New Melones Fishing Report

New Melones Reservoir - Angels Camp, CA

Nortrop Kirk made a trip with Kyle Wise of HeadHunter Sports fishing and caught a healthy limit of kokanee around the Highway 49 bridge area. These fish were caught in 95 foot of water using pink wiggle hoochies and bloody tuna scent.
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Glory Hole Sports Staff

by Glory Hole Sports Staff
(209) 736-4333

New Melones Reservoirs' current elevation is 1006.66 and 82 ft. from full, dropping 2.5 ft. the last week. This puts the reservoir capacity at 70%. Water temperature is 72.5-74.0 degrees. Water clarity is 2-6 ft.

ON ANOTHER NOTE AND CONCERN....We have had many reports from locals that a high percentage of people that have been coming to the Sierra's and foothills have been destroying property and leaving a lot of trash behind for someone else to pick up. We ask that when you visit our beautiful lakes, day camps, and trails please do not be disrespectful to the land and please do not leave your trash behind, "You pack it in, you pack it out!!!"

Glory Hole Boat Ramps:

Highest ramp is in water from 1088.00 to 1025.00 (CLOSED)

Middle 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’


The kokanee bite has slowed down significantly as they are beginning to move up river for the spawn although you may get lucky and catch a few. The trout on the other hand can still be caught pretty well either between the two bridges or by the dam at about 40-50 foot off of rock ledges. A couple of different setups are with a gold dodger with orange/purple, jpex lures, pink, orange hoochies, and apex lures in rainbow trout colors.


The bass bite as of late has began to slow down drastically during this transition period, but big fish can still be caught like this 8lb 5oz largemouth caught by Glory Hole Sports employee Tucker Tarap on a Googan Baits slim shake worm on a shaky head. Most of the fish are being caught from 3-15 foot in the mornings and late afternoons using either slow bottom baits or crankbaits, while in the middle of the day they can be caught from 20-40 foot with Carolina rigs, dropshots and jigs.



Anthony Skoobecky of Angels Camp poses with a 9lb 5oz catfish he caught on a morning dawn Roboworm drop shotting in angels creek. There has been quite a few large catfish recently being caught on bass tackle and also using worms, cut bait and the always trusty chicken liver. This is just in time for our annual catfish contest as it starts on October 1st.


The crappie bite has dropped off, possibly due to the heat. May be going to deeper, cooler waters. We have live large and medium minnows in stock! 

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