Three New Mexico Fishing Hot Spots for RV Travelers

Planning your RV camping and fishing road trip and planning to pass through New Mexico? Slow down your roll and make sure you experience the fishing possibilities in the Land of Enchantment. With fly fishing season beginning in June and plenty of other fishing action available, it’s time to add New Mexico to your camping and fishing itinerary.

New Mexico State Flag

New Mexico State Flag

There’s not room here to list all the ways anglers find their bliss in New Mexico, so we’ve narrowed down your choices to three that are of special interest to RV travelers. We’re looking forward to hearing what you catch!

New Mexico RV Camping & Fishing Hot Spot #1: Gila River, Gila National Forest

With RV campsites available throughout this national forest in southwest New Mexico, and a nice population of brown trout, rainbow trout, channel cat and bass in the Gila River and its streams, this spot should be on your fishing calendar every year.

If you’ve never camped at Gila National Forest, be sure to check the camping amenities on their website. You’ll find a range from ‘dry camping’ sites deep within the forest to campgrounds with modern amenities near marinas, towns and trails.

New Mexico RV Camping & Fishing Hot Spot #2: Cochiti Lake

Cochiti Lake, east of Santa Fe in northern New Mexico and within the Pueblo de Cochiti Reservation, is the place to go to catch smallmouth, largemouth and white bass. Bring your crankbaits and spinners and plan to stay awhile.

The Cochiti Recreation Area offers two campgrounds for RV camping. The high desert setting and surrounding mountains make for memorable vacation photos, when you aren’t commemorating the day’s big catch!

New Mexico RV Camping & Fishing Hot Spot #3: Cimarron Canyon State Park

Imagine a rugged mountain canyon with a lively river flowing right down the middle and that gives you a picture of the Cimarron River in Cimarron Canyon State Park. About three and a half hours northeast of Albuquerque, this river is a favorite with fly fishing RV campers.

At nearly eight thousand feet elevation, the river is cool and shallow and promises plenty of brown trout action. You’ll also find several shady campgrounds near the water and easy access to the river and campgrounds via US-64. If you’re going to stay awhile camping and fishing in New Mexico, drive back west on the highway fifteen minutes to Eagle Nest Lake, another popular fly fishing destination.

New Mexico has gained plenty of fame among anglers for its lakes, rivers and streams. Whether you enjoy a quiet afternoon of fly fishing or chasing a big bass across the water, you’ll find this state has a place for it. Among RV travelers, the Land of Enchantment has also proven to be hospitable, with campgrounds that suit every style of RV camping, from national forest campsites to comfortable, modern resorts.

Don’t forget—if you’re traveling from either Denver or Phoenix to reach New Mexico fishing hot spots, it’s only about a six hour drive to reach Albuquerque. From there, how long you choose to camp and fish in New Mexico is up to you!

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Bayou Teche RV Camping—Good Times!

An RV trip to Louisiana’s Bayou Teche is a step back into a slower-paced world. But what can you do once you’re there? Paddle your way down a national water trail or take a walking tour through a small town’s historic attractions. Learn what it means to be in the heart of Acadiana, that storied place where Cajun meets Creole along Louisiana’s cypress swamps and marshlands.

Visit a wildlife refuge to observe endangered species or bike along under massive oaks. No matter what you choose to do on your vacation, you’ll find warm, Cajun-flavored hospitality in semi-tropical surroundings.

How to Get to Bayou Teche: Franklin, LA at the south end of Bayou Teche is just two hours south of Baton Rouge via LA-70. Another way to reach this vibrant bayou in South Central Louisiana is to travel an hour south of Lafayette on US-90.

