Lake Camanche Angler Catches Massive Bass

Photo courtesy of Andrew Schmidgall/Facebook.

The Stockton Record has more on a 14-plus-pound bass caught earlier this month at the Mother Lode-area’s Lake Camanche:

After returning from a six-week road trip, Andrew Schmidgall of Lake Camanche Village had an epic fishing day on Sept. 2 when he caught and released a 14.71 lb. largemouth bass at Camanche. He was using a Wicked Weights jig on a ledge in the main body at 25 to 30 feet deep when he hooked the monster fish.

“This is my new personal-best bass,” said Schmidgall. “It took about 10 minutes to bring in. It was the fish of a lifetime; I don’t know if I will be able to beat it.” …

…While this was a huge bass, it was the second biggest landed at the reservoir this year to date. Tim Wells of Clovis caught and released a 15.01-pound largemouth while using a drop shot rig on March 16.