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Lake Amador
Elevation: 485 feet
Surface Acres: 425

Lake Amador Resort is located in the foothills of the Sierras and is only one hour from Sacramento or Stockton and two hours from the entire Bay area.

Weekly trout plants of up to 5000 pounds, averaging 2-6+lbs each provide not only fabulous fishing, but also the best catching ratio in the country. Besides trout, Lake Amador held the Largemouth Bass record for Northern California for over 10 years at 17.1 lbs. which still stands as the individual lake record was set by Tim Kamura, of Sacramento. The bass fishing is simply superb!

The lake was first planted in 1969 and was one of the first Northern California lakes to get Florida-strain largemouth.

Other trophy fish are also abundant. Huge Catfish up to 40 pounds are caught all summer long. Slab side Crappie and 2 pound Bluegill round out the bountiful fish population that is waiting to provide you with hours of exciting fishing entertainment. You will also find a well-stocked bait & tackle store along with a full line of rental boats located in the lodge.

Lake Amador now has an expanded launch ramp with new docks and a paved parking area. The parking area is now lighted at night for those nocturnal fishing adventures. No Jet Ski’s or Water Skiing allowed.

For more information, you can call (209) 274-4739

Reports

Saturday, December 27th, 2014

  • Water Temp: 53-55

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Bite was extremely tough, jigs produces some bites but it seems that a casting spoon is key at this time of the year
    City: sacramento

    Tips: Jig a casting spoon in 30+ feet of water

Monday, October 6th, 2014

  • Water Temp: 77-82

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: I fished Amador again Fri late afternoon 'til midnight, and Sat morning early. The night bite was dead, maybe because the bass are starting to feed on the surface evenings and mornings. Topwater bite was fun as I would chase the schools of feeding bass which would appear here and there!! I hooked several nice fish but couldn't get them to hold on. I boated two 14 inchers. Sat morning found the bass not quite as active, but they stayed on the hook! I landed 5 for about 12 or 13 lbs - biggest at 3 lbs. no big ones.

    Tips: Bass seemed to be most active in the main body areas - over deep water. Sometimes I forget how really deep Amador is for a small lake. I still found water at 113 feet deep!! I mostly fished poppers like Chug Bugs. I threw a buzzbait quite a bit at dusk with no takes. The bass seemed to shutoff at dusk - sort of a surprise.

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

  • Water Temp: 78-83

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Congrats to the staff for making the launch conditions better. It is one lane, but clean and straight - for now! My buddy Mike Sperbeck and I fished the lake yesterday from 4 pm 'til 10:30 pm, and found the water to be of good color and clean. I was testing my new surgically repaired prop - the surgeon being Gary Peeler. Looks new again! We fished all over the lake and found some willing topwater fish. My problem from Berryessa was transferred to Amador - can't land a topwater fish!! Lost 3 more - fair sized too. Bite was dead and Mike had only one hit on our trip - BUT she went 8 1/4 lbs - on a swimbait - about 9:30 pm. I fished worms, jigs, and D&M swim jigs without a hit. So - was one fish in the boat worth the trip - you bet!!

    Tips: Follow the bait isn't a good tip for Aamdor - bait is everywhere! I did spoon a little and lost one at the surface. As you probably know - the submerged trees are showing everywhere - be careful. The bite should improve week by week, especially before the trout crowd arrives. Bait is everywhere from surface to 50 feet and a few bass are starting to chase bait to the surface.

Friday, June 20th, 2014

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    Water Temp: 76

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: We flat killed them from 5:30am until 1pm. Top Water bite with spooks & buzzbaits and crank baits in the morning and football jigs in the later part. Caught over 50 quality fish with biggest around 5lbs. the rest of the fish were all decent quality from 2-4lbs. Awesome and fun day at the lake.

    Tips: Fish were all over.

Saturday, June 14th, 2014

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    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Well I haven't posted a report in a couple of years, figured I'd give it a shot. Fished amador today from 5:30-3:00with a couple of buddies, caught around 30 fish to 3.5 lbs. Tried some top water early for one 2 pounder. Decided to slow down, so started throwing a nail weighted senko and started ripping into them. A lot if the fish were really yellow with red mouths so i figured they have been feeding heavily on craw dads. Decided to switch it up so put on a 12 inch ribbon tail and started roping em, caught a few 3+ punders. Ended the day with some jig fish and some crank fish. Hadn't bee out there in a bit, Great Lake.

Saturday, June 7th, 2014

  • Water Temp: 78-82

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: No 22 1/2 lb limit yesterday - but a good limit for a good client and myself. We caught about 13-14 bass total with a 14+ lb limit. This was his first visit to Amador, telling me he was hoping to at least catch a 5 pounder. He basically answered his wish with a nice bass a hair under 5 lbs! Such good guiding - LOL! He caught most of the bass - several in the 2 1/2 to 3 lb range. I had a few great opportunities too. Broke off the first BIG bass I hooked and missed another big one right after dark. The action slowed after midnight and we quit about 1:30 am. No shad showing on the surface and zero topwater bite at dusk.

