New Melones Reservoir Fish Report

New Melones Reservoir - Angels Camp, CA

by Nor Cal Fish Reports

Trout: Very Good.  The weather forecast is predicting another clear and fairly sunny weekend.  With last weeks cold weather and cooling surface temperatures the trout has been really good.  The cold surface temperature has moved a large amount of fish to the surface making them easier to catch for both trolling anglers and bank anglers.  The Department of Fish and Game has had multiple plants so far for the month of December. ank anglers have been catching many limits of planted and holdover rainbow trout.  Most anglers have reported having a majority their success floating Power Bait on a standard bait rig.  Many different color dough baits seem to work with rainbow, chartreuse, salmon egg, and pink being favorites.  Also, the fish seem drawn to the garlic scented bait.  If you are fishing with a color that is not scented try adding some garlic scented oil to entice more bites.  For anglers who prefer using artificial presentations, try fan casting Kastmasters and Krocodiles.  Another way to catch them is with a mini jig under a slip float or behind a bubble. Trolling anglers should try fishing from 30' to the surface.  With a large majority of fish moving to shallow water, it's a good idea to troll near the shoreline or use a side planner.  Try using a nightcrawler threaded onto a straight shank hook or a trolling fly tipped with a chunk of crawler.  Be sure to let out plenty of line.  This is a great time of year to catch some large brown trout.  When trolling with multiple rods it's a good idea to have one setup for browns.  Try using large jointed plugs or rolling shad.  When that rod hits it could be a fish of a lifetime. Bass: Slow.  The bite seems to very hit and miss for most anglers.  Most fish are schooling in deep water from 40-70'.  It is very important to use your electronics to locate fish and bait.  Try using vertical jigging spoons near the balls of bait.  A great cold water tactic is drop shot rig.  Try using small shad patterned bait a light fluorocarbon line to get these finicky fish to bite   Glory Hole Sports  (209) 736-4333

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