Tuesday, September 20, 2016
December 23, 2016 - Lake Camanche is making anglers happy with rainbow trout, crappie and bass. One angler set a new record for five spotted bass at 27.6 pounds. Bass fishing remains solid at depths from 20 to 30 feet while crapper were taking Speedy Shiners at depths from 10 to 70 feet. Both North Shore and South Shore launch ramps are in the water, and the North Shore Marina has the gas docks open. Hungry fisherman can even grab breakfast and lunch at the café. The lake is currently at 69%.
Nestled in the midst of the Mother Lode waters, Lake Camanche gets a lot of pressure this time of year. Fishermen are frequent users, and some old-timers avow that Camanche’s catch rate is more consistent than any of the other Mother bode ﬁshing holes. Whether or not that’s true, Camanche anglers do catch a lot of fish almost year-round, and its other recreational opportunities make it a favorite spot for everyone in the family.
As at Amador and Pardee, a high percentage of the sportsmen who hit the lake are out after bass. The best time of year for this is late spring and early summer. After spawning, the largemouth are the magic depth right now is between 12 to 20 feet, but as the water gets hot the bass will move deeper, and there’ll be a big population in July and August that will go down to 25 to 45 feet.
Generally 10 percent of the whole population will stay in the top 15 feet of water, another 10 percent will go very deep, and the remaining 80 percent will move from shallow to deep water depending on lake temperatures.
The best bait, all through the day, even though it may be a dud for two or three hours, are plastic worms and leadhead jigs. Good choices in plastics are red worms with a black bloodline or two or three crawdad-pattern worms. Another favorite at this lake is the Bobby Garland spider jig, the smoke sparkle is a good
As late as June anglers are taking home trout too, mainly from 35 to 40 feet of water. Some use downriggers and some use leadcore line that ranges from 10- to 18-pound test.
In late Spring, drop leadcore line ﬁve to eight colors, our source suggested. Most ﬁshermen working with downriggers prefer to use monoﬁlament line. Trout may go even deeper later in the season, ﬁshermen work a myriad of baits and lures but that a few “major” models are usually reliable. “
The red patterns seem to be the best here—either red and silver or red and white, Krocodiles, Nee- dleﬁsh, Triple Teazers and Kastmasters all get the nod. Nightcrawlers either drifted or trolled “are always good.
Don‘t use any more weight than you have to to get to the desired depth. Most of the take trolling is rainbows, though a few German browns call Camanche home.
The ﬁrst salmon went in about 1982, and from the initial stock now can weigh as much as 4 to 6 pounds. “Tons” of hluegills ﬁn these waters too, and make for great first-time fishing for kids and other novices.
Crappie ﬁshing is depends on ﬁnding a school, you can count on catching several respectably-sized panﬁsh. Mini Jigs and minnows ﬁshed in the deeper coves with cover or rocky shoreline should tempt a few ﬁsh if you happen upon a school
Summertime anglers should have no problem honing in on a productive catﬁsh bite. The marina source said catﬁshing “has been teal strong, and there should be a good bite right on through” the summer. “Most of the ﬁsh coming in now are channel cats averaging a pretty good size, " he added. “If you had 10 cats, they would probably range from 2 to 8 pounds." Channel cats are the most populous species, but white cats also ﬁgure heavily in the creel, a few blues also take a variety of live and stinkbaits at Camanche, and range up to 14 or 15 pounds. Best at night, with activity centered in the creek channel and coves, and off the dikes and spillway in the main body. Areas such as Rabbit Creek and China Cove are popular.
Fishing for the cats from the banks as in boats and that both methods are equally good. Along with other species, catﬁsh will move deeper during the hottest season.
As is true with any lake ﬁshing, facilities make a big difference. And South Camanche Shore and Camanche Northshore Resort do a good job of taking care of just about everything a ﬁsherman could ask for.
A huge park, with water slides, game rooms, horseback riding, a separate swimming lake, water skiing and tennis courts. South Camanche has a full-service marina with boat rentals, slip rentals, gas, a complete grocery store with a full line of bait and tackle, a service station and hundreds of ﬁxed campsites, hook-ups and ample overﬂow areas.
Lake Camanche Size: Camanche has between 55 and 60 miles of shoreline, depending on water level, and approximately 7,600 surface acres. The lake is lower than normal this season, but has plenty of water.
Species: Rainbow trout, king salmon, crappie, bluegill, largemouth bass, white cats, channel cats, blue cats, and a few kokanee. Camping: South Camanche Shore has over 500 fixed campsites with tables and barbecues and, with the addition of 100 new hook-up sites, a total of 300 hook-up spots.
A large overflow area with water and portable toilets serves self-contained campers. Hook- up sites can be reserved, but both fixed campsites and hook-up spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Camanche Northshore has 400 RV and tent _sites and housekeeping cottages. Facilities: Resorts have full-service marinas, fish cleaning stations, gas stations, swimming areas, boat launching and rentals, boat storage, bait and tackle, grocery stores, snack bars, tennis courts, horseback riding and tour rides of nearby gold county and Wild West settings
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