It is difficult to talk about fishing in the USA without referring to Robert Redford’s hugely successful film on the subject: and in the middle flows a river, a classic for amateurs. For many Americans, this Leisure is a real art of living. There are more than 40 million anglers in the United States! A real national sport. From Lake Michigan, Wyoming, to uncharted rivers like The Beaver River in Pennsylvania, this tradition remains sacred, with a strong penchant for fly fishing. The United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) strictly monitors smuggling, abuses, and compliance with legislation. As a result, the fauna and flora of the preserved areas continue, from generation to generation, to unfold and delight the amateurs of wild nature. A word of advice: be in order! And above all, enjoy all the beauties of the American way: canyons, coasts, and cliffs, rivers with impressive Rapids, peaceful lakes in their pine box. Many fishing trips are organized from France. It’s the perfect place to stay clean. Due to its geographical position and its surface area, the USA is a territory of choice for lovers of large spaces, beautiful landscapes, calm and rivers full of fish! Freshwater fishing in streams, rivers, and lakes is the most common. The most popular places are the West Coast with the Rockies, Lake Michigan, the Yellowstone and mythical rivers like Henry’s Fork or Missouri. Florida is also known for its sport and recreational fishing, often in boats. The area of Fort Myers-Sanibel and its archipelago offers a little fishing paradise. Countless bays, coves, picturesque calques, mangroves, and other estuaries await you. The Florida pompano, the tarpon, the Spanish mackerel, the cobia, and many others take the bait.
- Tarpon fishing in Boca Grande
The tarpon with which one comes to measure oneself in the USA is the tarpon of the Atlantic (Megalops Atlantics). This tremendous warm sea fish lives mainly in the lagoons of the Atlantic coast of Latin America and the USA. Adult, 70 to 180 kg for a maximum height of 2.5 m. It is thought that its longevity can exceed 50 years. It has a sizeable silvery body with large scales, large eyes, and a mouth with a prominent lower jaw. The presence of a whip distinguishes the dorsal fin. It is a voracious predator that feeds on fish and crustaceans and hunts them near coastal islands where it can be seen swimming on the surface or jumping out of the water. Larvae develop in tidal marshes or estuaries. The tarpon is also distinguished by its ability to breathe at the surface thanks to its gas bladder connected to the esophagus. Oxygen can be exchanged through the bloodstream. The tarpon is very sought after for the sporting side of its fishing. When he feels the hook, he propels himself out of the water and launches into a struggle that often ends in his favor. It is particularly sought after for fly fishing. On the other hand, its flesh, which is ridged with bones, is hardly approachable. In the 18th century, tarpon fishing was already a popular sport, played by hand-line or harpoon fishing. So popular that stock was threatened! In 1953, Florida introduced a quota of two tarpons per day per fisherman and banned their trade. In 1989, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission ordered the purchase of a “ring” costing $ 50 for any tarpon brought ashore. Since 1997, the number of tarpons killed in Florida has been less than 100 per year. The peak fishing season is in April, May, and June, when thousands of tarpons converge on the Boca Grande Pass and the reefs off Sanibel Island and Fort Myers. For a few months, the region becomes world capital of the tarpon! Many fishing competitions are organized and rewarded with prizes, some of which represent vast sums of money. Most fishers are amateurs using the services of an experienced guide who will provide them with the boat, equipment, baits, decoys, and license.
Located in the northwestern United States, in the middle of the Rocky Mountains-an average elevation of 2,300 Meters-Yellowstone National Park straddles the states of Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho. 100 km long, 90 km wide, it is one of our most beautiful terrestrial paradises. The scenery is magnificent, the beautiful rivers (4,000 km cross the park!) and Trout of lovely size. The four species most present in the park: the combative Rainbow, the cutthroats, “cut gorges,” because they have two red marks at the throat. They are not as bright as the rainbow, but they are lovely. The Yellowstone River crosses the park along its length through Yellowstone Lake (the most massive mountain lake after the Titicaca). The upper part is well deserved, as it takes a full day of walking to reach it. Otherwise, in the middle of the park, it is a mountain river a hundred meters wide. Henry’s Fork is located a few kilometers from the park (additional permit per day). Dry fishing to Last Chance very difficult, as there are many small veins of currents, but the place is magnificent. The magnificent Box Canyon is a high-speed section (impossible to cross), it is the nymph fishing (American style: with a big pompon visible at 300 m! predominates. Madison River: the top of the fishery when the Big Trout come out of Hebgen Lake to go up on the Gibbon or Firehole. This happens when it gets cold at the end of September-beginning of October. Gallatin River: for the film fans and in the middle flows a river that would like to make a pilgrimage. But it’s not the best river for fishing. Slough Creek: the must! Three vast Meadows are Serpentine by this small river with crystal-clear water that abounds with Cutthroats — a paradise for sight nymph enthusiasts.
If fishing is a trendy sport and leisure in the United States, in Florida, it is an institution, and the fishing spots are countless. Freshwater fishing or sea fishing. In southwest Florida, the area of Fort Myers, Sanibel, and its archipelago, on the Gulf of Mexico is particularly famous. There are many ways of fishing in the region, such as along the coast, on a bridge or a dike, or by booking a jet ski or fly fishing trip with a professional guide. Lee County is recognized as one of the best places in Florida to fly and sight fish tarpons. This region deserves its reputation as a “fishermen’s Paradise.” Many record fish were caught there. This is coastal fishing. Throughout the year, redfish, spotted seatrout, carnage, snapper mangrove, and many other species are fished here. A permit is required for non-residents over the age of 16 to fish at sea, along Dykes, bridges, docks or even along beaches. In the open ocean, sharks, giant groupers, barracudas, permits, blackfin tuna, cobias, and king mackerels will be fished. These fish live or lure, mostly around natural or artificial reefs. Fishing by sight and throwing triplets around a floating object is a popular fishing method in this region. Freshwater fishing occurs year-round in Fort Myers, Sanibel and the waters of Lee County. The fish are black bass, crappie, bluegill, catfish, shell cracker. The paraphernalia of choice: casting or fly rods. As for decoys, fishers seem to prefer plastic worms, wild shiners, and cricket imitations (in spring). Nearby there is fishing on the Caloosahatchee River and hundreds of kilometers of canals, lakes and ponds, both natural and human-made.