    Tips: He bought some baits there after we had some good sandwiches! One of them was a black spinnerbait which served him well. Most of his quality bass including the big one were caught on that bait. He fished it very well! The 10" Power worm bite has started - if I could just land them! He did well with them also - black/blue was a good color for us. I even caught one on a jig - just for fun! Most bass were in the 10 to 25 foot range. Only one rude boater this time - cut right in front of us - on plane - as we were heading towards the bank. Oh well.

Saturday, March 8th, 2014

  • Water Temp: 58-61

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: After one of Laurie Lockhart's famous meals, I starting fishing about 4pm (Fri) and had Immediate action - and I mean quick! The second cast with my brown/orange jig produced a great hit and soon a 4 3/4 lb bass. Way to start!! I missed another on the next cast. Within the next hour I landed 2 more between 4 1/2 and 5 lbs! I only caught two more before dark - around 2 1/2 lb each. After dark I was fishing a wall that I have never caught a really big bass, but I continue to fish it. It finally paid off with an earth-shaking hit which let to a tedious net job. She finally jumped into the net and went 6 lbs 1 oz. A few casts later, another good hit and a 3+ pounder found the net. I fished until 11 pm, hoping for the big bite. I did get it, but lost her after a few seconds. So - a 22 1/2 lb limit made the long drive home very easy!

    Tips: The lake is up some 20 feet from the low of 60 feet. There is a little debris floating, but not much. There are still a few submerged tree branches sticking up, so be careful. I threw a crankbait some, along with a swim jig. Even at night I threw a few different baits, but the jig is what seemed to please them. The bass I hooked were right on the bank, from 10 to 20 feet.

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

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    Water Temp: 58

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Nice water temp but struggled with the bite. Managed 4 fish today with the biggest about 2.5 lbs. Suprised reaction did not do good today. lake is very low. Jigs got them for us today.

    Tips: Find the bait and you should pick up a few right now. Points were best for us.

Friday, June 28th, 2013

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    Water Temp: 77-78

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: went out monday hoping to fish in the rain, but the sun came out. as the sun went away, we did very well on tw. two of the biggest were on frogs (4lbs). shad were everywhere.
    City: elk grove

    Tips: go early morning or late evening

Saturday, June 15th, 2013

  • Water Temp: 76-82

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: I fished alone Thurs late/afternoon 'til about midnight. The overall bite was pretty good before dark and slow after - though it might have gotten better after midnight. I caught about 15 bass up to near 3 lbs - most of them around 2 - 2 1/2 lbs. I caught a few on snag/proof green frogs, #301 Senkos, and 10" Power Worms. Also had a fair topwater bite but the north wind kind of killed that bite! I caught bass everywhere except Rock Creek - that arm was dead. I caught a few hrs sleep and started about 6 am Sat morning. Topwater was on! My first on a Storm Chug Bug was a 5 lb 6 oz beauty and the next was about 4 3/4 lbs. I caught a few more on topwater - then Senkos. About 8:30 am - off to the lodge for one of Laurie's great breakfasts!! My best 5 for the 2 sessions was about 17 lbs. Not like the 'ol days - but decent!

    Tips: I thought the previous report was accurate. I found the fish about where he had described. The topwater fish were on steeper walls with a little weed under the surface. I could not get a crankbait hit to save my life! Senko bite was on steep banks. I missed a big fish on topwater late in the evening AND again in the morning - once on a topwater and then on a Senko. That would have been fun!!

Friday, May 31st, 2013

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    Water Temp: unknown

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Took my kayak out on Lake Amador for the first time. Launched at 6am. Winds were calm, skies were fairly high. First pattern was to cast to the bank on sunlit main lake points on the north-west side of the lake. Second cast of the day with a Zara Spook One Knocker produced a healthy 6 lb LM. Had a few smaller LMs bite as well before the chop killed the topwater bite for me. Slowed down with a jig and shakeyhead further off the same main lake points and got quite a few more in the 1# to 3# range. Also tried the shakeyhead, a swin jig, and spinnerbait along the submerged weedlines in the backs of coves. Found that if I dragged the shakeyhead over the top of the weed line--creating a disturbance--from the inside out, and let it fall on the outside edge, the bass would inhale it as it fell. Lots of fish in there, following the spawning baitfish I would assume. As the day warmed uncomfortably and winds picked up, the bite died completely for me. Best 5 went for about 13 to 14 lbs.
    City: Los Gatos

    Tips: Get out early and hit sun-drenched points with topwater walkers, buzzbaits, and poppers. All of my topwater bites came almost as soon as the lure hit the water, so be ready and let them take it before swinging. As the sun rises, and the winds pick up, back off of productive points into deeper water and slow down. The outside edges of coves held fish as they seemed to be waiting for the baitfish to move out into the main lake before ambushing them. A lot of baitfish inside the coves, pockets, and feeder creeks.

