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Urban-area fishing has become almost the rage, it seems. Cities are promoting the fishing opportunities found within their borders and in many cases are putting a lot of money into lake developments, habitat improvement and fish stockings. Even the major urban centers offer park lakes and ponds, river access and boat rentals.
Check with your city government to find out who to talk to about local fishing sites. Many of these little spots are overlooked and can offer up some good catches of panfish and lunker-sized catfish and bass.
Major river systems flowing through cities can be bonanzas. Bridge pilings, dams and tailraces offer fantastic fishing opportunities that only a handful of local anglers are taking advantage of.