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.