New Melones Reservoir Fish Report

New Melones Reservoir - Angels Camp, CA

by Nor Cal Fish Reports

The trout bite was good this last weekend with most anglers catching a few fish.  The trout are moving from deep to shallow water.  They have been in deep/cooler water all summer and are coming to the surface.  Once the surface temperature cools and the lake turns the trout bite should be wide open. Trolling anglers should try trolling 25-35 feet deep with downriggers or diving planes.  The trout are feeding on balls of shad so shad patterned spoons are a good bet.  Needlefish, Excels, Kastmasters and Speedy Shiners are good spoons that produce many limits.  Also, there are fish feeding on the surface in the early morning.  To target these fish try top-lining a F5 or J5 Rapala.  A feeding fish will travel a long way to hit a single shad that has strayed from the school.  Bass seem to be spread out from deep to shallow water.  The shad are schooled up and there are bass that target these balls of bait.  The tough part about fishing for these fish is there is generally a short window of opportunity where they will be feeding.  Try using a shad patterned grub on a ¼ oz. darthead.  This is a great setup that can be fished in multiple ways.  You can drag it on the bottom, fish it vertically, or swim it at any depth.  Also if you use your electronics and find bait in deeper water a great way to catch them is with a vertical jigging spoon or with a drop shot rig fished directly under the boat.  The bass are also feeding on crawdads.  Try using football head jigs to target these bass. The catfish are still in fairly shallow water and feeding heavily.  At this time of the year we generally see some really large cats being caught, especially if we get a little rain.  They will move into feeder creeks and feed on whatever washes into the lake.  Try using a variety of different baits until the fish tell you what they want to feed on.  Night crawlers, liver, shad, and anchovies seem to produce the majority of fish. Glory Hole Sports  (209) 736-4333, (209) 586-2383    


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