Their major complaint is that they aren't catching dozens of fish, in the 10 pound range, every time they go out there. Poor baby's. Just a reminder of what this lake is about, they used to grow their own Cutbows until warm water closed the hatchery. Now they import fish from the Mt. Lassen Trout Hatchery and are at the mercy of Mt. Lassen's delivery truck. PLUS, where they used to put mongo trout into the lake, now they're putting in some good sized ones with the catch-able ones.
To support them in their effort, I headed out of La Casa Kautz at 07:45. I got to the lake and checked in, purchased a carton of crawlers (I had a plan), and drove out to the point by the spillway.
I carefully worked my way down to the water and found a very precarious spot to park myself. Take a look at the pictures below and you can see how precarious it is on the side of the lake.
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Plan A - Put one rod out with a crawler on three feet of leader under a bobber. Used the little Okuma with a pink Kastmaster to work the area. That didn't work.
Plan B - Put one rod out with a crawler and a couple white floaty things to keep it off the bottom and the other rod with rainbow Power Bait. Sit carefully and consume coffee and donuts (picked up on the way). That didn't work either, but the donuts were good.
Plan C - Same rod with crawler and pink Kastmaster on my little Okuma. I tried several other colors too. That didn't work either.
Note to readers: I only have a two rod license. If they allowed three rods, I'd have that one too, but they only allow two.
Plan D - Go home. That worked.
I didn't see anyone one catch anything, nor did the two guys I talked to on the way back to the truck. There is no doubt in my mind that there are big Cutbows still in the lake and many Mt. Lassen Rainbows, but I just couldn't interest any in what I had to offer.
Add that to the treacherous decent and ascent and I think next time I'm going back to Lake Camanche. I'm just to old for mountain climbing.