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Monday, May 13th, 2019
Report: by StanL » Mon May 13, 2019 7:55 pm
Fishing Camanche This Week
I went out with my buddy John. We did not hit the water until 11 o’clock.
The surface temperature was 71 degrees. The water clarity was visible to about 12 feet.
We started off throwing reaction baits with no luck. We fished a variety of structure.
The productive spots were shallow type of flats that were in 10-feet of water and less.
There are still pre-spawn, spawning and post spawn fish.
We caught them on a variety of baits. The best choices were a Frenzy Biats Nail with a Trick Worm, a Carolina-rigged Zoom Lizard and also dropshotting any shad colored worm.
We caught about 16 fish in only four hours.
I hope this helps ..good luck fishing!
Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019
Water Temp: 63
Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)
Report: Fishing bankers hours again after kindergarten drop off. Looked to expand on last weeks rip bait fish and started on the flats down in rabbit creek for zero fish on various pointer minnows and rattle baits.
After an hour or so, ran across the lake and tried again on a big flat just short of the dike. Again zero fish, but drifted in shallow while getting a drink and started to notice cruisers and beds everywhere. Perfect conditions for sight fishing with greasy slick surface and a flat sky. Realizing I left my bed fishing box on the bench I quickly rigged up bubblegum and white/chartreuse senkos and got to work.
First cast to cruising 2# and he rushed up to grab it on the fall. Next 3 beds each had solitary 2# class fish locked up and eat on the first casts. Turned and worked the other side of the pocket for 2 more cruisers then found 2 more beds with aggressive occupants. I’m no sight fishing expert, but it’s been years since I’ve found fish so aggressive and concentrated all at the same time.
Got on the trolling motor and turned up the speed looking for bigger fish but only found 1-2# class fish as I worked my way up towards the submerged island tops closer to the entrance to South Shore.
Went old school with a crawdad colored fat rap and dredged up 2 nice 2.5# spots in about 6’ on an island top. Hit the spot lock and fan casted a wacky rigged green pumpkin senko for 4 more chunky spots and LM up to 3#.
Ran up to China Gulch and continued prospecting with the fat rap and followed the same routine. Most spots would only yield 1 fish on the crank, but more often than not would surrender additions fish on the senko. Crossed over to the West Bank, lather rinse repeat.
Moved out to the north wall in Launcha Plana and the Fat Rap continued to be the hot bait. Coasting downwind through the submerged boulders the bite was interesting as the fish all hit immediately next to the bank or right as the bait approached the boat and turned up to the surface, nothing in between.
Cranked rock piles on the east side for the same pattern as the morning. 1-2 fish on the fat rap, spot lock, then another couple of fish on the senko or drop shot.
My Motorguide Tour TM’s served me well for 30 years, but now it’s hard to imagine fishing without spot lock and auto pilot. Minn Kota has figured it out!
Surprised the Jerkbait bite vanished, but very pleased to see the fat rap still produces.
Maybe 3 dozen fish, 1/4 LM, 3/4 Spots in all stages of the spawn, but did not see any fry yet. Best 5, maybe 14#.
Water started at 59* and peaked at 63* with solid 4’+ clarity and partly cloudy skies with variable winds up to 10mph
Sunday, March 31st, 2019
Report: by StanL » Sun Mar 31, 2019 9:40 pm
At Camanche this week the water is stabilizing with 2,218 CFS coming in and 1,601 going out. The surface temperatures of the water is hitting 61° in the afternoon, in some places and the fish are moving shallow.
If you go, make sure you fish THE DAY, meaning fish the conditions of that particular day.
On stormy days, you want to throw reaction baits and on sunny and callm days, stick with the bottom baits like worms,jigs, Senkos etc.
Check California data exchange center provided by Westernbass.com on the forums. https://cdec.water.ca.gov/resapp/ResDetailTop?resid=CMN
If the inflow and outflow are close, fishing is usually pretty good and if the outflow is greater than the inflow, it usually makes the fish suspend and that is when the fishing can be challenging.
I hope this helps.
Good luck fishing and please practice catch and release
Thursday, March 28th, 2019
Water Temp: 56*-60*
Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)
Report: Gave up holding out for the perfect weather day and packed up and headed to Camanche at the crack of 9 after kindergarten drop off.
Light wind and scattered clouds set up for what I hoped would be a nice reaction bite. Water temp ranged from 56* to 60* and 3’-4’ clarity from mid-lake up to Launcha Plana.
Slow start throwing basstrix, senkos, underspin rigged fluke and a drop shot Aaron’s Magic 4” Roboworms until pulling up to a channel ledge in the houseboat moorage. 3 quick dropshot fish from 1.75# to 2.25# in 28’-30’ H20.
Moved on throwing Lucky Craft Pointer Minnows and Basstrix around the houseboats before moving uplake for 1 more dink spot.
Focused on secondary points around Launcha Plana and got in to a nice rhythm on a half dozen chunky 2# -2.5# spots ripping the Ghost Minnow 100 Pointer and an old school black/gold Bomber Long A.
