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Obviously, we love fishing-anytime, anywhere. It’s not always the size that matters when it comes to feisty fish that offer a ridiculously good challenge on rod and reel. Sure, the big saltwater finds bring a lot of excitement, but there are several freshwater fish species you can find inshore that also make for worthy opponents.
Here are five freshwater fish that put up a seriously good fight all across the country:
You won’t find these down here in Louisiana due to our water temperature being too warm, but many experienced anglers will tell you that the smallmouth bass is pound-for-pound the best fighter. Some even say it’s comparable to hooking a shark!
These little scrappers range in weight – males are around two pounds; females three to six pounds. Because they are most commonly found in rivers and streams, it is speculated that the current keeps them strong, toned, and physically powerful, which of course, results in a better fight. If you’re on a fishing vacation further up north, then make sure to try to hook one.
Although Alaska is a far cry from our home in Venice, LA, we recognize King Salmon as a freshwater fish with some major fight. You’ll instantly know when you catch a king salmon, and you better hold on. At an average weight range of ten to fifty pounds (97 pounds is the world record!), kings are big, muscular, and powerful which makes them an incredibly fun catch!
Want a to get an arm work-out while freshwater fishing? Hook a Northern pike! All fish are predators, but these fish are dressed for the part with needle teeth, vacant eyes and thick, serpentine shape.
These guys are big with a maximum recorded length at 59 inches and weight at 63 pounds. These freshwater fish are well known to put up a good fight and are also known for taking an extra long time on the line. As the name suggests, you’ll find them in the northern United States (Vermont, New England, Wisconsin, etc.).
When you hook a musky, don’t expect to just sit, back, and relax. It’s go time! They don’t call them the fish of 10,000 casts for nothing. This freshwater fish is incredibly hard to catch. These are an aggressive and massive fish (a trophy musky is usually 50-inches long). When you do get one on the line, they’re sure to put up a good fight before you’re able to get it on the boat. But man, will you be proud to show off this trophy!
Like Smallmouth Bass they don’t love warm water so you won’t catch one if you come out fishing with us, but it’s definitely on the catch bucket list.
Some call largemouth bass the “king of freshwater sport fishing”. This fish is one of the most sought-after freshwater game fish in North America and are found pretty much in every state.
They’re not a gigantic fish (maximum length is around 29 inches and weight around 25 pounds), but they fight. This excitement is why they’re keenly sought after by anglers. Largemouth will often become airborne in their effort to throw the hook and provide a ton of excitement in freshwater fishing.
Freshwater fishing in Venice, LA is an incredible experience, and on our inshore chartered fishing trips, we’ll take you to some of the most productive fishing areas along the Louisiana Barrie Islands and Mississippi Delta. Expect to find a vast variety of fish like redfish, speckled trout, flounder, black drum, sheepshead, and more. For more information or to check availability, please call us today at (504) 909-TUNA.