Best Fishing Tour (2019)


Whether you’re looking to polish your fly fishing skills on America’s rivers or head offshore in search of your next big catch, these 10 fishing charters and outfitters – voted as the best in North America – are sure to increase your chances of success.

  • Angling Unlimited

    Angling Unlimited

    Sitka visitors hoping to catch salmon or halibut can charter a boat from Angling Unlimited. The waters near Sitka offer some of the best saltwater salmon fishing in the world, and depending on the season, it’s possible to catch king salmon, halibut and rockfish in the same day.
    Photo courtesy of iStock / filo

  • Big Hole Lodge

    Big Hole Lodge

    Established in 1984, Big Hole Lodge specializes in wild trout fly fishing in the rivers of Southwestern Montana. Guests of the lodge might spend a day floating on the Big Hole River or wading in a private spring creek, with helpful casting advice from lodge guides.
    Photo courtesy of Wade Fellin / Big Hole Lodge

  • Three Forks Ranch

    Three Forks Ranch

    The owner of Three Forks Ranch funded one of the most extensive river restoration projects in the U.S., so conservation is key at this luxury lodge. Thanks to these conservation efforts, guests enjoy world class trout fishing in the upper 16 miles of the Little Snake River (as well as winter ice fishing).
    Photo courtesy of Three Forks Ranch

  • Three Rivers Ranch

    Three Rivers Ranch

    Anglers from around the globe come to Idaho’s Three Rivers Ranch to fish the waters of the Madison, Yellowstone, Henry’s Fork and Snake Rivers. Guided fly fishing tours are available throughout the year and include expert fly fishing instruction for float or wade fishing.
    Photo courtesy of iStock / KevinCass

  • Alaska King Fishing Charter

    Alaska King Fishing Charter

    Alaska King Fishing Charter offers 26- and 32-foot boats for salmon and halibut fishing, crabbing and wildlife watching. Large and small groups are welcome, and the company even offers shorter packages for cruise ship passengers visiting Ketchikan.
    Photo courtesy of iStock / jahall4

  • Humdinger Sportfishing

    Humdinger Sportfishing

    Passengers aboard Humdinger Sportfishing charters often catch mahi mahi, wahoo and yellowfin tuna, and the crew are happy to filet your catch. The 37-foot Rybovich Sportfisherman serves as a base for these Kona Coast fishing excursions.
    Photo courtesy of Captain Kevin Hibbard / Humdinger Sportfishing

  • Cajun Fishing Adventures

    Cajun Fishing Adventures

    Established in 1980, Cajun Fishing Adventures specializes in Louisiana saltwater fishing in the Mississippi River Delta. It’s one of the best areas in the country for redfish, as well as spotted sea trout, black drum and gulf flounder.
    Photo courtesy of Ricky Tauceda / Cajun Fishing Adventures

  • Lucky Bear Fishing Charters

    Lucky Bear Fishing Charters

    Lucky Bear Fishing Charters unlocks the waters of California’s Big Bear Lake, located some 7,000 feet above sea level. Tours are flexible, and it’s possible to snag rainbow trout even in the middle of the day.
    Photo courtesy of iStock / Ron_Thomas

  • Ohana Sportfishing Adventures

    Ohana Sportfishing Adventures

    “Ohana” means family in Hawaiian, and Ohana Sportfishing Adventures is a family owned and family friendly company specializing in trips along the calm waters of the Kona coast. Options include trophy fishing for blue marlin or yellowfish tuna, offshore fishing for billfish or angling for smaller species like mahi mahi and wahoo.
    Photo courtesy of iStock / campbellphotostudio

  • Gulf Island Charters

    Gulf Island Charters

    Gulf Island Charters specializes in family friendly tours in the Gulf of Mexico, including inshore fishing trips for kids, 4-hour trolling trips and 5-hour trolling and bottom fishing excursions to nearby artificial reefs and oil rigs. Targeted species include red snapper, Spanish mackerel, king mackerel, cobia, trigger fish and amberjack.
    Photo courtesy of iStock / Michael Warren

The top 10 winners in the category Best Fishing Tour are as follows:

  1. Angling Unlimited
  2. Big Hole Lodge
  3. Three Forks Ranch
  4. Three Rivers Ranch
  5. Alaska King Fishing Charter
  6. Humdinger Sportfishing
  7. Cajun Fishing Adventures
  8. Lucky Bear Fishing Charters
  9. Ohana Sportfishing Adventures
  10. Gulf Island Charters

A panel of experts (listed below) partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

Congratulations to all these winning fishing companies!

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