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Planning a Successful Camping and Fishing Trip

Updated on October 16, 2014
Camping and fishing are enjoyable activities that everyone can enjoy!
Camping and fishing are enjoyable activities that everyone can enjoy! | Source

A Beginners Guide to Planning a Successful Camping and Fishing Trip

Fishing and camping trips can be such fun. Whether you are a seasoned pro or a beginner, when it comes to fishing and camping there are very few things that can compare. Many people love to load up all they need and then head out into the wild blue yonder-hill and forest glen-especially when there is a river around with plenty of good fishing in store for them. Such people raised me.

Of course, there is no telling how many camping and fishing trips they may have taken before I came along. However, I can tell you that we went many times; every chance my family had we would go camping and fishing.

Camping Outdoors

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Successful Camping and Fishing Rules

Honor the Rules of Successful Camping and Fishing to get the best results of your relaxing vacation and time away from it all...

Camping Stuff

While you are out camping and fishing on your vacation trip away from home, you want to relax and enjoy yourself and those around you. Having what you need when you need it, even if you are roughing it is always a good idea...

Being on the River can be Exciting!

Enjoy yourself while spending time at rivers and lakes.
Enjoy yourself while spending time at rivers and lakes. | Source

Camping and Fishing Rivers

We have been camping along rivers in various states such as Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, Alaska, Alabama and Mississippi as well as a few places while living in Europe. I do not remember the name of the river in Europe, but I nearly drowned there while swimming. I do remember that we camped along the Colorado River and the Tombigbee River while living in the States. My mother and father were each pretty swift with details individually; however, as a team they worked as smoothly as a clock. It was interesting to watch their interaction when they were getting things together, no matter what they were doing, and here we will watch how they got things ready for a camping and fishing trip.

# 1 Successful Camping and Fishing Rule

Do Not Trespass!

Do not trespass on land that is not designated for camping, unless you own it or have permission to do so.

No exceptions!

Be Prepared

Be prepared for your trip by making sure you have everything you need before leaving home.
Be prepared for your trip by making sure you have everything you need before leaving home. | Source

Best Camping and Fishing Gear

As far back as I can remember my dad was a big fan of Coleman products; we had five or six Coleman lanterns, and a Colman stove. I remember my father tinkering away with those lanterns for one reason or another and I remember him instructing us on how to fill and use them. However, I don't actually remember ever filling or lighting them myself, I think he always did it even though he taught us how.

Therefore, if you are planning to camp while you fish, you will need some Coleman lanterns and a Coleman stove and the fuel they require for your entire stay on the river. I can also tell you that there is not another lantern, which can put off the same type of glow as this type of lantern does-or at least, 30 years ago there wasn't one. From what I have seen, Coleman products have evolved over the years as well; you can even get this type of lantern that works with no kerosene. Lamps, stove and fuel will all come in quite handy while you are camping and fishing.

Camping & Fishing Checklist

Gathering and keeping all your gear together is essential for a successful outdoor stay. Here is a camping and fishing checklist you can use to help stay organized.

A Neat Storage Idea for Campers

Coleman Hanging Tent Organizer
Coleman Hanging Tent Organizer

This is definitely an item that either mom or dad would love to have to help keep various items neatly stored and close at hand. I know I would love to have at least one myself whether at home or in a tent.

 

Camping & Fishing Checklist

Here are some of the things you will need while away from home.

Before you begin planning a camping trip or a fishing trip you will need to find and follow a good and dependable checklist.

Having a camping checklist will help keep you organized while you are packing for your trip as well as help you to not forget anything that you might need while you are vacationing in the wilderness.


  • Lanterns
  • Stove
  • Fuel
  • Boat
  • Paddles
  • Life Jackets
  • Tents
  • Cots
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Pillows & Blankets for Pallets
  • Ice Chest
  • Rope
  • Watercooler
  • Food (your choice, make sure you bring enough)
  • Snacks
  • Paper Plates
  • Plastic Utensils
  • Paper Towel
  • Toilet Paper
  • Drinks (your choice, make sure you bring enough)
  • Drinking Glasses
  • Coffee Pot & Fixings
  • Coffee Cups
  • Frying Pan
  • Dutch Oven
  • Garbage Bags
  • Cane Poles
  • Rod & Reels
  • Bait (your choice, or whatever the fish will hit)
  • Catfish Skinners
  • Sharp knife for scaling fish
  • Cutting board
  • Tackle Box
  • Needle-nose Pliers
  • Bobbers
  • Sinkers
  • Fishing line
  • Trout line
  • Fishing Hooks of various sizes
  • Fishing Net


Take Time to Plan your Camping Trip

Camping trips are a lot of fun as long as you take time to ensure you have everything you need before you get to the campground.
Camping trips are a lot of fun as long as you take time to ensure you have everything you need before you get to the campground. | Source

Camping Tips

Most often, we would take the boat when we went camping and fishing. Father would pack up the lanterns, stove and fuel in the boat, along with the paddles and life jackets. He would also pack into the boat any tents we were taking with us.

