Catch a mess of fish at these ideal camping sites for fishing
April 21, 2015

Fishing and camping have a mutual relationship for a lot of people. The two just go hand in hand. Camping offers the opportunity to spend more time fishing, and that’s something that all anglers love, especially since more time spent fishing (hopefully) means more fish being caught.

Camping while fishing is a great idea for anyone from seasoned anglers to families who are new to the sport. These are the best locations to camp out at if you’re planning to wet a line while sleeping under the stars.

On The Riverside

The river bank is one of the best, and most iconic, camping locations for fishing. Rivers can offer some stellar fishing opportunities, like the pristine trout waters you can find along Michigan’s Au Sable River. Plus the sound of the rushing water is the perfect backdrop for falling asleep to the sound of crickets and treefrogs while camping.

Many camping locations like the Coloma / St. Joseph KOA along the Pow Pow River offer riverside campsites, but they’re usually prime territory. The best spots are usually gone fast, so plan ahead as early as possible.


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Rivers hold many different species of fish for anglers to target, but one of the best species for river fishing is the catfish. Not only does this whiskery critter put up a good fight, but they also bite readily and taste great if you want to clean and cook your catch. One of the most enjoyable ways to fish for catfish while camping is also one of the most memorable ways–start a bonfire near the river bank and the area you plan on fishing. Just make sure that this location is safe for fires and not against campsite rules!

Fishing at night is the best time to haul in a big catfish, but it can also be a long waiting game. Sitting around the fire while you wait for a bite is also a great way to pass the time.

Next To A Pond

A small pond is another great location for a camping trip with fishing involved. It’s even better if you know someone who has a pond on their property. The added seclusion of a campsite on private land lends to the feeling of truly being in the wilderness, even if there’s a house within walking distance.


Small ponds also offer great fishing opportunities for all ages. The fish found in these ponds usually bite quickly and readily, which is especially awesome if kids are on the trip. There’s also a great chance for the youngsters to spot a turtle, some frogs, and other wildlife that use ponds for food and water. Vasona Park in Los Gatos is a West Coast favorite, and anglers of all talent levels should check out Paris Mountain State Park if you’re ever in the beautiful city of Greenville, South Carolina near the Travelers Rest KOA.

One thing to keep in mind is that mosquitoes are often in high numbers near ponds. Make sure to pack plenty of bug spray and to bring long pants and sleeves to wear once the sun goes down and the temperatures cool off. No one likes to be eaten alive by insects!

The Beach

This article wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the beach.

Keep in mind that your beach fishing location doesn’t have to be a tropical destination. If you’ve never visited the Great Lakes region and want to catch a lot of fish, you should consider Lake Erie or one of the other large freshwater lakes that are found in the area. Lake Erie is well-known for having world class fishing for perch and walleye, which also happen to be two of the tastiest fish you can eat.


The beach is also great for groups of campers when the whole group doesn’t want to fish. The wide array of different activities found on our sandy shores will ensure that everyone will find something fun to do.

You can’t go wrong by choosing anyone of these locations for fishing while you camp. Even if you don’t catch any fish, you’ll head back home with a smile on your face and fond memories in mind.



Brian Belko

Writer. For Roadtrippers. For KOA. For sanity. Catcher of fish. Baseball fanatic. Proud to call Ohio home.

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