Fish Sniffer On Demand Digital Edition Issue 3712 May 25- June 8 - Page 19

49 Amador County El 925 124 Lake Amador Jackson Elv 588 12 Lodi 49 88 ck Ro Boat Camps Stockton ek Cre 580 Spillway To Rio Vista Elv 577 k ree C son k Jac Lake Amador El 468 Kr eth Cr eek Jackson Creek R.V. Camp Dock Lodge Dock To Ione Picnic Area Swimming Pond Ditch Isaacs El Fishing Notes Jackson Spillway 639 • Fishing for Amador’s Rainbow Trout is best when plants are taking place from mid-October through early June. Bank fishing is best for anglers fishing Power Bait, Pautzke Fire Bait, salmon roe and nightcrawlers in the top 3 feet of water until the water temperature warms up in the spring. Trollers use Needlefish, Cripplures, Rapalas, Rebels, Yo-Zuri’s and other minnow imitation lures. • Florida-Strain Largemouth Bass offer year-round action. Night fishing with jigs and Power Worms is best during the fall. During the winter, drop shotting with small plastics off main body points in 15 to 30 feet of water is most productive. Spring and summer baits include spinnerbaits, plastic worms, Zoom Flukes, crankbaits and top water lures. • Channel Catfish action reaches its prime in the summer and fall. Toss mackerel, chîcken liver and stinkbaits off the points. • Crappie fishing is best off docks and other structure in spring and fall. Fish mini-jigs and live minnows. The kids division winners of the NorCal Trout Angler’s Challenge event at Amador pose with Sheldon Bright of the Fish Sniffer. Photo courtesy of CDFW. Amador fish hatchery, closed during the drought, and the rest were fish from the Mount Lassen Fish Hatchery, including 1400 pounds of the unique, yellow-hued hybrid rainbow trout that are always exciting for anglers to catch. The hatchery is holding some Light- ing trout – 100 fish - in the hatchery until the season begins next year to be planted in the fall because the fish are normally not available until the spring, said Lockhart. Right now, the ponds are full with 1 to 1-1/2 pound trout. The ponds include approximately 5,000 Donaldson trout and 10,000 to 12,000 cuttbows, rain- bow/cutthroat hybrids, from Utah. They have also bought a batch of 38,000 trout eggs that are currently incubating at facility. The alevin (eyed Lake Amador 50 16 I-5 Placerville Sacramento Location: Lake Amador, located on Jackson Creek in the Mother Lode foothills near Ione, features 400 surface acres and 13-1/2 miles of shoreline when full. The reservoir is managed as a fishing lake – no water skiing or jet skis are allowed. Fishing Season: Fishing is open year round. The lake management and California Department of Fish and Wildlife plant the lake from mid October through mid June, depending upon the surface water tempera- tures. Resort Facilities: Amador is a full service resort complete with a marina, fishing dock, café and store. The Tackle Box Cafe, located in the Lodge, serves breakfast and lunch on Fridays, Saturdays and Sun- days. Also located in the lodge is a large general store and beer bar with a large screen TV. A well-stocked bait and tackle store with rental boats is also located in the lodge. Unlike many other lakes, Amador encour- ages fishing from its docks. The resort also features two 18-hole disc golf courses and a DG pro shop. Launch Ramps: The lake has an expanded launch- ing ramp with new docks and a paved parking area lighted at night for nocturnal fishing adventures. Camping: Full hook-up RV sites and a 150 site campground, with showers and flush toilets, are nes- tled along the shoreline of Lake Amador. The sites are available year round with reservations or just show up. They always have room except maybe on some holidays. Day Use and Other Fees: The parking fee (1 vehicle up to 4 people) is $7.00, with $1.00 extra per person. The fishing permit costs $7.00 per day. The boat launch fee is $7.00 per day; kayaks, canoes and float tubes are $3.00 per day. Fishing information: Lake Amador Resort at (209) 274-4739, www.lakeamador.com. Larry Hemphill of Larry Hemphill’s Instruction and Guide Service, (530) 674-0276, offers guided trips for black bass. Lake Amador Facts 19 May 25 - June 8, 2018 MAP FEATURE VOL.37 • ISS. 12 eggs) feed off the remaining yolk that is attached to their body for 14-30 days. “In addition, we are holding back some trout to be planting as large trophy fish,” said Lockhart. The hard fight that Amador’s own hatchery raised trout have historical- ly provided anglers, along with their beautiful fins and colors, are due to the unique strains of fish grown here and the conditions they are raised in. First, the hatchery raises the fish in tanks 5 to 6 feet deep, rather than 18 inches deep like other hatcheries, mak- ing for better growing conditions. Second, when the fish reach the age of 8 months and are taken out of the raceways, they are raised in 7 octagonal tanks with a constant current running through them. Swimming in the current forces the fish to become strong and healthy. Third, the resort uses top quality “EWOS” food to raise their fish. Since it includes krill and sardines, it helped give the fish’s flesh their unique pinkish orange color. Fourth, the lake management keeps the amount of fish in the hatchery at a lower density than the state and other hatcheries, so the fish display squared, rather than rounded, tails. Fifth, the quality of the fish they raised also has to do the unique strains of fish they raise. While they first spawned fish from brood stock, they began buying eggs because it was less expensive. “We raised kick-ass fish that fought like hell,” said Lockhart. “However, be- cause costs to raise fish have tripled, we aren’t going to be able to raise 100,000 fish per year like we used to.” Trout pro- vide the most popular fish- ery at Amador from October through May, but the lake also features excellent populations of Florida-strain largemouth bass, chan- nel and blue catfish, black crappie, redear sunfish Erica Flores won $100 in Amador event. and bluegill. The largemouth found in Amador are Florida strain/northern hybrids. Northern strain bass were planted in the lake after it was filled in 1968, followed by the introduc- tion of Florida-strain largemouth by the CDFW in 1973. 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