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Lake Camanche hot bass bite slows on Saturday’s Angler’s Press event

By DAVE HURLEY/WON Staff WriterPublished: May 10, 2018

IONE — The bass bite was great at Camanche Lake last week, with a 13.7-pound largemouth caught and released during pre-fishing on Friday for Saturday’s Angler’s Press event, but the overcast conditions on Saturday slowed down the action for the 127 boats participating in the event.

camanchebrownCAMANCHE BROWN — It’s not often you hear about a brown trout caught at Lake Camanche near Ione, but Ken Leonard of Elk Grove caught this 10.4 pounder German brown using an Excel spoon at 20 feet.


Beau Courtoul of the Lake Camanche Recreation Company said, “There were some big boys found the day before, but the bite slowed down on Saturday in the overcast conditions. Out of the 127 boats, there were two limits over 22 pounds, but the pressure on Friday was heavy.”


Mike Gomez of Berserk Baits said, “We lost a big one right off of the bat on a Senko that we estimated at 12 pounds, and this fish was on for a few minutes before coming unbuttoned. The cloud cover killed the bite, as anglers were scoring limits in the 18- to 25-pound range on Friday when the sun was out, but the fish are far less aggressive with the cloud cover. I had been on a good Swaver bite, but everything on Saturday came on a shakey head. The heavy pressure on Friday and earlier during the week was also a factor, as the majority of our fish came in shallow water at 2 to 7 feet. When the fish are shallow, running a trolling motor through the shallows will put the bass off of the bite.”


A trout plant of 1,200 pounds of Mt. Lassen Hatchery rainbows was split between the South Shore launch ramp and the South Shore Pond. Experienced trollers continue to score limits of rainbows near the dam with Speedy Shiners, and Robbie Dunham of Koke Machine Guide Service is putting his clients onto limits running the fast-trolled spoons at depths to 35 feet.


The lake rose from 91 to 93 percent.


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