When we were younger, we would use a 6-man tent; however as we got older and bigger we would take two 6-man tents. This gave us plenty of room to sleep or escape a sudden downpour, as well as providing us with plenty of room for storing any gear that we could not leave outside or were using at the time. Mother and Father slept on cots, and we children slept on pallets in sleeping bags.

What to take with You

...things to remember...

You should always keep in mind that while you are out in the middle of nature that anything you may take with you, may smell good enough for the woodland creatures to get the urge to investigate. Some individuals may tie their food up and hang it from a tree; others may store it in large ice chests.

I do not remember what my dad may have done with ours, but I never remember any animals coming into camp either; perhaps I was fast asleep. Knowing my father; however, perhaps he, the boys, and any other guys who were with us may have "marked" the area where we were camping in that natural way that men do, to keep large animals from coming into the camp, but here I am merely guessing.

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Lighting up the Darkness

...lighting is essential at night...

Another thing I remember is that we often went to the same spots to camp and fish along the rivers, and that my father and some of the other men who frequented these spots had set up the campgrounds by building tables and benches between the trees. We always had a shady spot for camping, which was really a good idea, since this is one little girl who can blister in the sun within about 30 to 45 minutes. They had also strung electric wiring and we had light bulb outlets and plug-in outlets when we needed them.

Daddy would power this by means of a truck battery that he would bring along with us, also packed in the boat for traveling to and from the river. Perhaps having the area lit up may have kept the animals a good distance away from camp as well.

Learn from Camping Videos

Consider Camping Sites

Consider different camping sites to suit your needs. Be sure to follow the campsite rules and regulations.
Consider different camping sites to suit your needs. Be sure to follow the campsite rules and regulations. | Source

Camping Sites...

Another thing I remember is that we often went to the same spots to camp and fish along the rivers, and that my father and some of the other men who frequented these spots had set up the campgrounds by building tables and benches between the trees. We always had a shady spot for camping, which was really a good idea, since this is one little girl who can blister in the sun within about 30 to 45 minutes. They had also strung electric wiring and we had light bulb outlets and plug-in outlets when we needed them.

Daddy would power this by means of a truck battery that he would bring along with us, also packed in the boat for traveling to and from the river. Perhaps having the area lit up may have kept the animals a good distance away from camp as well.

Read Camping Books

When you are interested in going camping or fishing having some good information handy is always a good idea. Learn more about camping.

Learning more about camping and fishing before you plan your trip is a good idea. You can find some interesting ideas and tips by reading books such as The Family Camping Guide: A Collection of Tips, Strategies, and Advice to Help You Plan the Perfect Outdoor Family Vacation. Take the time to read it alone or share it with your family. That way everyone will have a better idea of what to expect, while you vacation with your family and loved ones.

# 2 Successful Camping and Fishing Rule

Practice Fire Safety!

Anytime you build a campfire or are enjoying a campfire you need to practice fire safety. Learn how to properly build a campfire. Know how to maintain it and never ever leave a fire unattended. Make sure that you put a fire out completely, since you are responsible for your campfire.

No exceptions!

Time for Some Good Grub!

Being in the great outdoors presents the perfect opportunity for some good grub or food!
Being in the great outdoors presents the perfect opportunity for some good grub or food! | Source

Camping Meals

While Daddy was getting the bigger things ready, Mother would be working away getting other things together for our camping and fishing trip. I know that we had water coolers full of water and mother would make a couple of gallons of tea and Kool-Aid to take along with us. She would also pack up the old coffee pot to make coffee on the fire, along with the coffee, sugar and Pet (canned) milk for creamer–the small can of Pet milk packed up in the ice chest full of ice, of course.

She would pack eggs, bacon and grits to make for our breakfast each morning while we camped along the river. She would also pack up some potatoes to fry or scallop with the meals we made of the fish that were the catch of the day or even a rabbit the boys may have caught, but most often it was catfish, trout or bream. Sometimes, we would just take the potatoes down to the river, wash them off, dry them, butter them, and then wrap them up in aluminum foil and place them in the hot coals to cook. Those were always so good!

