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CA
United States
37° 59' 30.3072" N, 120° 32' 1.1976" W
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Average: 3 (1 vote)
Weather: Sunny Air Temperature: 41-50 F

Trout:  Good.  Most anglers are catching some pretty nice trout on each outing.  The trout are in the upper portion of the water column which makes them easier to locate and catch.  Bank anglers are catching fish in a few different areas of the lake.  Glory Hole Point, the 49-bridge and Glory Hole Cove have been good areas to target trout that are roaming in shallow water.  When fishing in heavily covered areas, use a presentation that will suspend above, free of snags.  The best way to achieve this presentation is with a slip-float.  With a bobber-stop you can adjust your leader to the water depth you are trying to fish.  Nightcrawlers, live minnows, Power Bait and soft plastics are all good choice to use suspended below a slip-float.  Another good way to catch them is by making multiple casts with a Kastmaster or a Tasmanian Devil and covering a lot of water. Trolling anglers are doing well fishing near Coyote Creek and the main lake, near the 49-bridge.  The fish have all been coming from the surface down to 20’.  Some anglers are reporting that the better fish are down just a little deeper.   A variety of baits have been catching limits of trout.  Excel, Needlefish and Speedy Shiners are all good choices.  Another very productive way to hook into some fish is by top-lining a Shad Rap or a Jointed Shad Rap Rapala.  These baits have a larger bill that will get your bait down to the 10-20’ range without having to add any weight.  A crawler on a spinner or trailed behind a tear drop dodger always seems to get a few bites.  Be sure to add scent to your bait to help the fish locate it and bite.  Glory Hole Sports Big Fish of the Week goes to Mike Derham (Happy Hunter) of Angels Camp.  He caught a limit of rainbows on an Uncle Larry’s Spinner tipped with a crawler.  His biggest weighed in at 2-pounds.We do encourage catch and release for the brown trout as The Department of Fish and Game will no longer be planting them.  Carefully measure, weigh and photograph trophy fish and send us pictures and information. 

Kokanee: Done. Kokanee fishing generally is good from April to September.

Bass: Good.  The fish seem to be moving from deep to shallow water and back throughout the day, depending on the weather.  The weather has been extremely nice and the forecast is predicting more blue skies in the future.  The lake has been beautiful and the conditions are very comfortable.  We are hoping for rain, but as long as it’s clear we might as well take advantage of it.  Some fish seem to be keying on shad.  To catch these shad eaters a drop-shit rig is a good choice.  A small shad patterned worm or minnow type soft plastic has been working well.  The water clarity is fairly clear so be sure to use light line.  It may take a little time to get bit, but with a little patience and persistence you will get bites.  There are always fish that will scour the bottom for crawdads.  To catch these fish try using a crawdad colored worm or tube fished on a dart head or shakey head.  To target fish in deeper water try using a heavy football head jig.  Slowly drag the bottom to coax the fish into biting.  In cold water scent seem to help get more bites.  Apply scent to your baits and occasionally keep adding scent throughout the day. We have heard of a few swimbait fish being caught, including a monster 14.75-pound largemouth caught by John Chiarpotti, the owner of California Reservoir Lures.  PLEASE PRACTICE CATCH AND RELEASE.  We are approaching the annual spawn.  The bigger fish are the future of our lake. Take photos and carefully release the fish back into to the lake to maintain a healthy fish population for generations to come.

Catfish: Slow.  The catfish will be moving to deep water near rock piles and ledges.  Most anglers don’t target catfish at this time of the year.  But, the ones that do will hook into some lunkers. Try fishing near large rocks and boulders.  A large ball of crawlers is hard to beat.  At this time of the year you will have to be very patient for the bites are few and far between.  Be sure to use plenty of scent on you bait.Glory Hole Sports Big Fish of the Week goes to Doug Mote of Riverbank.  He landed a giant 14.70-pound catfish while fishing on a drop-shot rig while targeting bass. 

 

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Average: 3 (1 vote)
Weather: Sunny Air Temperature: 51-60 F

Water Conditions:  New Melones Lake is currently holding 529,734 acre-feet of water.  The lake level came up almost two feet this last week. It is currently at 864 ft. above sea level and 212 ft. from full.  The water clarity is clear in most of the lake with a few areas being a little stained. The water temperature continues to cool with the average being 55-59 degrees.  Tuttletown launch is closed. Glory Hole Point boat launch is the road leading off the end of the point.  It is a dirt launch without courtesy docks and 4wd is recommended.

