Fishing Report Jackson,CA,USA
Lake conditions – Lake Camanche’s current elevation is 223.12 feet above sea level, a drop of .2 feet since last Sunday. The lake should continue to drop slowly this week. There is currently no water flowing into Camanche and water is flowing out of Camanche at a rate of 400 c.f.s. Surface water temperature at the dam is 81.08 degrees. The water is clear, with a Secchi reading of 17 feet.
Gate hours for north and south shores are 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Trout – The trolling action improved this week, fishing from Little Hat Island to the dam.
• Pete Peterson from Lockeford and his fishing buddy caught two nice limits of Rainbow trout on Wednesday. They were trolling about 35 to 40 feet deep, using flashers with a night crawler trailing behind it.
The bait fishing at Dike 3 continues to be great, fishing about 50 feet deep, with Powerbait or Power Eggs. Drifting bait along the front of the buoy line at the dam is a good bet also. 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 continues to be very good, with the evening bite being especially productive.
• Local fishing legend Ryan Skelly of Camanche and his young son, Noah, were fishing from shore near the North Shore Marina during the week and pulled in a whopping 6- pound bass. They were using a black/green plastic worm.
The rocky shorelines of Lancha Plana and Dike 1 have also been giving up a lot of bass this week. Use 4 or 5-inch plastic worms or leeches in smoke, green or purple. Top water baits have also been productive, fishing very early or late. Camanche Arm, Causeway Cove and Lancha Plana are great areas to fish top water.
Catfish – The catfish bite continues to be “red hot” at Lake Camanche. Catfish are being caught in all areas of the lake, in shallow shorelines as well as rocky areas like the Narrows or Lancha Plana. China Gulch is also a hot spot for fish in 10 to 15 feet of water with mackerel, sardines or liver. Fifteen-pound test line is recommended, but some local anglers love to fish for these big fish with light line and light rods. We have seen fish up to 18 pounds in the last few weeks, with a 14-pounder and a lot of 6 to 10-pound fish. Camanche Arm, Causeway Cove, Camper’s Cove and the Marina Cove have all been producing a lot of catfish.
Panfish – Anglers report that the crappie are starting to be more active lately. Minnows are one of the favorite baits, along with mini-jigs in red/white, black/white, or chartreuse. Look for submerged trees or brush in the backs of coves; the bays in the Causeway Cove and Camanche Arm are the areas mentioned most often. There are a lot of bluegill in most coves also. A light rod with a small spinner or a red worm under a bobber is all that is needed to catch these small but fun fish.
On behalf of Camanche Recreation Company, please fish, boat and swim safely.
Lake Don Pedro
Danny Layne Fish’n Dan’s Guide Service
Very little fishing pressure now that the ‘kokes are gone. There is an excellent bite on 1 to 3-pound Rainbows in the Mexican Gulch, Jenkins Hill and Big Oak Island areas. Try working 25 to 40 feet with Glory Hole Hookers, E-chip lures and shad-patterned Ex-Cel lures tipped with nightcrawlers. For those chasing King Salmon, one can expect one to two hook-ups on fish in the 3 to 5-pound range in the early morning hours at depths from 75 to 100 feet on rolled shad or anchovies. Areas to target include off the face of the dam, Fleming Bay, the Flume and into Woods Creek.
Gold Country Sportfishing
Trout -There is very little fishing pressure on the lake now. Good action on Rainbows in the 25 to 40-foot zone. The lake is full of shad and the trout are feeding heavily now, so trolling small shad-imitation lures such as Sep’s Pro Secrets, Ex-Cel lures and Apex lures is working great. Trolling small frozen shad should also work. The best spots are Mexican Gulch, middle and south bays and the Jenkins Hill area. Remember to use bait oils on your lures, such as freshwater shrimp and shad bait sauce to help entice strikes.
Not much to report on King Salmon.
New Melones Lake
Water conditions – New Melones Lake is currently holding 1,969,800 acre-feet of water and is at 81 percent capacity. The lake is full and beautiful. The lake elevation held steady last week and is at 1,050 feet above sea level and only 38 feet from full capacity. Surface water is approximately 80 to 87 degrees. Water is stained, with prominent mud lines. There are huge numbers of shad in the main lake as well as upriver.
Ramp update – All ramps are open.
Trout – Trolling for Rainbows has really picked up. Anglers are amazed at their size – they are footballs! They are fat and full of shad; most are in the 2 to 2.5-pound range. Brightly colored Apex, spoons or spinners are what they are hitting, without flashers, trolled 40 to 60 feet deep in the main lake, as well as in the larger creek arms.
• George Lindsey wins Glory Hole Sports’ Big Fish of the Week Contest with a 3.7-pound Rainbow trout that he caught, along with four other nice 2-pound-plus ‘bows, while trolling a white/gold Needlefish 43 feet deep at the mouth of Carson Creek. Come in for your free deli lunch, George.
• Six-year-old Taylor Rask caught a nice Rainbow on a red Apex.
• Monte Smith of Gold Country Sportfishing is very excited about the big Rainbows he has been catching on Melones. He took Steve Vasconcellous, his young son, Keaga, and Scott Gray out Kokanee fishing. They weren’t having much luck for Kokanee, so they moved their pink E-chip lures up into shallower water (23 to 32 feet deep) and that is when the action really turned on. In no time they had a 25-pound limit of fat Rainbows weighing up to 3 pounds, 9 ounces.
