RV Camping and Fishing

It is always fishing―and RV camping­―season somewhere in the U.S. and Canada.

Recreational or sport fishing has become a popular sport and outdoor recreation activity. Pictured above is Parker Lake in southern Arizona. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Recreational or sport fishing has become a popular sport and outdoor recreation activity. Pictured above is Parker Lake in southern Arizona. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Lakes, rivers, streams, ponds, and ocean waters are filled with fish just waiting to test your skills.

Recreational or sport fishing has become a popular sport and outdoor recreation activity. Estimates indicate more than 30 million anglers over the age of 16.

Start checking your supplies, packing your tackle box, and preparing the RV. There is no better time than now for an RV camping and fishing trip.

Preparation is the key to any successful RV camping and fishing trip. To avoid that, “Oh, no, I forgot…” scenario, get into the habit of making an RV checklist when you prepare for any RV camping trip.

Consider the following when you develop your RV camping and fishing list:

  • Are you fishing saltwater or freshwater?
  • What species are you fishing for?
  • What’s the weather like?
  • What season is it?
  • Are you fishing from a boat or the bank?
Fishing (and birding) is great along the Creole Nature Trail, a National Scenic Byway, in southwestern Louisiana. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Fishing (and birding) is great along the Creole Nature Trail, a National Scenic Byway, in southwestern Louisiana. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Your RV camping and fishing checklist may include fishing supplies and tackle box, fishing vest, fishing license, sun protection (wide brimmed hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, bandana), coolers with ice, first aid kit, insect repellent, compass, portable GPS, small fixed blade knife, needle-nosed pliers, and a multi tool. And don’t forget your digital camera for a photo of that one that didn’t get away.

RVers can choose from a variety of fishing experiences when they plan their trips―fly fishing, fresh water fishing, salt water fishing, and the popular winter activity of ice fishing.

At its most basic level, fishing is simply the act of catching fish. The variety comes in how you chose to fish. The most basic way is with rod and reel. Then comes the choice of bait―natural bait (salmon eggs, cheese), live bait (worms, minnows), or artificial lures (spoons, sonar, glitter).

Then there is fly fishing which uses a different type of rod, reel, and fishing line as well as artificial machine or hand-tied flies. Beyond that you can get into more exotic forms of sport fishing such as bow fishing and spear fishing. And the popular cold-weather pastime ice fishing.

Freshwater fish can be caught throughout North America in creeks, streams, rivers, ponds, and lakes. Pretty much anywhere there is a substantial body of water can be home to game fish. Fish may be caught from the shore, by wading into the water, from a boat, or from a dock or pier. Anyplace with solid footing to be able to cast a line will work.

Whether you prefer to drop a line from a cane pole or tie flies in hopes of catching fish, there’s a fishing hole that’s perfect for your next RV camping trip. In fact, there are RV resorts especially designed with the avid fisherman in mind.

Locate an RV park or campground as close as possible to where you’re fishing if you want to get those early biters.

As it name indicates the fishing is great at Utah's Fish Lake. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

As it name indicates the fishing is great at Utah’s Fish Lake. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Many RV campgrounds are located on lakes, rivers, or streams with game fish. It is not uncommon for an RV campground to have both a lake or pond as well as streams or creeks for fishing. Some RV parks offer fishing right on the property and even stock the lakes on their property with game fish.

Missouri’s Basswood Resort in Platte City, for one, has RV sites located just a few steps from stocked fishing lakes. Stocked with catfish, bass, crappie, bluegill, and carp, the four freshwater lakes at Basswood are fed by the ever-bubbling original Basswood spring.

Some RV parks including Live Oak Landing on the Florida panhandle (near Destin) partner with charter fishing services to help guests catch the big one. In Live Oak’s case, Wounded Warrior charters take guests out to the Choctawhatchee River and its tributaries.

Great fishing awaits you at Virginia’s Gwynn’s Island RV Resort on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay.

For additional RV camping/fishing locations, see Good Sam Top RV Parks for Fishing.

Worth Pondering…

There he stands, draped in more equipment than a telephone lineman, trying to outwit an organism with a brain no bigger than a breadcrumb, and getting licked in the process.

―Paul O’Neil, 1965

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