Things to Do on Bayou Teche:

  • Visit Bayou Teche National Wildlife Refuge: Located near Franklin on Hwy 182, the Wildlife Refuge celebrates and preserves such threatened species as the American alligator, the Louisiana Black Bear and the American Bald Eagle. Plan to spend a day hiking the trails, photographing wildlife or fishing for bream and bass from a kayak or other small craft.
  • Visit Breaux Bridge: A town filled with historic buildings, Breaux Bridge, LA is also known as the “Crawfish Capital of the World”. While on your trip, why not take the self-guided walking tour past this bayou town’s many historic homes and businesses? Be sure to try the blue crab, pecan pie and, of course, crawfish, while you’re there.
  • Take a Water Tour: Bayou Teche has been added recently to the National Water Trails System, attracting paddlers from across America. All along Bayou Teche there are access points to put in a kayak or canoe. Take off down the bayou on a guided Bayou Teche tour to find the birds, wildlife and scenery that make this part of the country so memorable.
  • Visit Lake Martin/Cypress Island Preserve, where from January to April, thousands of migratory birds come to roost. The Preserve is halfway between
    Lake Martin LA

    Lake Martin LA

    Breaux Bridge and Lafayette and features a visitor center and a levee walking trail where you can observe such species as the Green Heron and the Great Egret.

  • Travel the Bayou Teche Scenic Byway: A 125-mile collection of roadways, this Byway travels through small towns, swamplands and forests deep into Teche territory. It’s the perfect way to learn more about this unique section of American culture.

RV camping in South Central Louisiana is pleasant year-round, thanks to warm temps even in winter. RV campgrounds in Bayou Teche country range from large, improved parks in nearby cities to small, intimate water and electric sites right on the Bayou. Louisiana RV parks in towns like New Iberia and Breaux Bridge will keep you close to the Bayou and all the outdoor action.

Your trip is even easier with an rv rental, so why not get in touch today? Then get ready to relax in bayou country!

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A Winter RV Vacation in Louisiana

The natural beauty of Louisiana attracts people from all over the country – those who love the wildlife of the bayous and rivers, the scenic forests and marshes and the many miles of trails and paths.  Enjoying the diversity of landscapes is just one aspect of experiencing a Louisiana vacation.  There is also outdoor recreation that can’t be beat!  And driving an RV to this vacation destination makes the entire getaway one of ease and comfort.

Louisiana bayou

Down by the Bayou

A visit to the Kisatchie National Forest offers the opportunity to explore some of nature in its purest form.  The bayous are alive with flora and fauna and wildlife is hugely abundant.  This is the only national forest in the entire state, and most definitely worth a trip.  Within the boundaries of the forest is the Kisatchie Hills Wilderness and a scenic drive on the Longleaf Scenic Byway.  Numerous trails take you in the back country for a real wilderness experience.

Fishing is always a great vacation activity and you can catch some catfish or bass at Kincaid Lake Recreation Area.  You can camp with your RV at Kincaid Lake Campground and find shower facilities, full hookups, and a dump station.  They also have a boat dock, ramps, hiking trails, and much more.  Nearby attractions include Tunica-Biloxi Indian Museum, Louisiana Cowboy Town and Hodges Gardens.

Swimming Bass

Swimming Bass

Find some great fishing also at Fullerton Lake.  There are crappie, catfish, largemouth bass, and other game fish for you to hook.  Between fishing expeditions, you can get in some hiking.  The favorite trails are Big Branch Trail and the Ouiska Chitto Trail.  The outdoor fun in this region is something exciting for the whole family to experience.  From horseback riding and hiking, to fishing, and boating or kayaking – there is a favorite kind of fun for everyone!

Ensure you put the Grand Cote National Wildlife Refuge on your list to see.  The forest wildlife is thrilling to see, particularly if you happen across a black bear or catch a glimpse of a bald eagle soaring across the sky.  Specifically this is waterfowl habitat so you can expect to see wood ducks, mallards, teal, and plenty of geese.

