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Visit Top Fishing Spots Before Summer ends

Labor Day does not mean the end of summer vacations; in fact, it extends an invitation to visit top fishing and boating spots through late September. When the weather cools down the fishing action intensifies and here are some reasons to visit these places before the sun sets on summer. 

Easy to Find Top Fishing and Boating Spots
Do you know how to find a top fishing and boating spot? The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation released its 2016 Top 100 Places to Fish and Boat in the U.S. list. Don’t have the vacation time but plan to fish near your home? Chances are, a top fishing and boating spot is near you. The list has 29 states represented and includes state and national parks, wildlife refuges and recreational areas with Everglades National Park snagging the top spot for the second consecutive year. 

Challenge Yourself  
The last day of summer 2016 is Sept. 22 and according to the Farmer’s Almanac, mid September is best for fishing because of the new and full moons at the beginning and middle of the month. The moon influences tides in coastal areas and when there is more water during high tides, fish tend to feed longer. Air and water temperatures begin to cool down in September and many species of fish are transitioning for the fall by changing their feeding patterns to fatten up for winter. Fishing late afternoons and early evenings are usually best bets for landing a catch. These factors provide anglers with welcomed challenges of testing their abilities and trying new techniques in finding and catching fish.

Avoid the Crowds
Children have gone back to school and families typically do not vacation in September making it the perfect opportunity to get out and fish those top fishing and boating spots without the crowds, especially in popular national parks as Great Smoky Mountains and Yosemite National Park. Fewer angler and lines in the water mean a more peaceful and relaxed environment to fish and boat while and rejuvenating the soul.  

More Money to Spend on Fishing Tackle
Because there are fewer people fishing, boating and vacationing, chances are you will be paying less for lodging. You may be able to snag specials on dining and other activities, too. The money you save can be used to purchase fishing tackle and gear. 

Depending on which top fishing and boating spots you’ll be visiting, a freshwater or saltwater fishing license may be required, purchase your fishing license today.
Jennifer Huber

Jennifer Huber

A native of Western New York, Jennifer Huber lives in Southwest Florida after spending a decade working and living in Yellowstone, Death Valley and Everglades National Parks. She blogs about the outdoors and travel on solotravelgirl.com. Follow Jennifer on Twitter at @jenniferhuber and on Instagram at @jenniferhuber.