• The Lightsey family caught fat trout while out with Denny Layne. If you are fishing from the bank for trout, you will have the most luck in the local rivers and creeks.
• Nine-year-old Emmet Barrett caught two nice ‘bows on nightcrawlers in Angels Creek. Night fishing under submersible light is also producing limits.
• Steve Payton and a friend caught two limits of Rainbows while soaking nightcrawlers 30 feet deep under a submersible light. The spillway is the place to anchor for night fishing. Be sure to have a good anchor or two and 100 feet of anchor rope. Fish 20 to 30 feet deep over 80 to 100 feet of water. Some night-anglers use minnows, but a nightcrawler threaded up onto your line with new chartreuse Double-Glitter Powerbait or spring green Select Powerbait on your hook seems to be the best combination.
Kokanee – Still good, but slowing down a bit. Kokanee are losing their scales and starting to develop hooked jaws and to “pink up.” Fish are anywhere from 50 to 80 feet deep in the main lake, especially around the islands south of Tuttletown. Best lures are pink E-chips or pink or green Apex lures. All should be trolled behind a pink or watermelon dodger or Sling Blade. Don’t forget to tip your lure with shoepeg com soaked in ProCure Scent. A combination of Pro Cure garlic, corn and Crawdad scents seems to be working best right now.
• Joe Hallett has been consistently catching limits of larger Kokanee. He caught two ‘kokes weighing almost 3 pounds this year. He fished 50 to 65 feet deep in the main lake, with a pink E-Chip lure for this week’s limit.
• Katherine Payne trolled a pink Apex 70 to 80 feet deep in the south lake to bring in a nice limit.
Bass – Picked up this week. Calaveras Bass Anglers held a small club night tournament last weekend.
• Almost everyone caught limits and there were several quality fish caught, like the 4-pounder Val Garringer weighed in as part of his winning limit.
Fish are filled to the gills with shad. Target main lake points and steep banks in the south side of the lake and upriver. Try dropshotting shad-patterned worms or grubs or dragging a Carolina rigged 4-inch or 6-inch green weenie worm or Zoom Baby Brush Hog in green pumpkin, 25 to 30 feet deep. Since the water is stained, you may want to add rattles or brass’n’glass to make a little noise. With all the baby bluegill and bass in the grass in the coves, throwing a crankbait or worm in those patterns should get some action. There are still top water fish being caught at dusk and jigs seem to be producing some large fish.
Catfish – Great big ‘cats are spawning in the cove areas and are aggressively biting. Tuttletown, Angels Cove, Glory Hole Point or under the 49 Stevenot Bridge are all good spots to try for big ‘cats. 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. As always, fish tight to structure. Bluegill and sunfish are biting in the coves, especially behind the marina. A piece of crawler under a bobber is the best way to catch bluegill. They are great fun for the kids to catch.
Water conditions – The lake water level may have dropped about a foot since the last report and is holding steady. Got a brand new thermometer this week with large legible letters so it can be reported with confidence that the current temperatures are surface 82 degrees and 72 degrees at the 20-foot mark. Water clarity stayed the same at 13 feet.
Trolling – Very quiet around here this week, no new pictures or scuttlebutt at the Marina. Recently trolling for trout has been pretty good just outside the Narrows, in or near the first two easterly coves and in the River Arm from the mouth to Columbia. Water temperatures have been pretty constant for the last three weeks so try 17 to 50 feet of water depending on location and time of day. Night crawlers behind flashers or small florescent multi-colored lures behind a large dodger are ever popular. Kokanee are still available, stick to the deepest center section of the lake and river arm and drop it down 100 feet plus. Kokanee at other nearby lakes are beginning to develop the hooked jaw associated with spawning. None here yet but don’t be surprised if you start to see them here as well. Same hardware and lures with scented corn do the job. Hoochies in florescent pink and green along with small beaded spinners in pink, red, blue and tire track work well. Tip your lures with scented shoepeg corn and drag it all behind a large watermelon or silver/blue dodger or sidekick.
Bank fishing – All the bank fishermen spotted lately would fit in a phone booth. Weather forecasts predict cooler temperatures next week so until then, early morning or late afternoon are the most comfortable and productive times. Still lots of fish available in the recreation area; a big school was seen going past as the clarity measurement was taken. Stony Point Landing is still a good bet early along with Rainbow Point and the launch ramp. Cast out further and put your bait in the deeper channels 30 to 50 feet off shore. As a rule the bite is early before the sun is hard on the water. Newly planted trout can’t resist silver/blue casting lures and black wooly flies. For the more experienced and smarter trout, use a sliding sinker rig with a night crawler or processed bait in Rainbow or chartreuse with sparkles.
The catfish are still patiently waiting for that bad smelling concoction you have been saving in that old Kim Chee jar you have hidden in the garage behind all those half-full paint cans. Time to break out the secret weapon! Check out the extreme southern end of the lake, the area behind Deer Island and the Log Jam
As of Aug. 25 a total of 47,000 pounds of trout has been planted by Lake Pardee and the Department of Fish and Game. Good luck-tight lines