Even in an age of virtual thrills, nothing matches the excitement of catching a fish, says James Hall, editor of chief of Bassmaster Magazine.
“I’ve never met a fisherman that doesn’t remember the very first bass they caught,” Hall says. “It’s really the concept of a chess match with an animal that is free-thinking. There’s a level of accomplishment that comes with that.”
Some lakes are particularly welcoming to beginners, and Hall shares favorites with USA TODAY.