Next should come the Catahoula National Wildlife Refuge, a huge refuge at 25,000 acres of lowland forest.  Regular flooding creates the ideal environment for many birds and wildlife species.  This is the perfect time of year to visit as migratory waterfowl are wintering here.  You will witness wildlife in their natural habitat such as raptors, reptiles and amphibians.  Nearby you might like to see the Dewey Wills Wildlife Management Area where raccoon, rabbits, mink, bobcat, and beaver roam.

You will never seem to be able to get enough of wildlife refuges or forest areas when in Louisiana.  Don’t leave out Bayou Cocodrie National Wildlife Refuge or the Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge.  So many species of birds, fish, and mammals live in these regions, and you can add to your list of sightings as you travel through this amazing state.  An RV trip to Louisiana –  a complete adventure and one you shouldn’t pass up.

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Picture credits:  Top photo of the bayou by Pop Top Lady and the swimming bass by Jprime84 are both licensed under Explore/Creative Attribution Commons license on Flickr Creative Commons.
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An RV Fishing Vacation to Austin, Texas

The weather in Texas is so mild this time of year that an RV fishing vacation is in order!  There is nothing quite as enjoyable as getting away from it all for a little fishing, and the Austin area is perfect for such an adventure.  La Hacienda RV Park can be your home base while you explore all the fishing opportunities around Austin.  Get your fishing license from a retailer or online and then get started on a great vacation.

Lady Bird Lake, Austin, Texas

Lady Bird Lake, Austin, Texas

First stop is Lake Austin.  Huge bass are the attraction at this body of water, with its weed beds along the shore where they quietly hide.  You might catch one that weighs around eight or ten pounds!  Now that would be an exciting “first catch” of your trip!  Besides bass, you may hook some flathead or blue catfish, some bluegill or redbreast.

Now when you arrive at Walter E. Long Reservoir, you can have a picnic outdoors as long as the weather cooperates.  You will enjoy pulling in largemouth or striped bass, sunfish or a beautiful catfish.  For the channel catfish, use stinkbait and for sunfish you can use meal worms or crickets.

Another spot fishermen love is Lake Kyle, offering a wonderful place to catch perch, catfish, and bass.  There is a play area for kids too.  So if your little ones are with you and get tired of fishing, they can play while you carry on fishing for that trophy catch.

Although it gets a bit cooler at night, the night fishing at Lady Bird Lake provides an opportunity to hook largemouth bass, catfish, carp, and sunfish.  Access is particularly great along the banks, especially at Festival Beach.

Driving up to Round Rock will give you and your fishing partners even more options for fishing within the park system.  At Meadow Lake the bass and catfish are good sized, and the shoreline is relatively undeveloped, providing a relaxing atmosphere for fishing all day.  Then head over and fish from the bank or the pier at Bright Lake.  There are a number of hiking trails that will please the outdoors enthusiast.

Another place to get in some fishing time is south of Austin in Bastrop State Park.  There are all sorts of outdoor recreation here which the whole family will enjoy.  This is one popular place for bass, channel, and blue catfish, as well as flatheads.  Lake Bastrop is perfect for shore fishing or renting a canoe and getting out on the water.  You may not catch a trophy bass but can usually count on one weighing around two to five pounds.  Advice has it that plastic worms are the best when using colors like watermelon, tequila sunrise, and june bug.  Doesn’t hurt to try, that is for sure!

Experiencing the fishing around Austin is really a wonderful way to spend a winter RV vacation.  The mild weather, the friendly folks you meet, and the great locations – you can’t beat Texas and fishing!

Picture credits: The picture of Lady Bird Lake is from the Flicker Commons by notevenathing. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution license.
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Ten First-Rate Spots for RV Camping and Fishing in Winter

When cold weather comes, you may think your fishing fever is on hold until spring. Here’s some good news for RV camping and fishing fans-there are plenty of places to do both in winter. Come along on our tour of ten first-rate spots for RV camping and fishing in wintertime.

