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2018 Northern Family Fishing Destinations

2018 Northern Family Fishing Destinations

Fishing season is upon us and what better way to make lasting memories with your loved ones than hitting the water with a rod and reel? Your time is precious, so rely on Game & Fish for up to date fishing forecasts, and best tips and tactics. Before you load up the family and gear, take a gander at our wide variety of fishing articles from experts in the field and full reviews on this year's gear. Check out the 2018 Northern Family Fishing Destinations for your state below:


Bass, crappie, catfish and bluegills round out the most popular fish to target on family fishing outings. Many of the top fishing sites include well-equipped campgrounds for overnight fun. Fishing and family mix well in the outdoors of the Great Plains states. Here are some of the top picks for family fishing and activities right now in South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska and....Keep Reading


Families with fishing boats often enjoy access to the best fishing sites, but many destinations in Iowa offer float tubes and kayaks for rent that keep the fishing going strong for everyone. Whether your family's idea of the perfect fishing trip includes amusement parks, luxury accommodations and fine dining, or focuses on camping and a more back-to-nature approach, Iowa has plenty of options for all of...Keep Reading


The Prairie State, even in the early days, has always been scenically challenged. No mountains rise majestically over the Illinois landscape. No glacial rivers pour down from towering cliffs. The "Hill Removal Project" was completed centuries ago. In many places groves of trees are so much a novelty that towns have been named in their honor. River Grove, Morton Grove, Elk Grove, Buffalo Grove, and Franklin Grove are just a few of....Keep Reading

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You can book a room in a lodge at many fishing destinations in Indiana, or the whole family can enjoy a night of "roughing it" when you choose a campsite to share after a day of fishing fun. Families who like to fish often plan their trips to destinations where the fishing is fun and awesome adventures await....Keep Reading

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Michiganders are known for their "up north" mentality. It's tradition to head north whether it's just for the weekend or on an extended vacation. Many families make it a point to include wetting a line on the journey. It may be a trip to the family cottage for a week or to a new destination, like one of our state parks. Either way, there's a good chance that fishing is going to be in the....Keep Reading


One is the hardcore fishing trip: You and a group of fishing friends, heading up north to the big woods waters or out west to the prairie lakes or down to the river, boats in tow and tackle loaded up and ready to rock and roll. This is serious fishing, often for walleyes, but sometime targeting bass (largemouth or smallmouth) or pike. Other species may make the target list, but usually it's one of Minnesota's "Big 4" that get the lion's share of the...Keep Reading


Want to do some fishing with the family? Here are some ideas for where to go in New England that are kid-friendly. Believe it or not, the best family fishing vacations begin at home. Pre-trip planning is a must if everyone in the family is going to enjoy this year's unique angling vacation. The first order of business is deciding where to go to find lots of fast action near or on shore. Most kids don't care how big or even what species of fish they catch as long as there are plenty of them with very few lulls in the....Keep Reading

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When it's time for a family vacation or get-a-way children don't always have the same thing in mind as parents. Generally, parents like to relax, enjoy things at a slower pace while youngsters like to stay busy practically every minute of the day. Even families that like to fish have difficulty have difficulty getting their act together. Fishing for a few hours one morning, perhaps even for the day is....Keep Reading


When it comes to family-style fishing opportunities (which for most families generally means fishing that involves easy access to shoreline shallows where popular warmwater species abound), Ohio is a national leader. Thanks to its abundance of small rivers, man-made lakes, ponds and reservoirs, plus the mighty Lake Erie, Buckeye State anglers of all ages can easily elbow their way up to the water's edge and....Keep Reading

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Plan for variety on your vacation switching back and forth between different activities, from fishing to hiking to camping will make youngsters on a family fishing vacation happy. These five destinations have top-flight family fishing and plenty of other family-friendly things to do on....Keep Reading

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Modern life has a way of filling every week with activities that leave little time for fun and relaxation, let alone time for an extended vacation trip to a National Park or other far-off destination. Families today are busy, but regardless of how busy your family is, everyone will benefit from a vacation, no matter how brief. Here's a look at several places right here in Wisconsin where you can take your family fishing for a weekend or longer, depending on your budget and....Keep Reading

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