I could go to New Melones, Lake Amador, Lake Pardee, or Lake Camanche. Here is how my thinking went. New Melones was too far away. Boy, I must have been depressed. Lake Amador is so low I wouldn't have any place to put my chair. More depression, I must have had it bad. Lake Pardee, no reports of anyone catching anything so we'll skip that one. Only one left is Lake Camanche.
Now the next decision was South Shore Trout Pond or North Shore Day Use Area? Decisions, decisions, decisions.
I picked the North Shore in hopes I would have some place to put my chair. I ended up with the same spot I had the last time when I caught that 1lb. 15oz. rainbow.
Put out two rods with rainbow Power Bait, one plain and the other with a couple of dabs of garlic scent.
While I was sitting, I read the lake conditions brochure and it explained why the lake continues to fill while the others are emptying at a rapid rate. The inflow from Lake Pardee (which feeds Camanche and both are owned by East Bay MUD) is 262 cfs (a pittance compared to the amount of the American when we fish for shad [4500cfs]) and the outflow is only 255cfs. Thus, slightly more coming in than going out. They consider the lake to be 82% full and I think you can see that in the picture below. Note the space between the lake and the green on shore.
I took the pictures while I was waiting for something to lift my spirits. Thought you might enjoy them too.
|Across from where I was sitting|
|To the left|
Around 11:30 (three hours into the day) I finally got a bite. Turned out to be the one and only fish of the day, but it was a nice rainbow right around one pound. It went on the stringer for Bob.
Then looking behind me I noticed something moving in the water. When it surfaced, my first impression was the Loch Ness Monster in Lake Camanche?
|Loch Ness Monster?????|
These three guys were in another scuba diving group doing a clear water dive as part of their training.
|One of them is the instructor|
|Prize of the day.|
I ended up the day with just the one, but one means no skunk and I'll take it. Headed out around 12:30 for a bite of lunch at Micky D's. Depression was gone and my spirits were high as I drove home.