Camping and Campfire Cooking...

Camping and fishing can be such a pleasure as long as you have everything you will need for building camp, camping and campfire cooking. Take the time to choose just the right camp stove or grill that is the best for your needs and use. Remember, to take enough fuel with you that matches your choice of stoves or grills so, that you do not run out of the resources you will need while you are camping.

Grilling while Camping can be Fun!

Outdoor Cooking

Outdoor cooking can produce some delicious aromas and tastes.
Outdoor cooking can produce some delicious aromas and tastes. | Source

Packing Food for Camping Trips

Mother would also pack up foodstuffs such as loaves of bread, lard, dry beans, pork and beans, fruits and vegetables either canned or fresh, depending on what she planned to make. Of course, she also packed up the iron skillet and Dutch oven for outdoor cooking over an open fire or the camp stove. I remember her making up hamburger patties and then freezing them to pack up to take with us when we went camping. The mustard, mayonnaise, ketchup, and Tabasco sauce came along with us as well. We had lots of bologna sandwiches, peanut butter and jelly, as well as saltine crackers and peanut butter.

Many times, she would also pack some snacks of cookies, marshmallows for roasting on an open fire and of course, hot dogs too. She always brought along paper towels, toilet paper and clean empty garbage bags for storing and getting rid of the garbage. Beef jerky was always popular to munch on and Daddy had a fondness for Vienna sausages with his crackers so we took that along as well.

Learn from Camping and Fishing Videos

# 3 Successful Camping and Fishing Rule

While packing for your camping and fishing trip make sure that you have enough food and water for everyone.

Also, remember to pack any medical supplies or prescriptions for anyone going on the camping or fishing trip.

There should be no exceptions here either to get the best results of a relaxing vacation away from the hustle and bustle of the everyday lifestyle...

Fishing Gear

As far as fishing gear, I know we had fishing rods with Zebco push-button reels as well as cane poles, depending on what they were fishing for; most often the kids got the cane poles. I suppose they may have been easier to handle than the rod and reels. Of course, daddy had his tackle box that was full of all sorts of different jigs, doodads, sinkers, bobbers, fishing line, needle-nose pliers and he generally carried a pocket knife for a tool, as did my brothers. He would take a bait bucket for live bait such as minnows as well as a fishing line to hold the fish that they caught. I remember that sometimes he would fish with pieces of hot dogs, whole corn kernels, chicken livers and hard yellow cheese; I think it was either sharp cheese or hoop cheese and earthworms when the fish would not hit stink bait.

Get Your Fishing Gear Ready!

Having all the fishing gear you need on hand is important since, it can help save you time and energy when you want to relax.
Having all the fishing gear you need on hand is important since, it can help save you time and energy when you want to relax. | Source

Bait and Tackle

Heck, I remember him digging up grub worms to fish with, when he got bored using one or another of the other or if he ran out. Of course, he and the boys would also seine for minnows when they felt like doing so. I also remember that they would put out and work a trout line to catch some really big fish. I’m not sure how to do this except I remember that you have to tie hooks to the trout line in measurements and that you have to place some type of weight on it so that any boats going by did not get tangled up in the trout line. Dad would also make sure that he had his catfish skinners; actually, we have two sets of these, since most often the boys were right there beside him learning how to do skin and gut fish along with him.

Thoughts about Camping

Thoughts about Camping

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  • Sara Valor 6 years ago from Breezy Hills

    I have to agree, relaxing while camping is wonderful. It's been a few years since, I've gone camping. Sometimes, I like to turn everything off around the house and just listen to the wild and natural world outside...

  • anonymous 6 years ago

    Camping is one of my favorite activities. I love the fire, sleeping in a tent or tipi, the food tastes the best ever, hearing all of nature around me, the feast for the eyes the fills your soul...its all soooo good!

Which do you like best, and why do you like it best?

Camping and fishing can be lots of fun for the family. However, the question is which do you like best? Camping or fishing and why do you like camping or fishing better than fishing and camping?

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Family Fishing Trip

After getting all the necessities together, they were packed into the boat, covered with a tarp and then tied down well, since most often the river where we were going to stay at was many miles away. Many times the back of the truck would be packed full of all our camping and fishing gear as well. Some of us would load up in the truck with Daddy and some of us would load up in the car with Mother. Of course, I had learned at a young age that it was always a good idea to take a book along with me wherever I went, and especially if we were going camping and fishing for three weeks on a river during vacation. Depending on the size of the book, I may take more than one to keep me occupied.

