Not your year for a fly-in fishing adventure? Don’t worry, there’s plenty of other angling action to be had all across this vast, diverse country—complete with an impressive network of roadways showing the way. To map out the very best drive-to destinations, we asked our field editors, contributors and staff to share their favourites, from often-overlooked hometown waters to places so remote they resemble fly-in lakes. The result: 87 hot spots in all, most of which have never before appeared in.
Of course, the following guide is only meant to help you start planning your fishing road trip—for more information and angling advice, be sure to consult local tourism authorities and the suggested contacts that follow. Otherwise, all you need is a set of wheels, a good map, your tackle and a sense of adventure. Drive safe!