New Melones Fishing Report

New Melones Reservoir - Angels Camp, CA

Brown Trout, Brown Trout
Marvin Wells has been having his way fishing for trout, landing some beautiful trout the last few weeks. This Brown trout weighing in at 6 lb.8 oz. did not disappoint in the fight dept, giving Marvin a good battle however did not survive the fight. Caught on a Needlefish, 45 ft. water depth, between the bridges at 1:30 pm.
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Glory Hole Sports

by Glory Hole Sports
7-23-2020

New Melones Reservoirs' current elevation is 1020.00 and 68.00 ft. from full. Water temperature has passed the 80d. mark. Bureau of Reclamation has cleared the middle ramp on Glory Hole Point, and has installed courtesy docks.  Glory Hole Boat Ramps:
Highest ramp is in water from 1088.00 to 1025.00
Medium ramp is in water from 1028.00-to 940.00
 
Tuttletown Boat Ramps
Highest ramp in water from 1088.00 to 1031.00
Middle ramp in water from 1036.00 to 942.00
 
Angels Cove Boat Ramp:
Only one ramp- it’s in water from 1088’ to 975’
 
BASS 
There has been some impressive largemouth bass being caught mid summer on New Melones. Reports of 4-9 lb. bass using small swimbaits, underspins, and diving crankbaits early morning and late evening. With the lake water temp. at 82d. bass are going deeper mid morning thru the afternoon. Plastic baits are the go to in the heat of the day with shakeyheads, wacky rigs, dropshot. Target the vertical rock face up river, near rising hilltops, rocky shoreline for best angling opportunities. 
 
CRAPPIE
Nice slabs have been reported in different areas of the lake using live minnows, Crappie jigs and Gulp Crappie Nibbles. Anglers fishing Angels Cove area have done well, landing a dozen or more, dropping a night light and fishing in the swarm of shad that are attracted to the light.
 
CATFISH
Elmo Bauer followed up on his success of previous weeks of angling for catfish on New Melones, fishing with Don Hise the two were fishing near the houseboats bringing in 4 cats, reporting the best bait was night crawlers at 2:00 am.


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