Cats best at New Melones

New Melones Reservoir - Angels Camp, CA


by Nor Cal Fish Reports
8-26-2015

Lake level dropped two feet this last week. It is currently at 810 ft. above sea level and 278 ft. from full. The water clarity is stained in many areas and will occasionally clear up. The water temperature is warm, with the average being 76-81 degrees. The dam area has been buoyed off due to current that is created when releasing water. Glory Hole Point boat launch is a two lane dirt and gravel road leading off of the end of the point. There is not a courtesy dock and it is best to launch with a 4-wheel drive vehicle. Trout: Slow. There have been very few anglers targeting trout. The water levels continue to drop, and the trout are congregated in the main lake and in the main river channel. The key to locating trout, is finding what depth the shad are holding. Pay close attention to your electronics and you'll be able to determine a depth that has activity. Once this depth is determined try fishing your presentations just above the baitfish and trout. Trolling anglers should focus on deep water from 50-80'. The water clarity remains stained. It is very important to keep this in mind when choosing baits. Lures that have contrasting colors, disperse water and create vibration will draw the attention of nearby fish. Kokanee: Slow. There are very few anglers targeting kokanee and the last month the bite as been slow. Generally during August and September the kokanee will hold in much deeper water. Try trolling in water from 80-100'. There are still portions of the main lake where the water exceeds 200' in depth. It is important to stay over the main river channel and the original lake when trolling deep to avoid snags. Bass: Fair. We are currently in the middle of the dog days of summer, which is typically not the best season to target bass. However there are windows of opportunity that can be capitalized on. The early morning, before the sun comes up can be a good time to catch actively feeding fish. Try using a topwater plug that resembles a small fish chasing shad. The bite will usually last for awhile even after the sun comes up. The evening can be a fun time to be on the water. Watch the sun and the shade. If the topwater bite isn't producing, switch to soft plastic bottom bouncing baits. Catfish: Good. Many anglers continue to catch nice catfish. The catfish are near the shoreline and can be caught on a variety of different baits. Frozen fish bait has been working well. Mackerel, sardine and anchovy will work, but the frozen shad seems to be out fishing all the other frozen bait. Crappie: Good. The last time the lake was this low the crappie fishing in the mid to late summer was really good. There is a bunch of standing timber that is lining the lake. The crappie will hold in the timber and ambush schools of small shad as they come by. Glory Hole Sports (209) 736-4333


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