If you’re trying to plan a fishing trip this spring break, fly under the radar at these low-key destinations. Enjoy the bountiful fishing opportunities and the peace and serenity without the crowds.
#1: Lake Havasu, Arizona
While the party scene is taking over Myrtle Beach, fly in the opposite direction toward stunning Lake Havasu, Arizona. The lake is known as the unofficial personal watercraft capitol and is brimming with stripers, large and smallmouth bass, blue, channel and flathead catfish and panfish. It is known for its deep, clear waters and rock-faced ledges, many of which make a great perch for experience fly fishers.
#2: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
While your friends head for Panama City, travel over to Mexico’s Pacific side and visit Puerto Vallarta. Surrounded by the Sierra Madre Mountains, Puerto Vallarta is home to the Bay of Banderas, Mexico’s largest natural bay. Fishing in the bay and the open Pacific opens anglers up to a fantastic variety of exotic fish, such as the yellowtail tuna, mahi, red snapper, sailfish, wahoo and marlin. If you needed more convincing, the World Billfish Championship is held in Puerto Vallarta every December!
#3: South Padre Island, Texas
Get two-for-one fishing in South Padre Island, Texas. No passport required, you can access the Laguna Madre on one side of the island and the Gulf of Mexico on the other for a mixture of speckled trout, redfish, snook, red snapper, wahoo, mahi and tuna. Charters governing the Mexican waters allow liberal limits when catching, so you can fish the days away on this beautiful island!
#4: Orange Beach, Alabama
Gulf shore beaches are widely known for their beautiful white sand, but you might not know that they are also home to some great fly fishing. Jump on a boat, explore the pier or wade out into the gorgeous waters for a chance to catch some of the native Spanish mackerel, bull redfish (which have been known to weigh in between 15 – 20 pounds), vermillion and white snapper, triggerfish and amberjack. If you’re out on a boat, you may also see dolphins surrounding your vessel or accidentally get your line caught on a sea turtle!
#5: Chesapeake Bay, Maryland
Get an early morning start on Chesapeake Bay or the Potomac River to fish for their famous spawning striped bass. Known for specimens that can weigh up to 50 pounds, Chesapeake Bay is far away from the crowded parties of traditional spring break.