Starting to piece together where they were holding, I slowed down with a wacky rigged green pumpkin senko and picked off a nice mix of 8 spots and largemouth up to 3.25# on the next 3 points, all hitting on the initial drop in 4’-6’ of water.
A brief squall came through late afternoon so we ran down lake to get away from the showers and ominous skies. Tucked in to fish some sheltered pockets along the north shore campgrounds and day use areas for 2 more LMB on senkos before calling it a day around 6. No giants, but a nice day on the lake with steady action and virtually zero boat traffic.
Thursday, March 21st, 2019
Report: by StanL » Thu Mar 21, 2019 2:22 pm
This week things are changing up here at Camanche. The lake is clearing up. The surface temperature is up to 59 degrees in the afternoon. The fish were just starting to pull up to the banks but then they dropped the lake about about two feet in four days This happens every year with Camanche since it is the fluctuating pool for pardee.
We ended up backing out into 10 to 20 feet of water and catching all our fish with a 6 inch worm on a Frenzy Nail “ Shakey Head and a wacky Senko. We got them on places right outside of spawning areas.
And I also have to congratulate Tim Wells for that 15.1 pound giant last week.
And remember it is springtime so please practice catch and release and good luck fishing!
Sunday, March 10th, 2019
Report: by StanL » Sun Mar 10, 2019 6:57 pm
I have been fishing 9 of the last 10 days and it has been a blast.
Of the 10 days, 7 of them were at Camanche and 2 were at Melones with the surface temperature being really close to the same at both lakes.
It starts out in the morning about 51 and goes up to 54 at Camanche. The water is as dirty as Camanche gets. I've been catching a lot more fish in 15 to 25 feet of water on 1/2 oz black and blue Jigs by working it SLOW in the main lake and the river.
At melones, we’ve been catching them real good on drop off’s in the 35 to 50 foot range. I know that there are shallow fish there also, but we were on a pretty consistent bite in that depth range with 3/4 oz football jig and a Green Pumpkin Yamamoto Hula grub.
GOOD LUCK FISHING!
Saturday, March 2nd, 2019
Report: by StanL » Sat Mar 02, 2019 1:23 pm
Couple of days ago, my buddy John and I went out during the storm trying to catch a big one on reaction baits,
I started throwing a swimbait and John started cranking. After a while with no action I picked up a Strike King PB&J 1/2 oz football jig. On my first cast, I caught a decent fish in about 18 feet of water. With only a few hours to fish John picked one up also and for the next three hours we had a awesome time. It always surprising to me how fast these fish move up on the right day. We concentrated in the main lake on banks that were windblown and had some deep water out in front of them
We went back The next day and the fish changed big time. The main lake got dirty from the rain and wind overnight and we ended up catching all of our fish up the River on breaks in 35 to 50 feet on 3/4 oz jigs.
The lake is starting to fall with only 1,347. (CFS) coming in and 2,397 (CFS ) going out.
I am going out today. We will see how it has changed again.
Good luck fishing
Wednesday, February 20th, 2019
Report: The lake water is on the rise and stained. Visibility is about 4 to 5 feet.
Most of the fish have been coming between 35 and 50 feet on dropshot and jigs.
The water temperature has been starting out at 50 degrees early in the morning all going up all the way to 53 in the afternoon Later in the day, the fish are moving up. I was catching them as shallow as 15 feet when it's warmer afternoon and the as the water rises during the day. The last week they are letting in more water from Pardee then they are letting out, so it is getting noticably higher as the week passed.
I saw suspended fish, threw out a spybait and caught this crappie. There are some big crappe here.
With the stormy, windy days coming, make sure you bring a swimbait or an a-rig
Saturday, October 13th, 2018
Water Temp: 68
Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)
Report: Fished from about 730 to 230. Today was brutal. Threw crank bait, Ned rig, Senko, swim bait. We even tried a real worm on a bobber. No good fish to speak of. Heard they are hitting 30ft on Drop shot. There was a tournament today and they had a terrible day too... tried main body a few points on north side and towards river...apparently last couple weeks have been tough.
Tips: Try a dropshot in 30 ft ... let us know what works.
Friday, July 27th, 2018
Report: From Lake Camanche
Lake Camanche slowly continues to drop in elevation. 228.52′ and 88% full at the time of this report. Lake Camanche’s release was approx. 365 C.F.S. while receiving approx. 136 C.F.S from Pardee Lake. Pardee still was reading 98% full this week, again at the time of this report.
Fishing continues to be slow due to sizzling temperatures and recreational boaters. Water temps were reported between 79- 81 degrees.
Sunday, July 22nd, 2018
Report: From Lake Camanche
Lake Camanche is now at 89% full with an elevation of 228.96′. Lake Camanche’s release was approx. 365 C.F.S. while receiving approx. 140 C.F.S from Pardee Lake. Pardee was reading at 98% full this week, again at the time of this report. Some guests are reporting warm water but not stating the temperature.
