New Melones Reservoir Fish Report

New Melones Reservoir - Angels Camp, CA

by Nor Cal Fish Reports

Water temperature is rising and falling with the weather, and has been anywhere from about 81-73 degrees. Trout bite has slowed. 

Not as many limits, but still plenty of fish being caught. Trollers have been doing well fishing over the main river channel at the mouths of major creek arms. The trout are feeding heavily on shad that are staging on the outside of the creek channels. In the fall the shad will move to the backs of the coves, and the fish will follow. To target rainbows and browns, troll 15-35 deep- try various depths, since fish are in transition. Also, vary  trolling speed. Bass are moving into deeper waters and pulling off shore due to falling water levels, and bite has really slowed down. Shad imitations are your best bet, as fish are feeding heavily on shad right now. Tie on a split shot rig with 6" Roboworm Hologram shad or Prism Shad. Also, hard and soft jerkbaits work well sub-surface.

Catfish are in coves and in shallower water.  (209) 736-4333, (209) 586-2383

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