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Survey names top US fishing state… and it’s not Florida

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Asked to name the best US state for fishing and it’s a fair bet that most anglers would plump for Florida.

They would be wrong according to a new survey – released on the eve of National Hunting and Fishing Day – that lists the best and worst states for our favourite sport in 2021. Instead, the message is ‘go north to Alaska,’ which came out top in the eye-opening survey, followed by Michigan, Maine and Rhode Island, with the Sunshine State of Florida coming in at fifth.

Alaska (left), a Mecca for salmon anglers, has millions of lakes and more than 600 species, but also charges the highest price for fishing licences per holder.

Predictably, the desert states of the USA fared less well, with New Mexico, Arizona and Nevada filling the bottom three respectively. Colorado, a haven for fly fishing, is ranked 42nd. Positions in the ranking were determined by factors including community interest in the sport, abundance of and access to fisheries, the cost of fishing licences, the number of charters and guides and the volume of tackle shops per 100,000 residents. Number one spots in the various categories went to Alaska for community interest, Michigan for access and Hawaii for cost.

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