10 Best Fishing Charters in the U.S.

From sharks to trout, enjoy some of your best angling with these charters. 

10 Best Fishing Charters in the U.S.

Don't leave the water empty-handed. Chartered fishing trips across America provide both novice and expert fisherman with the tools needed to reel in that big catch. Get outfitted with high-quality gear, learn from the local guides who know the waters like the back of their hands, and you're surely in for a successful trip. Don't let your next fish be the one that got away. Here are the best fishing charters in the U.S. 

Boo-Ya Fishing Charters Key West, Key West, FL

From experienced deep-sea fishermen to rookie anglers, the expert guides at Boo-Ya make it easy for anyone to catch a fish. They keep their groups small (up to six people) to give you individualized attention and maximize your time on the water.

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Fish Finder Charters, Biloxi, MS

Catch your very own taste of the Gulf and have fun in the process! Fish Finder offers four-hour and eight-hour tours to catch your fill of shark, red snapper, mackerel, trout, and red drum, to name a slight few.

Humdinger Sportfishing, Kailua-Kona, HI

One of Hawaii’s oldest fishing charters, Humdinger is your best chance of catching ahi, ono, mahi mahi, and countless other species, and can even target your trip specifically for the fish you’re looking for. You get to keep what you catch, and they’ll even filet your winnings for you.

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Alaska Fish On, Kenai, AK

The adventure starts with some of the best trout, salmon, and halibut fishing in Alaska. But Alaska Fish On has taken tourism to the next level by offering lodging services, access to their kitchen for cooking up your fresh catch, and add-on excursions that will level up your entire trip.

No Slack! Sportfishing Charters, Portland, ME

If you’re in it for the sport and not for your next meal, this fishing charter is among the best in Maine. Groups are small and personalized, and the flat-rate price includes licenses, tackle, and bait for a family-friendly inshore fishing trip.

Chesapeake Bay Sportfishing, Stevensville, MD

If fishing is your therapy, this charter company is a dream come true! They make it fun, easy, and relaxing to unwind on the water and include everything you need for your trip.

Off the Hook Fishing Charters, Hilton Head Island, SC

Fishing for shark, trout, and redfish AND getting to explore the sights of the Lowcountry make this place a double winner. Their guides are natives of the island and know the waters well to help you get the most from your experience.

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Fontana Guides, Bryson City, NC

The Great Smoky Mountains are a prime fishing destination, especially with the help of local experts. Their tours take you to Fontana Lake, the Little Tennessee River, and Tuckasegee River that are brimming with a diversity of fish and surrounded by the breathtaking mountains.

SeaCrete Charters, Lake Michigan, MI

Fishing on Lake Michigan with SeaCrete has its perks: you can choose from half-day and full-day adventures to catch your fill and have plenty of stories to tell. Their fans say they never have to wait long to catch a bite, which is perfect for kids and novice fishermen who want to try their luck. 

Headwaters Outfitters, Rosman, NC

The guided trout and smallmouth fishing trips through Headwaters are bar none. But catching your prized fish is just the beginning: when you’re done, you can relax and unwind at the taproom for a stress-free outdoors experience.

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Alli Hill is a freelance content writer and mom of two. She spends most of her free time exploring the great outdoors by trail or by kayak. She is also the founder and director of FreelanceSpeak, a blog to support other freelance creatives.