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

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    Water Temp: 50-52

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: I fished here for the first time this year, after eating one of Laurie Lockhart's wonderful patty melts at the lodge. I started fishing about 4 pm and caught a 2 pounder right away on a jig. I threw a Huddleston 8" swimbait for awhile and had a big hit, but lost the bass after 10 seconds. Caught a small bass and then a 3 1/2 - all on jigs. This was in the Jackson Creek arm. Overall, kinda slow. After dark I had the lake to myself, but the bass showed no respect. I didn't have a hit bite for about 2 1/2 hrs and was about to leave. I decided to hit 1 or 2 points in the Carson arm before leaving, using a black/blue Netbait paca craw. I got absolutely hammered by a nice fish an 3 minute or so battle was on. I won!! She went 6 1/2 lbs even and is now on display in the aquarium at the lodge. They will release her next week. I finished at the dam - landing another 2 1/4 lb bass. As always - good fish makes the long trip worthwhile!!
    City: Yuba City

    Tips: I really didn't have enough action to give many tips. In Feb and March - jigs always work at Amador, as do swimbaits if you have the patience. I saw a 14 lb trout weighed in and bass don't eat them. Actually - maybe they hide from them!!

Thursday, November 22nd, 2012

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    Water Temp: 59-61

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: After getting my Ranger Z521 tuned up with the good folks at C&C Marine in Sacto, I decided to head to Amador for a few hours of fishing before heading home. I know the storm was clearing and the bite would be tough. It did clear bringing the bright winter half moon and a cold, damp night. Actually, from about 5 pm 'til 8 pm, I did catch 5 bass with the biggest at 3 3/4 lbs. I think I lost 3. The bite was fair at dark and 2 hrs after, but once the cold moist air set in, the bite died - as it usually does. This was the first night of the winter wet dew which soaks everything in the boat - usually killing the bite. That is why cloudy winter nights are best - the warm afternoon air doesn't rise at dark while cold moist air sinks. Bass generally don't respond well to those conditions - and last night was no exception. I did enjoy my new steel trolling motor rope (cable?) made by Danny Miller. It worked great - no more worries!!
    City: Yuba City

    Tips: I tried topwater before dark with no results. I threw Yamamoto Flappin' Hogs and D&M Piranha swim jigs most of the time. I got bites on both but the hogs worked the best. Most bass were on points with connecting flats. All were about 20 feet deep. All my bites were pretty solid in spite of the crummy conditions.

Friday, October 19th, 2012

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    Water Temp: 70-73

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: I took 2 gentlemen out for a "teach the lake" trip on Wednesday. We started about 7:30 am. Topwater didn't happen right away but did happen around 8 am. We caught several up to near 3 lbs with one of the fellas missing a nice one - 4+ lbs. Bass seemed to come up for the baits out of deep water since most of our hits were off the bank. After that we worked plastics of different shapes and sizes and landed a few more - but with flat water and almost hot weather - the bite was slow. I showed them lots of the Amador structure secrets so as to help them with their future trips.
    City: Yuba City

    Tips: After a nice, homemade sandwich at the lodge, I went back out for about 2 hrs and caught 2 more on topwater, but the fishing was dead. Shad were about 40-45 feet deep and did not appear after the sun set. NO surface activity at all. Obviously, the early morning is the best time to bass fish until the water cools.

Saturday, September 8th, 2012

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    Water Temp: 78-84

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Friday afternoon I took three people (me, myself, and I) for a relaxing dusk/night trip. Fishing was ok and the night was absolutely gorgeous!! The normal east night breeze forgot to show up and after midnight the last quarter of the moon rose. Talk about peace and quiet in God's beautiful outdoors!!!
    The bite was real spotty, but good quality for early Sept. I saw a few quality bass chasing shad but they would not hit topwater. I caught one on a Blade Runner jig before dark and missed two other - one a good sized bass. After dark I put the 10" Berkley Power worm to the test and most of my hits were on that bait - about 20 to 30 feet deeep. I only wound up with 6 in the boat and 5 or 6 missed bites. They were all from 2 to 4 lbs and looked very healthy. Pretty nice limit around 15 lbs. I caught them all over the lake with most on points. Off-shore structure seemed to be dead for some reason in spite of the fact the lake is dropping. No weedbeds left.
    City: Yuba City

    Tips: I'll bet the first light bite would be the best time period. I was planning to stay for that and then having one of Laurie Lockharts famous breakfasts, but remembered there was a bike event near Rancho Seco and didn't wanted to have delays on the way home. The lake seems to be down about 25 feet and the ramp is at the left-turn section now - but launching is still ok. Though last night was beautiful, there was no surface action of bait or gamefish - no noise from crickets or birds. Very quite night.

