Six National Parks With Exceptional Fishing

This year marks the 100th anniversary of America’s National Park Service. Celebrate the century mark by hooking into a trophy at one of these six road-trip-worthy park destinations.

Want to enjoy your best summer ever? Then load up your car with tackle and camping gear for an unforgettable fishing road trip. We've dreamed up seven D.I.Y. road trips—all packed with amazing country, great food, and out-of-this-world fishing. You can send us a thank-you postcard from the road.

Travel to any of these six National Treasures to enjoy gorgeous scenery and world-class fishing at one of our national parks.

Yellowstone

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The Gallatin, the Madison, the Firehole, and the Yellowstone itself: The list of rivers coursing through America’s crown-jewel park reads like a fly bum’s bucket list.

Black Canyon of the Gunnison

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The killer descent and brutal hike out ensure you’ll have the Gunnison River—and its healthy population of browns and rainbows—to yourself.

Dry Tortugas

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Grouper, barracuda, permit, snapper, and tarpon are among this maritime park’s saltwater attractions. The only caveat: You’ll need a boat or floatplane to get here.

Great Smoky Mountains

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Traffic at the most-visited national park can be an absolute nightmare, but secluded fishing spots abound for anglers willing to hike away from the trailheads.

Voyageurs

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This system of lakes and rivers in northern Minnesota offers a whole summer’s worth of water to explore, whether you choose to pilot a houseboat or paddle a canoe.

Rocky Mountain National Park

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A long hike into a high mountain lake is the best bet for hooking a rare greenback cutthroat trout. Bring plenty of grasshopper patterns.

Photographs: Alamy