Find Places to Fish and Boat

Ready to hit the water, but don’t know where to begin? You can find out where to fish and where to boat throughout the U.S. by using the interactive map below to search for the best places to fish, the best places to boat, local fishing spots, localized fishing maps, including top spot fishing maps and fishing lake maps. You can also learn more about species that can be catch in these bodies of water as well as places to buy fishing gear, licenses, equipment and more.

 

Ready to take the first step towards owning a boat of your very own? A great place to start is in determining exactly what type of boat will best fit the needs and wants of both yourself and those you plan to bring along for the ride. Those needs and wants are typically determined by what type of activities you want to pursue on the water. Luckily, our Boat Finder Tool can help narrow down your options.

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Mastering how to navigate a boat is a basic skill needed by boaters of all experience levels. Understanding the fundamentals of marine navigation simply ensures that once you leave the dock, you know how to get where you're going safely and efficiently. 

Learning how to use a VHF radio is part of the elementary skills needed for successful marine communication. There are two main types of VHF marine radios for your boat: a hand-held or fixed-mount unit. Find out the basic steps for using a VHF, both for general communications or during an emergency.

In the market for a new boat, and leaning towards a personal watercraft (PWC)? You'll have a number of options to consider, including brand, number of passengers, and model-type, such as recreation, cruising or touring, performance and stand-up—learn more in our PWC buyer's guide.