New Melones Lake and Reports

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New Melones Lake, Elevaton: 865.06 ft. Daily Statistics
Wednesday, Dec 7
Storage (ac. ft.) Ouflow (ft.3/sec) Inflow (ft.3/sec) Precip. (in.) Evaporation (ft.3/sec)
535,561 565 770 0.00 8
Friday, Dec 9
Hi: 56 ° F
Lo: 46 ° F
Today
Rain Likely
Precip: 53%
Tonight
Rain
Precip: 76%

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

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    Water Temp: 76-80

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: The bass bite has been okay for the last couple months. The summer heat and dropping water levels will push the fish off of the bank and out toward deep/cool water. There is an abundance of shad schooling in deep water and many of the bass are feeding on them. Small topwater baits early and late will work from day to day. Switch to a subsurface bait once the sun is up. A small swimbait is a good choice and can be fished at various depths. When all else fails a dropshot rig will catch a bunch of fish and some nice one's too.

    Tips: The concrete ramp is in the water with courtesy dock. There is and will be a dock on the dirt launch for the remainder of the year.

Monday, August 1st, 2016

  • Report: From Glory Hole
    Fishing Report
    August 1, 2016

    Water Conditions: New Melones Lake is currently holding 582,745 acre-feet of water. The lake level dropped three feet this past week. It is currently at 874 ft. above sea level and 211 ft. from full. The water clarity is clear in most of the lake with a slight stain in some areas. The water temperature is gradually rising, with the average being 76-81 degrees.
    There is a two lane concrete ramp with a courtesy dock in place. There will be a courtesy dock on the dirt launch once the lake drops down to that elevation, which is approximately 865′ in elevation.
    Trout: Fair. New Melones is kicking out a handful of 2 to 4-pound trout. The trout are holding in the deep/cool areas of the lake. They will remain in these areas throughout the dog days of summer and move shallow once the water begins to cool. The old river channel, the spillway and the dam are all good areas to locate trout. Trolling anglers are catching a few trout and kokanee trolling down to 90′ of water. There are portions of the lake that still exceed 200′ in depth. Look for these areas to locate both trout and kokanee. Presentations that produce sound and vibration will trigger strikes in water that has low visibility. Try using a Rattle Trap trolled at faster speed to catch some of these larger trout. Night anglers have been doing well fishing under a submersible light. Once again search out deep water and pull the bait and the trout up to the light. Live minnows and nightcrawlers are both good bait choices when fishing under a light. Bank anglers will have more success heading to the lakes and rivers in the high country. 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.



    Ken Hopper caught some nice 15″ to 18″ kokane while trolling between Rose Island and the dam. He targeted 230′ of water trolling down 70′ to 90′. Pink hoochies w/ silver Vance’s Dodger and orange micro hoochie behind a watermelon Simon Wobbler did the trick.
    Kokanee: Good. The kokanee bite has not been fast and furious but the fish that are being caught are some of the largest in the state. The average kokanee is 16″ and we have measured fish up to 19″ weighing over 2-pounds. As the water continues to drop and temperatures rise, the kokanee will move to deep water. Try trolling from 80-100′ to catch these chunky kokanee. Large dodgers and slingblades have been working well. Try using a Vance’s Dodger with a bladed hoochie to create commotion and draw strikes. Also a large slingblade with a slight bend will disrupt the kokanee and they will bite out of aggravation. Presentations that swing or wobble side-to-side will disperse water and be easier for the fish to locate. Apex and wiggle hoochie are both good choices. Before dropping your setup down, hold it near the side of the boat to find the right speed to get ample action. A short leader is recommended on both spinners and hoochie rigs. Scent is also very important and should be applied throughout the day. Stop by and pick up some dyed and scented corn on your way to the lake.
    Bass: Fair. The water level continues to drop making the bass bite a little tougher. Most of the fish have pulled off the shoreline and are holding on deep water structure. During the summer heat it is best to fish early in the morning or late in the evening. The key to catching a handful of bass is locating the bait. The schools of shad will be in deep/cool water. The bass will be actively feeding and then shut off immediately. Catch them when they are in a feeding frenzy and then move once the bite dies and try to locate another productive area. Reaction baits and small swimbaits work well to find fish. Try using a small crankbait or an underspin fished through the bait. Switch to a small shad patterned worm on a dropshot to catch the fish that are not willing to chase. Some fish will stay near shallow water and feed on crawdads. A football jig is always a good choice. Or a bulky creature style soft plastic fished on a Wrecking Ball head will trigger strikes. 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.



