After a nationwide vote involving more than 300 towns across the United States, 20 have earned a spot in the final round of voting for WFN's Ultimate Fishing Town USA, which begins today.
The towns are Annapolis, Md.; Bainbridge and Richmond Hill, Ga.; Baudette, Minn.; Boulder Junction, Wis.; Bradford, Pa.; Denver; Destin and Kissimmee, Fla.; Florence, Ala.; Gladstone, Mich.; Gold Beach, Ore.; Grand Isle, La.; Hartsel, Colo.; Homer and Seward, Alaska; Roscoe and Waddington, N.Y.; Winthrop Harbor, Ill.; and Zapata, Texas.
Online voting closes May 31, and the winner will be announced in June at a ceremony in the winning community.
In addition to national recognition, the top town will earn a $25,000 community donation for a fishing-related cause or causes, 10 WaveSpin Reels and a feature about their town that will air on the World Fishing Network. The second- and third-place communities will earn $5,000 and $2,500 donations, respectively.
"We were overwhelmed with the heartwarming photos, videos and stories sent in support of more than 300 towns," said Shauna Gosevitz, senior director of marketing for WFN, in a statement. "Communities with barely 1,000 residents earned a spot alongside highly populated cities, underscoring the unique spirit and camaraderie of anglers from destinations both large and small. It is now up to the voters to determine WFN's Ultimate Fishing Town USA."