The Midwest may not grow largemouths like Texas or Florida, but visit lakes like eastern Ohio's Salt Fork, Seneca and Piedmont and you won't be pining for the South. Biologists have sampled some true "hawgs" at these "interstate lakes" (all three lie within an easy drive of I-70 and I-77). In North Dakota, it's gotta-go time on the shallow bays of Lake Sakakawea's eastern end, where walleyes and smallmouths can hit crankbaits with abandon. Look for fish in three to five feet of water, and bring plenty of Shad Raps and ThunderSticks. For a unique Michigan walleye experience, try the St. Clair River. While vertical-jigging can produce a trophy fish, locals use "whipping" and "handlining" tactics to score on dandy marble-eyes.