Due to heavy trout plants October through the first part of May, the rainbow trout at Lake Camanche remain plentiful if you go deep enough.
Local resident and CRC employee, Beau Coutroul said, “Trout fishing remains very good with experienced fishermen finding them near the dam in the 25- to 35-foot range with shad-patterned spoons on a fast-troll.” For bass, Coutroul added, “The bite has slowed up a bit, but I have been working deeper around 25 to 30 feet with jigs during the day after throwing crankbaits in the early mornings.”
Catfishing remains excellent with the best action in the evenings with chicken livers, nightcrawlers, shad or anchovies. The North Shore Day Use area has been a top location for cats according to local resident and CRC employee Nick Mitchell.
Local Anglers Robbie Durham and friends have been cleaning up all summer with stringers. He wrote: “A couple days late but hit Camanche on Sunday. Fished from about 6:30 to 10:30 then kids wanted to go tubing. Definitely early bite then one here one there. Daughter and her cousin had fun reeling in these bows with some fight. Lost a few. 25-35 feet. Water temp 81. 2.7-3 mph. Any shad imitating lure seemed to work but did go with gold/red early then shad colors after a couple hours. Balls of bait at dam and marked a lot of trout.”
All three launch ramps are open with the lake at 72% of capacity and 218.47 feet in elevation as of 9/1/16.