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Fishing for Trout on Lake Amador

Lake Amador has some of the biggest trout in Northern California. Fishing there, however, can be frustrating when you don't know what to do.  The Donaldson Trout contained in Lake Amador don't follow the same patterns as "planter" trout do in similar reservoirs.  They tend to cruise near the surface and the shoreline, especially during the cold winter months.  During the hot summer months they are almost impossible to find and most anglers turn their focus to bass.  Hopefully the tips on this page will help you to catch some nice trout at lake Amador.

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Bank Fishing Jump to the top of this page


  • Metallic Perch pattern
  • ounce size
  • Firetiger pattern on overcast days
  • Cutthroat pattern with gold on sunny days
  • Cast out and let it sink for ten seconds before retrieving it
  • Slowly crank it in work it so that it has a little action
  • Change out the hooks with the same size Gammakatsu or Owner

Power Bait

  • Use a P-line fluorocarbon leader in 4 lb or 6 lb test
  • Vary the length of the leader from 1' up to 10' long
  • Use a slider or egg sinker so that the fish doesn't feel the resistance when taking the bait
  • Use a small treble-barb hook
  • Your setup should go as follows:

    Main Line > Egg Sinker > Swivel > Leader > Hook


  • Use the smallest bobber possible
  • Try to find a clear casting bobber
  • Add 3 to 4 small BB's and a little water to add some weight to the bobber
  • Put a white or chartreuse power worm behind a 3' to 4' leader
  • Use a long rod and cast out as far as you can
  • Shake the rod to rattle the BB's in the bobber while retrieving
  • Use a slow retrieve
  • Keep the lure near the surface, especially in the winter when the fish are moving in the top two feet of water
  • You use a black Woolly Bugger or a Power Grub as bait with the same method.  A cool trick is to trim down the Woolly Bugger so it looks like a little black dot.


  • Crystal Bullet crappie jigs are a good choice
  • White color
  • 1/32 ounce
  • This is a sight fishing technique.  Look for schools of fish near shore and throw the jig in front of them.  You are looking for aggressive strikes.
  • Cast it and let it sink.  Jig it in front of the fish and try to annoy them.


  • The boat launch cove
  • On and near the dam
  • On the docks

Trolling Jump to the top of this page


Use downriggers during the late spring or fall when the fish are holding deep

  • Use a size 1 Sep's side-kick dodger in in orange/green
  • Troll slow - .7 to 1.1 mph
  • 6 lb test main line
  • If you don't have a downrigger, you can 1 ounce banana sinker about 12" in front of your dodger.  Use 10 lb test for the line between the dodger and the sinker.

Top Lining

Top lining is trolling near the surface without using downriggers or sinkers.  Top lining is best during the cold winter months when the fish are holding near the surface.

  • Rapala J7
    • Gold with an orange back
    • Firetiger
    • Perch
    • Silver with a blue back
    • Troll slow 1 to 1.2 mph
  • Apex
    • Re-tie the line with 10 lb test fluorocarbon
  • Needlefish
    • Tip with a night crawler
    • Use anise or krill paste for scent
    • Colors
      • Chrome/prism
      • Shiny Melon
      • Nickel Bikini
      • Nasty Boy
      • Cop Car
  • Grubs
    • Berkeley Power Grubs
    • 2" or 3"
    • Pearl White
    • Firetiger
    • Use a size 2 or 4 bait holder hook
    • 8 lb test fluorocarbon leader
    • Troll it 8" to 10" behind a dodger or by itself with a 3' to 4' leader behind a swivel to prevent line twist
    • Set your drag light to absorb powerful strikes
    • Feed your line slowly when letting out your line so the tail doesn't wrap up with the hook
    • Let out 40' to 70' behind the boat
    • Try adding a power egg in front of the grub on the leader


  • Jackson Creek Mouth
  • Cat Cove
  • Doney Bay
  • In front of the dam