Amador, Calaveras, and San Joaquin Counties Northern California
Lake Camanche Fishing
Fishing at Lake Camanche
The bottom of Lake Camanche is strewn with boulders, mine tailings, and other forms of cover, making it
an exceptionally great habitat for bass, crappie, kokanee salmon, and rainbow trout.
In order to fish at Lake Camanche you need to purchase a $4 fishing permit at either the north or south
Where to Fish on Lake Camanche
Because of the usually clear water at Lake Camanche, trolling is especially good. Anglers
often work the area near the dam and between Big Hat Island and Little Hat Island. Many good catches have
been made near the spillway, the
boat ramps, and up some of the creek inlets.
Bass can be found around some of the points, especially those that have good cover such as rocks. For
catfish try the south shore near the cliffs and up at the heads of some of the coves.
Another good spot is along the narrows. The Camanche Arm near the South Marina is always a good spot for
The Trout Pond at the South Campgrounds is great for kids and adults alike. Big fish have been pulled
from the pond.
Much More Below
Best Baits and Lures
Fishing Guide Services
Lake Camanche Fish Records
||Mark, Mike Seaters
Which Baits and Lures Are Catching Fish on Lake Camanche?
Bass Fishing: Baby Brush Hogs, Buzzbaits, South Bend Spinners, Senkos, Hula Poppers, Rapala Jigging Rap, Plastic Worms, Rapala Lures, Senkos, Crankbaits and Spinnerbaits in Shad Patterns
Trout and Salmon: Humdinger lure, Excel Spoons, Needlefish, Rapala lures, Kastmasters, PowerBait, Nightcrawlers
Crappie: Small Minnows, Mini-jigs, Nightcrawlers
Catfish: Nightcrawlers, Mackerel, Chicken Livers, Crayfish
Bluegill: Worms, Mealworms
Lake Camanche Guide Services
Website: Sierra Sportfishing
Bruce Hamby has 40 years of fishing experience. Fish from his fully-equipped 22-foot custom built Jet Boat.
TW Fishing Guide Service
Website: TW Fishing Guide Service
Rich Crispi has 20 years fishing experience. He says," Lakes are my primary targets for fishing, but my specialty is deep water trolling with downriggers and ultra light gear to maximize your
pleasures battling Trout & Salmon. Lake Camanche is among his favorites.
Dale's Foothill Fishing Guide Service
Website: Dale's Foothill Fishing Guide Service
Dale specializes in Kokanee salmon and trout in the Mother Lode on lakes in Amador, Tuolumne, and El Dorado counties.
The Fishing Instructor
Website: The Fishing Instructor
Randy Pringle is a professional angler, tournament fisherman, guide, and fishing instructor. He
fishes Lake Camanche is his fully equipped Alpha 211 Legend.
Lake Camanche Area
Fishing Tackle and Bait
North and South Shore Stores
Lake Camanche, CA
Website: Lake Camanche Recreation
Clements Bait Tackle
18519 E. Highway 88, Clements, CA
Pardee Lake Recreation
4900 Stony Creek Rd., Pardee Lake, CA
Website: Pardee Lake Recreation
Man Cave Bait and Tackle
55 California St., Valley Springs, CA
440 E. Kettleman Lane #A, Lodi, CA
Martini's Bait and Tackle Shop
3049 W. Highway 12, Lodi, CA
Valley Bait and Tackle
126 W. Turner Rd., Lodi, CA
Thornton Road Bait & Tackle
9242 Thornton Rd., Stockton, CA
H & R Bait & Tackle
1850 W. Charter Way, Stockton, CA