Fishing is a popular pastime in the Northeastern United States, and for good reason. With its vast array of lakes, rivers, and coastal areas, the region offers a wide variety of species and fishing conditions. From the deep waters of Cape Hatteras to the rocky shores of Rhode Island, there are plenty of spots to cast your line. In this article, we'll take a look at five of the best fishing spots in the Northeast.
Bobbossee Contee Lake, Maine is one of the largest lakes in Maine and is located in northwestern Connecticut. It drains approximately 600 m and is home to a variety of fish species. The Savage River is another great spot for trout fishing. This 30-mile-long river lies entirely within the Savage River watershed and flows south 53 miles through New Hampshire before emptying into the Kennebec River.
The last 5 miles of this river, below the Savage River Dam, is where the Deerfield River begins. This popular Bay State tailed river originates in Vermont and flows into Massachusetts at Monroe. Fishing is more productive from April to December. The Outer Banks of North Carolina are a 140-mile-long strip of barrier islands with several major rivers and sounds.
This area is close to the Gulf Stream and is one of the most important sailing areas on the East Coast. The coast is home to a variety of coastal boats and offers excellent fishing opportunities for red drum (sea bass), sea trout, blue fish, marlin, tuna, horse mackerel, and albacore. When winter arrives, fishermen from all over the world come to the Northeast to try their hand at ice-fishing for pike, bass, blue gall, and several other species. Lake Chauncy in Massachusetts is relatively small at 177 acres but its limited size may favor the fisherman since it is easier to find good holes.
Be sure to get out early when you go ice fishing on Lake Chauncy. Lake Bashan's brown trout is another great spot for ice fishermen with a real knack for finesse. The Connecticut Department of Conservation stocks this 273-acre lake every year with trout and perch, making it ideal for anglers new to ice fishing. Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire may seem insignificant next to Champlain but it's actually a beast in its own right with more than 44,000 acres.
It's known among ice fishermen for having a huge white perch which normally weighs more than 16 ounces. Kids and new ice fishermen will love fast fishing here or they can put their ice fishing skills to the test by chasing the lake's large population of sea bass. The Deerfield River in Massachusetts is another great spot for classic trout fishing. This stretch of river has become a blue flag tourist destination that offers excellent fishing opportunities for large brown trout and rainbow trout including fish in the 12- to 18-inch class.
Finally, Buffalo in New York has exceptional bass fishing in both Lake Erie and the Niagara River. With its shallow plains, nearby Gulf Stream, reefs and wrecks, this area offers diverse opportunities for a wide range of boating and fishing activities.