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Ione: Lake Camanche trolling slow, but ‘bows are quality

Westtern Outdoor NewsPublished: Feb 12, 2020

IONE —Trout plants continue at the Lake Camanche, and this week’s plant of 2,400 pounds was distributed as follows with 1,200 pounds at the North Shore Marina, 600 pounds at the South Shore Marina, and 600 pounds at the South Shore Pond, bringing the season’s total to 36,000 pounds. Even so, trollers weren’t exactly knockin’ ’em dead!

ONE FAT FISH — They come big and fat at Lake Camanche, and Scott Duncan of Stockton caught this 8-pound rainbow using a Speedy Shiner while fishing with guide Kyle Wise on the lake.

Robbie Dunham of Koke Machine Guide Service took out Al Chambers of Placerville this week for rainbows to 9 pounds, 2 ounces running grubs in open water at slow speeds from 1.5 to 1.6 mph on his GPS unit. He said, “The water has been cold at 51 degrees in the morning to 53 degrees in the afternoon, and the bite has been a challenge in the cold water. I will be staying on the lake through March until switching between Lake Pardee for kokanee and trout and Camanche for the big rainbows. It is really fun to tug on these larger fish.”

After the most recent plant at the North Shore, a crowd followed the truck down to the shoreline, and bank fishermen were tossing into the plant location as well as boaters trolling through the recently-planted rainbows. Pelicans also arrived “en masse” to load up on the planted rainbows.

Kyle Wise of Head Hunter Guide Service said, “I have been hammering Camanche for the past few weeks, and the bite has been hit or miss. Some days you get them, and some days it is very tough. I had three good days this week, but I went back on Saturday for one trout with another three strikes. We have been running Speedy Shiners or grubs.

The troll bite has been slow overall, but there have been quality rainbows to be had. Arnold and Teena Padilla said, “We have been fishing the lake exclusively for the past 5 weeks, and it has been pretty much the same. We've spent many hours looking for the bite. We been trying everything under the sun. Grubs, Rapalas, spoons, dodger, flashers, etc. Today (Sunday), after starting our troll from the North Shore Marina docks and headed into the Narrows for nothing, we headed to the dam area around Big Hat Island. I put out a 2.75-inch firetiger Tazmanian Devil spoon on a side planer and I was able to land our only rainbow of the day at 8 pounds, 14 ounces. After this, we only received another short strike. We’re still waiting for the lake to wake up.”

Bass fishing remains a challenge with the best action in deep water with plastics or jigs as the reaction bite remains absent for the most part. The Wild West Bass Trails will be making their entry into the kayak fishing scene with their first kayak bass tournament on the lake on March 22.

Camanche held at 71 percent.

RIVER ARM ’BOW — Ron Tobeck of Lodi caught his 5-pound trout while he was using dough bait in the River Arm of Lake Camanche.

IT’S CRAPPIE TIME at Camanche Lake in the foothills, and Steve Anderson fished the lake using Yo-Zuri Crystal Minnows for a good mess, including this pair.

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