Autumn Fishing Fun for Tent Campers Around the U.S.

October 7, 2011
Trout on the move!

Trout on the move!
Photo by: celticstrm (Stock Exchange)

Plenty of fishers love summer for its hordes of hungry fish and easy catches, but fall is turning into a great alternative for fishers who want to beat the heat and still land record trophies.

If you’re an angler, today’s AllCampgrounds is for you as we explore some of the best seasonal fishing opportunities at parks and camp grounds around the U.S.

For a quick, recent intro to fall fishing, visit this Press-Republican piece: Some of the Best Fish are Caught in Autumn.

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The News on Fall Fishing

Autumn Fishing is in Full Bloom declares the New York Post, and the northeast is ripe for some of the best bass fishing this season. If you’re headed west, Rory Aikens of Arizona’s state Fish and Game Department wants you to know that trout fishing will be abundant in Arizona’s Fossil Creek and Winter Creek areas throughout fall and deep into winter. If you’re in the southeast, Florida Sportsman raises the call to keep an eye out for migratory fish populations including cobia, Spanish mackerel, kingfish, wahoo, and sailfish, among others.

Great Fishing Spots for Tent Camping and RV Camping Alike

New York

Back Bay: Fishing and Camping on Black Lake: Located in the 1,000 Islands region of New York, Back Bay offers tent camping and cottages near the famous St. Lawrence River. With freshwater fishing on Black Lake, you can rent a boat from the camp or bring your own. Plus, all the attractions and natural wonders of Ottawa just an hour away. Big rig RVs are welcome at the camp, and many of the facilities are accessible to campers with disabilities. Definitely a good choice for serious anglers.


Patagonia Lake: Patagonia Lake, just a touch south of Tucson, is the main attraction of Patagonia Lake State Park, and clocks in at a massive 265 acres. Though the lake is man-made, it’s extremely well-kept and always full to bursting with a selection of crappie, bass, bluegill, catfish, and more: in fact, the pond is re-stocked with trout every three weeks through the high season of October through March. It comes serviced by its own full-featured marina, and offers primitive camping for expert tent campers as well as sites with water and electric hookups. Note that water skiing is prohibited from May through September, but it’s one of the most popular activities during the season.


Indian Pass Campground and World Class Fishing: Situated right on the tip of pristine Apalachicola Bay, where it empties into the Gulf of Mexico, Indian Pass is a glimpse of Florida’s untouched past. It has some incredible white sand beaches and is renowned for its delicious oysters, which you can sample at the Indian Pass Raw Bar. The camp grounds are also well-known in the area for fishing, and you can even hire a fishing guide if it’s your first time around the local waterways. This is an especially great choice for RV campers, since it offers prime waterfront sites for rigs. Visitors also have their choice of cabins accommodating up to five people.

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