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Ione: Lake Amador kicking out huge cutbows

By DAVE HURLEY/WON Staff Writer Published: Feb 20, 2020

IONE – Lake Amador’s recent plant of 1,000 pounds, with several big cutbows, has been paying dividends this week as a number of huge cutbows were brought in by bank fishermen along with trollers. The largest cutbow of the year so far at 13.8 pounds was landed by Blake Rosendahl of Auburn while trolling a Speedy Shiner behind his kayak, but there were other cutbows over 12 pounds taken from the shorelines on trout dough bait including one at 12.94 pounds by Travis Marshall, and another at 12.24 pounds by Rob Freitas of Sacramento.

lunkercutbowLUNKER CUTBOWS ARE caught out of Lake Amador in the Motherlode, and Ken Terry of Ione headed over to the nearby lake with trout fishing in mind and ended up with this 11.3-pound cutbow he caught on a Speedy Shiner.


In addition to last week’s 1,000 pounds, another 500 pounds of mixed cutbows and “Amador Golds” were released into the lake this week. The annual trout derby ends in three weeks on March 8, and there are still around half of the 300 tagged trout remaining in the lake, including the 3 three $100 tags.


The cutbows remain close to the surface and the shorelines, and rainbow trout dough bait, nightcrawlers, or spoons such as Kastmasters are working from the shorelines while Speedy Shiners have been the top lure for trollers.


Lake Amador’s concessionaires will continue to release cutbows from their hatchery before supplementing with Mt. Lassen Hatchery rainbows when their tanks are exhausted of the larger fish. In addition of the cutbows, Lightning trout, known locally as “Amador Golds” will also be in the mix. Trout plants should continue through May as long as the water temperatures remain cold.


The Hook’D Bait and Tackle in Ione will be holding a bass tournament at the lake on March 22 with information at (209) 790-5100. The Nor-Cal Trout Anglers Challenge event will be held at the lake on May 2. The lake is at 24 feet from full with one dock in operation with excellent water clarity due to the lack of precipitation.


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