Planning a 2015 Fishing Vacation? Here are my Top five outdoors destiations

We're approaching the new year and usually what happens with that is our work places have employee's bid for the vacation dates for 2015.    That could be a tough decision especially when you may not be sure where you want to go on your next vacation.

Well, if you're thinking of a fishing vacation in 2015, here are my top five outdoor destiations that offer some great fishing.

Each of these destinations offer great lodging, dining, as well as fishing opportunities.   I've been to all of these locations many times and it's difficult to pick one over the other.  however, I'm lucky.  Even though I produce and host a TV show on the outdoors, I am to a degree retired.  So what I'm saying is that I can pick and choose where I go and when.   So for me, it's not entirely out of the question to visit each of these destinations in the spring, summer or fall.  And I have.

But to make it easier for you, I have a photo gallery here with pics of me, family and friends that will give you a taste of the fish that can be caught at each of my select locations.

I'm going to provide you here with a brief description of each destiation.  Not to show favorites, even though they all are, I'll put them in alphabetical order.

Alabama - Gulf Shoers/Orange Beach

This is a great early spring destination.  If you love to eat seafood, you'll find no better place than in Gulf Shores/Orange Beach.  Fishing can be in the Gulf , near shore, or inland.  The types of fish are numerous and you can fish off a pier if you don't want to be in a boat.

Illinois - Southern

Great fishing is not that far away.  With lakes like Rend, Lake of Egypt, Crab Orachard, Devil's Kitchen, Little Grassy and more, you can stay anywhere in southern Illinois and within less than an hour you can be catching bass, crappie or catfish.

New York - Niagara Area

Big water or moving rivers the New York area is actually a year round destination.  I really enjoy fishing the Niagara River.  You never know what you're going to catch, be it a smallmouth bass, a lake trout, steelhead, striper or catfish.  Everything is in there.  Lake Ontario is fun too.  This is where you can really catch some big big fish.   I've stayed in Lewiston New York at the Barton Hill Resort.  It's only yards away from the boat ramps on the river.  Great place and plenty of dining possibilities.  Yes you'll find real Buffalo wings here.

Wisconsin - Boulder Junction

With 194 lakes within 10 miles of town, you'll  have no problem finding a lake to fish.  Being the Muskie Capitol of the World, most all have muskies in there here in Boulder Junction.   Lodging is is plentiful as are family activities in this area week after week all year round.  My daughter's biggest walleye, a 28 inch, 7 pound 5 ounce monster was caught in front of the Wildcat Lodge from Big Kitten Lake.  If you see the photos of my daughter's fish in the gallery, you'll know why I stay at the Wildcat Lodge.

Wisconsin - Mercer

The Turtle Flambeau Flowage is the crown jewel of the Northwoods.  Smallmouth bass, muskie, walleye and panfish are abundant here.  There are many small lakes.  Miles and miels of ATV trails lead into and out of Mercer.  Numerous family events are held throughout the year and a visit in town offers all sorts of shopping experiences.  Dining and lodging opportunities are plentiful around area lakes and the flowage.  My resort of choice is Yago's Retreat on the shores of the Turtle Flambeau Flowage.


By clicking on the name of each of the destinations listed you can go to the websites of their local tourism bureaus or chambers.  They're always willing to help you with any questions on lodging, dining, fishing guides, etc.

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