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New Melones Reservoir - Angels Camp, CA


by Glory Hole Sports
9-3-2015

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. The lake has had very little boating traffic due to the low water conditions and the compromised boat launching facilities. With a 4-wheel drive vehicle launching is very doable. The trout fishing can be extremely good in late summer and early fall. It is hard to say the bite is slow when there are so few anglers targeting trout. We can only assume the fish are feeding somewhere and can be caught with some sort of presentation. Trolling anglers it is best to fish over the old lake of Melones to avoid snags and to ensure you are fishing over deep/cool water. Once you have come up with a snag-free trolling path, try making multiple passes and changing depth, speed, color and vibration. Kokanee bite is slow, too. 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 have found some nice catfish cruising the shallows near the standing timber and rocky banks. Catfish are known to be bottom-feeders but, they actual feed all throughout the water column. Catfish are opportunistic feeders. This means they rarely pass up the chance to fill their bellies. The lake has an abundance of small shad and that is most likely what the catfish are feeding on. Glory Hole Sports (209) 736-4333


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