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8 States with the Greatest Winter Fishing

great winter fishing states

These eight great winter fishing spots are a must try this year.

True fisherman know and understand that just because the seasons change, and the weather becomes colder doesn’t mean the fishing slows down. That’s why these eight great winter fishing states are dynamite this year.


Ice fishing states such as Minnesota draw avid fisherman from all over. If you don’t believe me just google “ice fishing Minnesota.” The renowned ice fishing state is know for walleye during the winter months.



Likewise, Michigan is another Midwestern state that boasts great ice fishing. If you ever get a chance, you should definitely go.


Florida winter fishing

Unless you’re from Florida or are an avid flounder fisherman most people don’t know that Florida is a great state to fish during the winter because of the flounder spawn. I personally fished with Capt. Adam Peeples of One Shot Charters, who says flounder fishing is some of his most favorite of the year.


Similarly, sea trout are a great option if you’re looking to fish the coastal waters of Texas this winter. It’s not uncommon to reel in eight to nine-pound speckled trout during the spawn.

North Carolina

Power plant lakes such as Lake Hyco in North Carolina are great winter bass fishing spots that are naturally warmed throughout the winter because of the steam electric plant.


By Jerry Kirkhart from Los Osos, CA. (Dungeness Crab)
By Jerry Kirkhart from Los Osos, CA. (Dungeness Crab)

Fish aren’t the only thing you can catch this winter. Dungeness crab are in season until Dec. 31 in the Seattle area. It’s worth trying something different; not to mention, they taste great.


Okay, so it’s not in the U.S., but Mexico is a great option to get away from the cold weather and participate in some great fishing over the winter months.


Halibut fishing in Alaska is certainly on my bucket list, but I’ll have to go when it’s not as cold. The state boasts some great halibut fishing in its waters.

Like what you see here? You can read more awesome hunting articles by Nathan Unger at the Bulldawg Outdoors blog. Follow him on Twitter @Bulldawgoutdoor and on Instagram @Bulldawgoutdoors.


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8 States with the Greatest Winter Fishing