October 20, 2014
New Melones Lake Fishing Report
Water Conditions: New Melones Lake is currently holding 523,656 acre-feet of water. The lake level came up just inches this week and is currently at 862 ft. above sea level and 214 ft. from full. The water is starting to clear up due to stable and rising water. The average water temperature is 72-76 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: Slow. The nights are cooling off and the surface temperature continues to drop, which will encourage the trout to move toward the surface. The large rainbows will feed heavily on shad. There is an abundance of smaller one to two inch shad that the fish a spitting up. Trolling anglers try using tandem spoons trolled in 25-45’ water. It is a good time to use ball trolls to resemble a school of shad. Umbrella rigs work great attached to the downrigger ball. To target the large browns try rolling shad or using a large billed plug. Another thing to keep in mind is the water clarity. Bright colored baits or baits with rattles will attract fish in stained water better than lighter more natural patterned baits. Glory Hole Sports Big Fish of the Week goes to James Goble of Angels Camp. He caught a limit of rainbows while trolling, near the 49-bridge. Bank fishing should start to pick up as the water temperature drops. Best bet for shore anglers is to head to the high country lakes. Fly fishing anglers the bite has been pretty good fishing local streams and rivers. Try using dry fly patterns in the mornings and evenings and fishing nymphs and buggers mid day. 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 not seen or heard of any in shallow water.
Bass:Good. The lake level has been stable for a couple weeks, which has made the bass more predictable. The bass are in a late summer/early fall pattern. The shad are schooled up in the deep water and the bass are hunting them in wolf packs. Shad patterned worms, grubs and small swim baits have been working extremely well for fish holding tight to structure and for fish that are suspended in deeper water. Try using a shakey head when fishing around brush and switching to a drop shot in open water. There has been a pretty good reaction bite with a handful of fish biting crank baits, jerk baits and spinner baits. The jig bite continues to be productive. Try dragging crawdad patterns with a matching twin tail grub or swimming a shad patterned jig with a grub or small swim bait. Try fishing bluffs and points near major creek channels and the main river channel. 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: Very Good. This is a great time of year to target the large cats. With winter right around the corner they are going to feed heavily in preparation of the colder winter months. They will move shallow throughout the day and night to feed primarily on other fish and crawdads. The bass and trout are ambushing the schools of shad. They will often kill more than they eat leaving some wounded and dead shad for the cats to clean up. Some cats become very aggressive and will crash the bait along side other predator fish. Frozen shad is a good choice of bait for this reason. Other frozen fish baits like sardines, mackerel and anchovies will work as well. Also, bring some crawlers and chicken liver. These two baits have been fooling the cats for years. A little extra Pro Cure scent is a good idea especially when fishing in stained water or at night. Glory Hole Sports Big Fish of the Week goes to 9-year old Darren Atkins of Copperopolis. He caught a 9-pound, 7-ounce cat while fishing with shad, near the 49-bridge.
Crappie: Very Slow. It’s been a tough year and we have seen very few crappie.
We are offering a FREE 1/4oz Kastmaster to anyone who brings their rainbow trout catches by the store to be weighed and photographed. One per customer per week