Last weekend a friend and I went fishing at Lake Amador. Lake Amador is the place that I used to dream about when I was a kid. As a family, we would camp there several times a year and fish there just about every other weekend. There’s pretty much a story that goes along with every stretch of bank on Lake Amador for me. The fishing hasn’t always been the best, but every lake has its good and bad days. It’s strange how everything looked so much bigger back then. Lake Amador has become a special place for me that I try to visit at least once a year. I could care less about catching fish most of the time while fishing Lake Amador, it’s the memories that are recalled that make visiting Lake Amador one of my favorite places to fish.
Typical spring like conditions of off and on activity has been making it tough for anglers. When the wind is blowing try reaction baits such as spinnerbaits and swimbaits across points where there are sparse tulles. When calm try tossing green pumpkin Senko’s towards visible holes within the grass beds or fishing the outermost weed lines. Jigs fished deep from 6 to 8 feet is also a good technique for this time of year for targeting fish that are in transition.
New Melones Lake:
Trout fishing is slow for a lot of anglers fishing off the bank. Anglers trolling for trout are starting to pick up fish while trolling the main lake between 20 and 50 feet deep with night crawler/Wedding Ring combos, U.V. Apexes or a Cop Car Needlefish or other shad-patterned lures trolled at 1-1.5 mph. Bass fishing continues to be very good for anglers fishing from the bank down to 20 feet. Bass are spawning throughout the lake right now making them easy targets for site fishermen. One of the most overlooked patterns right now is the morning topwater bite; this time of year is a good time to toss a Zara Spook type topwater bait first thing in the morning.
Lake Don Pedro:
Anglers trolling for trout over the weekend have reported good results as apparently the bite has been great. Trout are being caught all over the lake right now by anglers trolling between 15 and 30 feet deep. Jenkins Hill seems to be the popular place to catch them right now. Bass fishing has really turned on lately as many fish can be found spawning throughout the lake. Senko’s and small worms are working really well once the sun comes up. In the morning target the backs of coves with top water lures as there are many schools of fish that have migrated to the backs of coves. Coves where there are underwater brush piles or trees are holding schools of fish right now.
Trout fishing at Lake Camanche continues to be very good for a lot of anglers. Both the lake and the pond are putting out nice limits of fish. Bass fishing continues to be good on the lake as many fish have moved shallow and can be caught with a variety of different baits. Because of the spawn try using baits that can be worked across obvious spawning flats or beds. In the morning try topwater baits and if the wind picks up try tossing swimbaits as the swimbait bite is always good when there are trout being caught on the lake.
Bass fishing is really starting to pick up as the water temperatures continue to rise. Look for the fish to be up shallow on beds. Because the lake is so clear the bass will be spawning a little deeper than most other lakes. A big mistake anglers make when searching for beds on clear lakes is that they look too shallow. Trout fishing is still hit or miss for anglers although there are reports of fish being caught by anglers trolling. There is an improving kokanee bite for anglers long lining hootchies from 125 to 150 feet behind the boat.
Tip of the Week:
Most fishing rods nowadays are made with cork handles. After multiple times out combined with the handling of fish and bait they can become dirty. Over the years I have tried several ways to clean the cork handles. One of the most effective ways that I have found was to use wet wipes. Surprisingly wet wipes do a great job and can also be used to wipe down all your rods components.