Fishing Report Jackson,CA,USA
Lake conditions – Lake Camanche’s current elevation is 218.88 feet above sea level, a rise of .84 feet since last Sunday. The lake should drop slowly this week. Water is currently flowing into Camanche at 274 c.f.s. and out at a rate of 330 c.f.s. Surface water temperature at the dam is 69.15 degrees.The water is clear, with a Secchi reading of 15 feet.
Gate hours for north and south shores are 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Trout – With cooler weather bringing water temperature down, the trout trolling has been picking up. A number of trollers have reported success this week near the buoy line at the dam, as well as near Hat Island and Little Hat Island. Needlefish and R-Lures have been productive, in Fire Tiger and chartreuse, as well as using flashers and Sep’s dodgers with a night crawler trailing behind it. Fish are still around 35 feet deep, but will start coming a little shallower as the water temperatures drop. Bait fishing near Dike No. 3 is still a good choice; anchor in about 40 feet of water and drop Powerbait or Power Eggs right off the bottom. The Camanche Hypolimnetic Oxygenation System, trade named the “Speece cone,” has been in operation since Aug. 13. The H.O.S. distributes oxygen to the lower lake waters at the dam. The southern end of the dam will soon become the best place to try for trout as the oxygen-laden water provides ideal conditions within 30 feet of the surface. The “cone” usually operates until mid-to-late October to improve the waters released into the Mokelumne River fish hatchery.
Bass – The bass bite has been very strong this week. One gentleman rented a boat from North Shore on Tuesday, and caught and released 12 to 15 bass fishing with plastic worms. He started in the Narrows using four-inch purple worms and worked his way through the Narrows heading upriver. He caught a number of fish there then worked along the right shoreline fishing the shady banks with brown and green four-inch worms. Drop shotting with green or brown four-inch worms has proved successful in Camanche Arm and using jigs with brown trailers has been working well in the Causeway Cove.
Catfish – The catfish bite is still “super hot” here at Lake Camanche.
• Local catfisherman “extraordinaire” Dean Wade from Camanche, continues to bring in big stringers of “whiskerfish.” Tuesday he came in with a 9-pounder, a 7-pounder, as well as a number of 3 to 4-pound “cats”. Wade also had several fish break off his line, so he had some more large fish on. He fishes several times each week and always seems to come in with a nice catch. He won’t reveal his secrets, but he likes to fish with mackerel and likes to fish up river.
Panfish – The crappie bite has been slow and scattered, with a few fish being reported in Camanche Arm and the Causeway Cove. Look for areas with flooded trees or brush and fish with minnows, or mini-jigs in red/white, black/white, or chartreuse. There are still lots of bluegill in the backs of many coves, and they will bite at Rooster Tails or small spinners. A light line and light rod is all you need for some small panfish action. On behalf of Camanche Recreation, please swim, fish and boat safely.
New Melones Lake
Water Conditions -New Melones lake is currently holding 1,935,300 acre-feet of water and is at 80 percent capacity. The lake is full and beautiful. The lake elevation held steady again last week, and is at 1 ,O46 feet above sea level and only 42 feet from full capacity. Surface water temperatures are approximately 67 to 69 degrees. Water is stained. There are huge numbers of shad in the main lake, as well as upriver.
Ramp update – All ramps are open.
Gate closure – New shorter winter hours. Gates at New Melones Lake will open at 4 a.m. and close at 10 p.m. every night through the month of October. Beginning in November, gates will open at 4 a.m. and close at 9 p.m. Some day use and campsite areas will be periodically closed throughout the winter for maintenance.
Trout – Great, although this weekend’s full moon slowed the bite somewhat. This is going to be one of those years, with limits of 2 to 3-pound average Rainbows being the norm for both trollers and anglers who fish at night under lights. Bank fishing has not turned on yet. but should be awesome once the lake turns over. In the meantime, the streams are still open. Trollers are having good luck during the day trolling for Rainbows anywhere from 35 to 6O feet deep in the main lake, as well as upriver. Shad-patterned lures seem to be the ticket. Try a Cop Car or Threadfin Shad Needlefish. Excel Lures have been really bringing in the limits – try a blue/silver or blue/pink, or a shad-pattern. Green or shad-patterned Apex also produced some limits. Most trollers are not using dodgers or flashers. Many successful trollers are adding scent to their lures. ProCure shad would be a good choice.
• Joe Hallett of Murphys wins Glory Hole Sports’ Big Fish of the Week Contest and a free deli lunch, with a 3.9-pound Rainbow. He has caught several fish over 3 pounds this week using a pink and shad-patterned Apex, trolled at 60 feet in the main lake.
• Frank Ambroseli, Stephan Baranyk, Bob Inglis, Don Myshrall, Gerry Nelson, Larry Gross and Coogie Sierra all caught nice Rainbows while trolling in the main lake.
Kokanee – Pretty much all done. Fish are moving up into creek arms and a few coves, where they will attempt to spawn and eventually complete their life cycle by dying.
