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RV Camping and Fishing in North America

RV Camping and Fishing in North America

It’s fishing season somewhere in the USA, and you should be out there enjoying it! Fantastic lakes and rivers are filled with fish just waiting to test your skills. Start packing your tackle box and grab your fishing buddies! It’s definitely time for a fishing trip by RV.

RV Vacations to Your Favorite Fishing Spot


Recreational or sport fishing is an enormously popular sport. Estimates are that there are more than 30 million anglers in the United States over the age of 16.

Fishing comes in many forms. At its most basic, fishing is the act of catching a fish. The variety comes in how you chose to fish. The most basic way is with rod and reel. After that comes the choice of bait - natural bait (salmon eggs, cheese), live bait (worms, minnows), or artificial lures (too many types to name).

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 don't forget the popular cold-weather pastime ice fishing...

Where to Catch Freshwater Fish

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 either from the shore, by wading into the water, from a boat, or from bridges over the body of water. Anyplace with solid footing to be able to cast a line will work...


Popular North American Freshwater Fish Species

Some of the more popular North American freshwater sport fishing species include:

  • Bass (Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Striped Bass, Whiterock Bass, White Bass...)
  • Carp
  • Crappie
  • Catfish (Channel Catfish, Blue Catfish, Flathead Catfish...)
  • Perch
  • Pickerel
  • Pike
  • Salmon (Atlantic Salmon, Pacific Salmon - Coho Salmon, Chinook Salmon...)
  • Sunfish (Bluegill and more)
  • Trout (Apache Trout, Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Golden Trout, Lake Trout, Rainbow Trout, Steelhead Trout...)
  • Walleye

RV Camping and Fishing


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 will even stock the lakes on their property with game fish. For example, Mirror Lake RV Camping and Fishing in New Florence, PA has a 5 acre lake that they stock, as well as Tub Mill Creek that is stocked by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Another example is Catfish Heaven Aqua Farm and Campground in St. Martinville, Louisiana that is both an RV campground and a catfish aqua farm. A web search for "rv campground and fishing" yields a bounty of possible campground destinations with wonderful fishing (see further on in this article for more great RV camping/fishing locations).


A luxury motorhome may be the ideal way to go on a fishing vacation. Not only is it typically cheaper than hotel accommodations, you will also be able to catch the fish during the day and prepare them for dinner that night in the RVs kitchen. Freshly caught fish for dinner and the great outdoors - an unbeatable combination.


Fishing Resources

Great RV Fishing Spots

Whether you prefer to drop a line from a cane pole or tie flies in hopes of catching trout, 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! Come along with us as we reel in just some of America's great places to fish while on a motorhome camping vacation.

1. Lake Rousseau RV and Fishing Resort - Crystal River, Florida: Talk about a gorgeous place to camp and fish! Enormous oaks and cypress trees make this lakeside campground one of the most scenic in Florida. Plan to catch trophy-size largemouth bass in the lake itself, or do some saltwater fishing in the nearby Gulf of Mexico.

2. Darlings Marina & RV Resort - Siltcoos Lake, Oregon: Imagine waking up in a pine forest, knowing the nearby lake has salmon, trout and bass just waiting to be caught. That's what you can expect at this RV fishing resort just off Hwy 101 near the Oregon Coast. Gorgeous setting, big fish, comfortable RV; can a vacation get any better than that?

3. Tomahawk Lodge & RV Park - Bemidji, Minnesota: Blackduck Lake, just seventy miles south of the Canadian border, is the perfect place to fish for walleye and northern pike. Park your RV rental in one of the spacious campsites, then rent a pontoon boat and spend lots of time on the water. There's even a fishing guide service available to help you find, catch and clean the big ones!

4. Boomtown USA RV Resort - Beaumont, Texas: Tucked into a corner of Eastern Texas, the town of Beaumont is just four miles from more fun than your family can handle on one fishing trip! Boomtown USA not only boasts great RV campsites, it's got a one-hundred acre stocked lake, a water park and a miniature golf course. If your family is clamoring to come along on this trip, take them to Boomtown USA, where they can play all day while you fish.

5. Driftwood RV Park & Fishing Resort - Los Molinos, California: Are you ready to sit on a dock and fish for king salmon and rainbow trout? This resort on the Sacramento River lets you unwind and fish in a beautiful woodland setting. Rent a canoe, fish the bank and sleep in the peaceful surroundings in your comfortable RV. This park is geared for any size motorhome and will definitely help you create great fishing memories.

6. Apache Lake - Tonto National Forest, Arizona: Roughly 65 miles from Phoenix, this lake offers a variety of fish, including: Black Crappie, Bluegill, Brown Bullhead, Channel Catfish, Flathead Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Redear Sunfish , Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, Yellow Bass.

There's nothing quite like waking up in the beauty of nature, knowing the fish are right outside your door. It's even better knowing your comfortable RV will be there at the end of the day. Get ready to wet a line in your favorite lake or river, and definitely start practicing those fish stories! El Monte RV Rentals is here to help you find the perfect RV rental for your next fishing trip.

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