The bite was slow for some but good for others searching for trout. Decent size crappie and small-medium size bass were also reported.
EBMUD continues to drain down both Pardee and Lake Camanche in anticipation for the spring runoff of the Sierra snowpack. Pardee Lake is down to 95% and still releasing approximately 3,738 C.F.S into Camanche which is still releasing close to 5,000 C.F.S. As of this report Lake Camanche was at elevation 223.21′ or 79% full. For the most accurate updated elevation information go to http://cdec.water.ca.gov/cgi-progs/reservoirs/RES
Thursday 3/16 Mt. Lassen Trout dropped 1,200 lbs. of rainbows with 600 lbs. going to the south lake and 600 to the north ramp. This week we will receive another 1,200 lbs. of trout before the weekend. As of 3/16 we have had total of 38,850 lbs. of trout planted with 13,350 lbs. going into the pond.
Thank you to all that choose to come to Lake Camanche and to those that share your pictures/information!
Tom Boyd posted these shots of his bass. He said, “Decent bite at Camanche, 14 for the day, nothing huge 3 over 3 lbs. lbs most over 2 lbs.”
Above John-Bob_Stanley posted to Instagram stating, “First time at @lakeCamanche couple good #spottedbass from yak today.” 3/12/17 He also commented, “Nice little #bass today@lakecamanche water super clear for anywhere around here right now.”
Below Andre Fontone posted on the Gold Country Fishing Report FB page, “Lake Camanche.. Tough day for me, I couldn’t get trout or crappie to bite. I tried the South Marina area for crappie, nothing but snags, losing my gear. Tried Speedy Shiners, Kastmaster, Rapala’s, Yozuri’s, grubs etc., toplining and dropped down on The downrigger for crappies. Over Hat Island, got a Bass who put on a good fight, photo, then released. Tried the Narrows, no love! I lost several Rapala lures, several grubs and a downrigger ball.”
Above: Steve Satake shared these pictures on the Gold Country Fishing Report of 9 yr old Gavyn and Corbin from Elk Grove on Facebook and said, ” Quick trip to Camanche Sunday morning. We were out by the dam trolling spoons” We love to see families making memories at Lake Camanche!
Below: Father/Son, Steve and Geof Hiromoto of Clarksburg were out on Tuesday 3/7 using crankbait to haul in this stringer. Top size was 4.41 lbs. and the total stringer was 15.07 lbs.
Left: Yee Vang of Marysville brought in this good size 7.23 lbs. largemouth bass on 3/12 and stated that she was fishing off the south shore day use area.
Right: Jim Rice of Manteca reeled in this nice 5.04 lb. rainbow on 3/18 out near Hat Island using a speedy shiner.
Left: Casey McCoy of Placerville was fishing a north shore cove and hauled in this 10.25 lb. catfish but didn’t list a bait.
Right: Viad Gusar of Roseville also fishing on Saturday 3/18 using worms out on the main lake and caught this nice 7.56 lb. largemouth bass.
Left: Jovani Gonzalez of Lodi brought in this stringer of crappie using plastic lures and was fishing off the shoreline just past the store. Total stringer weight was 15 lbs.
Richard Salabrini and his wife Danielle posted to FB on 3/13 saying, “The wife is slaying em this morning at Camanche. Her third one a 5 pounder. Using J7 firetiger rapala seems to be the ticket today.
Above: Matthew Smylie also posted to social media, “Had a good day at Camanche today with my kids and Kevin Enos. Our crew caught 4 trout off day use area. Littlest guy caught the biggest fish of the day!”
Left & right: Kevin Wilson added these photos and commented: “Fished today at Camanche with friends Tim Johnson and Sam Bobb. We took Tim’s brand new Gregor Eagle and it was its first fishing trip. Started out at Hat island and trolled from there to the Dam and then made a pass by Little Hat. We then trolled from little Hat to all the way through the Narrows to the Bridge up river. We pulled the plug at 1:55 pm. For the day we got 10 crappie and one 13 inch bass. The crappie where really big and bit anything from Flutter spoons to Rapalas. Trolled from the surface to 22 ft and ran 6 rods all day. Talked to a few other boats including Nate and Ben and Judy. No trout for anyone. The staff at the store and marina both said the same.
2017 Lake Camanche Monster Fish Contest Leader Board
Nick Stepps – Crappie 3.88 lbs.
Casey McCoy – Catfish 10.25 lbs.
Frank Mitchum – Trout 6.85 lbs.
Steve Vang – Bass 9.5 lbs.