Fish Sniffer Magazine Volume 41, Issue 07 - Page 11

Lake Amador Facts
VOL . 41 • ISS . 7


May 13 , 2022

Lake Amador Facts

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 temperatures .
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 Sundays . 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 encourages 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 launching 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 nestled 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 $ 10.00 from October through April is $ 10 and $ 12 from May through September . Each additional person is $ 2.00 . The fishing permit costs $ 9.00 per day October through May and $ 7.00 June through September . The boat launch fee is $ 7.00 per day ; kayaks , canoes and float tubes are $ 4.00 per day .
Fishing information : Lake Amador Resort at ( 209 ) 274-4739 , www . lakeamador . com .
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639 Fishing Notes Jackson Spillway
• 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 .
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The kids winners display their prizes at the NTAC event at Lake Amador .
Photo by Dan Bacher
Sheldon Bright of the Fish Sniffer and Vince Harris of Angler ’ s Press pose with the adult winners of the NTAC event at Lake Amado on April 23 .
Photo by Dan Bacher
With better water conditions , the resort reopened the hatchery in 2017 . The hard fight that Amador ’ s own hatchery raised trout have historically 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 , making 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 , because 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 provide the most popular fishery at Amador from October through May , but the lake also features excellent populations of
Florida-strain largemouth bass , channel and blue catfish , black crappie , redear sunfish 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 introduction of Florida-strain largemouth by the CDFW in 1973 . Over the years , Amador has produced some huge fish . Juan Garcia caught the lake record Cutbow trout weighing 20.12 pounds on November 11 , 2020 . Jeremy Silvas landed the lake record rainbow trout weighing 19.39 pounds on November 18 , 1920 . The lake record largemouth bass , caught in 1986 by Tim Kamura , weighed 17.1 lbs . The record catfish , caught by Joel Issac , weighed 39.6 lbs . The record crappie weighed 4.1 lbs .
Erin Baldanzi successfully battled this 4.2 lb . trout , placing fourth in the adult division of the NTAC event at Lake Amador on April 23 .
Photo by Dan Bacher
Amador is located only one hour from Sacramento and Stockton , and only two hours from anywhere in the Bay Area . The 1300-acre facility offers a heavily--stocked 400-acre lake , with an updated dual lane boat launch and a large fishing dock for shore anglers . The Lake Amador Clubhouse offers free Wi-Fi , a pool table , horse shoes , foosball and TV . The Clubhouse features a beer bar , as well as The Tackle Box Café , where you can eat a delicious breakfast and lunch ( when it is open ). For more information , contact : Lake Amador Resort at 209-274-4739 , www . lakeamador . com .