    Glory Hole Sports Big Fish of the Week goes to Trena John. She caught a nice 9-pound, 13-ounce catfish on chicken liver.
    Catfish: Good. The catfish bite is picking up and many anglers are catching 6 to 10-pound fish. The cats will feed all day, but the best bite time is mornings, evenings and during the night. Try using frozen shad, anchovy or mackerel to coax them into biting. The catfish in New Melones will feed on shad and small sunfish just like a bass would. It is best to have a two pole stamp and give the fish multiple offerings. Try fishing a large chunk of frozen fish on one rod and fishing a single crawler/mallow combo on the other. Each year some of the largest fish are caught on small offerings.


    Ken Ratihn caught a large 7.11-pound catfish while soaking Power Bait upriver.


    Jeremy Clinkenbeard and David Homath of Sonora caught a whole bunch of crappie while fishing mini jigs during the day. Their biggest weighed 2-pounds and was caught in 15′ to 20′ of water.
    Crappie: Good. The crappie are biting and can be caught during the day or at night under a submersible light. The crappie are holding in main lake pockets, coves and creek channels. Try fishing near standing timber and brush to locate the schools of crappie. A live minnow fished under a slip-float is a great way to catch them. Also try using small swimbaits, Beetle Spins and artificial minnow to catch them.

  • Report: From Glory Hole
    Fishing Report
    August 1, 2016

    Water Conditions: New Melones Lake is currently holding 582,745 acre-feet of water. The lake level dropped three feet this past week. It is currently at 874 ft. above sea level and 211 ft. from full. The water clarity is clear in most of the lake with a slight stain in some areas. The water temperature is gradually rising, with the average being 76-81 degrees.
    There is a two lane concrete ramp with a courtesy dock in place. There will be a courtesy dock on the dirt launch once the lake drops down to that elevation, which is approximately 865′ in elevation.
    Trout: Fair. New Melones is kicking out a handful of 2 to 4-pound trout. The trout are holding in the deep/cool areas of the lake. They will remain in these areas throughout the dog days of summer and move shallow once the water begins to cool. The old river channel, the spillway and the dam are all good areas to locate trout. Trolling anglers are catching a few trout and kokanee trolling down to 90′ of water. There are portions of the lake that still exceed 200′ in depth. Look for these areas to locate both trout and kokanee. Presentations that produce sound and vibration will trigger strikes in water that has low visibility. Try using a Rattle Trap trolled at faster speed to catch some of these larger trout. Night anglers have been doing well fishing under a submersible light. Once again search out deep water and pull the bait and the trout up to the light. Live minnows and nightcrawlers are both good bait choices when fishing under a light. Bank anglers will have more success heading to the lakes and rivers in the high country. 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.



    Ken Hopper caught some nice 15″ to 18″ kokane while trolling between Rose Island and the dam. He targeted 230′ of water trolling down 70′ to 90′. Pink hoochies w/ silver Vance’s Dodger and orange micro hoochie behind a watermelon Simon Wobbler did the trick.
    Kokanee: Good. The kokanee bite has not been fast and furious but the fish that are being caught are some of the largest in the state. The average kokanee is 16″ and we have measured fish up to 19″ weighing over 2-pounds. As the water continues to drop and temperatures rise, the kokanee will move to deep water. Try trolling from 80-100′ to catch these chunky kokanee. Large dodgers and slingblades have been working well. Try using a Vance’s Dodger with a bladed hoochie to create commotion and draw strikes. Also a large slingblade with a slight bend will disrupt the kokanee and they will bite out of aggravation. Presentations that swing or wobble side-to-side will disperse water and be easier for the fish to locate. Apex and wiggle hoochie are both good choices. Before dropping your setup down, hold it near the side of the boat to find the right speed to get ample action. A short leader is recommended on both spinners and hoochie rigs. Scent is also very important and should be applied throughout the day. Stop by and pick up some dyed and scented corn on your way to the lake.
    Bass: Fair. The water level continues to drop making the bass bite a little tougher. Most of the fish have pulled off the shoreline and are holding on deep water structure. During the summer heat it is best to fish early in the morning or late in the evening. The key to catching a handful of bass is locating the bait. The schools of shad will be in deep/cool water. The bass will be actively feeding and then shut off immediately. Catch them when they are in a feeding frenzy and then move once the bite dies and try to locate another productive area. Reaction baits and small swimbaits work well to find fish. Try using a small crankbait or an underspin fished through the bait. Switch to a small shad patterned worm on a dropshot to catch the fish that are not willing to chase. Some fish will stay near shallow water and feed on crawdads. A football jig is always a good choice. Or a bulky creature style soft plastic fished on a Wrecking Ball head will trigger strikes. 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.



