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7 Best Cities to Live in If You’re an Avid Angler [PICS]

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Whether you prefer freshwater or saltwater, bustling cities or quiet ones, here are 7 of the best places to live if fishing is your passion.

Cities are not all created equal. If you are an avid angler and are looking to move, here are the best fishing cities in America.

1. San Diego, CA

Looking for prime fishing pretty much year round, and prime weather to match? Then sunny San Diego is the place for you. San Diego has one of the largest sportfishing fleets in the world, and offshore anglers can catch a wide variety of fish, including yellowtail and rockfish year round, along with bluefin, albacore, big eye, yellowfin, bonito, dolphin, and mako sharks.

Freshwater anglers have their choice of [many] lakes to fish, where they can catch sturgeon, trout, catfish, carp, and crappie. Prefer to keep two feet on the ground (sort of)? Pier fishing can be equally as successful, and you can catch halibut, sheephead, rockfish, calico bass, croaker, and white sea bass.

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2. Seattle, WA

Want to live on the west coast, but California isn’t really your style? Check out Seattle. There’s a reason why Pike Place fish market has been around for so many years.

Head out into the sound and take on the brisk saltwater fisheries to catch halibut, cod, salmon, or dungeness crabs, or head to the surrounding rivers and catch rainbow trout, bass, crappie, catfish, and all 5 types of salmon.  You don’t even have to live in the city – buy a houseboat instead, and stay close to the water at all times!

Seattle Photo Blog
Seattle Photo Blog

3. Charleston, SC

Situated on the salty lowcountry coast of South Carolina, Charleston offers an incredible variety of fishing for anglers of all types. Whether you want to live on the Peninsula, or are drawn to more rural areas like Johns Island, Charleston can satisfy both city- and country-dwelling anglers year-round.

Within the multitude of marshes, creeks, channels, and outer sandbars, you have dozens of choices when it comes to your angling style. Flyfish for sea trout and bull reds in the flats, gig flounder up in the creeks, or head to the jetties chasing cobia and the elusive tarpon. Deep water more your style? Head offshore towards the Gulf Stream to catch grouper, snapper, mackerel, tuna, wahoo, dolphin, sailfish, and marlin.

In fact, it was between Charleston and Georgetown that I caught my first blue marlin. Still need convincing? Let Conde Nast convince you.

Charleston SC Photo Blog 

4. Miami, FL

Ahh, Miami. I can’t help but sing a little Will Smith every time someone mentions the name, I am [not so] ashamed to admit. What should actually come to mind first is the excellent fishing.

With their Bahamian-esqe waters, the saltwater flats attract anglers from all over, looking to hook a sneaky tarpon or prized bonefish on the fly. Perhaps even a snook from the beach? Don’t mind if I do. Similar to Charleston, it’s easy to ride out offshore towards the Gulf Stream, where anglers can find an abundance of sailfish, marlin, and swordfish.

There are also a great many lakes and canals in the Miami area, rich with bluegill, catfish, sunfish, largemouth bass, and peacock bass. You may even find a stray tarpon or snook in those canals. Sounds like a great spot to me.

Miami Fishing

5. Bozeman, MT

Maybe the coast isn’t your thing. Hey, to each their own. If you prefer the glorious mountains and pristine rivers of the west, then Bozeman is calling your name.

A stone’s throw (or fly cast) from the Gallatin River, Yellowstone River, and Hyalite Reservoir, you’ll find some of the best trout fisheries in the world. Whether you cast from the bank, wade out into the streams, or cover the river in a drift boat, Bozeman and its breathtaking views are a flyfisher’s paradise.

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6. Quitman, TX

The old (and very familiar) saying everything’s bigger in Texas can definitely be overused, I admit. But, at the risk of sounding more cliche than I’d like, I’ve got to tell you about the bass in Quitman, Texas.

On Lake Fork, that adage definitely rings true for the largemouth bass. With bragging rights that include 65% of the state’s 50 largest bass, including the state record, caught in Lake Fork, your chances of catching some epic largemouth bass are pretty good.

Flooded timber ensures that the lake is prime habitat (27,000 acres, to be exact) for the largemouth, along with white bass, catfish, crappie, and sunfish. When the Texan summers get too hot, night fishing for these big boys will bring success as well.

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7. Detroit, MI

I know. Not a city you’d expect, right? Detroit actually has incredible fishing for a place that most people associate with urban industry, particularly on the Detroit River, which connects Lake St. Clair and Lake Erie.

Find yourself a spot on Lake St. Clair to make your home, and you’ll have year-round fishing close at hand. Springtime brings the famed walleye, followed in quick succession by epic smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, and monstrous muskies (which feed on smallmouth bass, I have recently learned).

If you think the frigid winter months will put a stop to your angling adventures, think again. You can catch yellow perch and panfish beneath the thick ice. Just don’t end up in the freezing water, yourself!

US Army Corps of Engineers
US Army Corps of Engineers

Well, there you have it – seven of the best cities to live in if you’re an avid angler. Even if you aren’t, I bet you’re seriously considering it now, huh?

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7 Best Cities to Live in If You’re an Avid Angler [PICS]