Glory Hole Sports


2892 Highway 49Glory Hole Sports

Angels Camp, CA  95222

Phone (209) 736-4333  Fax (209) 736-4339

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New Melones Anglers and Guide Reports

by Gene Hildebrand, Glory Hole Sports

New Melones Lake level is currently at 1039.70. Very pleased that the releases on New Melones have been moderate and not taxing critical water levels on the lake this year. News on the impending approval, California Water Resource Board final decision to require unrestricted water flows from New Melones Reservoir (January thru June) can be found on Final comments to Ca. Water Resource Board's Delta Plan are slated for August 22. Its going to be a contentious highly charged meeting. If you are concerned as to what 6 months of unimpaired water flows from Melones and other Stanislaus and Tuolumne County lakes and reservoirs will do to the future of our communities, please get informed and take a stand for the future of our lakes.
This year Glory Hole Sports will be holding there annual Catfish Contest in October, we will be posting more info shortly....
We like to promote catch and release on New Melones. If you do so, provide us a picture and bring it in for a copy or email it to us at so we can put it on the board or in the newsletter.

Anglers FYI: For anyone with a potential lake record please call us at the store and hopefully we can send someone to weigh, photograph and measure the catch at the lake. GHS is the unofficial recorder of lake records for New Melones, and we understand there is sometimes conflicting interest in the welfare of the catch, whether or not to release the potential record, sacrificing your place as a record holder for the lake.
We do promote catch and release. For potential lake records, record the statistics of the fish... length, girth, weight and photographed at the lake before releasing her. If indeed we can verify the information that is provided, such as a witness, comparing the scale used with ours, a photograph with the fish hanging from the scale and can see the scale weight, etc...then we can accept this as proof. If your catch has expired than indeed bring it in to GHS so we can record it here, and you can have it mounted!

Look for Rainbow Trout deeper in the water column where the water is cooler for them, 50-85 ft. deep. Glory Hole Sports customer Moyer from Sacramento was trolling along Glory Hole Point at 70 ft., landing a nice 6 lb. 3 oz. Rainbow Trout. Moyer was trolling with a Hoochie/Chrome Sling Blade w. garlic scent.
Saul San Fillipo from San Carlos, Ca. was on Melones 8/01 trolling night crawlers down 75 ft. by the 49 bridge landing two nice Rainbows. Saul was using a flasher with his bait. 3.6 lbs, and 2.5 lbs.

We're not seeing the bass anglers like we do in the fall, winter and spring, seems they are fair weathered species, however some of the local hard to the core bass phenoms are having out of body xperiences fishing thru the nite and catching crates full of bass, ( of course releasing all fish caught.) Glide baits, jigs, carolina rigs, whopper ploppers texas rigs for yur bass endeavors.

Glory Hole Sports annual Catfish contest is on the horizon. This year we are holding the contest in the month of October (AKA large catfish month) We will be holding signups starting in September. Catfish are coming out at night. Drop a line with some cutbait, hang a bell on the end of your pole and go fish. Tuttletown coves and by the dam have been good places to fish cats.

Pretty much anywhere there is shelter, shaded coves, structure, submerged trees, you'll find crappie. Using a glow light at night would be a great way to beat the heat and catch some crappie at the same time.


Take it to the Limit Guide Service

Nice fat and healthy Kokanee we pulled out of Melones this week
Joe a family friend and I went out this week and we took it to the limit

In the last two weeks we landed quite a few nice fat Kokanee at New Melones Lake.
It's been quite smoky but the Kokanee have been on a good bite but first you have to find them.
We have been fishing structures ,if you find a hump where the top is around 100' that's where the koks are hanging out. We have been putting our time on the main lake trying to find the koks from 76' down to 92'.
Hoochies in pink and purple with a small gold spinner matched up with a gold blade was tops .
It's not a fast bite so don't give up and stay with it.
This year is way better than last year and I think next year we should see a very good year for the Kokanee on New Melones.
See Ya On The Water
Take it to the Limit Guide Service
Gary Burns

Xperience Fishing Guide Service

The dog days of summer are here. But, they should be called the hog days of summer as we are catching some big ol' bass on New Melones Reservoir. The smoke continues to cover the State, but on most days, it has not been too bad down on the water. Usually there is enough wind and we find ourselves fishing under the thick smoke. The fish are cooperating and the bite continues to be really good. I have been guiding morning trips, evening trips and even all-nighter's. Each morning we have been starting with topwater lures and swimbaits. Then as the sun comes up we will switch to reaction baits and finesse presentations. In the evening will we reverse this order. The nighttime bite can be exceptional and is a great way to avoid the summer heat. Lures and presentations that displace water and create sound and vibration will work best. The lake is extremely healthy and the water is dropping slowly in comparison to years past.
Pictures of Blake with an awesome evening spinnerbait spotted bass and Daniel with a giant 6.52-pound nighttime spotted bass.

Xperience Fishing Guide Service
John Liechty (209)743-9932