Best Fish to Catch in the Summer

Summer is upon us, and it's important to know which fish are the best to target in your area during the summer season. North America is a vast and varied region, home to countless lakes, rivers, reservoirs, and ponds. It is estimated that the average person in North America is no more than 10 miles from a fishable body of water. Here are some some of our favorite fish for you to target this summer.

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  • Bass fish

    Black Bass

    Bass fishing is arguably the most popular style of fishing in North America. Black bass are famous for being strong fighters. They are found in virtually any body of freshwater large enough to support a population.
  • A crappie fish

    Crappie

    Crappie can be found in abundance in freshwater areas during the summer months. They are energetic fighters and are gaining a following among serious anglers all over North America for their easy bite, spirited fight, and taste on the palate.
  • A striped bass

    Striped Bass

    The freshwater striped bass evolved from its saltwater cousin. Today, through stocking programs, more than 30 states have abundant populations of “sweetwater” striped bass. Early mornings and late afternoons are the most prolific times to fish for freshwater striped bass.
  • A man holding a fish

    Red Drum

    Red drum, also known as redfish, can be found in the summer from Texas to the Chesapeake Bay. They thrive in brackish creeks, mangroves, oyster beds, marshes, grass flats, around bridge supports and passes. Red drum do not seem to mind water clarity, depth or structure as long as there is an abundance of bait fish.
  • A sailfish

    Sailfish

    While most pelagic predators are on the move to cooler waters, sailfish can be found all over the North American coast throughout the summer months. Generally, the most sailfish hook-ups occur in 90 to 200 feet of water, which often means a good distance offshore.
  • Fishing rods on a boat

    Get in on the Action

    There are many other species that are fun to target and catch during the summer months. Stop by your local MarineMax store to find out what, where, and when to fish in your area. No matter what you decide to target, get out there and start catching!

    If your favorite fish isn't listed here, follow us on social media and let us know what you like to target on the water!

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