Friday, August 24th, 2012

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    Water Temp: 81

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Took my pontoon boat out for some fishing. Started throwing a buzz bait by the dam and spill way with no luck. Finally broke down and threw a darthead with a zoom trick worm. Green pumpkin red flake. Picked up three dinks in Mtn Spring Arm. I caught two more dinks in Rock Creek, Caught my first keeper off main lake point of Carson.I threw a baby brush hog in a green pumpkin. All fish were caught 15-20 feet. First fish caught at 9:30am. Last fish caught at 2pm.
    City: Gold River

    Tips: Lake was low. Very low. It was nice to see structure that was exposed. Took pics to know where to fish when water level goes up . I had to guess 20 feet low.

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

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    Water Temp: 68-70

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: I was able to guide one of my favorite clients last night. Why is he a favorite? He caught my biggest client bass ever a few years ago at Clear Lake - 12 lbs 9 oz. That makes him a "favorite!" We had a nice trip except for the very cold late April night. Temp was 44 and breezy when we left at 3 am. The bite was the opposite of my last trip - not at many bass but good quality. We landed several quality bass from 3 to 5 1/2 lbs, lost a big one , and landed a few small ones. Our best five were almost 19 lbs. I found many deep bass on walls the previous trip but last night the big ones were all shallow and on points! The big one was caught (before dark) on a jig and the others on Senkos, Berkley Havoc baits, and brush hogs (after dark). We fished the whole lake except for the Jackson Creek and Rock Creek arms.
    City: Yuba City

    Tips: Water was dingy which made seeing nests hard. These bigger bass were all without a mark and looked like they were pre-spawn. Normal spawning areas didn't produce any bass - so it was kinda hard to figure out. Boy, those Amador bass are really hard fighters. They give it all they have!

Saturday, February 18th, 2012

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    Water Temp: 50-52

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: I decided to visit Amador since I was already in Sacramento. I launched at 4 pm, after one of Laurie Lockhart's great burgers!! I planned to fish yesterday because of the promise of cloud cover for the night. As usual this year, clouds came - and went within 2 hrs. All stars out by 7 pm. Before dark, I was fishing the Hemphill Special - a brown/orange Blade Runner jig w/ Yamamoto (#180) trailer and found the bite to be fair in the Jackson arm. My first 2 were hooked at 55 and 60 feet. So much for early spring movements to the shallows!! My next one was a nice one, 4 1/4 lbs, at about 25 feet. My final jig fish was 3+ lbs at about 30 feet. Just before dark I hooked another nice one but lost her. After dark, when the clouds left and the dew set in, I didn't have a bite! I left at 11 pm.
    City: Yuba City

    Tips: My bass were caught on walls and off-shore ledges. Nothing on points. Lake seems down about 20 feet - just guessing. The trout fishing pressure is simply amazing and am not sure what effect that is having on the bass bite. Another father/son team was fishing for bass and said they caught 5 or 6 fairly shallow before dark.

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

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    Water Temp: 56-57

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: I did an 8 hr guide trip with a father-son pair that were new to bass fishing. They had fished Amador for trout before but wanted to learn about bass fishing. We started about 2 pm and fished until 10 pm - so they could sample night fishing. The nice folks who run the lake are pleased with a nice increase in trout anglers this fall. When I drove over the dam on my arrival - I could hardly see the water thru the maze of boats. After dark - we were it!! The son did have 5 or 6 hit and landed a bass before dark and one after dark - about 1 3/4 and 2 lbs. I caught a small one and dad missed 2. Bite was very slow and the weather didn't help. Clear skies and heavy dew always makes the night bite tough. The promised clouds and warmer air did arrive - unfortunately - about the time we quit. Had that happened at sunset, I think we would have done better.
    City: Yuba City

    Tips: Yamamoto Kreature baits and Berkley Chigger Craws got most of our bites. Active bass were about 15-25 feet.

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

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    Water Temp: 71-73

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: I fished Amador Friday afternoon and about 4 hrs at night. The bite was very slow and I couldn't even get the spoon bite to go. I did catch several small bass on Robo worms and finally switched to a jig around sunset. Near the dam I caught a 2 1/2 pounder and a 3 lb 3 oz bass on back to back casts. I then tried topwater and the bite was dead. Still too warm. The night fishing was very slow as the damp, clear fall nights are here. Cloudy nights are always better during fall/winter. I did hook a big fish on a brush hog, but lost her.
    City: Yuba City

    Tips: The lake is in good shape - only down about 8 feet I think. The first trout plant happened at the beginning of the week. Cool weather WILL improve the bass bite!

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