Dead Kokanee are stacked up at the small cement dam upriver by Camp Nine Road. We should see a few Kokanee caught by bank anglers in Angels Creek and Angels Cove.
• Monte Smith of Gold Country Sportfishing reports catching a big 19-inch red Kokanee while trolling in the main lake for trout. These fish are, for the most part, not good for eating since their flesh is no longer firm. Some people swear they are still tasty when prepared in a smoker, though.
Bass – Good, mostly for smaller fish. Bass are looking to fatten up for the winter and are feeding aggressively. Target steep banks upriver and the mouths of creek arms, 30 to 40 feet deep. When the wind comes up, fish the banks and points that the wind blows into; the fish will move shallow to chase the bait that the wind is blowing into the shore. Try drop-shotting shad or bluegill colored worms or grubs, or dragging a Carolina-rigged 4 or 6-inch worm on a long (three foot) leader. Reaction-type baits are a good choice when the wind is blowing. Shad imitation crankbaits and Rattletraps and shad-patterned spinnerbaits are working great. Dragging a jig along rocky points in the creek arms, as well as submerged island-tops near mouths of creeks, may catch you a larger bass. You may want to try a top-water bait in the early morning.
Catfish – We are still seeing a surprising number of nice ‘cats. Tuttletown, Angels Cove. Glory Hole Point or under the 49 Stevenot Bridge are all good spots to try for big catfish. Use mackerel, anchovies, or sardines, a sliding sinker, leave your bail open and be sure your hooks are sharp. Night fishing is always best for catfish.
Crappie and bluegill – Slow. Try fishing live minnows or trying to entice them with jigs in red/white or purple/white. Best spots on the lake are the south side near Bear Cove, the back of Coyote Creek, Black Bart Cove and in cuts upriver near the Parrotts Ferry Bridge that have a lot of stand-up trees in them. Fish are moving deeper, so target 30 to 40-foot depths. As always, fish tight to strudure.
D on Pedro
Monte Smith, Gold Country Sportfishing
Trout – The trout fishing at Don Pedro remains solid with fish being caught in the 1 to 3-pound class. The best spots to try are around the Jacksonville Stent Bridge on into the Woods Creek area. Also try out by Jenkins Hill area and School House Point at depths of 25 to 45 feet. The water temperastures are really starting to cool and this is bringing the fish closer to the surface. Lures that are working are small shad patterned lures like Seps Pro Secrets and Excel lures trolled behind small dodgers or Side Kick dodgers.
Danny Layne Fish’n Dan’s Guide Service
There is an excellent bite on Rainbow trout in the Stent-Jacksonville area into Woods Creek. Depth to target is 20 to 40 feet and effective lures include flasher/crawler combinations, Excel shad, Needlefish and Mepp’s spoons trolled at 1.5 mph. Rainbows will average between 2 and 4 pounds.
Salmon – With salmon season upon us, Danny thought it would be helpful to include a river salmon update.
Danny Layne of Fish’n Dan’s Guide Service
Salmon Fishing – Pick the right day and it’s an excellent bite with chrome bright fish to 30 pounds. The salmon seem to be coming in waves. Work the incoming tide with glow Flatfish, Kwikfish, Silvertron spinners or Uncle Larry’s Salmon spinners. This week’s high tide will all be in the morning so expect a good amount of action on both the Sacramento and the American rivers.
The season ends Sunday, Oct. 30, only two more weeks to get that last trip in before it’s closed.
Water conditions – The water level looks to be the same as last report, about 4 feet below spill. Temperatures at the surface and at 20 feet are still in the mid-70s. Water clarity remains good to 13 feet.
Trolling – The lake has had continued great weather conditions, cool mornings and evenings, pleasant temperatures, no wind to speak of and few anglers on the water or the banks to compete with. Try the south end of the lake all along the length of the barrel line at 25 to 50 feet. The same proven baits are doing the job including big fat juicy night crawlers behind blades and flashers for the purists while others are dragging smaller lures in fluorescent reds and greens, fire tiger, tire track and silver/blue 18 inches behind a dodger or sidekick.
Bank fishing – More big plants to five pounds were added this week. Stony Creek landing is ever popular along with the launch ramp and Rainbow Point. Cast about 30 to 40 feet offshore. Trout still prefer that early morning bite for two or three days after the plant. Newly planted trout can’t resist silver/blue casting lures and black wooly flies. Once the lures lose their appeal, use a sliding sinker rig with a night crawler or processed bait or egg in white and the old tried-and-true Rainbow or chartreuse, all with sparkles.
Catfish – Catfishing is still an option; try the southern end of the lake in and around Rattlesnake Cove. The most popular baits are chicken liver, an old pot roast, Vienna sausage and sardines or anchovies.
As of Oct. 4, a total of 61,000 pounds of trout has been planted by Lake Pardee and the Department of Fish and Game.
Good luck, tight lines.
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