Posted by: thepinetree on 08/17/2013 03:01 AM
Updated by: thepinetree on 08/17/2013 03:12 AM
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New Melones Fishing Report from Glory Hole Sports
Angels Camp, CA...Water Conditions: New Melones Lake is currently holding 1,130,008 acre-feet of water. The lake level dropped two feet this week, and is currently at 960 ft. above sea level and 126 ft. from full. The average water temperature is a very warm 78-84 degrees. The lake is stained with mud lines forming near the shore in the afternoon....
Glory Hole Sports employee Gary Powell went fishing with wife Jessica, and son Shane. They caught a hefty cat near the Tuttletown boat launch that weighed over 9-pounds.
Trout: Slow. The trout are in deeper/cooler water. The surface temperature is considerably warm which will keep the trout from coming up to shallow water. Focus on the main river channel where cool water is constantly flowing. Trout feed primarily on 3-5" shad. Night fishing anglers are still successfully catching limits of 2-pound rainbows near the dam and the spillway. Night crawlers and Power Bait have been the two most productive baits to use at night. Also, try using a vertical jigging spoon under and around the light to simulate injured and dying shad. Trolling anglers have been catching a few fish while trolling for the kokanee. Late summer can be an awesome time to troll large plug style baits in deep water for large rainbows. Try using shad patterned Rapalas, Rattle Traps, and Speed Traps to target these fish. Bank anglers try a marshmallow crawler combo or Berkley Garlic Power Bait. There are very few trout being caught from the shore. You might consider heading to one of the high country lakes for better bank fishing. Fly fishing anglers try fishing local rivers, creeks, and streams. Use beaded headed Prince Nymphs, Copper John's, and Pheasant Tails midday. In the evening try switching to a dry fly. Stimulators, Adams, and Humpys are all good choices for dry flies.
Kokanee: Good. The kokanee are working their way upriver for their annual spawn and die. We have reports of a few fish being caught in the dam spillway area, but the majority of fish are being caught near the 49 bridge. The fish are very clean, healthy and fat. The bite has been good and the fish are extremely feisty. The kokanee have been schooling in deep water for the last few months. Try targeting fish from 70-100' of water. In deep water there is very little light penetration so it is important to use blades that will stand out. Gold and copper are better choices than silver in dark or dirty water. Vibration is another important factor to consider. Try using baits that have a Colorado or a Dakota blade. These blade styles produce a pulse that will draw fish to your bait. Use plenty of scent on your sling blade/dodger and bait. A few good choices are bloody tuna, garlic nightcrawler, and kokanee special. Don't forget to tip your baits with scented shoe peg corn.
Bass: Fair. The nights have been cooler and the bass bite is starting to pick up. Most fish are being caught on soft plastics fished in deep water. Natural crawdad and shad colored baits will produce fish. Try fishing long points, humps, and bluffs with deep/cooler water nearby. The fish will spend in the day suspended in deeper water, and move shallow in the mornings and evening to feed. A good way to catch them is with a drop shot rig and a 6" hand poured worm. This setup can be fished in shallow and deep water. The shad are schooled up and staging in the main lake near the mouths of creek channels. If you can locate these balls of shad there will be fish around them. Try ripping a 1/2oz. to 3/4oz. spoon through the bait balls. Often times if you disturb the bait you can trigger the bass into biting. If you do keep a bass, please keep the small spotted bass and release the big female (largemouth) black bass. Glory Hole Sports can teach you the difference, so you can practice good conservation of the species.
Catfish: Very good. Anglers are catching plenty of nice cats with average size being 4-8 pounds. Most fish are in shallow water from 5-20". Melones catfish tend to be fish-eaters rather than bottom foragers, so use live minnows, frozen shad, mackerel, or anchovies for best success. Also, chicken liver and night crawlers work well to. To attract fish at night try soaking your bait in anchovy scent, bloody tuna scent or garlic scent. Target flat areas near deep water such as; island tops and long points. The catfish will use these areas as a dinner table to feed.
The Glory Hole Sports Big Fish of the Week Contest goes to Michelle Powell Mayfield and her 2-year old grand daughter Aubrielle Hardnett. They landed a big 9-pound, 6-ounce catfish near the 49 bridge. The caught this fish midday on a wax worm in 20' of water.
Crappie: Slow. Few fish being caught at night under a submersible light. Try using minnows or a red/white crappie jig. The crappie and bluegill are being forced to deeper water due to dropping water levels. This makes them very hard to locate and catch.
Guide Report on New Melones from John Liechty
The bass bite was pretty good last Thursday evening. I guided Brett, Shaun (11-years old) and Nate (7-years old). We spent 4 hours on the lake and had action the whole time. We had over a dozen bites and landed more than half of them. The most productive setup was a Roboworm fished on a Carolina rig. Also, a 4" shad patterned ring worm on a Texas rig got bit a few times.
Shaun, Brett, and Nate with one of the smaller fish of the trip. They may be small but they put up a good fight.
We ended the evening with a double hook-up and Shaun and Nate landed a couple of feisty spotted bass at the same time. It was a fun Xperience for all.
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Guide Report on New Melones from Gary Burns
Ken and Tony took it to the limit this week with some nice koks and bows.
We put nice fish in the boat this week with the Kokanee bite slowing down and the rainbow bite starting to pick up. The Kokanee are starting to head up river the 49 bridge and up and the best bite is early in the morning. They are not as bright silver as they have been but they are still very good eating. Most of the koks were hooked 80 to 98' using larger blades in bright colors towing Apexs in watermelon and other bright colors or bigger spinners in gold color. The AM bite was good and then it slows down but stay on the water and you can still put a few more in the boat. The rainbows are starting to show up, we put 7 bows in the boat this week up to21/2 lbs using Apexs (same colors as the koks,no blades)down 53 to 75' tip with a half of night crawler so you don't loss the action of your Apex. See ya on the water and watch out the trees don't grab up all your gear, stay in deep water on New Melones.
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