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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Fishing and RV Camping at Texas’ Lake o’ the Pines

The fishing is almost always good in the Pineywoods Region of Texas, making it a much-loved destination for RV camping anglers. One spot in this lake-rich area that stands out is Lake o’ the Pines near the Texas/Louisiana border. Multiple RV-friendly campgrounds and a lake filled with crappie and bass should put this East Texas lake on your camping and fishing itinerary.

RV Campgrounds at Lake o’ the Pines
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers does an impressive job of maintaining four RV-friendly campgrounds at Lake o’ the Pines. Alley Creek Campground on the lake’s north side, for example, offers campsites with electricity near two boat launches. Johnson Creek Campground is located along a nice pine-shaded cove with boat launches and two designated RV areas.

You’ll also find easy boat access and a courtesy dock at Brushy Creek Campground and along the coves at Buckhorn Creek Campground. All four campgrounds get high marks from fishing fans who camp here often.

Fishing at Lake o’ the Pines
As soon as you see this lake’s wide open stretches and quiet coves, you’ll want to unhook your boat from the back of the RV and get out on the water. Local fishing guides can lead you to the best angling spots, or here’s a good rundown of current Lake o’ the Pines fishing conditions from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

As mentioned earlier, this East Texas fishing hotspot is well-known for its bass and crappie possibilities. White and largemouth bass offer satisfying sport to anglers, as well as three species of crappie, channel cats and sunfish. Big Cypress Creek was dammed to create this lake, and fishing below the dam is a favorite with locals. Big Cypress Bayou, part of the largest cypress forest in the world, runs south from this lake to Lake Caddo, providing a whole new set of fishing adventures.

You’ll find more fishing information and a good bait selection at the following marinas along Lake o’ the Pines:

Just in case your RV camping crew includes non-fishermen, it’s good to know there are plenty of outdoor occupations to keep them busy. Wildlife watching and photography can keep non-anglers busy while you’re out on the water, with sightings of bald eagles, great blue herons and osprey quite common around the lake.

Hiking trails such as the Lake o’ the Pines Loop Trail lead through the area’s famous “pineywoods”, over rolling hills and along the lake’s scenic shoreline. If that’s not enough to keep them busy, the nearby river town of Jefferson, TX offers exceptional shopping and fascinating historic sites.

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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.

Lake Allatoona and the Allatoona Dam

Lake Allatoona and the Allatoona Dam

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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RV Fishing Vacation in New York

Reeling in a fantastic RV fishing vacation in New York is easy, considering the lakes, streams and ocean shoreline that offer a different fishing experience every trip. Add in the wide variety of RV camping venues, and you’ve got everything you need for one whopper of an RV vacation.

RV campers report the fishing’s fine on these New York waterways:

New York Great Lakes Fishing
New York boasts shoreline on two Great Lakes, Erie and Ontario. Lake Ontario is the place to go for great Coho and Chinook salmon fishing, while Lake Erie is well-known for its walleye and smallmouth bass. Park your RV at Lake Bluff Campground near Lake Ontario’s Great Sodus Bay. For your Lake Erie RV fishing vacation, why not try Lakeside Campground in Ripley, NY?

New York Adirondack Lakes Fishing
The beauty of New York’s Adirondacks is legendary, and so is the fishing! With hundreds of lakes and ponds to tempt fishing fans, the Adirondack Lakes Region presents endless RV fishing vacation possibilities. Here’s just a sample of what’s waiting for you there:

  • Saranac Lake Chain: The Upper, Lower and Middle Saranac Lakes are just three of dozens of bodies of water in the Adirondack Lakes Region. Connected by a series of locks, these lakes are prime brown bullhead and largemouth bass territory. Plan to spend time exploring six-million-acre Adirondack Park while in the area.
  • Adirondack Stream and River Fly Fishing: Another popular way to spend time in the Adirondacks is fly fishing the area’s streams and rivers for wild brook trout, brown trout and even salmon. The Ausable River near Lake Placid has a reputation for rewarding fly fishing experts.

New York Hudson River Fishing
The Hudson’s thirty boat ramps make access to this mighty river simple. Don’t have a boat? The fishing piers built by the State of New York give landlocked fishermen a chance to enjoy the River, too. This river’s unique blend of coastal salt water and fresh Adirondacks river water makes for some stellar fishing. Try your hand at catching some of the Hudson’s legendary stripers, and then relax for the night at River Road Campground in Corinth, NY.

New York Atlantic Coast Fishing
Fishing New York’s Atlantic Coast off Long Island is another “can’t-miss” experience for RV fishermen. We’ve heard great things about fishing the surf off Montauk for blue fish, and you’re sure to find places to catch tuna, fluke and striped bass in Long Island’s waters.

New York Lake George/Lake Champlain Fishing
Sport fishermen flock to northern New York’s Lake George/Lake Champlain area. So should you, if you’re hoping to catch lake sturgeon, channel cats or Atlantic salmon, as well as a trophy bass or two. Known as an ice fishing wonderland, Lake Champlain is accommodating year-round, with scenic views and abundant RV camping. Lake George, just south of Champlain, is also home to numerous bass fishing tournaments. Plan to stay at Brookwood RV Resort for easy access to both lakes.

Believe it or not, there are even more New York fishing adventures we don’t have room to mention! Use New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation website to learn more about where to fish and what regulations are in place. NYCampgrounds.com is an excellent source for RV campground information by region. And let us know here at ElMonteRV.com if we can help with an affordable RV rental for the trip!

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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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