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Fishing for bass and trout is most popular at Camanche. All of the lake's fishing access fees go to fund the lake's stocking program. Shore fishing access is good, but boat rentals are available if you prefer to get out on the water. Big fish are here: Camanche fishing records are a 19.42 pound rainbow trout, a 15 pound largemouth bass, and a 3.06 pound crappie.
Directions from camancherecreation.com:
FROM THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA:
Take Hwy. 580 East to Hwy. 205.
Then take I-5 north to Highway 4 East.
Then, take Hwy. 99 North to the Waterloo Road / Hwy. 88 east turn-off.
Drive South on Hwy. 99.
Follow 99 until just above Lodi where you'll take Hwy. 12 East.
Hwy. 12 East joins Hwy. 88 just west of Lockeford.
FOR CAMANCHE SOUTH:
Continue straight on Hwy.12/88 through Clements.
Turn left on South Camanche Parkway at Wallace.
Continue straight for approximately five miles to the South Shore gate.
FOR CAMANCHE NORTH:
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 (just opposite the Lake Camanche Village recreation building) follow Camanche Road directly to the North Shore gate.