Gear and Supplies

Gear and supplies are essential components of a successful excursion.
Gear and supplies are essential components of a successful excursion. | Source

Camping and Fishing Supplies

Most often, we would have to stop for gas along the way, and so if there was anything lacking in our camping and fishing supplies, Mother or Daddy would pick it up at the same store. Very rarely did we camp where we had to park. Often daddy would make at the very least two if not three trips up and down the river in the boat to take our stuff and ourselves to the campsite. I can only suppose that the road did not run that far into the woods and that while camping as a family he wanted us to be alone, which was nice. I might not be able to tell you how to get there, but if I were on a boat traveling in that area, I bet I could show you where we camped.

Get Ready to Go Fishing!

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Once there, we would begin setting up camp. We would put our tents up first and we all helped to do this. After putting up the tents, we would begin unloading the rest of the gear and either stashing it in one of the tents or wherever we were directed to put it. Most often, daddy would set out a couple of fishing poles and have my youngest brother watch them for him while he helped mother set up camp. I guess he was so excited to be camping and fishing that he just had to have a hook in the water. It was funny to watch him run down to the river and pull in a catfish; he did love fishing and camping so well.

Fishing Tips

You want to find the best place to catch fish.
You want to find the best place to catch fish. | Source

Best Place to Catch Fish...

Some of the best places for catching fish seemed to be way out deep or in shadowy places where logs may be underwater and they seem to accumulate by the drop-off areas or near the weedy areas. I suppose fish enjoy lazing away in the cool shade and waiting for a meal to come swimming by them. It only makes sense that if it is a hot day the fish will prefer somewhere that is shaded with shadows. One thing about fish though, it seems you have to be very quiet and peaceful to catch them.

You also cannot go swimming nearby where someone plans to do some fishing since your activity in the water can run the fish away to another area. However, once you are out there in the water and not being overly boisterous or noisy, the fish will actually come right up to you and swim around you. Sometimes they may even think to take a little bite where they see a small mole or even hair on your arms and legs.

Family Camping Trip Memories

I remember watching my dad stand in the river, and then catch a fish with his bare hands and then teach my brothers to do it as well. So that just goes to show you that when it comes to catching a fish, maybe the only thing you really need is a good mind, swift reflexes and the ability to stay calm, quiet and peaceful while in the water with them.

# 4 Successful Camping and Fishing Rule

Pack It In - Pack It Out

If you take it into the wilderness with you, you are responsible for taking it out of the wilderness when you leave.

No exceptions!

Please, Do Your Part to Keep Our World Clean and Pristine

No place is a great place to camp or fish if it is cluttered!
No place is a great place to camp or fish if it is cluttered! | Source

Pack it In - Pack it Out

We always had a predetermined area to go "to the bathroom," and we never left our toilet paper behind when we were finished–we simply brought the used paper up and most often threw it in the fire or put it in the garbage bag to haul away with us. In fact, we never left a mess after camping and fishing, my father was very adamant about patrolling the area while we were there camping as well as before we left. I actually remember there being times when we would pick up garbage that someone else had left lying around.

It is good practice, and I can tell you from the experience that when I do see where others have trashed up the river side or creek beds while having their fun, that it actually makes my stomach turn. Why? Well, the land and the waterways have been around a lot longer than we have and will be around a lot longer than we will. If we have the privilege of enjoying such pristine and beautiful resources, we are then responsible for what we do to and with them while we are visiting in that area. It is shameful for anyone, no matter who they are, to willingly leave garbage strewn anywhere including the rivers, creeks and woodlands. Therefore, if you make a mess, please clean it up or do your best not to make and leave a mess behind while you are out on a camping and fishing trip.

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    Sara Valor 5 years ago from Breezy Hills

    @teristazko: Hi teristazko, I'm glad you like my planning a successful camping and fishing trip how to article...

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    Sara Valor 5 years ago from Breezy Hills

    @anonymous: Hi Tipi, thanks of stopping by and commenting on my how to plan a successful camping trip and fishing trip lens. :)

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    teristazko 5 years ago

    Great camping tips...thanks for sharing.

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    anonymous 6 years ago

    A wonderful guide to camping and fishing and I love you no exceptions rules. I grew up with family camping and fishing trips and have many treasured memories. Very well done!