    Glory Hole Sports Big Fish of the Week goes to Trena John. She caught a nice 9-pound, 13-ounce catfish on chicken liver.
    Catfish: Good. The catfish bite is picking up and many anglers are catching 6 to 10-pound fish. The cats will feed all day, but the best bite time is mornings, evenings and during the night. Try using frozen shad, anchovy or mackerel to coax them into biting. The catfish in New Melones will feed on shad and small sunfish just like a bass would. It is best to have a two pole stamp and give the fish multiple offerings. Try fishing a large chunk of frozen fish on one rod and fishing a single crawler/mallow combo on the other. Each year some of the largest fish are caught on small offerings.


    Ken Ratihn caught a large 7.11-pound catfish while soaking Power Bait upriver.


    Jeremy Clinkenbeard and David Homath of Sonora caught a whole bunch of crappie while fishing mini jigs during the day. Their biggest weighed 2-pounds and was caught in 15′ to 20′ of water.
    Crappie: Good. The crappie are biting and can be caught during the day or at night under a submersible light. The crappie are holding in main lake pockets, coves and creek channels. Try fishing near standing timber and brush to locate the schools of crappie. A live minnow fished under a slip-float is a great way to catch them. Also try using small swimbaits, Beetle Spins and artificial minnow to catch them.

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

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    Water Temp: 76-81

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: There is a two lane concrete ramp and courtesy dock in the water. The best bite is in the mornings and evenings. Use topwater walk-the-dog baits, prop baits and poppers. The bigger fish are feeding on bluegill and sunfish that are holding near brush and standing timber. Many fish will pull off the shoreline and feed on shad. Jigs and dropshot rigs work year round.

    Tips: Be the first on on the water and the first to leave or launch late and fish till dark. The fish don't want to sit in the sun all day either, look for cover during the heat of the day.

Saturday, April 18th, 2015

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    Water Temp: 68

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: The ramp is now a 4 wheel drive , lower dirt. The water continues to drop dramatically. Fishing has been tough for me the last 3 weekends. No problem catching numbers, especially up river but no size. Given the rapid drop and apparently continuing to drop I doubt we will have a good spawn this year. Bigger fish most likely near the bank but can't get on it.

    Tips: I have had a good top water bite which is early for me , usually does not start for me until late May/June when the Blue Gill spawn. Don't waste your money on Senkos, at a dollar or more each for a 12-14 inch fish as fast as you can feed them will break the bank. Decent crank bait bite.

Saturday, March 21st, 2015

  • Water Temp: 62-64

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Club tournament, but there was also a Future Pro tournament going on at the same time. 100 boats launching at the same time with only 1 ramp with 2 lanes open...no good!!

    I hadn't fished this lake since I was a kid so I went in blind. Everything looks the same, all submerged trees. Water was really clear and then when the wind picked up it created at mud line. Lots of 13" fish throughout the day, could not find any big fish. I caught most on finesse, a couple on a shad color swim jig, one on a spinnerbait, and one on an A-Rig (which I ended up losing the rig in a submerged tree). Back seat was catching the same fish over and an over again everywhere we went fishing a finesse worm.

    I went there expecting to through big baits all day, but couldn't find anywhere where I felt like I could cast it w/o getting snagged in the trees. Tough day, I took 8th with 7.72 and 1st was 8.69 with a 2.7 big fish...terrible, when the week before 1st was 30lbs..

    Tips: I can't offer much in the form or a tip for this lake, other than if the water level is the same in the summer I'll be back to throw topwater all day. Green pumpkin worms either drop shot or other finesse styles and be prepared to re-tie all day.