Trout:  Good.  The trout have moved into shallow water and are cruising the shoreline and feeding near the surface.  The great winter trout bite is right around the corner.  The water temperature has been cooling each week and the fresh water flowing in has made the fish more comfortable and eager to feed.  Try finding areas with that have running water nearby.  These places will have insects and nutrients that have washed into the lake.  Many smaller fish will move up to feed and the larger fish will follow.  Bank anglers are starting to fairly well catching a handful of fish on each outing and some limits.  One nice thing that has happened is the water is starting to rise every day.  This makes the access to the water not as muddy as it has been.  There are a lot of trees and bushes in the water.  The key is to find small stretches of shoreline in between the trees that have more dirt and rock.  The most productive setup has been floating an egg or ball of Power Bait off of the bottom.  Try using a light hook and light line to ensure your bait is floating.  Another good choice would be a crawler/mallow combo.  For those who don’t mind covering water, try fan casting a ¼ oz. Kastmaster or a Tasmanian Devil.  Trolling anglersare finding much success in many different areas of the lake.  The trout are up and cruising the surface in shallow water and over deep water.  Trolling spoons have been producing limits.  Try a few different sizes and colors until the fish tell you which lure they are most interested in.  Some anglers have also been having success with a single blade followed by a threaded crawler.  Be sure to add shad scent to help attract more fish.  We do encourage catch and release for the brown trout as The Department of Fish and Game will no longer be planting them.  Carefully measure, weigh and photograph trophy fish and send us pictures and information. 

Kokanee: Done. The fish have entered spawn mode and will soon start dying off. We have heard very few reports of them in shallow water.

Bass: Good.  The bass bite continues to be productive and most anglers are catching a bunch of 1 to 2-pound bass on each outing.  The shad have schooled up and are in many parts of the lake.  Bait balls can be found on bluffs, points, and rock piles in creek channels and on the main lake.  The best way to target fish that are keying on shad is with a drop-shot rig or a jigging spoon.  Smaller baits have been working best.  Try nose hooking a 4” shad patterned worm and fishing it just off of the bottom.  Tiny Flukes and Berkley Minnows are also a great choice.  It helps to have good electronics to locate the depth the fish are holding. But for those who don’t, try letting your presentation hit the bottom and then pick it up and shake and reel in 5’ increments.  For bigger bites try using bigger bulkier baits.  ½ to ¾ oz football jigs are a good choice for dragging the bottom.  Also with the fish being keyed in on shad a small shad patterned swimbait fished at various depths would be a good choice.  Please practice catch and release. Take photos and carefully release the fish back into to the lake to maintain a healthy fish population for generations to come.

Catfish: Fair. We have had some recent rain and hope for more in the forecast.  Each year the bigger cats will move up during the rain and feed in areas that have fresh water coming into them.  The fresh water will wash nutrients and insects into the lake. This will attract crawdads and small fish.  The big cats will move up and feed on these smaller creatures.  Try using frozen fish baits fished in shallow water.  Shad, anchovy and sardine are all good choices.  A good way to fish for catfish is without any added weight.  Use enough bait to make a cast and let it sink to the bottom and lifelessly drift.  This weight-less approach has been known to fool some of the biggest cats.  Be sure to leave slack in the line so the fish does not feel any tension.  Also try using nightcrawlers and chicken liver.  Glory Hole Sports Big Fish of the Week goes to Bob James of Murphys.  He landed a 12-pound, 10-ounce catfish while soaking Power Bait, near the 49-bridge.

 

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Average: 3 (1 vote)
Weather: Rain Air Temperature: 51-60 F Water Temp: 51-60 F Clarity: Stained

Tuttletown launch is closed. Glory Hole Point boat launch is the road leading off the end of the point.  It is a dirt launch without courtesy docks and 4wd is recommended.

 

Trout: Okay.  Cooler nights have moved the trout into shallow water and some trolling anglers are starting to bring limits of fish to the boat.  It would not be a bad idea to use leadcore line or try top-lining. The large rainbows will feed heavily on shad.  There is an abundance of smaller one to two inch shad that the fish are spitting up.  Trolling anglers try top-lining a Rapala JSR plug.  Let out plenty of line to ensure your lure is clear of the boat wake.  Spoons are working well too.  

Bass:  Good.  Once you locate the bait fish you will be able to catch a bunch of bass.  Spooning and drop-shotting are two great methods that can be used to catch fish that are keying on balls of shad.  Mack's Sonic Baitfish, Kastmasters and Duh Spoons are good choices when selecting spoons.  Smaller spoons have been working best.  Roboworms and Berkley Minnows have been producing fish on a drop shot rig.Glory Hole Sports  (209) 736-4333

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