New Melones Report

New Melones Reservoir - Angels Camp, CA

Vance Bushmire and his crew from Las Vegas was fishing with a Rapala and hooked up with this nice 6 lb. 9 oz. rainbow.
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Glory Hole Sports

by Glory Hole Sports Staff
1-17-2020
(209) 736-4333
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New Melones Reservoir's current lake level is 1050.90 and 37.10 ft. from full. Currently temps are 54d. Water clarity is excellent. Angels Cove launch ramp is closed, and the fish cleaning station remains closed at Angels Cove with water line breaks interfering with operations.  
 
 
A word of caution when traveling from the rangers station towards Glory Hole Point. If your hauling any trailer over 10 ft. in height, be aware the Bureau of Reclamation has many oak trees that need to be trimmed to meet Federal Highway Administrations minimum vertical clearance on local roadways which is 14'. The trees overhang the road are creating hazardous driving conditions for you and your trailer/boat/rv having to often drive in the opposite lane of traffic to avoid these trees and prevent damage to your property. 

 
 
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 then indeed bring it in to GHS so we can record it here, and you can have it mounted!
 
 
TROUT 
 
Trout slow but good size coming out of Melones. Houseboat row seems where trout are laying up this winter. Vance Bushmire and his crew from Las Vegas was fishing with a Rapala and hooked up with this nice 6 lb. 9 oz. rainbow. 
 
 
KOKANEE
 
Done for the season.
 
 
 
BASS
 
The bass bite on Melones has improved from the last couple months with the water temps currently at 53d. Bass seem to be everywhere, but nowhere are they schooled up. Island tops and points are places to start, using Dropshot, Carolina rig, and Jigs. Stick with your basic colors, Green Pumpkin, Margarita Mutilator, Morning Dawn, Smoke. Schools of shad are harboring bass in the 2 lb. range. Target your fishing at 40 ft. and you will get results.
 
 
CATFISH
 
 
No reports of Catfish 
 
 
 
CRAPPIE
 
Off season for Crappie but anglers may hookup with Crappie when you locate schools of shad and trolling slowly, 1.5 mph or still fishing using a variety of baits from Speedy Shiners, Needle Fish,  jighead swimbaits & other plastics.
 
 
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