Top Destinations for Your Fishing Road Trip in U.S.

Summer means vacation time and many boaters and anglers are preparing to hit the “open road.” Besides making sure that the road is, in fact, “open” and not “closed for construction,” there are several things to consider before fish-tailing it out your driveway. Like where to go on your fishing road trip, for instance.

A fishing road trip can be defined as any fishing trip which involves covering long enough distance to require a stop (or two) to a convenience store for fishing road trip food such as honeybuns, coffee, chips, jerky, or a pop. Many fishermen may include the need for a selection of “tunes” for this to be an authentic fishing road trip. An overnight stay is not required; numerous local fishing spots will make worthy destinations. However, here are a few states with great local fishing spots that I include as options for where to fish:

South Carolina

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


I have a score to settle with some massive largemouth bass in eastern Texas.


Pike and steelhead, baby!


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

North Dakota

You won’t believe the walleye fishing in some of their lakes.

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

And before any fishing trips, go over your safety checklists. For the vehicle: tires, fluids, etc.  For your boat: trailer lights, spare trailer tire, whistle, etc.  For you and your guests: lifejackets, extra rain ponchos, emergency fishing ticket prevention papers (fishing licenses), etc.  

Where are you trying local fishing spots in your next fishing road trip?

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Andy Whitcomb

Andy Whitcomb

Andy Whitcomb is a columnist, outdoor humorist, and stressed-out Dad. He says there are “people who fish”… and there are “fishermen”.  One of the few things he knows is that he is a “fisherman”…  To the point it could be classified as borderline illness.  Sharing this obsession is rewarding, therapeutic. He likes to encourage people to “stop and smell the crappie.”  Enjoys catching fish, but gets a greater thrill out of helping someone else hook up.

Born in Florida, but raised on the banks of Oklahoma farm ponds. Now relocated to western Pennsylvania. He has fished, worked, lived all around the US.  He has a B.S. in Zoology from Oklahoma State as well…

And he met his wife while electrofishing. He has been contributing weekly to since 2011.   


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