Camanche Reservoir Trout Fishing
June 11, 2009
This little one pound rainbow will have to do it this week – and I didn’t even know he was on the line ’til I popped the line loose from the downrigger cable to change lures.The slim pickins weren’t for lack of trying. I began trolling 20′ to 30′ at 0845 and kept at it ’til 1500. Some of the time I tried bait fishing with Berkeley’s Power Bait, but that didn’t garner any interest, either. I marked several fish as I trolled, but they weren’t buying. One fella stopped to chat with me as I was tying the boat down after my fishing and said that last week they had two limits in four hours – and no fish at all this week. So it goes.
Camanche is a relatively shallow lake – and quite warm in the summertime. The surface temperature was 72° during this week’s visit, and the trout have moved down to about 30′. Still, it gets too warm for trout and very soon the trout will start displaying sores on their skin from the warm environment.
With the delta summer wind pattern seemingly in place already, my fishing will now be on New Hogan Reservoir for stripers and New Melones and Pardee Reservoirs for trout – and an occasional kokanee. Life is good!