It’s been a slow fishing week due to hot weather and lots of boaters visiting the lake.
NOTICE: A gasoline leak has been detected at the North Shore Marina. At this time and for the immediate future we are unable to sell or supply gasoline from the north shore marina due to this leak in the pipeline. We have shut off the pump to avoid contamination of the lake. Since the leak is on a section of pipe under water it will not be repaired until the lake level has dropped enough for technicians to get to it.
NOTICE: Gasoline is not available at the South Shore Marina due to a much-needed update of the pumps.
Monday, July 31st, 2017
Report: From Glory Hole Sports
The Trout fishing has slowed some as the hot weather picks up. You can still find a limit of Bass or Bluegill if you put in the time. Throw top water lures like the Whopper Ploppers being my favorite first thing in the morning then pull out your drop-shot rod in the afternoon.
Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017
Water Temp: 50
Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)
Report: Tough fishing , the water is muddy and cold. We threw the kitchen sink at them and boated 2 spots around 2lbs on a drop shot.
The fish we did graph were glued to the bottom on island ledges.
Once it clears up a bit the fishing should improve.
Thursday, February 2nd, 2017
Report: From Cooch's Fishing Camanche bite still strong! — at Lake Camanche.
February 2 at 6:49am ·
Took another day off from The River to head up to Lake Camanche, to continue our field testing of the new TNT S20 jig pattern and just CATCH some bass! We didn't catch any of the bigger fish we've been catching up there during previous high sky days, but on this leading edge of a new storm rolling in day, we caught 4 nice quality largemouth ta go with our eight, 2-3 pound Spots. The fish were scattered all over, in 16-30 feet, on the back side edges of ledges and humps with big trees and brush piles. Ya had ta git that jig down in the tree and yo-yo it up and down the limbs ta git bit. 1/2oz Waddas, inside of 20 feet and a 3/4oz Football, both tipped with a Yamamoto 208 Watermelon Red flake Flappin Hog was the ticket. Bob also caught a few suspended spots dropping his S20 Spade worm on a dart head right down on their noses when we could see the arches on his Hummingbird. Camanche is fishing great right now, as are a number of our Northern California lakes. The Delta is fishing really tough right now, it will bust open very soon, until then, ya owe it to yerself to head to one of our foothill lakes and go have some fun!
Tuesday, January 24th, 2017
Report: From Lake Camanche
Preparing for the runoff Lake Camanche has continued strong releases which currently leave the lake at 76% of capacity. The California Dept. of Water Resources is estimating that Lake Camanche is receiving 3,843 cubic feet per second of water flowing from Pardee. Lake Camanche is releasing 4, 940 CFS. To see the most current information regarding water levels please go to:
Thursday 1/18/17 Mt. Lassen release 1,200 lbs. of trout with 600 lbs. planted to each ramp at both shores. Another release of 1,200 lbs. is expected this week before the weekend. Watch our FB page for the plant update. https://www.facebook.com/LakeCamanche/
Guest columnist Michael Coleman of www.RBBassing.com gave his account of fishing Lake Camanche in his report at http://rbbassfishing.net/bass-fishing-reports/lake-camanche-fishing-report-by-michael-coleman-2/
“1/18/17 Air temp 36, water temp 48, water clarity 3’ main body and up the river 0 clarity”
“With one of the biggest storms in recent years just coming to a halt I saw an opportunity to fish my home Lake Camanche. In the morning it was socked in with fog and had a very cold north wind. Air temps were in the mid 30’s and the lake was on the rise in a big way. I was not too sure what I was in for since the lake came up 20’ or so in the past few weeks. I wasn’t sure if the fish would move up with the cold weather and dropping water temps. I started on south shore bluff wall in 30’ or so and not even a nibble. The bluff wall came to a point and a shallow cove so I tossed River2sea jig with Bass Assassin pure craw trailer in about 12’ of water and Booooom a nice fat 4 lb. largemouth was in the boat. I then started targeting the new cover that hasn’t been in the water for years and the bigger largemouth were there! The fish were shallow in the 12’ to 17’ range and the dropshot began t play a huge part and caught the big fish! I was dragging the gig every now and then and I would use my Lowrance see a arch and drop my Bass Assassin lit’l Tapper in watermelon red down on them with about a 1’ leader and ¼ ounce weight. I was targeting the spine of the points, but it seemed the fish were on the side of the points farther back. There is still a ton of good fish on the south shore islands they are getting heavily pressured and are a little harder to catch. All in all it was a great day. Staying to the north will find you the cleaner water and some better fish.”
We thank you for the detailed report Michael!
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: http://cdec.water.ca.gov/cgi-progs/reservoirs/RES
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. https://www.facebook.com/LakeCamanche
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: http://cdec.water.ca.gov/cgi-progs/reservoirs/RES
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. https://www.facebook.com/LakeCamanche/
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.