Outdoor Life - - FISHING -

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 french­broad­pad­

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

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 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 wild­view?wid=210.

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