New Melones Fishing Report

New Melones Reservoir - Angels Camp, CA

New Melones Fishing Report
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Glory Hole Sports Staff

by Glory Hole Sports Staff
(209) 736-4333

After being closed for over a month, New Melones angling has come back strong with a wide open topwater action for bass and trolling for Kokanee has been excellent. New Melones Reservoir has 3 boat launches open for use with courtesy docks. Campgrounds and all Day Use areas remain closed due to Covid19 county regulations in place. The only fish cleaning station on Glory Hole Point remains closed due to a water line break. Tuttletown fish cleaning station is open for use. 

A Special Shout Out......We ALL here at Glory Hole Sports want to THANK our wonderful, loyal customers and friends for all their support and concern for us during this unprecedented time. We are all very happy to see our anglers heading back out on New Melones Lake once again.                                                                                                                              

New Melones Reservoir's current lake level is 1040.85, dropping 3.50 since the lake closed April 3rd. New Melones is 47.15 ft. from full. Water temperature is reported to be hoovering around 68-70d.  Water clarity is good. 

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!


Rainbow Trout are being caught along with some really nice Brown Trout on the lake. Austin Reilly had this 9 lb. Brown slam his tackle trolling, using 3 Sons Tackle pink hoochie. The Kokanee on the hook says how the rest of the day went for the two anglers from Amador. 


With the lake shut down at the start of Kokanee season, there was much anticipated chatter on how the season was going to play out. First day the lake was back open to angling after the closure, anglers were not landing much, nor we're they marking fish on their graphs. That all changed pretty quick when HeadHunter SportsFishing went on a Kok expedition breaking open the myth that it may not be a good year on Melones for Kokanee. Kyle Wise took the "Wife" out and quickly hit a limit using Mag Tackles pink hoochie and pink dodger. Largest Kok came in at a impressive 18"


Reports coming in from the bass anglers is that the bass are hitting topwater baits and the bass are all over the lake, one angler reporting he fished till 4:00 am landing over 100 bass and getting a strike on almost every cast using a crankbait. Now is the opportunity to throw crank baits, swimbaits, glidebaits, chatterbaits to get a good bite. Change it up and hook on a weightless Fluke in Pearl White giving a twitch, twitch, pause retrieve.   


Crappie are hitting minnows up in Angels Creek Arm as Brooks, Argie, and Jason shared their picture of a recent outing under a light at night. 

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