There are many great things about the small towns scattered across this country. You can find the friendliest folks, the best pie and you can’t forget about the best fishing destinations. Take a look at some of these small towns that are known for their great fishing. You just might find your next summer fishing destination.
Culver is a little town with a big lake. Located in North Central Indiana, Lake Maxinkuckee is the second largest lake in Indiana. The clear waters are known as the best walleye lake in Indiana and the high caliber of crappie fishing is known nationally. They were even chosen to hold the second annual North American Ice Fishing Circuit State Championship. The many channels and offshoots make this lake a good choice for fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and bluegill during spawn season.
During the summer, Culver attracts a steady stream of vacationers and summer residents, but that does not interfere with it’s small town charm. It can, however, make the lake a bit crowded on weekends and holidays. Even though the town is small, you still have a few options in town to pick up bait and fishing licenses from a knowledgeable, friendly local.
The town of Alma consists of a little more than two roads and a set of train tracks nestled against the Mississippi River. It might not sound like much, but it is what is held in that small space that will create a fishing trip like no other. On the Mississippi River sets the Alma fishing Float. It is located within fishing distance of Lock and Dam Number 4. This makes it perfect for catching a wide variety of fish, including bass, catfish, carp and northern pike. There is a wealth of fishing knowledge scattered throughout this town from lives lived on the river, but Gene at the bait shop is always there with advice and a story.
Since Alma is off the beaten path, it doesn’t get as over ran with tourists like a lot of the other towns along the Mississippi. You will not find chain hotels in the area with a continental breakfast, you will find warm and friendly accommodations that feel more like visiting family.
Most anglers know that Michigan has many prime spots for fishing and most have their favorite lake. If you don’t have your favorite picked out already, and even if you do, you may want to give Thornapple Lake right outside of Nashville, Michigan a try. This river fed lake has an abundance of cover, ideal for large bass to grow. Its Michigan cool water is also home to large amounts of northern pike and muskie. If you don’t want to bring a boat, there is ample room to fish from shore at Charleston park.
Nashville is your quintessential small town, filled with history and good food. It is a good location to spend the day, but you will have to find accommodations elsewhere.
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Author: Brian Ward
June 5, 2014