Jackson Meadows October 2014

Best friends

October is probably the best month for camping and fishing.  Empty campgrounds, hungry fish, nice cool weather, fall leaves and low lakes providing lots of shoreline exploring.  East Meadows campground was in its final week with only one other camper sharing the whole place.  The camphost had long gone, dogs could run free and it was so quiet and peaceful.  Until it started raining around 2am Wednesday morning and didn’t let up till the afternoon.  Lots of wind too.  So much, so that I had to take up the awning for fear it would rip.   Temperatures dropped to high 30’s or low 40’s.   For that rainy Wednesday we stayed in the RV and I finished two books and started a third.  I loved it.

Kayak fishing was the best ever.  I started fishing Tuesday morning and within 60 seconds of tossing out my trolling rig with a worm on the end, I had a fish on.  The strikes were constant.  I fished two hours on Tuesday, three on Thursday and just one on Friday, the day I left.  I caught 16 trout and took home 13.  Sizes ranging from 15″ – 12″.  No monsters but a whole lot of action.  I use a SEPS dodger with a worm about 18″ behind.  I have a specific area of the lake where the fishing is consistently awesome.

The East Meadows campground on Jackson Meadows Reservoir is now closed for the season, but the adjacent campground, Passe Creek CG is left open all year, so weather permitting (until it snows) I hope to make at least one more trip up there.  As seen in the photos the lake was down the most I have ever seen, but still beautiful.

Author: Geoff

Quick rundown: Grew up in Lombard, Illinois, went to Arizona State University, worked as a CPA with Arthur Andersen & Co, then Laventhal and Horwath, then Rolling Stones, then Heron International, then Goodby Berlin and Silverstein in San Francisco. Moved to the foothills in 1990 and traded futures and designed websites. Married to Kate Stewart, now living in Colfax, CA. We have six grandchildren. I enjoy camping in our RV, hiking, kayaking, fishing, droning and cross country skiing Also conga drumming, photography and dogs.

7 thoughts on “Jackson Meadows October 2014”

  1. Gorgeous as always. I especially love the picture of Ben and Biggs walking and talking…probably about food..or girls:-)

  2. In my old age I rely on your trips, photos and blogs to give me some form of adventure in life. Thank you, and well done, once again.

  3. Beautiful Geoff! It’s nice to see just how much you enjoy your camping trips. Your sheer delight shows in every picture and post. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Looks like everyone had fun and mostly the dogs!!! Like to see Biggs playing with Ben. They seem to be really good buds. We will have to join you next summer or spring after the snow melts.

  5. Can’t pick out a favorite, they are all great pic’s. You and dogs are really having a good time in the out of doors, camping and fishing. You are great photographer, nature appreciator and all around conservationist. I can’t handle the elements the ways you do and I truly admire that in you. My Colorado kids would be able to keep up with you as they share your stamina for the out of doors under almost any weather conditions. I would be somewhere inside whining saying where is the blankie and the hot chocolate. I do admire your spirit! Look forward to seeing your adventures and reading your write-ups.

  6. Hello Bro. I just love your blog. The country in the area you went is beautiful. The lake, the forest, the campground, everything looks so neat compared to the Las Vegas desert where I happen to live. You really take super pictures. I especially like all your dog pictures.

  7. Oh, I do so envy you. A perfect experience (except for missing Kate), I’m sure. Fabulous pics, as always. Love to see and read about your adventures.

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