish found here, but you can also expect to catch any of the typical lake fish: large and small-mouth bass, black crappie, bluegill, channel and blue catfish, carp, and a variety of pan-fish. One of the most popular shore fishing areas is on the North Shore, from the dam to the West Boat Ramp. Juniper Point, just west of the East Boat Ramp, is another popular spot. The Boulder Bay Park has a fishing dock and is a great place for families to play and fish from the shore.
Since it’s summer, time to chill out and soak up other endless summer fun in Big Bear Lake. The place is brimming with classic to cutting-edge aquatic sports like kayaking, wakeboarding, and parasailing. Thrill-seekers can fly above the lake in the unique Action Aqua Flights. For mellow activities, get onboard a replica of a pirate ship or paddle wheeler boat for a tour of Big Bear’s history, Hollywood movie sets, and celebrity homes.
This vast natural lake – which is more of a bayou – offers an out-of-this-world fishing experience, thanks to its beautiful cypress forest and emerald-hued shallow waters. It is loved by anglers of all stripes, and if you haven’t fished here before, consider taking one of the park’s guided canoe or pontoon boat tours to get a feel of the lake, or hire a local guide to show you the best spots to fish. Reelfoot Lake is known for its crappie and bluegill fishing, but anglers can find fish here year-round like catfish, bass, and bluegills. Being a flooded forest, navigate slowly and cautiously, especially near the lake’s edges for those fish that hide among the underwater trees.
Other than fishing, Reelfoot Lake boasts a nature center, boardwalk, numerous picnic facilities, playgrounds, and boat ramps. Plus, there are several festivals and special activities happening here throughout the year. You can also wander the hiking trails, do some birding, or explore the lake by boating.
Lake Fork & Canyon Lake
Texas is one of the most biologically diverse places, and the Lake Fork area is a prime example of that. Considered one of the premium bass fishing lakes in the world, Lake Fork holds an impressive 15 out of the 20 Texas fishing records. It’s known for sand bass, sunfish, yellow bass, gar, bowfin, and catfish. Lake Fork also serves as a reservoir and is a peaceful getaway located in Hopkins, Rains, and Wood counties, just 5 miles northwest of Quitman in east Texas, and 80 miles of Dallas. The lake has 315 miles of shoreline at a depth of 70 feet. With 80% of its natural standing timber still intact, Lake Fork is a fisherman’s paradise. Fishing activities take place throughout the year and are not affected by any season, but this area is so much more than a terrific fishing destination.
The local area has something for everyone in your family or group to enjoy. Dress up in camo and play paintball at The Forest Adventure or play golf at the Lake Fork Country Club that offers an 18-hole course with short links. Pack snacks or meals and have a picnic at the W.C. Swearingen Recreation Area that has BBQ pits and a playground. A short drive from your lake hideaway, Sulphur Springs Dairy Museum teaches about agriculture and farm life. Enjoy a day at Eagle Fest or do some shopping at the VF Factory Mall. There are several local restaurants that are close to the marinas, too.
Canyon Lake is considered an excellent bass fishing destination. This reservoir on the Guadalupe River, 16 miles northwest of Braunfels, Comal County, also has crappie, catfish, stripers, white bass, sunfish, and gar. The steep, rocky banks and submerged trees are primary targets for bass and crappie anglers. The generally clear water enhances topwater fishing during warmer months. 80 miles of shoreline provide plenty of places to wet a line and areas with access for fishing from the bank. You can enhance fishing opportunities from a variety of boats that are available for rent around the lake.
Being a hidden treasure of the Texas Hill Country, there are other activities to enjoy, too. There’s boating or sailing, all kinds of water sports, hiking, and much more. Some other attractions include Canyon Lake Dam, Canyon Lake Gorge, Canyon Lake Golf Club, Heritage Museum and Dinosaur Tracks.
Considered as one of the 5 Great Lakes in the U.S. and Canada, Lake Erie is the 4th largest lake in the country, and 13th in the world. It makes most of the northern boundary of Ohio and touches Michigan, Pennsylvania, New York, as well as Ontario. To many anglers, fishing here means steelhead, and for a good reason. The lake and its tributaries provide world-class steelhead fishery, but great fishing doesn’t stop there. Other game fish species include bass, walleye, perch, crappie, pickerel, and bluegill. Let’s not forget that a lake this size allows a myriad of boating opportunities as well. Erie fishing is a popular pastime that even hardy souls ice-fish on the lake in the middle of winter!
There are other activities and adventures, too. There are beaches, parasailing, animals and petting zoos, water slides and go-karts, and a haunted house. There’s also a public golf course and driving range, miniature golf and model trains, sailing adventures, and live entertainment!
The water surrounding Vancouver Island is known as a mecca for both salt and freshwater fishing in British Columbia. Hundreds of sparkling, crystal clear freshwater lakes and streams dot the island; both a fly fisherman’s and nature enthusiast’s dream. Massive halibut, salmon, sole, snapper, rockfish, lingcod, crab and prawns, are just some of the many species that you can try to catch here. The sportfishing, waterfront vacation rentals, the BC coast, and the many islands in the province draw anglers from around the world.
The Island is also home to beautiful beaches, breathtaking parks, and unique architecture. Explore the history and culture in Victoria, go hiking, bird-watching, or enjoy water sports in Tofino. Taste Nanaimo Bars and visit the Cathedral Grove in MacMillan Provincial Park. Some of the other major attractions include Butchart Gardens, Inner Harbour, Royal BC Museum, Cowichan Valley, Craigdarroch Castle, and Mt. Washington Alpine Resort.
If your idea of fishing is sitting back, relaxing, soaking up the rays, and enjoying the scenery, Okanagan Lake is perfect for you. Home of the Ogopogo and located in the beautiful Okanagan Valley, the lake stretches from Vernon, through Kelowna, and ends in Penticton. This 80-mile long lake is home to rainbow trout, kokanee, and burbot. It also provides great trolling and fly-fishing opportunities for the novice or seasoned veteran alike. Though you can fish here any time of the year, the best time to target the ‘Big One’ is from October to December.
If you’re looking for other things to do aside from fishing, Okanagan Lake is also known for its beaches. Many of them are equipped with playgrounds, concessions, and bathrooms. You can enjoy lots of water activities or explore the lake with boats of every kind for water enthusiasts. You can also hike Paul’s Tomb Trail at Knox Mountain or sip award-winning wines from over 40 local vineyards.
There’s never been a better time to take a fishing trip than summer! With great weather and tons of outdoor activities, Owner Direct Vacation Rentals is sure to find you a new favorite getaway and an accommodation to call your own during your trip. Teach your loved ones and friends the relaxing joys of a good day spent on the lake. Book your fishing trip lodging with Owner Direct today!