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: http://cdec.water.ca.gov/cgi-progs/reservoirs/RES
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 Micheal!
Mason Munson shared this post via FB and said, “Braved the rain and got my limit! A couple beasts in the batch too! I was there from 8-2. Power bait, rainbow flavor, works great but I got 3 out of 5 on a rooster tail with a gold blade”
Adrymarchon_melanurus_ (red hat with crappie)shared these two shots via Instagram saying that he and his friends earlier this month. They were using 2 lb. test, power worms, Berkeley baits, and power minnows.
Sandy shared this cute picture from Instagram and told us that she had been out with a good friend and pro fishing guide Damon Witt of School of Bass Guide Service to land bass and crappie. She told us that rigs and dropshot work best for them.
Rick Rose stopped by our booth at the ISE show in Sacramento on Saturday and shared this photo of his son and a recent trip out to Lake Camanche on 1/18/17. Caught this nice holdover trout in a cove before Hat Island.
Left: @Propointlures shared this cool shot on Instagram of his juvenile trout.
Right: I don’t know how I missed this picture from of the last catch on 2016 from Alysia Renee via Instagram. Thanks for the share Alysia!
Thank you to all that choose to Lake Camanche and to all those that share your information with pictures.