Glory Hole Sports
2892 Highway 49Glory Hole Sports
Angels Camp, CA 95222
Phone (209) 736-4333 Fax (209) 736-4339
It's our mission to keep you fishin'!
New Melones Anglers Report
by Gene Hildebrand, Glory Hole Sports
With all the rain we have been hit with the water levels continue to rise quickly on New Melones, the current lake level is 1054.80 and 33.20 ft. from full. Current water temperature is approx.
55 degrees. The Tuttletown upper ramp is operational as well as the Glory Hole Point side of the lake which has the high ramp working. Angels Cove ramp is also in use. This weekend on New Melones, Friday March 8th, and Sat. March 9th, is the Future Pro Anglers Press Championship series.
With the water rising quickly also comes the floating bank debri, SO BE AWARE.
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 email@example.com 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!
Anglers report Angels Cove is still giving up some nice rainbows from shore near the inlet and across from the ramp in the cove. Ryan Hollister and his father were in Angels Cove landing two nice Rainbow Trout, but did not report weight or what they were using.
No reports of Kokanee being caught
Despite cold rainy weather, bass anglers have been putting time on the lake the last couple weeks gearing up for their specific tournaments. Seems like the bass cannot fill up on finesse presentations with guys landing 20-30 a day. I can say that there's been lots of anglers loading up on the swim baits/glide baits and for the most part if your looking for the kicker in your bag, then this is what is most successful in attaining that 10-12-lb. bass.
Bill Heinle and Tyler Mayo were out night fishing in Angels Cove where they landed these catfish. Their largest 2 cats weighed in at 12.6 lbs. and 10.9 lbs. using cut baits.
No reports of Crappie being landed.
LOCAL AREA GUIDE REPORTS
Josh Parris Guide Report
New Melones Report-
Well it seems like the predictions of an early spring were a bit off. As much as the rain, wind and cold temps can be a pain to deal with little lone fish in, its setting the stage for a great year! With the lake still steadily on the rise and water temps looming in the low 50s the pre spawn bite continues to grow. Go to techniques for the deeper bite in 30-60' has been a mix of soft plastics, and jigs. As we venture further into spring I'm seeing more bait move up and the a rig and underspin bite is picking back up. For shallow fishing they are fish falling for a multitude of baits and techniques. My shallow finesse has been mostly stick baits, jigs, and Texas rigged plastics. For shallow reaction I've been leaning heavily on rip baits, A rigs/underspins and a mix of swim/glide baits.
Xperience Fishing Guide Service
The bass fishing on New Melones and other Mother Lode lakes has been outstanding! With all the recent weather and rainfall, the lakes are looking extremely healthy and on most days the bass have been eager to bite. The water temperature is in the low 50's and should start to warm soon. We have been implementing various techniques to catch many fish and some true giants. Over the last three days on the New Melones we have boated over 125-fish up to four pounds. Mostly using finesse presentations such as: dropshots, shakeyheads and the NED rig fished from 5' to 65' of water. When looking for a bigger bite we switch to large swimbaits, and man has it paid off. I guided Jeb Bunker to his personal best largemouth that tipped the scale at 10-pounds, 7-ounces and was caught on Don Pedro. On my trip with Russ Owens we boated his personal best spotted bass weighing 5.29-pounds. And Mike Dalforno was elated when I put him onto a 6-pound largemouth that inhaled an 8" trout patterned swimbait. The swimbait game is one of presentation and persistence, but if you put in the time and focus on each cast, we have proven that dreams can be made. The next couple of months we can anticipate some more incredible catches.