Glory Hole Sports


2892 Highway 49Glory Hole Sports

Angels Camp, CA  95222

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NEW MELONES LAKE FISHING REPORT          August 28, 2017

By Gene Hildebrand


Congratulations to Jimmy Velazquez who on June 25, 2017 landed a 2 lb. 11 oz. breaking the old record by 4 oz. Jimmy was trolling with a double-bladed spinner with a pink and teal flasher. Other than this extraordinary catch, kokanee has been scarce this year on New Melones.

New Melones Lake has seen a drop in water elevation exposing some shoreline. Last week, Melones dropped 18” to 1056.69 and a total of just 12 ft. from its high mark this year. With the slight drop in water, it makes it easier for landlocked fishermen to navigate the shoreline not having to walk thru vegetation as they move around. Water temps are warm, 80-85 d.


The last three weeks of trout fishing has been tremendous here on Melones. Anglers have been coming into Glory Hole Sports with impressive stringers averaging 3.5 - 8 lbs. Harold Gilbardi of Ancampo has been putting on quite a show this month, bringing in limits on each outing. His largest was a 7.8 lb. rainbow trolling near Horseshoe bend at 65 ft. deep using a needlefish. Jay from Lockeford has been trolling 40-80 ft. deep above Parrots Ferry Bridge using Kastmasters (SW10).  August 28, 2017 the Dept. Fish & Wildlife planted trout at Angels Creek, Big Trees State Park, Spicer Lake, and Alpine Lake.


With the heat wave, and water retreating, the bass are moving off shore into cooler water, down to 40+ ft. Coax these bass in with a Strike King XD crankbait that will get you down into the deeper water. Whopper Ploppers in the early morning, and evening will still draw a top water strike. Also in the arsenal for bass is using drop shot, or a Texas rig.


A great way to fish Crappie this time of year is to get out there in your floatie, kayak, or other methods and drop down a crappie jig in a pearl, white, white and red. Run your line down 40 ft. and pull your jig up 4 ft. and letting it sink back down. You can also use this method by adding a bobber stop above your balsa slip float and a small pinch weight above your jig.


Several 10+ lb. catfish have been landed in the last two weeks, most fishermen using cut bait like mackerel, sardine, chicken livers and anchovies. Joey Ray of Angels Camp landed a nice 11 lb. cat at Tuttletown, at 3 am. using anchovies.


Lake Pardee

Kokanee are still around if you want to pull a pink hoochie behind a chrome and purple rock river dodger in the 48 to 55 foot of water. The boats trolling are also using Apex lures rigged the same way with kokanee corn at the tip of the hook. Like the other lakes it's working good on the big lake trout also. Several large Rainbow Trout have been landed this week some tipping the scale over the seven pound mark. The Bass fishermen are doing good also most of the boats are heading up the river arm using blue and or purple jigs, senkos, or drop-shot. 

Lake Camanche

Your best bet to catch anything would be to try trolling deep and 80 feet deep is where your may find some of the holdover rainbows by the dam. The trout being weighed in are definitely quality fish. If your willing to give your arms a work out, try up river, throwing top water lures just as the sun breaks over the trees the largmouth should start hitting the surface. My son and I have had some action in the morning and the late afternoon throwing white whopper ploppers with much success.

New Hogan

A lake known for its stripper action this time of year is sure making it tough to even put a couple line sides in the boat. My son and hit the lake often, I checked my fish log for this day last year. What did it say your thinking, I'll tell you. It was off the hook, 40 fish days several days I fished from 4:00 to 8:30 and between my son (Dillon) and I we caught 40 + fish in 4 hours that doesn't count the fish we shook off the lure at the boat. We have to remember the water was very low. The bait fish (shad) didn't have much to hide behind. But now with the high water levels it's seldom the boil stay up more than a minute after you arrive. The stripers are still aggressive for the top water lures if the boil is active . The green backs (largemouth) have been on a swimmingly late afternoon top water bite up the lake arm above the Boy Scouts camp ground. From about 5:30 till dark the greenbacks are eating anything on the surface. You can see them feeding just like the stripers do. I thought I was casting into a scattered striper school when Dillon said "Dad get the net it's a big largemouth." He boated a beautiful fat 7.79 largemouth and we then proceed to catch and released several more Green-monsters  over 5 pounds. We caught over 45 largemouth and 5 stripers total that evening and didn't start the big motor one time until we decided to leave. The area we fished was about 200 yards of shoreline estimated we were 25 feet from the shore throwing Powder River to Sea Whopper Ploppers .

New Melones Anglers and Guide Reports
by Gene Hildebrand, Glory Hole Sports
Water levels in New Melones have dropped 10 ft from its high this year, water temps are 79-84 degrees. 
John Harmon of Sacramento gets in some quality fishing with guide Gary Burns and on 08/09, hauled in this nice rainbow weighing in at 6.2 lbs. He was fishing around Carson cove and the main lake, downriggers down 60 ft. trolling with a #2 needlefish in chrome/bikini. 


Take it to the Limit Guide Service Fishing Report

John put a nice Limit of bows in the boat before noon

Donald and Adam put 2 limits in the boat the biggest went close to 7lbs and was 231/2" long

New Melones is the place to be if you want to put some beautiful trout in your boat. The bows are going deeper with the hotter weather we have been trolling Kokanee speed 1.5 going down from 68' to 80'. Rocky Mountain Tackle pink Moonshine Dodgers have put most of the bow in the boat this week towing pink and blue hoochies, spinners or Apexs. We have been working deep waters near the bank and when you find the shad you find the bows. No Kokanee so far this month!
See Ya On The Water

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