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Lake Amador. Amador Lake is a little lake of about 400 acres, situated 40 miles northeast of Stockton, receives phenomenal plants of catchable rainbows each season.

Some of these trout hold over through the fall months and five pound class fish are not that unusual. Late winter and early spring are the best times to plan a trouting safari to Amador.

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Lake Amador Fishing Report

Trolling is the “hot ticket.” Start with top-lining down the center of the lake, along Jackson Creek, Rock Creek and Carson Creek. Rapalas and Rebel floaters would be a good choice. Ford fenders with a crawler trailed behind are also solid producers.

But try to top-line troll other lures including the Mepps, Rooster Tail, Triple Teazer, Needlefish and Kastmaster. By April or May shift gears and begin to troll deeper. Downriggers or lead core lines are in order to get the lures down to 40 or 50 feet.

Bait dunkers working the shorelines near the spillway and the dam may tie into some nice 1 to 3 pound rainbows on the Shasta Fly (a salmon egg/marshmallow treat). There is also some good potential for night fishing with a lantern. Night trouting is best near the dam and off the docks.

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