⚠ Before you head to the water check the latest COVID-19 updates. We encourage you to follow CDC recommendations.
Places to Fish and Boat
Find out both where to fish and where to boat throughout the U.S. Use our interactive map to search for the best places to fish near you, the best places to boat, local fishing spots, localized fishing maps, including top spot fishing maps and fishing lake maps. In addition to learning where to boat and fish, learn more about species that can be caught in these bodies of water as well as places to buy fishing gear, licenses, equipment, and more. Watch this short video on how to use the map. Find out what are the best days and times to fish in our Best Times to Fish section.
Purchase a Fishing License
Fishing is a great way to bond with your family. But remember, before you go you need to purchase your fishing license and to check your state fishing regulations.
Register A Boat
By registering your boat, you are helping to protect your state’s aquatic natural resources. Make sure you know the boating laws for your state before you leave the dock.
Conservation Through Participation
You can help support and protect our aquatic natural resources by simply going fishing and boating. Buying a fishing license, respecting other anglers, practicing catch and release, being mindful of water conservation, keeping the environment around us clean and fishing responsibly are just some of the ways you can participate.
Responsible Fishing Starts With You
Learn more about how fish populations and habitats are managed, the connection between fishing and water quality, and the importance of fishing laws.