Multispecies * Try three days of fishing for trophy fish of several different species--whitefish, walleyes, lake trout, crappies, pike--a different species each day.
Contact: Guides Ryan Haines, 807/465-5689; Jeff Gustafson, 807/468-7898.
* HORSESHOE LAKE
Bluegills * Some 34 miles from Memphis, this oxbow lake's huge expanse, of cypress trees, flooded willows, piers, and pad fields offers outstanding year-round bluegill fishing. Expect multiple 10-inchers on a good day.
Contact: Bonds Store in Hughes, Arkansas, 870/339-3381.
* LAKE OF THE WOODS
Multispecies * A great numbers fishery out of the Baudette area for walleyes and sauger, plus pike and perch.
Contact: Zippel Bay Resort, 800/222-2537, zippelbay.com; River Bend Resort, 800/292-3084, riverbendlodgeresort.com.
Blue Catfish * Primetime continues through late winter for world-class blues at Lake Texoma. Lakes Tawakoni and Lavon are top options for numbers of big fish.
Contact: Guide Cody Mullennix, 903/815-0273, texascatfishing-guide.com.
* LAKE ONTARIO TRIBUTARIES NEW YORK
Steelhead * Oswego County streams offer some of the best steelhead fishing in the country, with many fish topping 10 pounds.
Contact: Guide Capt. Rick Miick, 315/387-5920; Woody's Tackle, 315/298-2378; visitoswegocounty.com.
* POCOMOKE RIVER MARYLAND
Crappies * Fish approaching 3 pounds come from this winding river on the Delmarva Peninsula along the Eastern Shore. Good starting points are Snow Hill and Pocomoke City and Pocomoke State Park.
Contact: Walt's Light Tackle Charters, 410/939-6427, Itcharters.com.
* LAKE TEXOMA
Stripers * Fish top out at 15 to 20 pounds, but this is the biggest numbers fishery in the country in March and April.
Contact: Capt. Steve Barnes, txfishingguide.com.
* ALAMO LAKE ARIZONA
Largemouths * This lake in a remote area several hours northwest of Phoenix has good fishing for largemouths up to 9 pounds and crappies surpassing 2 pounds.
Contact: Camping and boat access is available at Alamo State Park, 928/669-2088.
* LAKE BESHEAR KENTUCKY
Channel Cats * This 760-acre western Kentucky impoundment has big numbers of fish in the 2- to 8-pound range. The shallow bite starts by early March.
Contact: Dawson Springs Chamber of Commerce, 270/797-2781.
* ORANGE LAKE FLORIDA
Crappies * Just southeast of Gainesville, Cross Creek connects Orange Lake and Lake Lochloosa, creating 20,000 acres of vegetated crappie habitat. Slabs to 3 pounds have been turning up.
Contact: Guide Mike Baker, 352/625-1180, thecrappiefisherman.com; Ocala-Marion County Visitors and Convention Bureau, ocalamarion.com.
* ORANGE BEACH ALABAMA
Redfish * An exceptional option for 20-pound bulls no more than a mile off the beach, as anglers follow the birds and cast to fish boiling the surface or jig deep.
Contact: Capt. Jeff Chambliss, 251/979-1207.
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