Got out to Lake Camanche at 0900. Why 0900 rather than 0830 as is usually the "get to the lake" time? The way I go to the lake goes through the little town (Population 23 I think it said) of Buena Vista (also the home of the Buena Vista Band of Miwuk Indians). When you get to only stop sign, you have the option of going straight and turning on a certain road to the North Shore of Lake Camanche which is the way I usually go, or you can turn right (according to the sign) and go to the north shore that way. I decided to go to the right although I didn't plan on taking a tour of the farms and end up back out to the main highway. I apparently missed the sign for the turn off to the lake.
Once I got back to the lake (or in this case, to the lake), I put one rod out with Rainbow Power Bait and the little Okuma with a brook trout Kastmaster. While the Power Bait soaked, I threw the brook trout, rainbow pink, the old rainbow pink (I still have it in my tackle box), silver/blue, and when I threw out the firetiger one I finally got a hookup. In fiddling around trying to find a place to get down to the water and get the net in position, I let the line go slack and the only fish of the day went on it's merry way. I think they call that a long distance release.
Off and on during the rest of the morning, I had the other rod out with Power bait too, sometimes with rainbow or chartreuse, or pink and sometimes with sweet corn or anise or garlic scent, but the fish didn't seem to want PB of any flavor today.
Not a terribly exciting report, but I did find out that Camanche plans to continue stocking until Mid-May or until the water gets to 70 degrees. That will work out well because the regular season opens on Saturday April 28th. Besides, once the water gets warm, the Copepods will be back. I can't wait to get the Tenkara rod out on one of those little creeks. Eighteen days and counting.
Till next time.