Lake Amador near Ione, California
If you want big trout in Northern Cali I can’t think of a better lake to fish than Lake Amador. You would be amazed by the number of big fish swimming around in here. In the cooler months you can usually find the trout cruising near the surface. During the warm summer months however the trout become almost impossible to find so most anglers switch over to fishing for the lake’s also nice bass. If bass and trout aren’t your thing you can also find lots of decent panfish and some nice catfish swimming around the lake. For those of you who are interested I have a few tips that might help.
• TROUT: When the trout are near the surface (within 10ft) trolling with minnow imitating lures like Speedy Shiners, Rapalas, Needlefish, Kastmasters, or Cripplures will work the best. If you don’t have a boat you can still catch some decent fish by fishing off the bank with chartruese or rainbow glitter Berkley Power Bait in the top two or three feet of water. Nightcrawlers dowsed with Pro-Cure scent or other trout scents will also work. One of the better places to try during this part of the year is the Spillway and Launch Ramp Cove where 1-8lbs trout are planted on a regular basis from October through June. If you want to try for trout in the summer you could try fishing neon blue and green glitter Powerbait about 35-45 feet deep. Remember to lower your expectations though; you would be much better off fishing for something like bass.
• LARGEMOUTH BASS: Lake Amador is a great lake for bass with several 10+lbs fish caught out of here every year. They are also popular with anglers because they bite well when the trout have lock-jaw. In the spring when the bass are shallow I recommend fishing shallow areas such as Launch Ramp Cove, Rock Creek, and Mountain Springs. As the water warms the fish will move deeper out to the points and drop offs. By the middle of summer some bass can be found almost as deep as the trout. They can be a little tough to catch when they are that deep so for your best odds at hooking a big one I recommend fishing from 5pm to 5am when the water is at its coolest and the fish are the shallowest. The fall fishing for bass is outstanding while they are trying to pack on the pounds for winter and also they move shallower as the water cools so they are easier to catch. It is an opposite of what happens in the spring, the fish move from deep to shallow. However, as the water keeps cooling down they will move back out to the drop offs and points where they will spend the winter.
• CHANNEL CATFISH: After the water warms up in the spring the catfish turn on and can be caught using live crayfish, chicken livers, anchovies, and worms fished on the bottom after dark. The best spots to fish are shallow areas adjacent to deeper water like points, coves, or flats.
• PANFISH: When the water starts warming up in April the panfish move into the shallow coves to spawn. This is the best time of the year to fish because all of the fish in the lake are crammed into the tiny coves. As the water warms up even more you can find the panfish slightly deeper on the breaklines, weedlines and points. Anything live bait will work for panfish.
• Well, I hope those tips help you. Good luck fishing!
Lake Amador Fishing near Ione, California
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Details for Lake Amador
Species Caught Here: None
Access: Public Property
Body of Water Type: Reservoir
Lat/Long: 38.303249 -120.889381
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Description for Lake Amador, Amador County, California
Lake Amador is a reservoir located just 4.1 miles from Ione, in Amador County, in the state of California, United States. Fishermen will find a variety of fish including rainbow trout, bream, bluegill, catfish, largemouth bass, panfish and crappie here. Whether you’re spinning, fly fishing or baitcasting your chances of getting a bite here are good. So grab your favorite fly fishing rod and reel, and head out to Lake Amador.
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