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Lake Amador brings back fond memories

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Lake Amador brings back fond memories

John Ballardo of Manteca holds up a cuttbow trout caught while fishing Lake Amador.


POSTED March 29, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Sometimes no matter how a place may change over the years, the memories you have of it always seem to remain the same.

This week I was able to fish Lake Amador with my son. I pretty much learned to fish on Lake Amador and have so many memories of family camping trips, fishing through the night, swimming in the lake with cousins, or just walking the bank in search of lost treasures.

I’ll never forget my 13th birthday. My dad entered us in a tournament and we came in 13th place! I’ll also never forget the time my sister went in search of some kindling to start our campfire — she came back with poison oak.

Like a grownup driving through his or her old neighborhood, it was hard not pointing out to my son all of my old fishing spots and campsites that I’ve camped in. Lake Amador was the place that my family always seemed to go to when I was growing up.

I’ve gone on to fish bigger and better lakes, but Lake Amador remains one of those special places to me. If you’ve never been there before I would definitely put it on my list of places to visit, the fishing can be tough at times, but for the most part it’s pretty good.

Delta Report

Bass fishing is really good due to the full moon this week along with water temperatures in the high 50s. Spinner baits and Senko’s are working well for limits of fish. Those catching the big ones are targeting weed pockets that have obvious signs of bedding fish.

I was able to fish Franks Tract this past Sunday and there were plenty of fish to be caught while fishing around the tulles in front of the sea wall.

New Melones Lake

The kokanee and trout bite is starting to pick up for a lot of anglers trolling from 15 to 65 feet deep. Lately, more kokanee are being caught than trout.

Crappie fishing is good for anglers fishing with live minnows in the back of coves that have submerged trees. Recently, there was a 17-pound bass weighed in by an angler fishing a jig.

There are a lot of bass found shallow on beds throughout the lake.

Lake Don Pedro

The trout bite continues to pick up. Mexican Gulch, Big Oak, and Graveyard Bay seem to be the hot spots for anglers. Trout are being caught by those trolling within the top 25 feet with Uncle Larry’s Spinners.

Large swimbait fish are being caught for those working points. There are a lot of fish up shallow on beds right now throughout the lake making them easy to catch once enticed.

Lake Amador

Fishing for trout is still really good, as there are a lot of nice fish being caught by anglers fishing the spillway area with power bait and anglers trolling silver and blue Apex lures between 5 and 8 feet deep.

Bass fishing is wide open right, as there are a lot of fish that have moved up shallow and are very active. I was told that most anglers are catching a majority of their fish early in the day.

New Hogan

I was able to fish New Hogan on Wednesday, and there are a lot of fish on beds. I did pretty well while using a white Smallie Beaver around obvious spawning areas. There is very little fishing pressure on the lake, and it’s still a little too cold for those who like to get in the water. There was only one other boat on the lake Wednesday.

Lake Pardee

Trout are being caught for those fishing the top 10 feet while trolling flashers with lures tipped with a partial scented grub or night crawler behind dodgers or sidekicks.

Water levels are very high and visibility is down to about 7 feet. Bass fishing remains great for anglers working jigs through off shore structure. 

Tip of the Week

When looking for a new pair of fishing sunglasses, make sure that they fit properly against you face. Wherever there’s space, the sun’s rays will get through. Especially around the cheek bone areas, there shouldn’t be a noticeable gap between the frame of your sunglasses and your cheek bones.

Properly fitted sunglasses are a must, especially during this time of year when sight fishing.

To contact Jarod Ballardo, e-mail

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