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Get ready to reel in a big one! National Hunting and Fishing Day, September 25th, and North Carolina made the list of best states to fish in.

Not all of America’s countless lakes, rivers, and shores are an angler’s paradise, though. So where do you have the best odds of snagging your next big catch?

Lawn Love ranked the 50 states to determine 2021’s Best and Worst States for Fishing. We looked for high levels of community interest in the sport, an abundance of water sources, easy access to gear, and affordable fishing licenses, among other factors. Here are the top 13 states and their rankings.

OVERALL RANK

State

Overall Score

Community Rank

Access Rank

Cost Rank

Supplies Rank

1 Alaska 46.73 1 3 50 10
2 Michigan 45.60 8 1 30 38
3 Maine 45.03 10 4 40 5
4 Rhode Island 44.51 44 2 4 33
5 Florida 42.52 4 7 27 39
6 Hawaii 39.66 50 5 1 50
7 Wisconsin 38.78 6 15 34 16
8 Massachusetts 38.75 21 6 31 32
9 Louisiana 38.40 24 10 9 23
10 Alabama 37.72 26 13 8 25
11 Minnesota 37.05 5 23 21 11
12 Delaware 36.24 43 11 14 19
13 North Carolina 35.74 17 17 11 36

How does North Carolina stack up? North Carolina ranks in some key metrics (1 = Best). A number of fishing charters and guides – 2nd. In the shoreline mileage, we rank 6th. With the number of fishing trails, North Carolina ranks 6th as well.

When it comes to the cost of fishing licenses, tags, permits, and stamps per license holder we ranked 11th. Bait and tackle shops per 100,000 residents pulled in at 17th. Overall with all the rankings North Carolina is the number 13th best state for fishing.

 

Alexis Zarycki is your average girl with the hopes of leaving an everlasting impact on the world. Follow her on Instagram @official_lexpaige