The bass bite has remained strong as anglers follow the bass to warmer shallow areas for spawning. Trout anglers have to go deeper as the water temperatures continue to rise…depending on locations between 64-67 degrees. The catfish bite is starting to come on as anglers also follow them to warmer shallow areas for spawning. I’m told to look for shallow areas with deep drop offs for the best catfish by a local angler.
As warm temperatures melt the snowpack and Pardee releases into Lake Camanche’s water level continues to rise. Pardee Lake is 97% full and is releasing 1,350 C.F.S. as of this report. Camanche is releasing 320 C.F.S. and makes the lake 36.16′ to spill level. (Left) The north shore main courtesy ramps have re-opened due to this increased water level. Both the new covered berth and boat rental docks have also moved back to the cove in front of the store.
South shore courtesy ramps have moved back to low water ramp #1.
EBMUD is taking advantage of the low water at the main south shore ramp to build a new ADA accessible walkway to the ramps. The race is on to see if they can get it completed before the water gets up that high….
1,200 lbs. of Mt. Lassen trout were planted on Thursday 3/31/16 with 600 lbs. going into the pond and 600 lbs. into the main lake. To date, a total of 41,100 pounds of rainbows, including 14,500 pounds into the pond. 1,200 lbs. are expected again this week before the weekend.
April 1st, no fooling, Mike Clark fished with his boys. He posted this picture and comment to FB, “Fished Camanche today and it was a bit slower than last time. We ended with these three and lost SIX at the boat! Yes 6! I guess that’s what happens when the kids are netting each other’s fish. It was a fun day none the less.” Check out the homemade fish hanging stick…Making Memories.
Mike also commented, “Water temp was 63-67 degrees. Warmer later obviously.”
4/3/16 James Sanchez posted this picture of his 7 yr old hooking a 2 lb. bass out in the main lake beyond the south shore covered berth on a kayak no less! Impressive!!!
Local angler Robbie Dunham of Galt posted these pictures and comments on 4/3/16, “Ok, I am Really Done with the Rainbows at Lake Camanche… One of the Guys on the Finaddict Fishing Boards, Michael (Want to Catch) has been wanting me to take him to the Lake and help show him what i do… Well, today, He got to Catch… He said “I’ve never seen 10 fish in a Ice Chest… He was so excited to land his first Limit of Trout at Camanche… The Biggest was 5.3lbs Now it really is time to start chasing those Silver Bullets… Until Next Time… Robbie (Koke Machine)… Not (Trout Machine)… Lol We will miss you Robbie but know you will be back later in the year. Good luck on your kokanee…not that you need any luck.
Mario Castillo posted this picture on Instagram of his catches at the south pond. He posted, “Yesterday was amazing, caught over 50 fish and landed 4 that went over 5lbs. #fishon #fishing#rainbowtrout #lakecamanche #bigfish. I use an ultra light rod with 4lb test and I throw jigs”
FYI…we missed his post last week so this picture and information was from the 3rd week in March.
Kevn67 posted this nice bass to Instagram on 3/30/16, “Even caught a few of these while we were at @lakecamanche#k5custombaits #bassfishing #powellrods#championbassboats #mercuryoutboards#sunline #lakecamanche
Saturday 4/2/16 the Avado’s of San Mateo reeled in these good size cats from the shores off the Riverview Campground on south shore. The largest weighed in at 11.58 lbs. and the bait of choice was nightcrawlers.