Kokanee & Catfish are on the feed at Lake Camanche

Lake Camanche - Wallace, CA

by Lake Camanche Staff
(209) 763-5121

Lake Camanche's current elevation is 215.05 ft. above sea level. The inflow from Lake Pardee is currently at 11 c.s.f. and the spill is at 0 c.s.f. The outflow from Lake Camanche is currently 315 c.s.f. and the lake is 67% full. Lake conditions are updated daily on EBMUD's website.

North Shore & South Shore
The weather is looking great for fishing as temps are starting to cool down this week. We are expected to see temps in the high 80's to low 90's all week long! Weather info courtesy of www.weather.com.

FREE Saturday Night Movies!
This week's movie is Despicable Me! Movies are shown at the amphitheater just across from the Gold Run campground, start at sundown, and are free to our overnight and day use guests.

Fitkid is back at South Shore! Fitkid is a program where kids learn how to make healthy choices, play fun games and win cool prizes! The program is free to all kids who are overnight campers and starts at 10am Saturday mornings at the amphitheater just across from the Gold Run campground. For questions email: mdolin@tcpcadmin.com.

A total of 12 Kokanee Salmon were caught this week at Lake Camanche! Kokanee Salmon are the landlocked version of Sockeye Salmon. They have very similar characteristics to Sockeye but because they never migrate out to the ocean to feed, Kokanee are much smaller than Sockeye. Kokanee spawn near the lake shores between August and December. There are various techniques to catching Kokanee but the fisherman we spoke with this week testified to catching these fish using lures.

David Paulo and Will Heinselman of Valley Springs, CA caught 4 Kokanee Salmon on Thursday morning July 25, 2013. David and Will reported that they were fishing out by the Camanche dam. Each Kokanee weighed an average of 2 lbs a fish, bringing in a total weight of 7.90 lbs. for both men. Robbie Dunham and Nathan Lenard of Galt, caught a total of 8 Kokanee on July 28, 2013. These fish averaged 2.2 lbs. a fish, however the men did not report which part of the lake the fish were caught in. According to one of our marina staff, one of the men claimed to have caught over 70 Kokanee on Lake Camanche this year!

Warm water temperatures have trout hanging out 45 to 50 feet deep out by the dam. Anglers are having luck bringing them in trolling with down riggers. Bass are hiding out by the lake shore, especially out near Hat Island and in the Narrows. Most anglers are catching them using night crawlers. Catfish are hiding out during the day but are coming out in the shallow, warm waters at night. They're biting anything smelly, especially anchovies and chicken liver.

James Estes of Valley Springs, CA caught 7 lbs catfish on the main lake using chicken liver.

Jason Perry of Sacramento, CA caught the 3.66 lb catfish on the trout pond using night crawlers.

Both stores are open 7 days a week.
Camanche Recreation Area is open 365 days a year. Gate hours are 5:00 am - 11:00 pm

North Shore Marina (209)763-5166
Sun -- Thur: 7:00am - 4:30pm
Fri -- Sat: 7:00am - 9:00pm South Shore Marina (209)763-5915 Sun -- Thur: 7:00am - 8:00pm
Fri -- Sat: 7:00am - 10:00pm

South Shore Grill
Fri -- Sun: 11:00am - 7:30pm

We encourage all anglers to report their stories, comments, or concerns to the North Shore Store, the South Shore Store, or by email to SWells@calparksco.com. Thanks again for choosing Lake Camanche as your recreation destination.

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