Camanche Lake and Reports

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Camanche Lake, Elevaton: 222.10 ft. Daily Statistics
Wednesday, Jan 18
Storage (ac. ft.) Ouflow (ft.3/sec) Inflow (ft.3/sec) Precip. (in.) Evaporation (ft.3/sec)
322,520 4,953 3,070 ??? ???
Friday, Jan 20
Hi: 52 ° F
Lo: 42 ° F
Rain Showers
Precip: 97%
Rain Likely
Precip: 80%

Monday, January 16th, 2017

  • Report: Lake Camanche hasn't seen much sunshine since the heavy storms of last week but at lease the fishing has been great!
    Lake Camanche is currently at 79% of capacity and the water level continues to rise.
    The California Dept. of Water Resources is estimating that Lake Camanche is receiving 5,123 cubic feet per second of water flowing from Pardee and releasing 4, 960 CFS. To see the most current information regarding water levels please go to:
    Friday 1/13/17 Mt. Lassen release 3,000 lbs. of trout with 1,000 lbs. planted to the pond and 1,000 lbs. to both shores at the boat ramps. Another release of 1,200 lbs. is expected this week before the weekend. Watch our FB page for the plant update.

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

  • Report: From Lake Camanche

    The storms kept rolling in with lots of rain and high winds which didn't make for the best fishing week. The lake levels have been crazy too. Due to flooding concerns EBMUD engineers dramatically lowered Lake Camanche in anticipation of the continual storm surges. Since Wednesday January 4th the release from Lake Camanche was approximately 5,000 cubic feet per second! That dropped the lake level down to 64% from 70% as of Monday 1/9/17. As of Sunday 1/8 Pardee Lake has started to spill over. Pardee has also increase their releases which has already made a difference in the level of Lake Camanche which as of this print 1/10/17 has brought the lake level back up to 68%.

    The California Dept. of Water Resources is estimating 12,816 cubic feet per second of water is flowing from Pardee into Lake Camanche. Those of you that would like to keep track can go to:
    Friday 1/6 Mt. Lassen release 2,400 lbs. of trout with 800 lbs. planted to the pond and both shores at their boat ramps. Another huge release of 3,000 lbs. is expected this week before the weekend. Watch our FB page for the plant update.

    Dave Gliebe was out with other bass anglers the 1st of the year and caught this monster 13.5 lbs. large mouth. I have to apologize for the late post but it took me awhile to track Dave down at Bass Pro in Manteca to get his permission to post his picture. I don't have the particulars of what and where but you can always stop in and ask for him in the fishing department. He release this beauty unharmed back into the lake.

    Above: Kody Sackett of Ione got in before the storms to catch this very nice stringer of trout from the pond using rapala on Friday 1/6. Total weight of stringer was 11.36 lbs. with the largest coming in at 4.71 lbs.

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

  • Report: From Lake Camanche Resort

    Fishing Report 01/05/2017

    The New Year has started off strong with trout, crappie and bass being reported.

    We received a another big fish plant for the holiday weekend! 2,250 lbs. of Mt. Lassen trout was delivered on Friday 12/23 with 750 lbs. each to the pond, and both north & south ramps.

    Heavy rains and warm weather will keep Lake Camanche capacity up to 70% or possibly raising higher . Lake Pardee has been releasing large amounts in anticipation heavy runoff to adjust for flood control. Lake Camanche has been receiving 1,463 C.F.S. from Pardee and Camanche in turn has also been releasing heavy flows into the Mokelumne River at a rate of 1, 346 C.F.S. Lake Camanche’s elevation as of this report at Camanche was 217.15 which puts the lake at 18.35′ from the spillway. Water temps was reported as 52-56 degrees.

    mrs-lenard-12-31-300x400Nathan Lenard was out with his family and gave us a report of his trip. “Did a crappie only trip today at Camanche with the family. 1:30 pm or 20 fish was our stop time. Started fishing just after 8:00 am. Finished with 20 by 1:10 then we noticed two hitchhiking fish as we reeled them in. 22 fish came home. Best depths were 13-18′. One triple two doubles. Great tasting fish. Great meat gathering trip.”

    James Sanchez asked Nathan for his secret which Nathan replied, “ no real secret. Grubs with a 4′ 10 lb. leader trolling 1.2-1.3 mph. 40 feet setbacks with a fishy scent. Yellow power egg in front. No dodgers. You troll over the schools they’ll come up and fish on.

