Best Fishing States: See Where Colorado Ranks

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ACROSS COLORADO – With National Hunt and Fish Day approaching Saturday, Colorado fishing enthusiasts can take note of how the landscape compares to other states and regions across the country.

Lawn care company Lawn Love has ranked all 50 states, including Colorado, for the best and worst places to fish in the United States.

The ranking – which takes into account community interest, water sources, access to fishing gear, and the cost of fishing licenses – places Colorado 42nd among the nation’s fishing states.

Colorado ranks # 30 in community interest, # 32 in access, # 26 in cost, and # 17 in supplies in the best and worst states for fishing in 2021.

It may be too late for anglers to plan a National Hunting and Fishing Day Trip to Fishing State No.1 Alaska this weekend due to its distance compared to the American continent. The Last Frontier State ranked # 1 in the unofficial rankings with over 600 species of fish spread across millions of lakes.

Fishing has become a “staple” in Alaska, the report says. But despite coming in at No. 1 overall, Alaska placed last in affordability. The state charges more than any other for a fishing license.

The Last Frontier State is followed by Michigan, Maine, Rhode Island and Florida in Lawn Love’s top five. Michigan ranked first in the “access” category of the rankings because the state is surrounded by four of the five Great Lakes and has the longest freshwater coastline in the world. Wolverine State is also home to nearly 65,000 lakes and ponds.

At the bottom of the list, in ascending order, are Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Kansas and Nebraska. However, there are still plenty of fishing opportunities in these states, says Lawn Love.

Although Nevada is the driest state, it offers “quite a few” lakes for fishing. Arizona and New Mexico, the report points out, both have numerous rivers for fishing.

Lawn Love used data from a number of outdoor stores to provide some criteria to determine where states ranked in the community, access, cost, and supplies categories on their list.

In determining the rank of the community, the majority of weight was attributed to the number of fishing licenses issued per capita, with the number of fishing competitions and the number of charters and fishing guides also taken into account.

For access, the percentage of state covered by water received the most weight, followed by the number of marinas per 100,000 inhabitants, the mileage of the coastline, and coastal or landlocked status. The number of fishing trails per state was a less important factor.

The cost of fishing licenses, tags, permits and stamps per license holder was the only factor determining a state’s cost ranking.

And for supplies, the number of fishing gear stores per 100,000 inhabitants received double the weight of bait and equipment stores per 100,000 inhabitants.


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