Cover and above: Kyle Murphy posted on Facebook this terrific report, “EPIC DAY AT LAKE CAMANCHE!
Started the 2018 fishing season at Lake Camanche yesterday. Met up with a staffer from work and his 3 ½ year old son Ryland for a day of trout trolling. Launched from North Shore cloudy skies, but the fog had lifted so plenty of visibility. Started with four lines in at the rock wall @ 0830. Only one drive-by in the Narrows. As we approach Launcha Plana we hit a double and boated one. Short distance later and another fish on but LDR. Circle back around but not more bites. Considered traveling back through the Narrows, but saw that the boats that were in the area had vacated, so nothing going on there. Considering some 411 that Robbie Dunham (Koke Machine) had shared about his most recent trip (a later bite window) we decided to keep going up river. As we approach the bridge another Fish On! We trolled all the way up river getting sporadic take downs but they would not stick. Decided to troll back to main body and if no action would try fast trolling in the main body triangle (Big Hat – Little Hat – Dam). Well, we never made it. As we got near the bridge again (~11 am) we hit a double – landed both. The fish must have woken up late as we trolled back and forth in area with consistent action. When the lures I was choosing were not getting any attention I showed Ryland my lure box and asked for some advice. He points to one and says “That one with work” (Firetiger Cripplure). The cripplure was not out two minutes when the rod goes ‘bend-o’, Fish On! Decided to call it a day at 2:30 pm. Ended the trip with nine trout in the box, three LDR’s and numerous drive-bys. Our bag included a couple of 5 lb’ers. Likely could have caught more as we left the fish chewing. Ryland picked all the productive lures today. Caught fish on a variety of lures (grubs, cripplures, rapalas) trolled from 1.5 to 2.3 mph depending on lures. All fish caught in top 10′ of water. Key for us today was the lure had to have some orange in them.