New Melones Reservoir Fish Report

New Melones Reservoir - Angels Camp, CA


by Nor Cal Fish Reports
12-31-2014

Lake level came up two feet last week. It is currently at 867 feet  above sea level and 209 feet from full.  The water clarity is clear in most of the lake with a few areas being a little stained. The water temperature continues to cool with the average being 53-56 degrees.  Tuttletown launch is closed. Glory Hole Point boat launch is open with a two lane concrete ramp and a dock.  4wd is no longer needed to launch. Trout:  Good.  With the recent cold front, the water temperature has dropped a few degrees and will continue to do so.  This should solidify the lake turn over.  Each year when this happens schools of trout will move into shallow water and some of the biggest trout will be up and near the shore.  This makes for a great winter trout bite for bank anglers and boating anglers.  Bank anglers have been having luck near the 49-bridge and off of Glory Hole Point.  One nice thing that has happened is the water is starting to rise every day.  This makes the access to the water not as muddy as it has been.  There are a lot of trees and bushes in the water.  The key is to find small stretches of shoreline in between the trees that have more dirt and rock.  The most productive setup has been floating an egg or ball of Power Bait off of the bottom.  Try using a light wire hook and light line to ensure your bait is floating.  Another sure fire way to achieve buoyancy is with a Corky.  These little floats will keep your bait floating all day and they come in a variety of fish catching colors.  Trolling anglers are finding much success in many different areas of the lake.  The trout are up and cruising the surface in shallow water and over deep water.  Head upriver between the bridges to catch a bunch of fish or troll near the dam and spillway to target the larger fish. Bass: Good. The bass bite continues to be good with most anglers catching plenty fish on each outing.  The water temperature has been dropping and we are moving into more of a winter bite.  Try fishing creek channels, points and bluffs until you have located the baitfish.  The fish are stuffed with shad and feeding heavily.  It is not uncommon to catch fish that spit multiple shad out on the deck of the boat.  Smaller baits have been working best.  Try fishing a Roboworm Alive Shad or a Zoom Tiny Fluke on a drop-shot rig. Glory Hole Sports (209) 736-4333

 



< Previous Report Next Report >




< Previous Report Next Report >