Bass best at New Melones

New Melones Reservoir - Angels Camp, CA

by Nor Cal Fish Reports

The lake level dropped three feet this last week. It is currently at 836 ft. above sea level and 252 ft. from full. The water clarity is stained in many areas and will occasionally clear up. The water temperature will continue to warm, with the average being 74-79 degrees. Glory Hole Point boat launch is a two lane dirt road and gravel leading off of the end of the point. There is not a courtesy dock and it is best to launch with a 4-wheel drive vehicle. Trout: Fair. The trout are going to be holding in deep water throughout the hot summer months. There are not many anglers targeting trout, but he few that are fishing, have been catching a mix bag of trout and kokanee. Trolling anglers are using dark baits fished in deep water. Black, purple and blue are all good choices when fishing deep. Try using larger baits that create sound and vibration. The anglers targeting the kokanee are reporting a hit and miss bite. A few limits of kokanee are being caught some days and other days they are difficult to locate. The kokanee are holding in deep/cool water and can be caught from 45-75' deep. Bass anglers continue having much success. The bite for numbers is consistent, and there have been some big largemouth and spotted bass caught and release in the past couple of weeks. Most anglers are using a variety of soft plastics to catch the bass. Try using bulky baits and fishing them on a Texas Rig with a glass bead. Each time the bead and the weight separate and come back together, it will create a ticking sound. This will help bass locate the bait. There has been a good reaction bite and many bass seem eager to chase. It is best to fish baits that's are somewhat weedless and can be pulled through the brush. Spinnerbaits, chatterbaits and swim jigs are all good choices. Try adding a small swimbait, our crawdad soft plastic as a trailer. The catfish are in shallow water and heavily feeding. This has been one of the best years for catfish, and anglers are bringing in some really nice ones. Some anglers are reporting catching dozens of cats on each trip. The bite seems to be best at night, but it is very possible to catch them during the day as well. Frozen shad, anchovies and mackerel have been producing fish. Glory Hole Sports (209) 736-4333

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