- Lake St. Clair, Michigan
Known for being a "big fish" lake, St. Clair has a wide variety of game fish to pursue. Right now, Jim suggests focusing your efforts on both small and largemouth bass, walleye and muskie. With 275,000 acres of water and 130 miles of shoreline to explore, there is plenty of opportunity for fantastic fishing.
- Kentucky Lake, Kentucky
Kentucky Lake is a mainstem reservoir on the Tennessee River and the lowermost of nine reservoirs that come down the Tennessee River from eastern Tennessee. Jim highlights the plethora of freshwater species available in the eastern waters.
Texas has such great big bass fishing opportunities that not just one destination can cut it. Jim says anglers should set their sights on Lake Fork, a body of water known to produce massive 13 pound largemouths. He also suggests Lake Conroe, Choke Canyon Reservoir and Sam Rayburn Reservoir.
If you're more interested in doing some fly fishing, Colorado has a lot to offer. Jim says the Animas, San Juan and Piedra rivers are teeming with big 26 - 28 inch trout. To target them, he suggests fly fishermen throw an attractor fly like a Yellow Humpy or a Royal Coachman. For spin fishing, he recommends staying in the yellow color family and using a Panther Martin with gold blades.
Montana is Big Sky Country and also is a gift to anglers. Jim says anglers looking for a scenic and fun fishing trip should head to Livingston, Montana to fish the Yellowstone and Madison rivers, or head a little east to catch the Missouri River. Instead of fishing from the shore, Jim says fishing out of a drift boat is a fun and affordable experience where you can target big rainbows and brown trout and hone your skills with the faster pace of drift fishing.
Ending on the west coast, both the John Day and Rogue Rivers in Oregon provide a lot of opportunity for anglers targeting smallmouth bass, steelhead, rainbow trout, brown trout and more.
Now is the time to get out and stretch a line. Get your fishing license and spend some time on the water this summer.