New Melones Reservoir Report

New Melones Reservoir - Angels Camp, CA

Lee & Patricia Fitzgerald of Forest Meadows landed a 3.5 lb. holdover using a crawler and trolling at the mouth of the dam.
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Glory Hole Sports

by Glory Hole Sports

Current water level: 924.75 and down 163.20 from full which is about 37 percent of capacity. Water releases have been lowered the last couple weeks with a 3″ average a day compared to the last 3 months of 9″ to 12″ a day.

Boat launches: Glory Hole Point ramp the concrete lower ramp at the end of Glory Hole Point is now set up with two courtesy docks and operational. Driving down to the ramp, the road is slightly bumpy but manageable. Tuttletown Boat ramp lower concrete ramp is now open

Late summer trout bite has gone deeper, with most trout being caught 40 to 80 ft deep and trolling. Seems like the go to for trolling for trout has been nightcrawlers trailing a blade or flasher.

Kokanee no bite has been reported.

With plenty of hilltops and points coming out of water opportunity is wide open on bass fishing early mornings and late evenings. Crankbaits, spinnerbaits, poppers and whopper ploppers cast into shadows or wind driven ripples on the water. Hilltops for a dropshot presentation.

This time of year plenty of anglers are targeting the large catfish that slip under cover in coves. Cutbaits such as mackeral, sardines or anchovies are the most popular baits, along with chicken livers. Make sure on your softer baits you wrap it with magic threat to secure bait onto your hook.

Best shot at crappie is getting into a cove, dropping a light and using crappie jigs or live minnows. Hope this information helps you on your next fishing trip.

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