MORE GREAT ESCAPES
WHERE: French Broad River, Western North Carolina TARGET: Smallmouth bass INTEL: With more than 100 miles of prime smallmouth habitat and multiple campsites located along the river, the French Broad provides an opportunity for an incredible summertime float trip. Make campsite reservations at frenchbroadpaddle.com.
WHERE: Land Between the Lakes, Kentucky and Tennessee
TARGET: Bass, crappies, bluegills, and catfish
INTEL: Kentucky and Barkley lakes’ fisheries are well known to most anglers, but the real tip is knowing how to enjoy these gems away from the crowds. Stay for a week at one of the 12 backcountry campsites (Birmingham Ferry, Boswell Landing, Demumbers Bay, Ginger Bay, Neville Bay, Nickell Branch, Pisgah Point, Redd Hollow, Smith Bay, Sugar Bay, Taylor Bay, and Twin Lakes), which all have a boat ramp. Or really disappear at one of the backcountry sites located along the trails that wind through the area. More camping information can be found at lbl.org.
WHERE: Western Lake Erie (South Bass Island State Park)
TARGET: Smallmouth bass and walleyes
INTEL: As the heat takes hold, smallmouths will transition from spawning patterns to summer patterns. They could be in 8 to 10 feet of water or on structure 20 to 30 feet deep. Walleyes will be in the deeper holes off the islands. You can camp right on South Bass Island instead of making the long run every day from a mainland base camp. For more about camping here, go to parks.ohiodnr.gov/ southbassisland.
WHERE: Golden Trout Wilderness, California
TARGET: Golden trout INTEL: Made up of 304,000 acres, hundreds of miles of trails, 400 lakes, and 1,100 miles of streams, this wilderness area is loaded with opportunities to tangle with golden trout. Try larger dryfly patterns to target bigger fish. Pheasant tail nymphs fished on the bottom are a great choice. Check out wilderness.net/nwps/ wildview?wid=210.