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I launched on Friday afternoon around 1:30 p.m., paddled approximately 5-6 miles to my campsite at Fox Island (Site #27). Along the way, during the paddle, I caught seven smallmouths - mostly legal size (all returned to the water to fight another day). I set up camp on the island, ate dinner and then waited for the rain to arrive, while I made sure that the firewood I bought at the launch stayed dry. I set up a tarp over the provided table for a cooking area that served as a dry area for the firewood. Rains cleared on Saturday around 2 a.m., and then later in the morning/afternoon it was misting off and on.
I caught another two smallies on Saturday morning before breakfast from shore, and then another two after the rains during a short afternoon paddle around the area. Saturday evening was clear and my campfire blazed into the night.
Sunday morning, I broke camp and was packed up and headed to the launch around 10:30 a.m., arriving at the boat launch sometime around 1 p.m.
Paddling back I was going against the wind and the reservoir is oriented west to east, so the prevailing winds need to be taken into consideration on the trip back. The winds on this body of water can stir up some freak swells (so do power boaters), so this water is not for novices. The area lends itself to feeling isolated and alone, especially past peak season.
During this, my first solo kayak camping trip, my skills that I've developed over previous trips were tested and the rewarding feeling of accomplishment in a wilderness setting is the real prize.
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