Cats bite best at New Melones

New Melones Reservoir - Angels Camp, CA

by Nor Cal Fish Reports

The water temperature is 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. With the water temperatures being warm during the summer months, the trout will congregate in the deepest parts of the lake. It is best to purchase a quality topographical map or use your electronics to find these cooler areas. The river channel leading to the old lake will continue to hold fish as the water levels drop. Night fishing anglers are doing well catching trout while fishing under a submersible light. The trout will move up in the water column and feed during the cool hours of the night. Try to find intersections where creek channels and structure meets up with the main body. Anchor the boat in 25-50' of water, and drop the light 15-25' feet down. This last week the kokanee bite seemed to improve quite a bit. Many anglers reported catching fish and few caught their limit. The kokanee are very fat and healthy and continue to grow. The water is stained and the fish are down holding in 50-70' of water. It is very important to use presentations that create vibration and move water. Baits that have a side-to-side wobble or baits with blades will attract fish. The large sized slingblade and dodgers will also move more water and increase the side-to-side swing. When fishing in low light conditions, be sure to apply ample scent to your lures. The bass anglers continue to have 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. With the day time temperature being warm it is a good time to target bass during the night. The bass will go on feeding frenzies during low light conditions and hunker down during the midday heat. 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. 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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