Since it is fairly close I left when my wife headed for work (0745 or there abouts) which put me at the lake around 0830. As I drove across the dam, well you can see in the picture below how low the lake was.
Plan B was to head out to New Melones and launch there, BUT since it was already 0845, by the time I drove the hour and a half out there (I usually leave at 0700 not 0745) it would be almost time to turn around and come back. I opted for Lake Camanche. Besides it's a lot cleaner.
Since I didn't have anything to lose, I headed for the South Shore Trout Pond. Took me 15 minutes to get there. I know I've moaned and complained about the Trout Pond, but it does have a couple of pluses.
First is where I launch. As you can see in the picture below, it's only about 20 feet from where I parked. The edge is a foot deep and you can sit down and put on your flippers in comfort.
Third, if the wind came up, it could only blow me across the pond which isn't all that big instead of blowing me up Jackson Creek (Lake Amador) which is about 35 miles from launch.
|More Trout Pond|
After a half hour of missing hits, I went back to the Thin Mint. Now the others that were catching, were using an olive Wooly Bugger. Did I bring any? OK, you know the answer to that. I'm not going there.
|And more Trout Pond|
|Same fish, other side|