Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Opening Day At Stonewall

When: Sunday, August 30th, 2pm to 10pm
Where: Our Campsite at Stonewall Jackson Resort in Stonewall Jackson Lake State Park, Roanoke, West Virginia
What: Digging in for 4 nights of camping and Eine Kleine Nachtfishin'
Weather: Partly Cloudy, Calm, Low into the 50's at night.

Let me just start off by saying that I have been on my share of campsites and this was absolutely THE COOLEST.

At the risk of sounding like an advertisement, I need to mention that this park, marina and resort are stunningly beautiful, meticulously maintained and made for a wonderful time.

There are only a handful of tent sites in the park, but they could not have been any better thought out or more perfectly placed. We had an elevated wooden deck for our tent and plenty of lakefront real estate that enabled me to have a line or two in the water virtually every second that we were on our site.

We landed on the site just after 2pm, and after getting set up left to get a few things for the next several days.

I attempted to do some catfishing starting at dusk and going into the evening. I had a few lines in the water with minnows, nightcrawlers and chicken livers being fished off the bottom. I was cooking dinner while the lines were soaking, and although this night would not produce any of the lake's channel catfish, I landed a nice bass that hit one of the minnows after Lindsay alerted me to a doubled-over rod.

We relaxed down by the water and rods for awhile that night, enjoying the silence and the serenity before ending our night staring into the fire.

I could not have been more pleased with our surroundings. I scoped out a few places to fish before we realized what kind of site we had. I never tried any of them out. It was so nice having all of my rods and my gear 10 ft. from our picnic table, 20 ft. from our fire and 30 ft. from our tent.

As far as fishing on Stonewall Jackson Lake was concerned, there was no place like home.

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