New Melones Reservoir - Angels Camp, CA

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by Glory Hole Sports Staff
(209) 736-4333

The trout have been biting really well recently for people that are trolling but the majority of the bank anglers are having a tough time catching fish. This is due to the warmer weather pushing the fish away from the shallow banks and the amount of bank fishing traffic that has been coming through recently. Many of the people having success trolling for trout are using small shad imitations such as, Rapalas, Speedy Shiners, Kastmasters and Needlefish. Many of the fish are being caught in 20-30 feet of water but the larger fish are slightly deeper.
The kokanee are beginning to bite although most of them are relatively small. There has been a few pretty good sized fish being reported but the average size being caught right now is 8-9 inches. The bigger ones should start to come up and bite more sometime in mid to late May. The people that are having success in catching kokanee have been trolling out in front of the damn in around 30 ft of water. Good lures to use would be hoochies or apex's with kokanee corn on the back. Local guide Kyle Wise has been consistent on targeting limits of trout, crappie, and will be guiding for kokanee in just a few weeks. Book a trip today, schedule fills up fast on the kokanee bite. Headhunter Sportsfishing 209-531-3966
The bass bite is wide opened right now for both bank and boat fisherman. The majority of the fish are no deeper than 20 ft and are extremely aggressive right now. Most of the fish are starting to move off of their beds and guard their fry although there are still a few largemouth still on beds. A good way to catch some of the larger fish at the moment (although they will be skinny from spawn) would be to throw large Huddleston style swimbaits or S-wavers. Their are plenty of different baits that will work to catch fish this time of year, a few of them would be,California Reservoir Lure jigs, Lucky Craft crankbaits, Bass Arts Creations spinnerbaits, Frenzy a-rigs, River2Sea jerkbaits or soft plastics. Josh Parris Guide Service has been putting clients on chunky 10+ lb. bass for his clients the last few weeks. Below is Stan on a 10.87 lb. beauty. To set up a great guide trip on New Melones, you can contact Josh @ 209-217-7368.
Although we have not had any reports on catfish recently the bite should start to pick up soon especially with the water temperature beginning to rise. Using dead or cut bait such as shad, mackerel, sardines or chicken liver would be a good option and fishing in any flats at or around 20 feet deep.
The crappie fishing has been really good recently although they do move a little deeper during the day as the temperature rises. Many of these crappie can be seen and caught on beds during the day but like to be in deeper water to get away from the heat. Most anglers have been having more success fishing at night with a Hydroglow crappie light that bring in bait close. Good options to catch these crappie would be to use natural or shad colored jigs during the day or dark and chartreuse colors at night to stand out more. Minnows are also a good option no matter what time it is.
Other News
The New Melones visitors center is now opened and selling annual passes for the lake but they are only opened from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the weekends.
River and Stream fishing in the area will be opening on Saturday April 24th.

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New Melones Fishing Report
New Melones Reservoir
TROUT    The trout have been on and off depending on the day and the weather and have been biting more on the warmer days. Many of the planters or smaller rainbows can be caught in 10-25 feet while trolling, the larger rainbows are down a little bit deeper in 25-35 feet while the big brown trout have been caught all the way down in 80-90 feet. The bank fishing for trout has fell off dramatically and it has been tough to...... Read More

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TROUT The trout fishing has remained about the same as of late and there is still quite a few of the smaller planter trout being caught from 20-40 feet deep with speedy shiners, rapalas and other small shad imitations but for the most part the large fish are deep. There has been reports of big trout being caught as deep as 90 feet while trolling. Most of the bigger trout are holding up by the dam and up in the...... Read More