New Melones Reservoir Fish Report

New Melones Reservoir - Angels Camp, CA

by Nor Cal Fish Reports

Tuttletown launch is closed. Glory Hole Point boat launch is the road leading off the end of the point.  It is a dirt launch without courtesy docks and 4wd is recommended.


Trout: Good.  Anglers that are targeting trout have been bringing in limits of healthy 2-pound trout.  The water temperature continues to drop and the trout are moving toward the surface making them much easier to catch.  The shad are schooling in the main lake and on the outside of the major creek channels.  The trout are feeding heavily on small 1" to 2" shad.  Trolling anglers have been finding most of their luck top-lining a Rapala JSR plug or fishing shad patterned spoons in 10-20' of water.  Needlefish and Excel spoons are always a good choice for fall fishing.  The erratic wobble of a spoon will look like a wounded or fleeing shad and will trigger strikes from nearby fish. For those who do not have downriggers, try using leadcore line or a diving plane to access the depth the fish are holding.   Bank fishing anglers are starting to catch a few fish but it has been pretty slow.  It would not be a bad idea to fan cast a ¼ oz Kastmaster for roaming fish.  Also, try floating a ball of rainbow or chartreuse Power Bait with a long leader off of the bottom.  

Bass: Very Good.  The fall bass bite has been really good for numbers and for big fish as well.  It is not uncommon to catch 30-60 fish in a day.  Most fish are in the 1 to 2-pound range with an occasional 3 to 4-pound fish showing up.  Spooning has been a go to method to catch these fish that are gorging on schools of shad.  Try using a 3/8 to 3/4oz spoon fished alongside submerged tree, outside bends and rock bluffs.  Another way to catch a bunch of fish is with a shad patterned worm fished on a drop-shot rig. Catfish: Very Good. -SIGN UP FOR OUR NOVEMBER CATFISH CONTEST- We are just half way through our Catfish Contest and have seen some heavy fish already.  With the rain in the forecast we are anticipating weighing in some giants.  Each year the bigger cats will move up during the rain and feed in areas that have fresh water coming into them.  The fresh water will wash nutrients and insects into the lake. This will attract crawdads and small fish.  The big cats will move up and feed on these smaller creatures.  Try using frozen fish baits fished in shallow water.  Shad, anchovy and sardine are all good choices. 

Glory Hole Sports  (209) 736-4333

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