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Thought it might be interesting to see all the "famous" places people have fished. I've fished Lake Okeechobee in Fla, Pickwick in Ala, Bull Shoals in AR and Lake Fork In Tx. And I've fished Pueblo Res ::). Honestly, fishing is fishing wherever you go. Still, its exciting to know your next cast might be something really big!! Of all the places I've been, the one that really impresses me is............Navajo Res. in NM. Not kidding. Ed
 

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Pickwick in Alabama, my in-laws live in Florence so I get the chance to fish there every couple of years.
 

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Dont know how "famous" some of these places are,but here goes:
Vancouver Island,Yellowstone Lake,Cabo San Lucas,Ixtapa,Miracle Mile,Ft.Peck,Lake Powell,Deshutes River,Columbia River,Francis Case,North Fork Clearwater in Idaho,also many Ive forgotten.
 

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I have fished some famous places right here in Colorado. Just to name a few. The Frying Pan River, The Roaring Fork River, The South Platte River, The Arkansas River (famous caddis hatch), The Colorado River, The Blue River and The Black Canyon of the Gunnison. I have only fished a few spots outside of Colorado. The Green River UT. , Lake Powell UT. , Flaming Gorge UT. , and Yellowstone Lake WY.
 

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All these places sound great!  Pickwick smallies are fantastic, but so are the bucket mouths in Guntersville and Wheeler.  Dan you should try one if not both next time your in Florence.  I grew up in Huntsville, and just about any stream feeding into the Tennessee offers great largemouth action on flys, as well.  Being an Army brat, I've had the pleasure of fishing all over, but my favorites by "famousness"/Species in no special order:
1.  South Fork Shenandoah VA- Incredible topwater smallmouth!
2.  Columbia River OR-Amazing Steelhead runs
3.  Sam Rayburn Res. TX-Two largemouths over 10lbs in one day!!!!
4.  Oregon Inlet NC-Stripers, flounder, blues, you name it!
5.  Gulf Coast TX-Redfish, speckled trout,  and tarpon
6.  Frying Pan River CO-Tailwater trout
7.  Eagle County CO Alpine Lakes-wild native cutthroats
 

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I forgot to mention the Oahe Reservoir in South Dakota walleye. Big water with absolutely great fishing there. My former brother-in-law runs a guide service out of Pierre so he easily put me on quality fish.

Paul, how about giving me your 2 best recommendations for streams along the Tennessee? I anticipate an early summer trip Florence.

Dan
 

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Dan,  a place to try near Florence is Elk River east  of Rogersville and Florence.  Hwy 72 crosses over it and there is (was 10yrs ago) access for putting in boats or wade/bank fishing.  South of 72 is Elk River State Park, but for spawning largemouths try Anderson Creek/Mill Branch north of 72.  I understand a lot has changed in the last decade, so a good map wouldn't hurt.  In Huntsville, Aldridge Creek flows North to South into the Tennessee at Hobbs Island.  It is definately "Urban" fishing in that the creek flows mostly through the Southern part of Huntsville, but there is a lot of easy access via a greenway trail that follows the creek.  It may not look like much, especially in the summer, but I've taken 20" + bass out of water less than 2 feet deep, even during the hot of the summer.  This is a wading/bank style creek.  There is little if any pressure, so be prepared to reel in 30+ bass a day!  Good luck, and let me know how it goes.  I also know some catfish honey holes as well if your interested...
 

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Catfish, Love catching cats. my last trip 2 years ago I caught tons of them from the shore just below wheeler dam. But I would love to fish new places. Let me know please.

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Dan, You know your catfishing! Below Wheeler dam is exactly where i was going to suggest, however, try the banks east of Decatur just next to the hwy 72 bridge going over the Tennessee. I think the bridge is called "Steamboat Bill" or something, named after a river boat captain. If you have a boat, I've seen a lot of people working the trusses and pulling out big cats. Paul
 

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I,ve hit all the hot places in colorado over the last 15 years, but my favorite type of fishing is salt water and these are the places so far. Everglades ( everglade city, flamingo, lemon river and so many places that I have no idea where we were in there) , Marco island, Sarasota Bay, all over Charlette Harbour, tampa Bay, Maui, Caymen Islands, Virgian Islands, Playa, cancun, Cozumel, Barbados, bahamas. Fresh water outside colorado. Yellowstone river, big horn, miracle mile ( actually most of the north platte tail waters) . My dream places to hit are Alaska and Great Barrier reef, someday I hope.
 

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Paul, unfortunately when I go to 'Bama I'm boatless and they require a boater safety class. I think I am exempt because of my age.

We usually just work the banks unless some friend of my in-laws has a boat and is willing to teach "a damn yankee" the finer points of fishing. (I am not so ignorant to know that I can always learn more.)


BTW I am sure you know the difference between a "yankee and a damn yankee"?

Dan
 

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Smithville Lake, Lake of the Ozarks, Truman, Bull shoals, Greer's Feery. Some the best bass fishing I ever had was in not so famous lakes in Kansas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

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SLAYERFISH said:
I dream of fishing the Kenai---

I used to also....Till I saw the shoulder to shoulder action they deal with.


I've fished a place in BC that is famous with in its self called the Bella Coola River. Also the Atnarko River. Big dog and spring salmon.

-Jay
 

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Yeah,the thing ive noticed is that by the time the big hype reaches my ears,its already too late,big crowds,special regs and seasons,etc.Also agree with mcfish that most of my best fishing is on out-of-the-way lakes,probably due to less pressure.
 

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the most famous place i ever fished will only be famous to me

it was a small pond that we use to fish when we were young we could sit out there all day and catch perch all day any day
it was the best

and all i wish that some day my kids can look back at all the places i take them and hope that im making those kind of lasting imprecions on my boys
 

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I've fished a Lake named Lure in North Carolina :p made famous by a budwiser commercial. I have also fished the Cape Fear River in NC. I fished the Chattahootchee in Georgia. Ive fished the Gulf of Mexico in a couple spots. Ive fished 4 of the Great Lakes Superior, Michigan, Erie, Ontario. I fished Sturgeon Bay and the Wisconsin River at Wisconsin Dells for sturgeon. I love fishing the BWCA. In Colorado I've fished The South Platte and The Arkansas River.
I'm sure I'v fished more "famous" waters but I dont know their names or that they are famous.
 

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I don't how famous these places are but i like going there.
kodiac alaska
ketchikan alaska
keni river alaska
valdez alaska
lakecreek alaska (tons of kings)
athapap lake manitoba canada
kississing lake manitoba canada (huge pike& lakers drive in lake)
watabery lake saskatchuan canada
tablerock lake missouri
yellowstone lake
maui marlin fishing
snowhomish river wa. steelhead fishing
puget sound wa. salmon & halibut
 

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I forgot about Stockton and Table Rock. Too much fun in this life. Americans have it good no matter what the naysayers believe!
 
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