Photo of Lake Camanche, CA

Lake Camanche Fishing

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 recreation areas.

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 trolling.

The Trout Pond at the South Campgrounds is great for kids and adults alike. Big fish have been pulled

Map of Lake Camanche

Record Fish

Lake Camanche Fish Records
Species Lbs. Date Angler Hometown Location
Trout 19.42 May 5 '98 Mark, Mike Seaters Lodi By Dam
Bass 18.2 June 26 '15 Kevin Miranda Sac. Main body
Crappie 3.06 Mar. 11 '07 Aaron Barnhart Elk Grove Lancha Plana
Catfish 26 Aug. 16 '09 Cheryl Way Ione Upriver
Pond Catfish 17.32 '13 Cha Vang Sac. Trout Pond
Pond Trout 19.37 Mar. 28 '98 Ray Miles Wood- bridge Trout Pond


Best Baits & Lures

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


Fishing Guides

Sierra Sportfishing
Ripon, CA
(209) 599-2023
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
(415) 259-7071
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
(530) 295-0488
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
(209) 543-6260
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.

Bait and Tackle Shops

North and South Shore Stores
Lake Camanche, CA
Website: Lake Camanche Recreation
Fishing tackle

Clements Bait Tackle
18519 E. Highway 88, Clements, CA
(209) 759-3722

Pardee Lake Recreation
4900 Stony Creek Rd., Pardee Lake, CA
(209) 772-1472
Website: Pardee Lake Recreation

Man Cave Bait and Tackle
55 California St., Valley Springs, CA
(209) 772-2289

Fisherman's Friend
440 E. Kettleman Lane #A, Lodi, CA
(209) 369-0204

Martini's Bait and Tackle Shop
3049 W. Highway 12, Lodi, CA
(209) 333-1692

Valley Bait and Tackle
126 W. Turner Rd., Lodi, CA
(209) 367-4516

Thornton Road Bait & Tackle
9242 Thornton Rd., Stockton, CA
(209) 473-2239

H & R Bait & Tackle
1850 W. Charter Way, Stockton, CA
(209) 463-1938


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