  1. Caddo Lake – This immense, mysterious body of water stretches from Karnack, TX to Mooringsport, LA, giving winter fishermen plenty of room to explore its bayous. Fish for crappie as you take a leisurely boat ride through Caddo Lake’s impressive cypress groves. Potters Point at Jefferson, TX offers full-hookup RV campsites, a boat launch and other services.
  2. Chattahoochee River, Atlanta, GA – The “Hooch” runs through the middle of Atlanta, and local anglers know that forty-eight miles of it are designated trout water. The easiest way to enjoy a great Atlanta RV camping and fishing trip is to hire a local guide. River Through Atlanta comes highly-recommended!
  3. Dauphin Island, Mobile, AL – If you haven’t tried your hand at winter surf fishing for black drum and flounder, scenic Dauphin Island at the mouth of Mobile Bay is the place to start. You can also fish the public or private fishing piers for a different experience.  Also good to know-the Dauphin Island Campground has seaside campsites within walking distance of great fishing.
  4. Diamond Valley Reservoir, Hemet, California – An hour and a half south of Los Angeles near Hemet, CA is a gem of a fishing hole renowned for its record-breaking black bass. Diamond Valley Reservoir is legendary for producing the big bass year after year. There’s no campground yet at the lake, but Wilderness Lakes RV Resort, five miles away in Menifee, makes a good base camp for your Hemet, California RV camping and fishing expedition.
  5. Lake Hartwell, South Carolina/Georgia Border – Twenty miles east of the South Carolina/Georgia Border and just off the Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway, Lake Hartwell State Park lures striper fishing fans every winter. When the striped bass start biting in cooler weather, RV camping anglers park their motorhomes at this lake’s excellent campground and start fishing. Here’s a link to the latest fishing reports at Lake Hartwell.
  6. Lake Okeechobee, South Central Florida – Hoping to combine a Florida winter RV camping trip with a bass fishing bonanza? The waters of Lake Okeechobee yield trophy-size largemouth bass, and Florida’s mild winter weather makes fishing there a treat. Another bonus is the abundance of RV campgrounds around the lake, so reserve your Lake Okeechobee campsite and plan to have an outstanding time fishing in South Central Florida.
  7. Lower Otay Reservoir, San Diego County, California – How would it feel to reel in an one-hundred pound catfish? Definitely promises some world-class vacation photos, doesn’t it? Lower Otay Reservoir, twenty five miles south of San Diego, was the site of California’s record breaking catfish catch – a one-hundred pound behemoth! Eleven hundred acres of prime bass and catfish habitat make Lower Otay Reservoir the perfect place for your camping and fishing vacation.
  8. Newport Beach, California – South of Long Beach and well-known for its excellent surf-fishing opportunities, Newport Beach tempts anglers to try something new. Kayak fishing is just one of the ways fishing fans get close to the action in Newport Harbor. Reel in spotted bay bass and enjoy the beautiful Newport Beach shoreline before going home to the comfort of your RV at Newport Dunes Beach Waterfront Resort.
  9. Pickwick Lake – Tennessee, Mississippi and Alabama – This impressive body of water formed from the Tennessee River winds across the northwest corner of Alabama, shares a shore with Mississippi and extends up into Southern Tennessee. It also yields some of the nicest smallmouth bass around. Once you’ve fished Pickwick Lake, you’ll pick your favorite spots and return for many more RV-based fishing expeditions. Here’s a camping tip – try the well-groomed campground on the Tennessee side at Pickwick Landing.
  10. Toledo Bend Reservoir, Texas/Louisiana Border – Four and a half hours east of Dallas on the Texas/Louisiana border, winter fishing aficionados will find the bass fishing is fine at Toledo Bend Reservoir. Even with the serious drought situation in Texas, Toledo Bend still offers great black bass and crappie fishing. RV campsites are plentiful, thanks to campgrounds like Tranquility Bay Resort.
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RV Camping and Fishing on Alabama’s Tennessee River Basin

Four lakes, a mighty river and its dozens of tributaries come together in Alabama’s Tennessee River Basin to create prime RV camping and fishing territory. With so many places to enjoy RV camping in these highly-prized fishing grounds, you’ll need to come back several times to get a taste of each. Here’s a suggested itinerary for your first trip fishing the Tennessee River Basin in Alabama.

