Monday, March 20, 2017
March 20, 2017 - Lake Amador is nice and full and probably within five feet from spilling. Not even a little bit of off-colored water will deter trout of up to 6 pounds from biting on Power Bait or a marshmallow-nightcrawler combination. Most anglers work their way from the marina across the dam to the spillway while others use a boat and run up a creek arm, drifting down with bait bouncing bottom.
Small (400 acres, 13 miles of shoreline) Lake Amador reservoir is known to host NorCals’ largest bass, and not to mention multitude of trout, black crappie, channel catﬁsh. Big bass to 15 pounds are taken every year. There is reasonable day use fee to use this lake, but the operators also raise and purchase fish for this lake.
Our fishing report concludes April and even better is May as the lunkers start spawning as they move up to the shallows and move into the coves. Lake Amador is known for producing trophy-class Florida strain largemouth bass.
After the Lake’s temperature increases, look at our fishing map to see where Jackson creek enters the lake because bass, trout, catﬁsh and panﬁsh tend to school up channel’s cooler water and higher levels of nutrients
As our fishing map shows, Mountain Spring, Rock Creek, Jackson Creek and Carson Creek are all good bass-producing coves, but some are than the others at certain times of year 7-inch Green also with chartreuse and white spinner baits, crankbaits, worms and grubs. Basically ﬁsh wherever you see structure,
When the lake warms up — it reaches up to 80 degrees in the summer — our fish report says that the ﬁsh head to Jackson Creek to seek cooler water.
This is a good area to use worms deep, near the bottom just about all summer long. Meanwhile, use spinner- baits, Poe’s Plugs and Green Weenies with an orange tail along the shore.
‘Crawlers are always a good bait with a sliding lead weights.
Lake Amador is one of the foothills’ top trout spots, for up to 5 pound rainbows . Trollers with ﬂashers and night crawlers is the preferred method.
Some of the trout are grown in rearing ponds right behind the lake, others are purchased and some are released by the Department of Fish and Game, around 50,000 pounds per year in total.
For good crappie ﬁshing, the top baits are live minnows and anglers can buy minnows in the store. White and red Mini-Jigs will also land crappie in the coves and wherever you can ﬁnd snags of brush. Move your jig right off the bottom. Normally, when it drops, that‘s when they strike.
Channel catﬁsh to 20 pounds can be caught in the mornings and late evenings or at night, using nightcrawlers, minnows, chicken livers, sardines and clams, The best catﬁshing along the face of the dam and in coves along the shoreline, according to our fishing reports. You should leave the bail on your reel open and let the ﬁsh go for 10 feet before setting the hook.
Red ear sunﬁsh they follow about the same patterns of feeding as do the bluegill. You’ll probably pick up some of the sunﬁsh when you’re ﬁshing for bluegill. After the crappie have had their peak, the bluegill get best in June and July. They bite redworms and mealworms. Bluegill ﬁshing is a blast for your kids.
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