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7 best national parks for fishing

By: Josh Lew on July 12, 2012, 3:05 p.m.
dock and boats on Mount Desert Island

Photo: Gary Brownell/Flickr

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Acadia National Park

Maine's Acadia National Park is another National Park Service-run park that has both freshwater and saltwater fishing options. In the summer, salmon and trout congregate in freshwater lakes, as do largemouth and smallmouth bass. The ponds and lakes on Mount Desert Island are home to sizable populations of fish. A license is required for freshwater fishing, but not for fishing on the ocean. Saltwater species like mackerel, bluefish and striped bass are found in the coastal waters of the Atlantic. The rugged Maine coastline is one of Acadia's best traits. While it does not make fishing easy (casting is difficult from the sometimes slippery, craggy rocks), it certainly adds to the overall experience of fishing in this section of Maine.

National parks are a great choice for fishing. Of course, the bonus is the miles of trails, uninterrupted natural scenery, and each park's trademark landscapes or headlining natural feature. In short, these are great places for nature lovers and scenery seekers who want to fish amongst some of the most beautiful landscapes and waterways in the nation.