Visiting Fawn Creek Pond

No Power in the house on Monday? No problem.

Hello and welcome to the blog.  Monday morning we had a thunderstorm roll through and it knocked out the power for a while… all over the whole town!  Not a problem with the van – I just put the antenna up and watched TV using the battery bank.

Just a few blocks from home, one street seems to always have dozens of worms on the wet days.

After the rainstorm the other day, it was possible to gather up a few dozen night crawlers.  At nearly $4 a container, free is a good thing!  Last night (Wednesday night), I decided to do a little fishing after work.

Fawn Creek pond along highway 151

Recently I spoke with Fred, the founder of the trailer court where Jenny and I live.  He said I was welcome to fish at the pond by his warehouse.  It is  on private land and located about 10 minutes from home along Highway 151 (on the path to Dubuque).  The pond is catch-and-release unless you hook catfish; those a person are permitted to take home.

Swimming is a family activity.

With the sun going down, I had about 90 minutes to fish.  The bass were working the shoreline with quite a fervor.  The bluegills were equally hungry.  All the while I laid back in the plush green grass and relaxed.


Nice pudgy bluegill would have made a tasty meal but this was one lucky fish!

The sun was going down as I fished. The camping lantern came along as well as a headlamp.  I only fished for an hour and a half but got a couple nice bluegills and two decent bass.  All were released.  But it was relaxing and enjoyable to fish… and NOT to have to clean and of the unlucky critters.

While I plan to visit the Fawn Creek Pond again, there are other ponds to visit.  Jim S., a friend I worked with 32 years ago, stopped in at work yesterday.  Last fall buddy Steve and I had picked hazelnuts on Jim property.  Jim has a nice stocked farm pond with about everything in it – bass, crappie, bluegills, channel catfish, walleye and more.  As we spoke I asked if I can camp by the pond with the van.  He said, “Sure!”  It’s in the country, a perfect place to take Jenny to play and have a tranquil night of fishing and rest.

Today is Thursday.  Camping will happen early next week at Jim’s place.  The following week, Memorial day weekend, I have to head north to visit a friend who sold his business.  I might not see the person for a while – or perhaps ever again – and want to offer him a fond farewell… (and catch some trout along the way)

Thanks for visiting!  Have a great end to the fine spring week.  Safe and happy camping adventures.

Brad and Jenny
Jones County, Iowa


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About VanTrekker

I am a former vandweller in Eastern Iowa who, for several years (off and on), lived in a 2007 Chevy cargo van. I still travel around Iowa with my tortoise shell cat, Jennifer Stefanie. Our favorite place to explore is the Country Heritage Community, the four far northeastern counties of Iowa (Clayton, Winneshiek, Allamakee, and Fayette). Ride along as we fish in pristine trout streams, enjoy fine home cooked camping meals, and meet new people. It's all possible on a shoestring budget. Happy travels always! --- Brad, the "Van Trekker"

4 Responses to Visiting Fawn Creek Pond

  1. Jo says:

    Nice short fishing trip and nice catches. I hate cleaning fish so I always did catch and release. I had taken off the barbs so it was easy to remove the hook. All my fishing gear in that little bag were stolen when someone broke into my shed. Creeps.
    Anyway sounds like you found a nice free place to camp and fish have fun.

    • VanTrekker says:

      Hi Jo. Sorry to hear that your fishing gear was stolen. That’s aggravating! I hope to do an overnight fishing trip on Monday (close to the homebase). There are a lot of changes coming and I need to be around here a little more to get things in order. Take care! Happy camping!

  2. my_vantasy says:

    Free camping and fishing–life is good. We have had some severe storms roll through my part of Ohio, too. People with camping gear definitely have an advantage during power outages.

    • VanTrekker says:

      Good morning! The weather has been a little crazy lately. We’re supposed to be having another round of weather tonight (nothing severe in this area) and in the morning I’ll be prowling around the neighborhood streets picking up more worms. Hopefully the weather doesn’t get too bad up that way. On 5/16 we had the 50th anniversary of an F-5 tornado that severely damaged Oelwein, Iowa. Grandma and Grandpa told stories about seeing it. Take care!