Mother Lode Roundup
Written By: Garry Erck, Dan Bacher, September 14, 2013
Species: Bass, Kokanee, Catfish, Trout,
Location: Lake Amador, Pardee Reservoir, Camanche Reservoir, New Melones Reservoir, Don Pedro Reservoir, McClure Reservoir, McSwain Reservoir,
(Ione) The thirteen boats participating in the annual “Moonlighter Tournament” at Lake Amador experienced solid night fishing for largemouth bass.
Steven Botiller and Dennis Torra placed first with 10 fish weighing 33.72 pounds. Dennis caught the big fish weighing 6.54 pounds.
Second place went to Art Budd and Brian Dailey with 25.76 pounds, while third place went to John Maes and Gary Jones with 22.36 pounds. Spencer Moran and Braeden Spencer took fourth place with 20.28 pounds and Kevin Bosche and Willie Limcomfelt won fifth place with 20.14 pounds.
“Since the kids went back to school, we haven’t heard any reports on catfish, crappie or bluegill," said Laurie Lockhart at Lake Amador.
The lake is 35 feet down and everybody is hoping for early fall rains.
(Ione) Kokanee action at Pardee continues to be solid, but some days are better than others. Cameron Park Angler Steve Oliver worked pretty hard for his four fish last week.
“We hit the lake expecting quick limits, but worked until noon and scraped out four fish,” said Oliver. “It was just one of those days, as we say other anglers struggling too – not many nets waving all day. We found better action closer to Deer Island and worked down 100 feet deep to find our four fish on Uncle Larry’s Spinners and Vance’s Dodgers.”
“Bank anglers are seeing better luck at the Woodpile, using a sliding sinker and PowerBait – anglers should cast about 30’ from shore to get into the fish,” said Fred Dorman at Lake Pardee Marina. “Anglers working the banks are using Power Bait and finding good success lately.Trollers looking for trout have worked harder, but are finding success at the River mouth and South end in water 50-60 feet deep. Phoebe’s and Thomas Buoyant lures in pinks and rainbow colors are getting the better bite.”
Catfish have been turning up in the recreation area and in coves near Tom Sawyer Island - Chicken livers, Power Bait and night crawlers are the baits of choice.
Lake Pardee is currently sitting at 97% capacity.
(Burson) Catfish continue to rule over the waters of Lake Camanche.
“Catfish are still the fish that the majority of fishermen are catching, biting all sorts of bait from nightcrawlers and PowerBaits to anything smelly like anchovies or chicken liver,” according to the Lake Camanche Recreation Company.
Big fish honors go to Jerry Wade of Torrance, who bagged two catfish weighing 7.39 and 5.62 lbs. catfish while fishing with chicken liver on the main lake. John Jones of Valley Springs landed two cats weighing 5.24lbs and 3.5 lbs while soaking liver.
Water temperature at the launch ramps is at about 77 degrees. These summer temperatures have trout hanging out 45 to 50 feet deep out by the dam and any anglers looking to catch trout are having the best luck bringing them in by trolling with downriggers.
The warm weather has bass hiding out in the shady river banks and they haven’t seen too many of them this week.
Lake Camanche’s current elevation is 213.36 ft. above sea level. The in-flow from Lake Pardee is currently at 11 cfs and the spill is at 0 cfs.
(Angels Camp) Catfish action is very good, with most anglers catching multiple catfish on each outing, reported Melanie Lewis at Glory Hole Sports.
“The average size catfish is 4-8 pounds, with fish over 10 pounds considered to be better than average,” she stated. “We have had many reports of different baits that are working. Night crawlers, liver, shad, and anchovies seem to be producing the majority of fish.”
Trout fishing is slow. “There haven’t been many anglers targeting trout. The best bet would be to fish the main lake by the Dam, spillway, and near the 49 bridge,” she tipped.
Night fishing anglers are still catching a few limits of chunky 2-pound plus rainbows while fishing under a submersible light. Try using night crawlers and Power Bait to target these quality fish
Glory Hole Sports Big Fish of the Week Contest goes to Bob Trambley of Twain Harte, who caught a nice 4-pound, 5-ounce rainbow trout while fishing under a submersible light near the marina.
Kokanee fishing is only fair as the fish work their way upriver for their annual spawn and die.
“We have reports of a few fish being caught in the dam spillway area, but the majority of fish are being caught near the 49 bridge and up toward Parrots Ferry Bridge,” said Lewis. “The fish are starting to get a little color with some having a little hook mouth showing. The bite has been fairly good for most.”
The kokanee have been schooling in deep water for the last few months. Try targeting fish from 70-100’ of water. There are a few different setups that have been producing limits. The most popular seems to be a micro hoochie trolled behind a small teardrop dodger.
Bass fishing has been pretty good in the morning and evening. “Generally the top water bite is good at this time of year, but right now we are getting very few surface blow ups,” said Lewis. “Most fish are being caught on a variety of soft plastic presentations. A Carolina rig, Texas rig, dart head, and drop shot are all good ways to catch them. The fish are in deep/cooler water throughout the day and move shallow early and late in the day to feed.”
New Melones Lake is currently holding 1,098,977 acre-feet of water. The lake level dropped two feet this week, and is currently at 956 ft. above sea level and 130 ft. from full. The water temperature is cooling a bit, but is still a fairly warm 76-81 degrees.
(La Grange) Anglers hitting Don Pedro looking for bass are finding pretty decent action, as Manny Basi of The Bait Barn reports he is seeing solid numbers coming in.
“Bass anglers are seeing both topwater and plastics action,” said Basi. “Pop-Rs early on top and then anglers are moving to drop shot tactics. Five inch Senkos in natural shad or hologram shad colors are doing well. Reports of trout on live minnows and nightcrawlers are also coming in.”
“Trollers looking for trout will do pretty well – look for bait balls and work them,” said Monte Smith of Gold Country Sportfishing. “Most action will be in the 40-60 foot depths. We are using spoons when we work the bait, but anglers will find many different lures working. Most action will be trout, but a king or two may show. Koke action – for the most part – is over for the season. A few will be picked up, but we are well past the peak koke action at Pedro for 2013.”
Don Pedro is at 57% of capacity.
(Snelling) Lake McClure has been dropping steadily, but bass and trout action has remained solid at the reservoir.
“Live crawdads have been slaying the bass, said Terri Mello at A-1 Bait and Tackle. “Barrett’s Cove seems to be the best bass holding area right now. Trout and salmon have done well also; with Wedding rings and pink hoochies doing deed on those fish.”
“Lake McSwain has been limits city.” Terri reported. “Trollers pulling Sep’s flashers and nightcrawlers have scored well, while bank anglers working various colors and forms of PowerBait are seeing very easy limits on trout up to three pounds. The dam is best for trollers and the Brushpile is where bankies are scoring nice limits.”
Lake McClure stands at 38% of capacity.Back To Reports