I got to Lake Amador and was pleasantly surprised to see the lake is filling nicely although still too low and much too slippery for this old Geezer to negotiate. I would have taken a picture but the ground was so wet and sloppy I passed.
Second stop was Lake Camanche. I passed through check-in and was advised that the last planting was December 30th and next one would be either today, tomorrow, or Monday. Since I was already there, thought I'd wet a line anyway.
When I got to the marina, if I would have had false teeth, they would have fallen out. With all that rain we've been having, the lake was a good ten feet lower than the last time I was there on December 18th. I had to know why.
|Just take a look|
I parked at the usual spot by the North Area launch and set out the first rod with rainbow Power Bait. Just as I got the second rod (also with RPB) in the water, the first rod started bouncing. I'd only been there a couple minutes.
After a fierce fight and tangling with the other line, brought the Rainbow in the picture below to hand. Hard to tell and I didn't want to hold him any longer than necessary, I estimate it to be just over four pounds. Not bad for the first fish of 2016.
|First fish of 2016|
Second fish came about a half hour later. You'll have to trust me with the timing as I demolished my watch just before Christmas. I was walking down the hall at home and hit the crystal square on the door knob. I vacuumed it off the floor. Then a couple days later, putting on a t-shirt, I caught the second hand and ripped it clean off the watch. The watch wasn't much use after that.
The second fish is questionable as to whether I get credit for bringing it to hand. I got a bounce on the rod and set the hook. Didn't feel much like a fish, but I reeled it in anyway. Apparently the fish was previously hooked on another line that was tangled around a branch. I guess the fish swam across my line and the branch caught the hook, managed to tangle up my other line and when I reeled in the whole shebang there was a fish there somewhere. It was maybe a pound and since I wasn't keeping any, cut it loose for another day.
While I was waiting for the next fish (that never came) I thought I'd snap a shot and introduce you to El Nino.
|This is El Nino clouds|
So a four pound and a one pound Rainbow Trout is a pretty good way to start 2016.