Fishing Report Lake Camanche

Fishing Report Lake Camanche usa

Lake conditions – Laka 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 at a rate of 400 c.f.s. Surface water temperature at the dam is 81.08 degrees. The water is clear, with a Sscchi 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.

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 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 several 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. 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 several 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 minijigs in red/white, black/white or chartreuse. Look for submerged trees or brush in the backs of coves and bays. The Causeway Cove and Camanche Arm are the areas mentioned most often. There are penty of bluegill in most coves as well. 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.

Caples Lake Resort

Good news for Caples Lake guests and fishermen from El Dorado Irrigation District, which controls the Caples Lake water outflow for consumption and power in El Dorado County. The EID is projecting that due to the above normal (117 percent) water year and the reduction of lake outflow in October (that will allow for work on the water delivery flumes to Placerville), the lake will remain at a level to allow boat launching on the Caples Lake Resort concrete ramp through October.

The last fish plant was on Aug. 30 and it included a total of 640 pounds of Rainbow trout, ranging in weight from 1.9 to 8 pounds. This plant was made possible by a grant from EID to the Kirkwood Meadows Public Utility District.

For information and rates on the eight cabins, six bed and breakfast rooms, fishing boat, canoe and kayak rentals, visit the Caples Lake Resort Web site at and call 258-8888 to make reservations. The resort currently has plenty available through the end of October.

The Caples Lake Resort store, rnarina and launch ramp hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

A new boat launch on the north shore of Caples Lake to allow boat launching at low water levels and enhanced parking are in the planning and funding phase by EID and the US Forest Service. This project is three to five years away.

New Melones Lake

Water conditions – New Melones Lake is currently holding 1,964,000 acre-feet of water and is at 81 percent capacity. The lake is full and beautiful. The lake elevation dropped one foot last week, and is at 1,049 feet above sea level and only 39 feet from full capacity. Surface water is approximately 80.6 degrees. Water is stained, with prominent mud lines. There are huge numbers of shad in the main lake, as well as upriver. All ramps are open.

Trout – Great for trollers. Anglers are amazed at their football size. They are fat and full of shad; most are in the 2 to 2.5- pound range. Brightly colored or shad patterned Apex or spoons are what they are hitting, without flashers (some anglers are using dodgers or Sling Blades), trolled 40 to 50 feet deep in the main lake, as well as in the larger creek arms.

• John Martin and Ron Tobeck of Lodi win the Glory Hole Sports Big Fish of the Week contest with a 3.7-pound Rainbow trout. They trolled Excel spoons and R-Lures in black/silver 20 to 60 feet deep near the dam to land two big limits of Rainbows, including a 3.7-pounder. Whoever caught the big one can come in for your free deli lunch.

• Frank Sauza, John Darroch and Dave Welty also brought in big ‘bows caught while holling.

If you are fishing from the bank for trout, you will have the most luck in the local rivers and creeks. Night fishing under submersible light is also producing limits.

• Steve Payton and Peter Jogopolos caught a limit of Rainbows while soaking nightcrawlers 30 feet deep under a submersibie light.

The spilhway 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 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 have scales and are hook-jawed and pink. Fish are 80 feet deep in the main lake, especially the south end. 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.

• Danny Layne of Fish’n’Dan’s Guide Service used pink Hootchies trolled 80 feet deep near Peoria Flat to find Kokanee for Ed Martinez and Larry Beste. Don’t forget to tip your lure with shoepeg corn soaked in Pro-Cure Scent. Use a combination of ProCure garlic and Crawdad scents.

Bass – fair, mostly smaller fish. 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 drop-shotting 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. A 4D Keeper 082 (Green Weenie) worm is a good choice – the green tail flashes just like a small bluegill’s tail. There are still topwater fish being caught at dusk and jigs seem to be producing some large fish.

Catfish – Slowing down. 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 try 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.

Lake Don Pedro

Trout – Rainbows are your best bet on Don Pedro. Depths to target are 25 to 50 feet off Jenkins Hill, Big Oak Island and into Mexican Gulch. Lures that are producing are Green Apex and Green Tiger and watermelon Apex, Ex-Cel blue shad and any spinner tipped with a small piece of nightcrawler. Pautzke’s Krill Paste is an effective scent for Rainbows.

Salmon – King salmon are hitting off the face of the dam. There is also a good bite on kings in Woods Creek. Try rolling shad or anchovies or~a silver Apex at 75 to 100 feet.

Lake Pardee

Water conditions – The lake water level has remained steady throughout the week at 5 feet below spill Temperatures are unchanged, 82 degrees at surface and 72 degrees at the 20-foot mark. Water clarity is good to 15 feet.

Trolling – Plenty of fish are left in the lake despite the derby last weekend. It was very quiet again during the week, not many boats or people on the water. No need to go much past the big white buoy at the end of the Narrows, you will find trout there in the first two easterly coves and up the river arm. The water temperatures haven’t varied much since last report so keep in that band 17 to 50 feet. Nightcrawlers behind flashers or small florescent multi-colored lures behind a large dodger are ever popular.

Kokanee – Kokanee are still available; stick to the deepest center section of the lake and river arm and drop it down l00 feet-plus. Didn’t hear about anyone catching ‘Kokes that are losing scales or developing hooked jaws as yet. Same hardware and lures with scented corn do the job including Hoochies in florescent pink and green along with small beaded spinners in pink, red, blue and tire track. Tip your lures with scented shoe peg corn and drag it all behind a large watermelon or silver/blue dodger or sidekick.

Bank fishing – All good fishing spots along the bank are available; you can have your pick. Early morning or late afternoon are still the most productive and comfortable times. There’s still plenty of fish available in the recreation area; last weekend was a double sized plant.

Stoney 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 after the plant 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.

Catfishing is still hot. Try the extreme south end of the lake in sheltered coves and the back side of Deer Island – all are primo locations. Our ‘cats are finicky so bring a lot of chicken livers, sardines or Jimmie Dean original breakfast sausage.

As of Sept. 1 a total of 49,000 pounds of trout has been planted by Lake Pardee and the Department of Fish and Game.

Good luck-tight lines.

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