Glory Hole Fishing Report

New Melones Reservoir - Angels Camp, CA

by Glory Hole Sports

New Melones Lake level is currently at 1034.75 Water temperature across the lake is 76d. Tuttletown's boat launch ramp will be changing to the middle ramp as the top ramp goes out of the water at 1031.00 elevation. The middle ramp will be used for elevations from 1036.00-942.00. Glory Hole Point side of the lake has the high ramp working till lake elevation hits approx.1025.00 and at that point the middle ramp will be in use from ele. 1028.00 to 940.00. Another 9.25 ft. will have to be drawn from Melones before the middle ramp comes into use. Angels Cove ramp is in use from ele.1088.00 - 975.00.

We like to promote catch and release on New Melones. If you do so, provide us a picture and bring it in for a copy or email it to us at [email protected] so we can put it on the board or in the newsletter.

Anglers FYI: For anyone with a potential lake record please call us at the store and hopefully we can send someone to weigh, photograph and measure the catch at the lake. GHS is the unofficial recorder of lake records for New Melones, and we understand there is sometimes conflicting interest in the welfare of the catch, whether or not to release the potential record, sacrificing your place as a record holder for the lake.

We do promote catch and release. For potential lake records, record the statistics of the fish... length, girth, weight and photographed at the lake before releasing her. If indeed we can verify the information that is provided, such as a witness, comparing the scale used with ours, a photograph with the fish hanging from the scale and can see the scale weight, etc...then we can accept this as proof. If your catch has expired than indeed bring it in to GHS so we can record it here, and you can have it mounted!


The large Melones trout that we have been seeing for the last 18 months are beginning to appear after a couple month lull. Trout bite is not off the charts but when you can land a 7lb. 5 oz. Rainbow as Ron Chaney did on 9/04 your having something to brag about.


Anglers who have caught Koks have reported the males are beginning to show the hooked jaw characteristic that comes on during their third summers end. Pretty much done for the season.


Brendon McCloskey sent us this nice pic of him on the lake bass fishing.


Sign-ups are going on for the annual Glory Hole Sports Catfish Contest which begins on Oct. 1. New this year we have added the "BIG Cat Pot", first 12+lb brought in wins the pot!! We are filling up quickly with only 30 spots remaining. Ms. Macie Cranford of Plymouth showed us what could be in store for those in the contest this year (Picture at top of report). She hauled in her BIG Cat whopper over by the spillway, but declined to say what her bait of choice was for bringing this cat aboard.


Not a whole lot of chatter on the Crappie bite, they are still being caught near the marina cove using pearl and other paddle tail, straight tail minnows in different colors. We also have live minnows available which is a popular choice of bait.

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