  • Day One – Pickwick Lake – Waterloo, AL
    This popular smallmouth bass fishing lake just three hours north of Birmingham, AL is a great place to start your trip. Camp at a private lakeside campground such as Hart’s RV Park for easy access to the water. Plan to spend at least part of your day fishing below the dam for smallmouth bass, but don’t miss exploring spots like Cypress Creek for a chance to land trophy-sized catfish. One more tip: get an Alabama fishing license if you hope to fish the Mississippi and Tennessee portions of the lake, too.
  • Day Two – Wilson Lake – Muscle Shoals, AL
    It may be the smallest of the Tennessee River Basin lakes, but Wilson Lake near Muscle Shoals, AL boast some of the best smallmouth bass fishing in the US. Camp at the TVA Wilson Dam-Lower Rockpile Campground and plan to spend at least one day chasing the big ones out on the open water and in quiet coves from Wheeler Dam all the way to Wilson Dam.
  • Day Three – Wheeler Lake – Rogersville, AL
    Since you’re in the neighborhood, why not move up the Tennessee River to Joe Wheeler State Park on Wheeler Lake? Improved campgrounds in nicely-wooded environs set the stage for another day of outdoor adventure. Wheeler Lake winds its way sixty miles from Wheeler Dam to Guntersville Dam, and serves up record breaking catches of largemouth bass, blue catfish and crappie, as well as the fish this region is known for – the smallmouth bass.
  • Day Four – Lake Guntersville – Guntersville, AL
    One more lake within the Tennessee River Basin avid anglers should investigate is Lake Guntersville. Hug the shoreline and fish for largemouth bass where eleven different creeks feed into the lake. The Tennessee River’s seventy-plus mile channel through this lake, from Nickajack Dam across the border in Tennessee to Guntersville Dam, provides a seemingly endless supply of fishing excitement. Set up camp in Lake Guntersville State Park’s well-designed campground right off the water for the ultimate Alabama RV camping experience.

Fish all four lakes, or choose just one and spend some time getting to know its waters. Take advantage of Alabama’s southern campground hospitality. You’ll find it whether you camp at one of Northern Alabama’s state parks or at one of the campgrounds that caters to lake visitors. The Tennessee River Basin in Alabama is ready and waiting to show RV camping fishermen a great time.

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RV Camping and Fishing at Illinois’ Clinton Lake

When you’re planning this year’s fishing and RV camping expeditions, consider the exciting lake fishing available at Clinton Lake State Recreation Area in Illinois. This Central Illinois lake is prized by anglers for its catfish, crappie and striped bass fishing. With scenic campgrounds and hiking trails throughout the state park, there’s really no reason not to bring the whole family for an RV camping and fishing expedition to Clinton Lake.

RV Camping Tips for Clinton Lake SP
As we mentioned, the scenery is fine at Clinton Lake State Recreation Area’s campgrounds. There are almost three hundred RV campsites at the lake, all with at least electric hookups and nearby showers. With more than nine thousand acres of splendidly colorful lake, woods and prairie as a backdrop, you’ll find camping in a motorhome at Clinton Lake an enjoyable time, indeed.

All campsites at the lake are reserved through the ReserveAmerica system. It’s a good idea to book yours early, because reservations open in July for the following summer at this popular fishing spot!

Traveling to Clinton Lake State Recreation Area
Now that you’ve booked your Clinton Lake RV campsite, it’s time to start planning your route. The state recreation area lies just east of the town of Clinton, IL, and is easy to find from any direction. It is straight north of Decatur, IL, straight south from Bloomington, IL and lies midway between Lincoln and Champaign, going east to west. Chicago is also only three hours north, and you’ll notice on Google maps that several major Interstates (I-55, I-72 and I-74) will bring you within a short distance of the lake.

