Campground: Big Fish N Campground
Location: Lafayette, Indiana
Last visit: April 6, 2014
How Found: From a friend
How Camped: other
Campground Review and Description:
We just went there to go fishing for a few hours.
Pros, Cons, Attractions and Additional Comments:
Pros: There were not many people there.
When I arrived at Big Fish-N-Campground I knew nothing about it.
I did not even know it was a campground. All I knew was the address, and that I was going to meet my friends at some ponds on this property to go fishing. I had some trouble finding it, and when I did there was a sign for a campgrounds and an open gate. Being preoccupied with finding where my friends were, I was running late, I did not pay much attention to that sign at the time, which turned out to be a mistake.
I drove into the grounds and found my friends car, which I parked next to and then walked down to meet them at the pond they were fishing at. Scarcely had I begun baiting my fishing line when a man who was dragging the driveway on a tractor stopped behind us and beckoned me over. He asked me if I had stopped by his office on the way in. I said no I had not I was not aware there was an office. He followed this statement by saying I owed him 16 dollars. Taken aback I asked why, and he said because I had not stopped by the office to pay him I needed to pay him immediately.
I replied that that was fine, I was sorry that I did not realize I had to pay to fish there, and would do so, but I asked again are you sure it is 16 dollars that seems quite steep for only a few hours of fishing.
By that point my friends had walked up and he asked them what they paid. They said 8 dollars and he nodded and said that he made people who did not stop by the office pay double, or he called the sheriff.
I said that that was absurd because I had not meant to sneak in and would happily pay him the 8 dollars. He said the only reason the gate was open was because he was working on the driveway with a tractor and that I still owed him 16 dollars. At this point my friends also tried to help me explain how I had not meant to sneak in, and that I was not trying to dodge the original payment. After several minutes of us explaining he finally conceded and accepted my 8 dollars, and with a warning that if I ever tried it again he would call the sheriff, drove off.
I must say that I have rarely met someone who is so rude and unprofessional toward his customers, especially right off the bat. I would advise potential campers and fishermen of this site that if they want a fun outdoor experience there are numerous other campgrounds and fishing spots around the area that are either free, or more professionally managed.
Attractions: Other fishing areas include Lake Shafer and Freeman and even the Wabash.
Comments: I found the management to be rude and unprofessional, and the fishing to be mediocre. I would not go back to Big Fish N Campground. My friends were disappointed by the site as well, because apparently while it had still been a pay to fish site, the ponds were stocked weekly with catfish and the fishing was catch-and-keep; the campgrounds would even pay you per pound to release big cats if you caught them.
Now the site no longer stocks the ponds, and it is still pay to fish, but is only catch and release.
More on Indiana Campgrounds and Travel
From Big Fish N Campground in Lafayette, Indiana: "Big Fish’n Campground is a place for recreation, relaxation and competition. It doesn’t matter if you are 1, 2 or a large group. We’ve set the stage so that everybody enjoys. BFC has over 28 acres for outdoor enjoyment. With 3 stocked fishing ponds and 12 acres of water there’s plenty of room for the fisherman or camper who needs his space. Approximately 14 acres of camping area gives us nearly 70 full service sites and unlimited primitive camping."
"We are proud of our camping and our catch and release fishing is second to none and now known as a “Catch Fest”. The ponds are stocked with Bass, Bluegill, Carp, Crappie, Kentucky Blue Catfish along with our main stocking fish, Farm Raised Channel Catfish.
Spend time in your camp site or fishing area and then cool off in our heated swimming pool when you are ready. Big Fish has been a great fishing and camping area since 1960 and we take pride in its continued success. Our goal is to make your outing enjoyable."
For more information about Big Fish N Campground's camping and fishing services, please visit their website: http://bigfishcamp.com
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