Although some regions of the USA allow year-round trout fishing (often with catch-and-release stipulations), the real season peaks around May. Unlike the United Kingdom where most trout waters are private, the best trout fishing in the USA is open to the public and located in easily accessible areas. This makes it an ideal outing for avid sportsmen and women as well as families and non-competitive anglers.
The Best Trout Fishing Towns In The USA
- Roscoe, New York: Known as Trout Town USA, Roscoe is as well known for it’s fantastic wild rainbow and brown trout as it’s impressive literary history. The main rivers, Beaverkill and Willowemoc, flow through the town, making this a scenic and interesting spot for fishing.
- Glenwood Springs, Colorado: Located at the junction of The Roaring Fork and Colorado Rivers, this town offers gold-medal waters and dramatic canyons without the price tag of Aspen. With its great climate and diverse fishing spots, this is a peaceful escape.
- West Yellowstone, Montana: For scenery, there’s no place quite like the wilderness of Yellowstone as a fishing backdrop. With some of the best trout fishing in the world and a town fitted out with everything a fisherman needs, it offers anglers a beautiful and challenging take on the sport.
- Lander, Wyoming: A fairly wind-free and sunny area filled with trout streams, Lander’s mountain lakes offer golden trout, rainbows, browns and brook trout. With it’s remote location and small size, this town is an escape into the Rockies ,away from the hustle and bustle.
- Fort Smith, Montana: Home to some of the biggest brown trout on record, you can expect to see sizes of up to 20-inches and more in these waters. This town’s waters are quieter than many of the high-demand areas in Montana and The Bighorn River offers beautiful scenery in addition to great fishing.
Wherever you decide to base your trout fishing holiday, check the local state departments for local seasons and licensing requirements.
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