Fishing at Clinton Lake SP
When fishing fans arrive at Clinton Lake, they’ll notice some features that promise a great time fishing. First, Clinton Lake Marina is open Memorial Day to Labor Day to provide pontoon boat rentals, fuel, bait and boat repairs. On the north side of the lake, near the small town of DeWitt, there’s also a great bait shop called Soupy’s Shack that’s popular with area fishermen.

Anglers will also notice the lake’s heavily-wooded banks, providing cover for fish as well as making the lake easy on the eyes. Local fishing reports advise heading for the lake’s spillway to find trophy-sized walleye and stripers. There are also bridges and wheelchair-accessible fishing piers where bank fishing promises channel cats, crappie and bass.

Just in case you’ve brought along some campers who don’t care to fish, the hiking trails around Clinton Lake get high marks, as does the wildlife watching. Be sure to keep an eye out for the osprey fishing the lake alongside the boaters! There’s also a white sand swimming beach open every summer.

We think this scenic lake in Central Illinois is just the spot for a memorable week of RV camping and fishing! Here’s a brochure from Illinois’ Department of Natural Resources with more information about Clinton Lake (PDF). Dive in and learn more about why you should be taking your next RV camping and fishing trip to Central Illinois’ beautiful Clinton Lake.

If you need an RV rental for your trip please check out our Chicago RV Rentals location.

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Fall RV Fishing Expedition to Georgia!

The air is crisp, the temperatures once again bearable and the bright blue waters are calling! It’s time to plan your fall RV fishing expedition to Georgia. The fish are headed back to the surface, so gather your favorite anglers, rent a comfortable RV “fishing cabin” and turn your tires toward the Peach State.

Best Fall Fishing in Georgia
According to Kevin Dallmier, author of Fishing Georgia, autumn fishing is sure to be plentiful and definitely worth getting back out on the water. He especially likes Lake Blue Ridge, located in Chattahoochee National Forest, for snagging smallmouth bass along the shoreline.

Just two hours north of Atlanta near the Tennessee border, Lake Blue Ridge is easily accessible for an exciting weekend of RV camping and lake fishing. Although the Forest Service has closed the campground directly on the lake, there are a number of campgrounds in Chattahoochee National Forest just minutes from the boat launch.

Picture of Lake Allatoona and the Allatoona Dam

Lake Allatoona

Another Georgia fall fishing spot highly recommended by Dallmier is Allatoona Lake, just thirty miles north of Atlanta. He reports the striper fishing is fine as the temperature drops, especially near the dam. Come prepared with heavy-duty gear if you hope to match wits with an Allatoona striper; according to his report, they’ve hauled in striped bass over thirty pounds there!

McKinney Campground, part of Red Top Mountain State Park, is open year-round for RV campers, and also has a boat launch on Allatoona. Another fisherman-friendly place to park your RV (and launch your boat) is Allatoona Landing Marina and Campground in Cartersville, GA.

So don’t put away that tackle just yet! There’s still time to create new fishing tales and RV camping memories with a trip to Georgia’s premier autumn fishing holes. Our thanks to Kevin Dallmier and GeorgiaSportsmanMag.com for furnishing this information on autumn fishing in the Peach State. We look forward to hearing more about your own trip this Fall to these forest-lined lakes in the heart of North Georgia.

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Sierra Nevada Trout Fishing RV Vacation

Fishing for trout in the shining rivers of the Sierra Nevada is an immensely satisfying way to spend an RV vacation. From late April to November, these rivers are open and ready to satisfy your fly fishing addiction. To get started planning your Sierra Nevada trout fishing RV vacation, take a look at four major rivers fishermen flock to in this California region.

