In the US, SUP participants have increased from 1.1 million in 2011 to 3.74 million in 2021. And with 60 million anglers in America, it is not a surprise that SUP fishing is growing more and more. Paddle boards are continuously developed to meet the various needs of SUPers, with some specifically made for fishing. SUP fishing lovers can therefore find more stable paddle boards with fishing accessories.
Again, fishing enthusiasts go into SUP fishing since SUP fishing spots can be found almost everywhere, especially in the US. You won't have to worry about the best SUP fishing destination as long as you have the right paddle board.
Here are a few wonderful places to consider:
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Hawaii is the origin of SUPing, and being an angling hotspot, it is one of the best destinations for SUP fishing. The beautiful beaches and laidback lifestyle attract many paddle boarders. And the wonderful scenery on each lake and island gives you hundreds of picturesque SUP fishing spont. Here you can catch trophy fish, including blue marlin, skipjack tuna, sailfish, yellowfin tuna, and striped marlin.
Sup fishing is an all-year-round activity in Hawaii, with the peak time from June to August. The temperatures don't fluctuate much all year, making it perfect for getting a bite year-round. Skipjack tuna are abundant from January to February, mahimahi from March to May, yellowfin tuna from June to August, marlin and billfish from September to November, and skipjact tuna, bigeye tuna, and small yellowfin tuna in December.
You can SUP fish in various places in Hawaii, but the most popular destinations are Sunset Beach, Keauhou Bay, Kealakekua Bay, Ala Moana, Pua'ena Point Beach Park, and Hanalei River, among others.
2. Lake Tahoe, California
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Lake Tahoe is one of the largest alpine lakes in the US. It is a picturesque place for SUP fishing due to the crystal clear and emerald calm waters surrounded by the snow-covered Sierra Nevada mountain range that gives you a sight to behold. The lake lies on the Nevada-California border, making it easily accessible. You also do not need a permit to fish in the waters, but your watercraft will be subjected to screening.
The temperatures in Lake Tahoe can get pretty low, so the best time to visit is in the summer. During this time, you can launch your SUP from any of its beautiful beaches, fish the whole day, and spend time swimming. Some common species you can reel in during the season include lake trout, kokanee salmon, rainbows, and brown trout. There is also a chance of landing on tui chub, sculpin, Paiute, largemouth bass, catfish, and speckled dace.
You can fish anywhere in the lake, but the notable spots include Baca and Stampede Reservoirs on the north, Taylor Creek on the south end, the Truckee River on the west shore, and Lake Truckee, which flows out of the western portion.
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Seattle is an iconic destination known for coffee drinking, the Space Needle, and rock and roll history. But, SUP fishing is another activity that will blow your mind around the city. Every direction from Seattle has water, with various lakes and bays to fish from. You can hunt various species, including king salmon, Coho salmon, lingcod, flounder, grass carp, goldfish, common carp, tui chub, and golden trout.
The best time to SUP fish in Seattle is summer, with the peak months being July and August. This is the best time to hunt for salmon, as the species is restricted at certain times. However, you can hunt other species throughout the year if you acquire the required fishing permit.
One of the best fishing spots is Puget Sound, which is carved out by glaciers and has abundant game fish. Other SUP fishing spots include Lake Washington, Green Lake, Elliot Bay, Sunset Hill, Ballard, Lake Union, Salmon Bay, and Eastlake. You can join Salmon Bay Paddle FB Alumni Group to connect with other paddlers across the Pacific Northwest.
4. Florida Keys, Florida
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The Florida Keys gives you over 800 islands with 125 miles of sandy beaches and calm clear turquoise waters to fish from. The place is 1.5 hour drive from Miami, with accommodation options on both ends of the archipelago. There are also various SUP shops where you can rent a paddle board for fishing. You will not go home empty-handed as the coastline is filled with jellyfish, bottlenose dolphins, and schools of other colorful fish.
The gorgeous sunny days and tropical temperatures throughout the year make fishing a year-round activity in the Florida Keys. But, due to hurricane risks, it is best to plan your SUP fishing trip in the spring before hurricane season starts in June.
The popular SUP fishing spot around the area is Bahia Honda, State Park. Stock Island is equally a great spot as you can fish as you glide through the mangrove tunnels and even come across some local wildlife. Connect with other paddlers at Keys Paddle Club for the best experience ever.
Key Insights & Takeaways
The US is home to amazing SUP fishing destinations, and the spots above are the top ones worth ticking off the list. If you haven’t tried fishing from a paddle board, buy one and head to one of these spots for a new, thrilling, and productive SUP fishing experience. If you do not want to invest in a SUP, many of the listed places have rental options. So, no matter the situation, head out and enjoy this new way to fish!
Ps: If you intend to eat your catch, you should also be aware of how to kill a fish humanely.
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