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Camanche kicks out 15.01-pound largemouth for Clovis angler

By DAVE HURLEY/WON Staff Writer Published: Mar 21, 2019

IONE — The big news of the weekend was the 15.01-pound largemouth bass caught and released by Tim Wells of Clovis on Saturday while pre-fishing for the California Bass Federation Event at Camanche Lake.

Heavy trout plants are contributing to the trophy size of the Camanche largemouths, and several double-digit fish have come out of the lake within the past few years.

TIM WELLS OF Clovis caught his 15.01-pound largemouth Saturday while pre-fishing a California Bass Federation Event at Camanche Lake.

Kimball Lemaux of the Lake Camanche Recreation Company said, “Interest in bass fishing has really picked up, and after the picture of the big fish hit the Internet, we were busy on Sunday as well as Saturday with bass fishermen. Wells filled out the forms for the year entry pass for the largest bass of the year, and he listed that he caught the fish on a drop-shot near the South Shore Marina.

“In addition to the big bass, we planted 3,600 pounds of Mt. Lassen Hatchery rainbows this week, and Mike Holoubek of Elk Grove was trolling at a depth of 6 feet around Big Hat Island for two rainbows at 6.67 and 3.24 pounds using a yellow grub/white Power Egg combination,” Lemaux said.

Wells is a well-known bass fisherman in the Fresno area who has won numerous local tournaments, particularly on his home lake of Millerton. His three sons are also tournament bass fishermen, and his youngest son, Tyler, took first place in the New Jen Bass Tournament at Millerton this weekend with his father’s regular partner, Jeff D’Alessandro with 16.52 pounds.

Camanche rose slightly to 75 percent.

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