Camanche Lake

Location and Directions:

     Camanche Lake is located southeast of Sacramento near the city of Lodi. From hwy. 99 take hwy. 12 East to the lake.

General Info:

    The lake is open year round from 5am to 11pm daily. Entrance fee is $12 per car. Fishing fee is $5 and boat launching is available for $9. Visit Lake Camanche web site for more information.

Other lakes in the area:
Amador Lake
Pardee Lake
New Hogan Lake

Boating Info:

    There are two launch ramps, one on the north end, and the other on the south end of the lake. Rental boats and jet skis are also available. Due to the growing presence of the invasive Zebra and Quagga mussel in California, mandatory boat inspections and interviews will be conducted prior to entry

Fishing Info:

    Trout are the number one catch here. Each year 60,000 pounds of trout are stocked between October and June, each weighing at least a pound up to trophy sized 8 pounders. There are also large and small mouth bass, spotted bass, catfish, kokanee, crappie, bluegill and sunfish. Be sure to visit the CDFW web site for complete regulations before heading out.

  • - North Launch Follow Hwy. 88 as it bears left just beyond Clements. Soon after, turn right off 88 onto Liberty Road/North Camanche Parkway. Follow North Camanche Parkway for 6 miles. Turn right on Camanche Road follow Camanche Road directly to the North Shore gate.
  • - South Launch Continue straight on Hwy.12/88 through Clements. Turn left on South Camanche Parkway at Wallace. Continue straight five miles to the South Shore gate.

Comments and Tips:

     This is a very popular boating and skiing lake, especially during the summer months. Fishing should be planned during the cooler months or early mornings or evenings when boat traffic is minimal.

      If you know something about this area or have some photos that you'd like to share, please E-mail and I'll post it here!


» Photos

  • - A new record for large mouth bass caught at Lake Camanche was set on Jan. 26, when Lonnie Owens Sr. of Galt landed a 15.2-pound lunker in the main body of the lake, while using a swimbait toad thrasher lure. The fish was 28" long and 25" in girth. After landing the bass, Owens released it back into the lake.

    26" 7lb 2 oz Rainbow caught by John Slot on 2/28/11. Silver KastMaster with #8 eagle claw hooks (new) just replaced hooks that morning on lures. 6lb test line.

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