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Old 09-18-2006, 12:42 AM   #1
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I have 2 grandsons, 11 and 12, bugging me to take them on a trip. I have promised them Yellowstone but the next time they have a week out of school is around Thanksgiving. To cold and to much snow.
Does anyone have any suggestions for the South West. They love fishing. We live in Central California and will have about 8 days.
Any suggestions will be appreciated.

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Old 09-18-2006, 01:18 AM   #2
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There is supposedly LOTS of good fishing up Bishop way.

Not exactly a tanning climate at that time of year, but you can't beat the view.

As close as you are to that area tho, you probably already know that.

OK, I'll go to my room now.

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As close as you are to that area tho, you probably already know that.

OK, I'll go to my room now.

Gina D. who spent Thanksgiving in YOUR area 2 years ago.

You can come out of your room, I don't know where Bishops Bay is

It gets pretty cold here in Bodfish in late November. I was hoping someone knew a secret lake or river in the warm desert so I could warm my old bones.

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There is supposedly LOTS of good fishing up Bishop way.
I didn't have my computer glasses on and I thought you said bishops bay. I know where Bishop is. I took a 4 hour drive on Labor Day weekend only to find the Owens River is closed to Camping. I was looking forward to some fly fishing.
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Old 09-18-2006, 09:59 AM   #5
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Have you been up to the Trinity Mt Area.... ? To me one of the most beautiful parts of Ca.!! Lots of fishing in the Trinity River...

http://www.trinitycounty.com/

Down side there are some fires up there so I dont know whats open or closed... might want to look into it and see whats open or closed.
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John -
my first reaction to your guestion, southwest camping, was to think out of state, the four corners states and nevada. there are a lot of beautiful and interesting places there and fishing spots, although i couldn't give specifics other than to say i've fished fish lake with my dad years ago in utah near capital reef natl park, one of my favorite places.
the fishing and cold issues may limit your choices. if you get away from the coast and southern calif that time of year, you may run into cold weather. but there is mojave narrows near victorville, also various lakes in riverside and san diego counties, skinner, wolford, diamond valley, etc. i don't know what the camping facilities are at these.
then there's the colorado river. otherwise i recommend places like the coastal redwoods, pinnacles natl mon, joshua tree in ca; valley of fire or cathedral gorge st parks ne of las vegas; zion, bryce, capital reef in utah; glen canyon(page) and grand canyon in az; mesa verde in co. there may be snow at some of these places; you'd want to check ahead. fishing may be near many of these places(depending on season restrictions), and of course you would need an out of state license but the grandkids would probably be free depending on age. oh and since owens valley has already been brought up i won't mention that. ;^)
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It gets pretty cold here in Bodfish in late November. [b]I was hoping someone knew a secret lake or river in the warm desert so I could warm my old bones.

Santee Lakes, San Diego County
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Santee lakes sounds better, Bishop can be very cold in Nov, Fredrick may be on to something. I have not been there for 30 years. Good luck
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Arizona is another option.

I have camped out there in winter, but you need to watch for the Snowbirds.

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Camping Unit [b]Appearance Restrictions

All Camping Units must have current registration and licensing. RVIA or Department of Housing certifications are required. Camping at Santee Lakes is a privilege and not an absolute right, therefore, Santee Lakes has adopted rules and regulations regarding the appearance of Camping Units and will deny privileges based on unsightly appearance. Park Staff will perform an inspection of all Camping Units entering the park. If any of the following items are identified, privileges will be denied:

- Damage to the exterior of the unit, including but not limited to, broken windows, dents, rust, holes, exposed wiring or missing panels.
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Campsite cleanliness is required for aesthetic, sanitary and safety purposes. Campers must place trash in one of the trash receptacles located throughout the campground. All personal items are to be kept inside of ones camping unit. No clotheslines strung between campsites, trees, etc. Items that are prohibited outside the Camping Unit include but are not limited to: furniture, toys, [b]storage containers, off-road vehicles, plants, refrigerators/ freezers, debris, televisions, tarps/[b]canopies, trash, tools, excessive fire wood, etc. Items that are permitted include: barbeque, bikes, lawn chairs, and camping related equipment. It is at the discretion of the park staff to determine whether or not a campsite is in compliance.
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Arizona is another option.

I have camped out there in winter, but you need to watch for the Snowbirds.

Arizona Fishing Lakes


Thank you all for the great suggestions. Gina hit the nail on the head.
We will go to Lake Martinez about 45 minutes north of Yuma. Thats about as far south as I can get and still be in the U. S..
Hopefully it will be warm. I will give a report on it when we get back.
Thanks again for all of the great suggestions.
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