Northern CA Freshwater

Lake Camanche remains hot for trout trollers working deep near the dam

By DAVE HURLEY/WON Staff Writer Published: May 16, 2019

IONE – The final trout plant of the year at Lake Camanche took place on May 3 with 1800 pounds released at the North Shore Marina, but trout trolling is still a viable option, as the rainbows are congregating near the deepest waters in the lake near the dam.

lunkerrainbowLUNKER RAINBOW — There’s been some big trout planted in Lake Camanche, but there’s also a lot of big trout that hold over year-to-year, and some of them can get big, like this 9-pound, 1-ounce rainbow caught by Mark Watzke.

Kimball Lemaux of the Lake Camanche Recreation Area said, “The truck came to plant the South Shore, but the waters at both the Shore Shore Marina and Pond were too warm, so they motored over to the North Shore where the temperature was a few degrees cooler. Bass fishermen are reporting good action for numbers, but the size has been limited, and recreational boaters are starting to take over on the weekends.”

Robbie Dunham of Koke Machine Guide Service continues his assault on the lake’s remaining rainbow trout, and he has been consistently scoring limits to 7.2 pounds for his clients trolling Speedy Shiners. Dunham took out Michael Faught, son of the late Russ Faught, aka “Mr. Kokanee”, along with Michael’s grandson Logan, and they scored limits, with Logan landing the big fish right off the bat. Dunham has been running Speedy Shiners in the triangle from the river channel to Big Hat and Little Hat Islands near the dam.”

For bass, Beau Courtroul of TMB custom crankbaits said, “The bass are holding from 10 to 15 feet, and they are in post-spawn mode. The reaction bite hasn’t picked up, and we have scored most of our fish on Brush Hogs in crawdad patterns with a few on the TMB cranks. The spawn started early this year, and the bass have moved out into deeper water. The reaction bite should pick up when the shad spawn moves into full swing.”

Camanche held at 78 percent.

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