Sunday, January 1st, 2017

  • Report: 13 pounder caught on jig - info here:

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

  • Water Temp: 55-56

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Long cold front early morning, misty and foggy. Launched at 8:15, missed the morning bite. Had my Navigation lamps up until noon. Launched at South Shore, water level was up compared to last year (68% full) Lakemaster map -17 feet (not too bad). The bite was not on, Fished the south end mostly, 20-25' depths off main lake points. Humminbird was showing suspending, stationary fish 10' above bottom, Tied on a Pearl colored Norman Deep Little N crank bait and couldn't get anything, 3" bluegill Storm swim bait, still no luck. Drop shot had some bites but couldn't get fish to commit. Boated over some deeper water but nothing showing on the sonar, went back to 25-27' range and found fish. Moved around some, tied a few more lures on but they just weren't in the mood.

    Tips: I would try spoons between 25-30' as the water gets colder. Definitely bring some warm clothes.

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

  • Report: Fishing Update Courtesy of Fisherman's Warehouse - Manteca

    Foothill lakes fishing is still fair. Trollers are still catching trout at Camanche and the bass guys are getting fish throwing top water on long shallow points.

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

  • Report: From Lake Camanche

    Alert: Due to a large release of water from Pardee & a lower release from Camanche the water level has risen. Please note that south shore low water courtesy ramp #2 has now been reopened while ramp #3 has been closed. No change at north shore.

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015


    Saturday September 19, 2015 8:30 am – 12:00 pm Camanche South Shore, Middle Bar, or the Mokelumne River Day Use Area

    Join other volunteers for a fun and productive day of cleaning up the banks of the Mokelumne River and Camanche Reservoir in the Sierra foothills. While you help restore the natural beauty of the Sierra you will also be on a treasure hunt for great prizes donated by Mokelumne River Outfitters, The California Parks Company and the Camanche Recreation Company . Camanche Recreation Company will also sponsor a BBQ lunch for all participating volunteers, followed by the prize giveaway for the treasure hunt! To register go to this link…/1Bf7bGE54CbfTxQ6yiZ2t_Uw…/viewform For more information

Monday, September 7th, 2015

  • Report: From Lake Camanche

    Lake Conditions 9/7/15

    Water temperature at the south shore ramp is approximately 82 degrees. The inflow from Pardee Lake is 11 c.s.f. as of 9/4/15 and the outflow from Lake Camanche is 200 c.s.f. Spill level is currently 64.2′ with approximately 3,000 surface acres of water.

    NOTICE: South Shore single lane courtesy ramp has been reopened.

    Both North Shore courtesy ramps are currently open.

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

  • Report: The things you should know for the Labor day weekend:
    1. South shore low water courtesy ramp #3 is open
    2. Saturday 9/5/15 Free Fishing - no license, no permit
    3. Pondside sites are still available at Monument RV
    campground with full hook ups
    4. A few lakeside sides are still available at the Willows
    Campground (primitive style camping - bring shade &
    above ground firepit)
    6. Labor Day Weekend movies at the south shore amphitheater
    • Saturday night movie - Captain America the Winter Soldier
    • Sunday night movie - Frozen

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

  • Report: From Lake Camanche
    Water temperature at the south shore ramp is approximately 79 degrees. The inflow from Pardee Lake is 11 c.s.f. as of 8/2/15 and the outflow from Lake Camanche is 250 c.s.f. Spill level is currently 63.62′ with approximately 3,300 surface acres of water.

    One North Shore courtesy ramp is open while the other is being repaired by EBMUD. Sorry for any inconvenience.

    Both South Shore courtesy ramps are currently open

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

  • Water Temp: 65-68

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Tuff fishing. Heavy wind yesterday must have shut them down. Couple Spots and couple large mouth, no size. Shallow on 4" swim bait on Dirty Jig swim bait head 1/4 oz. Did stick 8 lb 11 oz channel cat in three feet on flat. Ran 20 miles today, fished dam to river past bridge. Should pick up next week. No drop shot fish.
    City: Fairfield

    Tips: Fish hard, fish fast.

Monday, November 10th, 2014

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    Water Temp: 62 degrees at r

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Weather: Mid & upper 70's clear and sunny
    Lake Level: 32%\Best Depths: Shallow to 15'
    Rapala, spin bait and wacky worms were reported
    Big Bass: Shallow to 15'11/09/2014 - 9.1 lbs.
    Events: 11/1 Manteca Bass Buddies - small tournament no results given
    11/9 ORO Madre Bass Anglers- small tournament - 10 teams of 2, 5 bass per team limit, 47 bass brought in to be weighed. Largest 9.03 lbs. Jerry Harvey, winning team 23 lbs. prize $300.00 went
    Guide Information: Hours 7:00 am - 1:00 pm North Shore 209-763-5166 or South Shore 209-763-5915\Name & Number: Terry Willard 209-781-5806

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

  • Water Temp: 57

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Fished Sunday 2-23 6am to 3pm. Caught four 3lber's on a rip bait and a crankbait first thing around hat Isl. Worked our way towards narrows focusing on main lake points catching only one using dart head and dropshot. Once past the narrows, the fishing picked up catching 6 more using same technique including 2 jig fish. Fish were related to points and banks that transitioned from mud to rock or little rocks to big rocks. All fish were healthy fat 2.5-3lbs.