Sunday, March 1st, 2015

  • Water Temp: 55

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Had a great time with Jim and John fishing this lake for the first time for me. John was a great host / guide. Saturday it rained from launch to maybe 2:00. Managed more fish in the am than later . off the water at 4:00. Sunday was the opposite, sunny skies all day. several boats out there Sunday. Nothing till after 10 that day. Off the water at 1:00. Leader board update Jim 10 bass 2 trout, Dave 9 bass one trout and John 8 bass. Size range under 1# to 2#, probably 1.3# avg. Very fun pre-spring trip. Need more snow to fill that beautiful lake up!

    Tips: Ran into Vince Harris at the ramp, head of Future Pro Tour, Sat a.m. He said he is starting Trout tourneys to go with Bass tourneys. No idea what size won Saturday. Similar format with TOC winners getting a boat! He puts on great tournaments in my humble opinion. Excellent learning experience if you are new into tournaments.

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

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    Water Temp: 52-55

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Weather: Mostly clear skies
    Lake Level: currently at 870 ft.\Best Depths: Most fish are in 35-65' of water. They will move shallow and deep depending on the weather.
    Fishing has been good. The lake is full of spotted bass. Most are 1 to 3-pounds, but you have a chance at a World Record Fish on any cast. Drop-shot, shakey heads and jigs work best. Fish natural colors.
    Big Bass: Most fish are in 35-65' of water. They will move shallow and deep depending on the weather.01/19/2015 - Largemouth - 14.75lbs
    John Chiarpotti (owner of California Reservoir Lures)
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    Tips: Glory Hole Point boat launch is open with a two lane concrete ramp and a dock. 4wd is no longer needed to launch.

Sunday, December 28th, 2014

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    Water Temp: Dropping- 53-56

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Weather: Clear skies and cold air
    Lake Level: The lake level came up two feet this last week. It is currently at 867 ft. above sea level and 209 ft. from full.\Best Depths: 35-55
    Dropp-shotting shad patterned worms, jigging spoons and 3/4oz football jigs.
    Big Bass: 35-5512/28/2014 - Largemouth - 12-pounds, 2-ounces
    Dan Perkins Jr. caught a giant
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    Tips: New Melones has a ton of 1 to 3-pound fish that are extremely fun to catch. Plus there are Giants and World Record fish, one cast could change your life.

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    Water Temp: Dropping- 53-56

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Weather: Clear skies and cold air
    Lake Level: The lake level came up two feet this last week. It is currently at 867 ft. above sea level and 209 ft. from full.\Best Depths: 35-55
    Drop-shotting shad patterned worms, jigging spoons and 3/4oz football jigs.
    Big Bass: 35-5512/28/2014 - Largemouth
    Dan Perkins Jr. caught a giant

Sunday, November 30th, 2014

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    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Thanks for the reports...Glory Hole

    Tips: No tips , going in the am, How is "smokie" doing? This is for Glory hole staff who took photos of Mr. Man. Hope he made it. The rain should have some impact, throwing swim baits all day tomm.

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

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    Water Temp: 64-68

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Weather: Mostly sunny with few rainy days
    Lake Level: 858 ft. above sea level and 218 ft. from full\Best Depths: 35-55
    Good, it is not uncommon to spoon or dropshot 30-60 fish in a day.
    Big Bass: 35-55largemouth and spots
    Handful of fish weighing 5 to 7-pounds
    Events: The boat launch is a gravel road. Easy launch, no docks, short walk, 4 wheel drive recommended.
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    Tips: Locate the bait and you will be able to catch fish cast after cast. Small 2" to 4" baits have been working best.

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

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    Water Temp: 70-74

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Weather: Cool nights and sunny days
    Lake Level: 862 ft. above sea level and 214 ft. from full. Well over 200' deep in areas.\Best Depths: 25-65
    Shad patterned drop shot worms, jigs and rip baits. Deep water bluffs and banks near the old river.
    Big Bass: 25-6510/17/2014 - largemouth
    Xperience Fishing Guide John Liechty caught a 5-plus and a 7-plus on jigs.
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    Tips: The bite continues to get better with the cooler nights and days. Shad are schooling and the bass are chasing them.