Merced River – Yosemite Valley
Combine the outrageous beauty of Yosemite National Park with an abundance of trout, and you’ve got the famous Merced River which runs through the Yosemite Valley. Both rainbow and brown trout can be found here, making this Valley a fishing paradise.

A beautifully scenic RV campground, Yosemite Pines, is located outside Yosemite’s west gate. Bring your favorite fly fishing gear and pack your RV for an extended stay!

Main Tuolumne River – Western Sierra
Imagine fly fishing for rainbow, brown, golden and brook trout in this river that starts high in the summits of Yosemite. Nowhere else will you find a fishing playground this rich, so why not plan to camp and play for several days?

Yosemite Lakes RV Resort near Groveland is close to all the action and a pleasant place to return to at the end of a long day of fishing. All along the Tuolumne, you and your fellow trout fishing fans will find plenty of action.

Kern River – Southern Sierra
The Kern River runs for more than one hundred miles in the Southern Sierra. The clear waters of the Upper Kern River are home to trophy-size native Kern River Rainbows. If you’re in the mood to fish for golden trout, move down to the South Fork Kern.

Rivernook Campground near Kernville is the perfect landing spot for your RV. It’s close to the river, where you’ll be surrounded by lush forests. This is another Sierra Nevada river that should be on the RV camping itinerary of any avid trout fisherman.

Walker River – Eastern Sierra
How does fishing in a picturesque river stocked annually with thousands of rainbow trout sound to you? The West, East and Little Walker Rivers, all located in the Eastern Sierra, each offer their own special fishing possibilities.

This region northeast of Yosemite isn’t as crowded as some other trout fishing venues, and all three rivers can be easily reached from a base RV camp at Meadowcliff Resort near Coleville.

We’d be careless if we didn’t mention that the Truckee River near Lake Tahoe also lies within the Sierra Nevada range. For more information on Tahoe area trout fishing, try websites like this – Lake Tahoe Fishing Guide.

Ready for some serious trout fishing? We’re here to help you make all the arrangements. El Monte RV has the right RV rental to keep your fishing trip comfortable in our Reno RV Rental, and Sacramento RV Rental locations. The fish are restless and trout season will be here before you know it. Why not start planning your Sierra Nevada trout fishing RV vacation now?

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More Colorado Freshwater Fishing Destinations

This is a follow up to a previous post – Colorado Freshwater Fishing Destinations.

Rio Grande River: The legendary Rio Grande River flows through the San Juan Mountain Range and Rio Grande National Forest, boasting enormous brown trout just waiting for cagey fly fishermen. Near the towns of South Fork and Del Norte, in particular, you’ll find government leases on private land that allow you easy access to the Rio Grande. This website offers a nice assortment of links to Del Norte area motorhome campgrounds.

North Delaney Butte: Three bodies of water boasting great trout fishing can be found near Walden in Northern Colorado. North Delaney Butte Lake, East Delaney and South Delaney Butte Lakes form a fisherman’s paradise that will tempt you to stay for weeks. North Delaney is actually one of a handful of “Gold Medal” rated trout lakes in the state. By the way, the North Platte River winds through the canyons in this area and also offers tremendous trout fishing possibilities.

There are areas for wakeless boat fishing on these lakes, and those willing to do a little hiking can also find quiet bank or bellyboat fishing areas. Plan to fish primarily for brown trout here, but also be on the lookout for rainbow and cutthroats. A nice RV campground, Lake John Resort, is available on the shores of nearby Lake John, also known for its trophy trout fishing.

There are hundreds of great freshwater fishing destinations in Colorado, and most of them have comfortable RV campsites nearby. As you’re putting your vacation plans together this year, why not schedule a trip to the Rockies for some serious fishing action? To keep your trip very affordable, gather a few of your fishing buddies and split the cost of RV rental, food and campground fees.

You’re not going to want to come in off the water once you’ve learned the joys of fishing in Colorado. Why not find out why thousands of RV campers drop a hook in the Centennial State each year?

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