How to find good fishing spots near you

By Alycia Downs

Aug 10, 2020

It’s time to mix up your usual old routine and try out some new local fishing spots. Here are ideas for tracking down some good fishing spots near you. 

If you’re looking to mix up your usual fishing routine, this post is for you. Oftentimes, we stick to our “go-to” good fishing spots whether out of habit, predictability, or some unique perk (like onsite restrooms or your fave restaurant nearby!), but when’s the last time you tried somewhere new?

It’s time to shake things up and add a little adventure to your summer to-do list. Trying new places can challenge your mind and awaken your senses that tend to go dormant when you fall into a mindless routine. Chances are, there are many local fishing spots near you that you have yet to discover for yourself. Here are some ideas for tracking down those good fishing spots.

Start by checking out our interactive Places to Fish and Boat map powered by FishBrain. You’ll find localized fishing maps, what species you can catch, best times to fish, where to buy gear or fishing licenses, and more. The map also marks other points of interests such as boat ramps, marinas, and bait shops for your convenience.

To get even more specific, go where other local fishy folk hang out. Social media groups or online forums are common areas for sharing knowledge, local fishing spots, tips, and photos. You can also ask your local bait and tackle shop for intel—perhaps one of the best resources for real-time local knowledge like no internet search can provide.

You could check into listings on your state outdoor agency’s website or simply do it the old school way—take a road trip! Drive around your town until you stumble across good fishing spots that interest you. Expand your horizons outside of your usual routine and you’ll have no shortage of new, fun things to do outside this summer. Tight lines and good fishing!

Alycia Downs
Alycia Downs
Alycia Downs is a freelance content creator and avid sportsman who contributes to numerous publications promoting tourism, fishing, and outdoors. Alycia is a member of the Florida Outdoor Writers Association and is actively involved with conservation and fishing non-profit organizations. Visit her personal blog at or on Instagram @tideandtale.