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New River Gorge ranked top fishing spot

The fall season has a unique beauty and charm, one that you can enjoy fully only when spending time in the great outdoors. And there are few better outdoor activities than fishing. You get to combine stunning autumnal views with mild weather and strong action on the water, what more could you ask for? The only question that remains is where to go. Worry not, we’ve got a list of the best fall fishing destinations for you, fresh out of the oven!

Fishingbooker.com has created a list of the best fishing spots in the United States, and the New River Gorge is ranked no. 2, just above Griffen, Ga.

Take a look at what they had to say about the Gorge:

If you’re looking for a hidden gem bursting with fishing potential, then the New River Gorge National Park is the place for you. Are you a thrill seeker? Even better! Not only will you enjoy excellent fishing, but you can also take your pick from the many adrenaline-high activities New River Gorge boasts.

The New River is the second oldest river on the planet and that alone is reason enough to see it live. Add to that the fact this is a top-notch fishery, what’s not to love? During the fall, these waters are the perfect temperature for Walleye, Bass, Crappie, Carp, Musky, and Catfish to come out and play. This time of year is particularly good for Smallies and Walleyes. You can go after these good-eating fish around sunrise and sunset, and even night fishing can be solid.

The gorge is simply, well, gorgeous. The river rapids and high canyon walls make for a perfect white water rafting setting. This is one of the favorite pastimes in the park during the fall months, along with zipline tours, and foliage tours.

We don’t need to stress just how beautiful the woods are when shrouded in their fall colors. Exploring trails like Grandview will allow you to admire the panoramic views in their full splendor. Sandstone Falls and the New River Gorge Bridge are but a few of the things you get to see. Another bonus – no crowds in sight!

The site’s number one fishing destination was listed as Griffin, Ga., where they said this:

Our first stop is Griffin, Georgia, a vibrant city less than 50 miles south of the state’s capital, Atlanta. You can think of Griffin as the entryway into the beautiful nature of the Peach State. There’s no shortage of outdoor adventures you can try here, and you better believe fishing is one of them.

One of the many reasons Griffin is on this year’s list of the best fall fishing destinations is that there are two reservoirs for you to freely explore. The Heads Creek Reservoir is less than 15 minutes away from the city center and has all the peace you might need. You can hook into some delicious fish here, including Smallmouth Bass, Crappie, and Pickerel.

The Still Branch Regional Reservoir is a bit further away (30 minutes by car), but fishing for Bream, Catfish, and Bass is on fire during the fall. You can also head to the High Falls State Park, where you’ll cast a line in the Towaliga River, which is a prime Bass spot.

Griffin has a lot to offer to anyone interested in an active vacation. Hiking is a popular way to get around and see the sights, and there are also good camping grounds out there, should you like to do it. If you’re a fan of cowboy stories, visit Doc Holiday’s grave in the city. Try some local foods, enjoy the parks, and make sure to take a lot of pictures!

Other top fishing spots, some within a day’s drive, are Glacial Lakes, S.D., Shenandoah County, Va., Bemidji, Minn., Sevierville, Tenn., Sacramento, Ca., Montauk, N.Y., and Coos Bay, Ore.

There are so many destinations all over the US where fishing action is worth experiencing. This is just a little taste of the best of the best fall fishing destinations you should consider when planning your angling adventures. Only one question remains now, which one will you pick?

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