Although you won't catch boatloads of fish in urban Lakes Murray and Dixon, there's a chance for the trophy of a lifetime. Lake Perris was once the best spotted bass fishery in California, but largemouths have since taken over. Nos. 2, 3, 5, and 7 on the biggest bass list have come from Castaic Lake, where you'll land a lot of 2- to 6-pound largemouths and maybe a good striper or two. Conventional >
Start in Traverse City, go east to Grayling, then north to the U.P. Head west to Curtis, Seney, and Escanaba, then loop back.