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Recent Monster Fish Record Holders

Jeff Howard
Jackson, CA
27.6 lbs. Catfish
Chicken Liver
South Pond
Date Caught: 12/3/16

Kevin Miranda
18.17 lbs. Large Mouth Bass
Crank Bait River2Sea V Joint S-110 deep drive
Main Body of Lake Camanche
Date Caught: 6/26/2015

Steve Anderson
Tracy, CA
3.16 lbs. Crappie
The Narrows
Date Caught: 3/01/2016

Home of the Monster Fish

Lake Camanche is best known for great bass fishing, though it is also a favorite of trout anglers. Each year, 60,000 pounds of trout are stocked between October and June, each weighing at least a pound up to trophy sized 8 pounders. The large trout pond at South Shore is a perfect place to take children fishing.

There is also a highly unique Florida-strain largemouth bass plant each year. Other species found in Lake Camanche include rainbow trout, large and small mouth bass, spotted bass, catfish, kokanee, crappie, bluegill and sunfish. Shoreline access is available to anglers at both shores. There is also shoreline access upriver, only available by boat.

A small $7.25 fishing access fee is charged per angler, per day. 100% of this money is used to fund our stocking program and improve the lake’s overall fishery.

By law, a state fishing license is required for all fisherman 16 years of age and older. Both daily and annual licenses may be purchased at our marinas.

Due to the growing presence of the invasive Zebra and Quagga mussel in California, we will be conducting mandatory boat inspections and interviews prior to entry. Please click here for more information, tips, and a list of prohibited counties.


Have you ever looked at the outline of Lake Camanche on a map? The shape of the lake looks like a giant monster fish. outline-lake-camanche

The best times to fish are just after sunrise and just before sunset.

Current Fishing Report

Current Lake Conditions

With the recent warm weather storms the lake is now up to 70% of capacity .  Lake Pardee at 97% of capacity is releasing huge amounts into Lake Camanche at 1,345 C.F.S. Lake Camanche in turn is also releasing heavy flows into the Mokelumne River at a rate of 1, 461 C.F.S. This larger flow is a standard procedure for flood control for the lower valley. Lake Camanche’s elevation as of this report at Camanche was 217.41 which puts the lake at 18.09′ from the spillway. Water temps was reported as 53 degrees.

All north and south shore courtesy ramps are open at full capacity. 

Note: Gasoline is available at the north and south shore dock for boat fill up.

Fishing Record Holders

TypeAnglerHometownWeightDateBait / LureLocation
TroutMark and Mike SeatersLodi19.42 lbs.05/05/19987″ plastic worm, brownDam
TroutRay MilesWoodbridge19.37 lbs.03/28/1998JigTrout Pond
CrappieAaron BarnhartElk Grove3.06 lbs.03/11/2007Red/ Green JigLancha Plana
CatfishCheryl WayIone26 lbs.08/16/2009Whole AnchovyUpriver
BassKevin MirandaSacramento18.17 lbs.06/26/2015Crank Bait River2Sea V Joint S-110 deep driveMain body of the lake