    Tips: Caught all fish shallow around 15ft. Colors were cinnamon, oxblood and blue. Jig was brown/purple. Fish were aggressive hitting seconds after the fall. Fun day.

Sunday, May 19th, 2013

  • Water Temp: 74

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Fished with my buddy and his two six year old twins. I was a busy man untangling lines and retying drop shots.

    I was however able to show the kids two fish.

    Tips: I got them both on wind blown rocky shoreline using a jig crawled along the bottom in about 6 feet.

Saturday, October 27th, 2012

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    Water Temp: 65-68

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Very tough bite for Basin Bassmasters on Saturday.
    One limit came in with 10.76 lbs,second place had four fish 7.86 lbs.
    Most of the fish came on tubes, drop shot and darter head.
    City: rocklin

    Tips: worms, grass and rock on flats.

Saturday, October 20th, 2012

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    Water Temp: 69

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: It was a tough bite for us. One short fish in the boat on drop shot. Other guys also found it tough, with 2 teams with no fish to weigh in. Few limits. Some in club found good fish with winning weight over 15 lb with a 6.7 kicker. Graphed fish, but could not get them to go. graphed bait, got no fish around them to go.
    City: Sac

    Tips: cover water. They're biting somewhere.... somewhere else for us..... slow techniques seemed to be the flavor of the day....

Saturday, September 8th, 2012

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    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Fished the weekend. Only fished AM and PM nothing mid day. Caught 25 bass mostly spots. There was a hit and miss top water bite and a good crank bait bite PMs. Picked up a 7.4 lbs and a 3.5 lbs LM on a top water plus a bunch of smaller spots. The crank bait fish were all spots on a 1.5 KVD crank on steep rocky banks. Nothing on carolina rig or drop shot.
    City: Foster City

    Tips: Fish top water early AM and after 6:30 PM. Mix casts with a crank bait to see what they want. Work steep banks with large chunk rock close to the shore casting parallel to the bank.

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

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    Water Temp: 84

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Fished 2 days over the 4th. Tough bite. Caught 15 LM and spots all in the river area. Inconsistant top water bite AM and PM. Biggest fish 4+ on top water. Once the sun got high switched to dragging a carolina rig in 15 ft off points and caught fish. Picked up several on crank bait. Nothing on drop shot.
    City: Foster City

    Tips: Top water AM and PM. Carolina plastics the rest of the day. Try crank off and on all day on rocky shore.

Friday, May 11th, 2012

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    Water Temp: 67-70

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Launched from the North Shore at 8:30am. Sunny day, no clouds, no wind, 10+ foot visibility. Went directly across the lake to the South shore dike. Saw a few fish breaking the surface in and around the submerged islands with stick-ups on top. We went to the dike wall and fished plastics (C-rig, watermelon baby brush hog) and crank baits. We were fishing in 4-10 feet of water. Spent 1 hour without a tap. Fished around the submerged islands in deeper water (18-25) and got our first bite on C-rig worm (brown with chartruse tail). My partner and I got a few more taps but were a little slow on setting the hook. On the trolling motor, we went to the East and found a shallow bay filled with small rocks and few trees in 8-10 feet of water. Stuck my first fish at 11am on a C-rig using oxblood with red flake 5" worm (15" LMB, 15ft deep). Moved thru this bay and stuck another (16" LMB) on same rig. My partner lost one on a Senko (Watermellon). My partner lost another on Senko (Watermellon). Got a few more taps on the C-rig but did not hook them.
    Took a 1-hour lunch break under a huge Oak tree on one of the islands. So, back at it and I land a 13" LMB on a drop-shot rig using a 4" curly tail shad pattern at 20-25 feet deep around the houseboats that are docked on the North Shore. Fished around the submerged island (12-15 ft) but no takers. Went back to the shallow bay with trees & rocks and hooked a monster on C-rig (oxblood with red flake). I thought it was going to break my line so I went to adjust my drag and the fish came off (rookie mistake!) Must have added a split second of slack in the line. Hooked another but did not set the hook well. (Another rookie mistake!) All the while my partner has been trying different colors and techniques without nary a bite. We finally make it back to the North Shore marina 4:45pm, stop near the rocky cliffs and both my partner and I hook up with fish at the same time using C-rigs (Oxblood with red flake) in 15-20 ft. We ended with only 6 fish in the boat but it was a great day away from the office.
    City: San Jose

    Tips: We tried topwater in the morning with no success. Bite was soft. Watermellon and Oxblood colors seemed best. Only a slight breeze all day.