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7 best national parks for fishing

By: Josh Lew on July 12, 2012, 3:05 p.m.
fisherman on ocean shore

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Olympic National Park

Trout and bass might be the top targets for fishermen visiting national parks with their rod and reel, but at Olympic National Park, most avid anglers are intent on hooking salmon. However, these long-distance-traveling fish, with their distinctly shaped mouths, are not the only species that will take a baited hook. With over 3,000 miles of streams, numerous freshwater lakes, and 73 miles of Pacific Coast shoreline, Olympic has an abundance of fishing options. Saltwater perch and Pacific cod are ocean-going species that are on the menu for those who want to try their luck in the Pacific. A special card is needed for catching salmon and steelhead trout, which populate the streams and lakes in Olympic's interior. Other trout species, such as rainbow and cutthroat, are found in streams throughout the park and are a favorite target for fly-fishers.