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Lake Camanche bass bite picking up

By DAVE HURLEY/WON Staff WriterPublished: Sep 21, 2017

IONE — Camanche Lake remains outstanding for experienced trout trollers who know the routine for catching fish, and the arrival of cooler weather has limited both the number of recreational anglers, but also the fishermen. However, anglers should have primary access to the lake in the coming months for bass, crappie, and planted and holdover rainbow trout.

camancheslabCAMANCHE SLAB — Lake Camanche has a lot more to offer than bass and trout, and it’s been kicking out the crappie, too, like this slabside caught by Robbie Dunham of Galt while trolling for trout using a Speedy Shiner.


Robbie Dunham of Galt, aka The Koke Machine, continued to put on a weekly clinic for rainbow trout with quick limits by 10 a.m. on Saturday with his wife, Kim. Dunham said, “We had early limits, losing another five fish, running Speedy Shiners coated with Kokanee Feast at depths from 25 to 40 feet in the Little Hat Island River Channel. We had a double and even a triple hookup. We even released three bass and a crappie.” The trout are moving up in the water column as the temperatures are cooling down.


The deep channel has been the hot spot for trout with Kristy and Mike Carpentier for a total of nine rainbows from 14 to 19 inches along with three bass, releasing a small trout using Speedy Shiners in gold or purple/blue at depths from 28 to 38 feet at speeds to 3 mph.


Bass fishermen are starting to show more interest, and there is a topwater bite in the morning when the shad schools are located. Once the sun comes out, reaction baits such as jerkbaits, ripbaits, or crankbaits are all working along with working the bottom with Senkos or plastics on the drop-shot.


Recreational boating is starting to slow down after Labor Day, but the hot weather is keeping the lake busy during the weekends.


Camanche Recreation Area and East Bay Municipal Utilities District are once again holding the Great Sierra and Mokelumne River Cleanup, and participants will receive a free night of tent camping, lots of prizes, and a free BBQ for helping from 8:30 a.m. until noon on September 16. Register at: http://www.ebmud.com/…/vol…/2017-great-sierra-river-cleanup/ .




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