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5 Family Friendly Places with Amazing Fishing

Few of us go on enough fishing trips, but taking the family to one of these five places will help.

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1. Mammoth Lakes, California

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Mammoth Lakes is famous for its skiing, but Mammoth is not just a ski resort. In addition to the plethora of summertime activities, Mammoth and the Eastern Sierras are famous for fishing. The large number of rivers and lakes offer endless opportunity for anglers.

  • Hot Creek has 11,000 trout per mile, more than any other in trout stream in California. It hosts diverse bug life so you will need a variety of flies to allow you to match the hatch. Because of its proximity to the city center and its fame it can be crowded. But don’t let that deter you from fishing this iconic water as the volcanic scenery makes it worthwhile.
  • The Upper Owens is a classic spring creek that is groundwater fed and meanders through grassy meadows. It’s big undercut banks can hold some large rainbows and browns, so remember to bring some streamers.
  • The Middle and Lower Owens are boxed in by thick brush-lined banks. The best way to access the trout here is by drift boat or pontoon.
  • Crowley is one of the most well-known trout lakes in the country. On opening day, thousands of anglers come out to wet a line. Easily accessed from the highway, there are boat rentals, float tubes are allowed, and you can fish from shore.
  • Convict Lake is deep and holds some big fish. Set against steep mountains, it is picturesque and a little more off the beaten path.

The family will love swimming, picnicking, horseback riding, biking, hiking, and boating. Choose from the handful of good restaurants for dining out and even get in some golf, there is truly something to do for everyone.

Who to fish with:

Performance Anglers Guide Service

The Troutfitter

2. Destin, Florida

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  • World class bottom fishing routinely fills the ice chest with snapper, grouper, and amberjack.
  • Local bays are full of redfish and speckled trout.
  • The action inshore for king mackerel, mahi mahi, and wahoo is non-stop.
  • You can go offshore and put yourself to the test on big tuna, white marlin, and sailfish.

Destin, on Florida’s Emerald Coast, is loved by tourists for its weather, shopping, restaurants, world class resorts, and fine soft sand beaches. The whole family will enjoy the shops and restaurants on the boardwalk.

Who to fish with:

Sea Horse Charters 

Panhandle Fishing Charters 

3. Boulder, Colorado  

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  • Boulder Creeks headwaters start in the Continental Divide where they fill Barker Meadow Reservoir, the tailwater downstream that provides year-round fishing. It has big caddis hatches, making dry flies your best bet for healthy brown trout and scrappy rainbows with an occasional brook trout in the mix. It flows right through town so you don’t have to go far to do some fishing.
  • The headwater section and tailwater section of the Big Thompson River provide great opportunities to catch both rainbows and browns that often top 15″. The key is small flies, #16 and smaller, but due to its proximity to Boulder and Denver it can be crowded.
  • Gross Reservoir is a cold water lake, somewhat rare for the area. Trout are the primary species and can be caught wading kayak and canoeing as no other form of boating is allowed.
  • Largerman Reservoir is 116 acres with easy access for walking the shore and wading. It has excellent carp fishing.

Anything outdoors is popular in Boulder and you and the family can go hiking, rock climbing, and mountain biking. You can also enjoy the areas great microbrews, dining, shopping, and art galleries. Of particular note are the WOW! Childrens Museum, Fiske Planetarium, and the 10-week free concert series Bands on the Bricks.

Who to fish with:

Front Range Anglers

Joe Shafer Fly Fishing LLC

4. Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

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What family would say “no” to a Hawaii vacation?

  • In Kailua-Kona, the unique geography protects the ocean from wind and storms resulting in calm seas. The ocean quickly drops off to 6000′ deep bringing the big pelagic species close to shore.
  • The target game fish are the typical offshore species like billfish, tuna, mahi mahi, and wahoo.
  • A variety of bottom fish can be found inshore.

You will love the fishing and the whole family will enjoy the pristine beaches, boat tours, snorkeling, biking, camping, surf lessons, zip-line, helicopter tours, Kona coffee tasting, and the petroglyph tours.

Who to fish with:

Waiopai Sport Fishing Charters

Foxy Lady Sportfishing 

5. Ocean City, Maryland

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  • Head offshore for quality white marlin, blue marlin, yellowfin tuna, bluefin tuna, big eye tuna, wahoo, and mahi mahi fishing.
  • Spend time inshore for fast and furious action on bluefish, sea bass, rockfish, and flounder.
  • Fish in the White Marlin Open, the world’s largest billfish tournament.

In Ocean City, there is great fishing for family members of any age and skill level. The Ocean City Boardwalk is also a great non-fishing activity and nighttime destination with shops and restaurants. Other activities sure to delight the family are the water parks, boat tours, stand up paddle-boarding, kayaking, biking, Coastguard Museum, parasailing, and golf.

Who to fish with:

Rhonda’s Osprey

Game Changer

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