Still reading at 78% full with an elevation of 222.45′, Lake Camanche was releasing more than it was receiving. 2,030 cubic feet per second coming in from Pardee Lake while releasing 2,403 C.F.S. into the Mokelumne River at the time of this report.  Pardee lake was still spilling over its dam again at the time of this report. 

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Due to warm 70 ° water temperatures, we were only able to plant at the north shore boat ramp. Mt. Lassen dropped two tanks of 900 lbs. each for a total of 1,800 lbs. This will be the last drop of the season. Plants will start up again sometime in October/November when the water temps cool off again.

Cover, left & right: Dave Jans of West Sacramento was out to the lake last Friday. He messaged that he was going after bass “using soft plastics with a slow presentation, near shallow water. He also said the water temps were between 71° and 74° catching both spots and Florida largemouth.”

Right: Longtime resident of Camanche south shore, Don Swim brought in this 8.07 lb. kitty using chicken livers on 4/21.

Left: John Curry reeled in this 6.91 lb. monster trout from the south cove on 4/28. No bait was reported.

Right: Nathan pulled in this 4.79 lb. trout from the pond on 4/20 using powerbait.

Left: Bob Whitmore fished the south pond on 4/19 and managed a couple of lightning trout with the largest one weighing in at 6.64 lbs. No bait was listed.

All 4 photos above: Rj Schulze posted these shots on Facebook on 4/28 and reported in the Gold Country Fishing Report, “Camanche has been on fire! Lots of fish in lots of different stages. Shallow fish on beds, post spawn fish on off-shore cover, right now is a great time to get those kids out there and introduce them to Bass fishing!! just remember catch and release is super important especially right now during the spawn. Caught on a ton of different presentations. Throwing reaction (jerkbaits, spinners, cranks) when there’s wind, senkos and shakey heads when its flat seem to be working. Always have a glide bait tied on for hitting those island tops and points. Happy fishing ! ”

Left:  Posting to Instagram, jdqfishing_ca  commented, “She always put a fish on the boat..!! #basspro #catfish #bluegill#crappie #lakecamanche #jdqfishing@lakecamanche”

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Left: Back out Robbie posted, “Lake Camanche 5/2/19, 10 by 12:00 Noon, 2 Piggies – 5 lbs & 8 lbs, Speedy Shiners /Open Water”

Right: Robbie Dunham of Koke Machine Guide Service was out on 4/30 and reposted, “10 by 10:00 Great Bite today”

3 shots above: Mike Leong, aka mleong876 was out on the lake Friday 4/28 & Saturday and wrote, “Had a fun & fish filled weekend with friends. Life is Good! @lakecamanche #mercurymarine#minnkota #gloomisrods#garyyamamotocustombaits#fishinglife”

Above, right: rickscustombaits was also out with Mike and commented, “@mleong876 was showing me the ropes out on @lakecamanche this morning. We found a few! #lakecamanche#bassfishing #rbbass Spent a few hours on Lake Camanche this morning. Michael Leong and I had a blast laughing and joking and still managed to pick up some nice bass!”

Left & right: This photo of Ray Slocum was sent to by Anna Kammerer. She wrote, ” He caught them at the pond using rainbow power bait. He tried several different power baits but the only rainbow worked. 5/1″

Right: Janet Maita Jay shared this post on The Gold Country Fishing Report /FB page on May 1st of Lee Jay one of our Camanche residents. He brought in this 9.2 lb. bass but location and bait were not reported.

Left & right: Easter Sunday 4/21 Kevin Craddock posted to Lake Camanche Fishing/FB and commented, “My first Lightning. They’re like catching Easter Eggs.”

Right: bayareatrout posting to Instagram wrote, “Triple lightning limits with some good friends @zjbay#lightningtrout #fishing  #shimano #phenix #pline#nosnagging”

Left: justin_zumbro also posted to Instagram, commenting, ” Sunday. First Huddleston fish, plus glide bait, topwater popper, and wacky Senko with Josh Parris.”

Right: Another post to Gold Country Fishing Report  Mju Mju wrote on 4/29, “Took the wife out fishing. Ended up with 3 in 3 hours of fishing at Camanche. Started off with this 6.2lb biggy. Main lake about 40 on the downriggers. See them jumping. Couldn’t get anything close to the surface to bite.”

Thank you to all that choose Lake Camanche and to those that share their experinces!