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7 best national parks for fishing

By: Josh Lew on July 12, 2012, 3:05 p.m.
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Voyageurs National Park

Voyageurs National Park sits in northern Minnesota, near the Canadian border. This is an obvious destination for fish-seekers because it is covered by lakes. Unlike many of the other fish-heavy parks in this list, however, fishing in Voyageurs requires a boat. The park has four larger lakes (the biggest, Rainy Lake, has more than 900 miles of shoreline) and innumerable smaller bodies of water. The fish population in these lakes is quite diverse, with northern pike, walleyes, muskies, small and largemouth bass, and “pan-fish” (like perch and bluegills) found in most lakes. Travel here does not require a powerful motorboat, or even any sort of propeller power at all. Canoes are a popular nonmotorized form of transportation and can be used to traverse the various lakes. Even the frigid winter can't stop anglers at Voyageurs, where ice fishing is a popular activity during the short days of the coldest season.