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Fishing with the family: Here are five good spots

Tourists feed tarpon at a pier at Robbie's

Tourists feed tarpon at a pier at Robbie's of Islamorada in Islamorada, Fla., on June 22, 2004. The tarpon have been the marina's star attraction for decades, attracting visitors who want a close encounter with the fish nicknamed the "Silver King." Photo Credit: AP / Wilfredo Lee

Angling for a family fishing adventure? Here are five places where you can cast a line with the kids in tow.

1. WILDERNESS BAY LODGE, ELY, MINNESOTA You'll take a short boat ride to check in at this family-owned lodge on one of Snowbank Lake's most pristine and secluded bays. Hike nearby trails and fish for lake trout, walleye, pike and bass. For an extra dose of adventure, explore the Boundary Waters for an overnight excursion accessible only via canoe and portage.

INFO wildernessbaylodge.com

2. THE LODGE AT DEVIL'S THUMB RANCH, TABERNASH, COLORADO Rustic charm meets luxurious comfort at this 5,000-acre ranch near Denver. Fly-fishing enthusiasts will welcome the resources available, including a complete fly shop, guide services, instruction and access to private water in a stunning natural setting. Kids can also stay engaged with active games, mountaineering and orienteering.

INFO devilsthumbranch.com

3 CHEECA LODGE & SPA, ISLAMORADA, FLORIDA This palm-tree-filled, Florida Keys location provides anglers with access to more than 500 species of fish, as well as snorkeling, kayaking and golf. Camp Cheeca weaves information about the local wildlife and natural habitat into a fun-filled day for kids should parents choose to spend a chartered day at sea or at the spa.

INFO cheeca.com

4 THE WHITEFACE LODGE, LAKE PLACID, NEW YORK The concierge at this lodge in the Adirondacks can help combine fishing pursuits with canoeing, hiking and rock climbing for an active family holiday. Novice anglers can access complimentary equipment to practice casting in the resort's brook or catch-and-release pond. Fly-fishing experts can access full- or half-day excursions on the Ausable and Chateauguay rivers.

INFO thewhitefacelodge.com

5 BIG CEDAR LODGE, RIDGEDALE, MISSOURI Choose from lodge rooms, cottages and cabins in this 800-acre wilderness resort overlooking the 43,000-acre Table Rock Lake. Head to the on-site Bent Hook Marina & Market to collect insider tips on snagging local bass, bluegills and catfish. Your family will also enjoy other water sports, a world-class spa, campfire wagon tours and horseback rides.

INFO bigcedar.com

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