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Angler Catches 14-pound Bass on Popular Trophy Bass Lake

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Andrew Schmidgall

Lake Camanche, a well known big-bass fishery located on the Mokelumne River in the Sierra Nevada foothills, has kicked out a giant bass for angler Andrew Schmidgall. While fishing with a Wicked Weights jig in 25 to 30 feet of water, he hooked and landed a monster 14.71-pound largemouth bass. Schmidgall said it took him over 10 minutes to land the beast. 

"It was the fish of a lifetime," said Schmidgall. 

He caught landed this 14-pounder on a 13 Fishing Omen casting rod and 12-pound Berkley Big Game monofilament line

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What's even crazier, however, is that this isn't even the biggest bass from this lake this year. On March 16, Tim Wells caught and released a 15.01-pound largemouth he caught while fishing a drop shot (here is our original story on that catch). The Lake Camanche record is an astonishing 18.17-pound bass that was caught in 2015. Experts point to the annual stocking of 4,000 to 6,000 juvenile Florida-strain largemouth bass as the primary reason for such big catches from this lake.