Mokelumne River below Camanche Professional Review and Guide
"The Mokelumne is a great place on a hot summer day with delightful shade trees, cold water, and fine fishing. Overview: Downstream of Camanche Reservoir, the Mokelumne starts cold and fast. Readily visible numbered blocks mark the many salmon redds. Avoid damaging the redds by not wading near them. Bring your fishing rod! In summer, trout bite in the main stream, and black bass lurk in the backwater dredge ponds. Salmon fishing is limited to early September through mid-October when the adult salmon return. Steelhead season lasts from January 1 into mid-February. Check the California regulations for special fishing rules here. Tall cottonwoods and oaks line most of the riverbanks and contribute to the cool air. Buckeye blossoms scent the air in spring and early summer. Upstream of the California Highway 88 bridge, cattle ranches occupy the adjacent lands. Downstream, expensive homes dot the riparian landscape. Trees and brush hide the gold-dredging tailing mounds, but several dredge ponds, providing bass habitat, still connect with the river."