New Melones Reservoir Fish Report

New Melones Reservoir - Angels Camp, CA

by Nor Cal Fish Reports

Surface temperature is 60 to 66 degrees, depending on what part of the lake you are fishing.  The docks have been moved on Glory Hole Point.  This makes for an easy launch and very short walk to and from the parking lot. The trout are biting and most anglers are catching some nice fish on each outing.  There are more fish showing up near the surface making them easier to catch for both trolling anglers and bank anglers.  The trout are targeting balls of very small shad.  The trout will push the bait from deep to shallow water.  Try finding shallow water areas with deep water access.  Trolling anglers should try fishing from 30' to the surface.  It is a good idea to troll at different depths until find a concentration of fish.  Try top lining small shad patterned baits.  A Rapala Jointed Shad Rap or Floating Minnow would be a perfect match to best resemble the bait fish.  Also, try fishing a tandem spoon rig from 10-30' on a downrigger or with a diving plane.  Needlefish, Excel, and Speedy Shiner spoons are good choices.  Another good way to catch a few fish is with a trolling fly.  These baits can be fished by themselves, behind a dodger, or in front of a crawler. Mix and match your presentations to catch more fish.   Bass fishing is slow. ost anglers are catching a few while finesse fishing with small baits and light line.  Try using a drop shot rig near the main lake.  Small shad patterned soft plastics and 4" hand poured worms are producing some fish.  Also, the shad are starting to school up in the major creek arms.  If you find the bait the fish will be near by.  Try using a spoon fished vertically through the balls of bait. Glory Hole Sports  (209) 736-4333

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