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    Water Temp: 70-74

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Weather: Cool nights and sunny days
    Lake Level: 862 ft. above sea level and 214 ft. from full. Areas of the lake are well over 200' deep\Best Depths: 25-60
    Drop shot, jigs, crank baits and rip baits. Shad patterns are working well.
    Big Bass: 25-6010/17/2014 - largemouth
    Xperience Fishing Guide John Liechty caught a 5-plus and a 7-plus on jigs.
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    Tips: The cooler nights have helped the bite improve. The shad are schooling and the bass are targeting them as their primary food source.

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

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    Water Temp: 74-78

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Weather: Very comfortable, mostly sunny with scattered cloud cover
    Lake Level: 862' feet in elevation\Best Depths: 15-45'
    The fishing has been a bit unpredictable. Some areas are holding fishing and then seem void the next day. The fish are in transition from a summer to fall pattern. The shad are starting to school up and the wolf packs of spotted bass are using them as th
    Big Bass: 15-45'
    No giant fish but a handful of 2-3 pounders
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Monday, September 15th, 2014

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    Water Temp: 78-82

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Weather: Sunny and warm
    Lake Level: The lake is 866 ft. above sea level and 212 ft. from full. A large portion of the lake is still well over 200' deep.\Best Depths: 15-45'
    The bass fishing has been a bit tough. Early morning and late evening is the best time to catch quality fish. Many fish are suspended due to falling water. Jigs and shakeyheads have been working well and dropshotting a shad pattern worm will help boat a f
    Big Bass: 15-45'09/06/2014 - largemouth - 12lb 5oz
    Yes, a couple spots over 6-pounds and one huge largemouth caught by angler Jeremy Pitts during the FLW College Event
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    Tips: Not a lot of fishing pressure due to limited launching facilities. Launching is still very doable. There might be a period of time where there is not a courtesy dock but, there are no plans of closing the launches.

Sunday, June 8th, 2014

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    Water Temp: 75-81

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Best trip of the year, a 8.3 and a 10.2 on the cull em rite. Afternoon, one on a jig and one on top. Ranger took a picture of the 8 and I had to do a selfie on the big girl. Last Sunday I lost another big un at the Boat on a swim bait, could not and did not have the net out.

    Tips: Water is drooping every time I go, Ranger said Only Glory Hole launch will be open soon. Fish are adjacent to deep water, 50 Feet plus with a kick of the tail, and suspended on a "Ledge " or hard structure in 10-15 feet. Use the Shade, it is your friend in the afternoons.

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

  • Water Temp: 72-75

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Launched out of Tuttletown and went South. No topwater bite to speak of that morning. I was there about a week and a half prior to this trip and there was a decent topwater bite happening but the water was clearer that trip.
    Anyways the fishing has slowed but there is still fish to be caught. They will hit a drop shot but there is manzanita brush everywhere and you will get hung up a lot. I caught about 10-12 fish with a few coming on a drop shot and the rest coming off a jig. I threw the jig mostly since I wasn't getting hung up nearly as much. I also threw crankbaits occasionally without any success. Biggest fish I stuck was about 3.5 lb black off a jig. I was catching fish from 2-20 feet deep.
    Decent fishing but you have to work for them a little.

Monday, January 21st, 2013

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    Water Temp: 50.9

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Got on the water about 730 am, fished the damn all the way up the right side out to the point and fished left side up the river between the bridges and only caught 1 all day on 3/8 jig. We threw everything from Drop shot,Alabama rig,swimbait,crankbait,live bait,senko's....just everything. The only one we did catch was by the Dam in about 30ft. Super Tough!
    City: Modesto

    Tips: Cant really give any tips, because we didnt catch any!

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

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    Water Temp: 67

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Fished the main lake as the baitfish have not made there way to the back of the creeks. caught fish throught the day on jigs and drop shot.In the morning the fish were feeding heavy on bait down in 25 to 30 feet if you have a good graph you can see the fish crashing through the bait, all you have to do then is hit them in the head and they would eat it.We did catch a few on jigs and spinnerbaits.
    City: san lorenzo

    Tips: use your electronics if you are not comfortable with them now is the time to go out because the fish are right where they should be, with the bait. keep your eyes peeled and look for the bait around mainlake points