New Melones Lake and Reports

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New Melones Lake, Elevaton: 1,053.90 ft. Daily Statistics
Wednesday, Oct 18
Storage (ac. ft.) Ouflow (ft.3/sec) Inflow (ft.3/sec) Precip. (in.) Evaporation (ft.3/sec)
2,018,098 816 948 0.00 76
Thursday, Oct 19
Hi: 72 ° F
Lo: 42 ° F
Today
Increasing Clouds
Precip: 1%
Tonight
Rain Likely
Precip: 58%

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

  • Water Temp: 75-79

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: We have been having 30, 40 and 50-fish half day guided fishing trips. The weather has been absolutely gorgeous and the fish have really been responding well to it. We have finally reached the end of summer and are experiencing fall-like conditions. The water levels are falling very slowly this year and conditions have been fairly stable. The water temperature has begun to cool and is in the mid to high 70’s.
    The fish are feeding heavily in anticipation for the colder months to come. With the shad schooling and the bass chasing them in many areas of the lake. There is an abundance of forage, including shad, sunfish, bluegill, and baby bass. When you find an area that has smaller fish you can be sure there are larger fish nearby.
    Each trip we are finding new patterns that will sometimes only last for a short period of time. It is very important to keep an open mind and be willing to make on the water adjustments. One day they will be crushing reaction type lures and the next day a finesse rig is the only way to get a bite.
    A topwater lure is always on deck. Early mornings and late evening are the best times to get some good blow-ups. Prop baits and walk-the-dog baits have been producing. As far as subsurface reaction baits are concerned; spinnerbaits, small swimbaits and crankbaits are working best. It just depends on the day and the conditions. Each day finesse rigs will get plenty of bites. A small shad patterned worm rigged on a darthead or shakeyhead and fished on rocky banks will put fish in the boat. Also, try using a dropshot rig once you have located some baitfish and feeding bass.
    We primarily target bass, but on each trip, we are getting some giant bluegill and crappie on our bass presentations. This past week we landed multiple crappie that weighed up to 2-pounds. The lake is very healthy and the future is looking bright. October is going to be a good month to catch some beautiful New Melones bass.
    We also fished the Delta a couple times this month and had a blast! Caught some giants with my good friend Nate Monroe and the topwater bite was cracking all day!

    Tips: Learn seasonal patterns and techniques to catch more fish and bigger fish.

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    John Liechty (209)743-9932

Saturday, September 9th, 2017

  • Water Temp: 80-84

    Report: We are approaching the end of summer and anxiously awaiting cooler air and water temperature. The lake level is dropping approximately two feet each week. With water temperatures being very warm and falling levels, the fish have pulled off the shoreline and are seeking refuge in deep/cool water.
    During the spring, the water came up at a very rapid pace, flooding grass and bushes along the shore. This turned out to be the perfect conditions for a great spawn for all species. There is an absolute abundance of small baitfish, shad, bluegill, sunfish, crappie and baby bass. Once hatched, the small fish had plenty of cover to tuck away and hide from predators and provide fresh oxygenated water allow plankton to thrive. Now as these smaller fish are growing they are being pushed out of sheltered areas by falling water conditions and dying vegetation. The bass and larger predator fish are gorging themselves.
    The bass on New Melones are extremely healthy and full. On numerous occasions as we are landing a fish they will be spitting bait across the surface and onto the boat. Whenever this happens we will closely examine what size and color they are naturally feeding on and adjust our presentations accordingly. Many of the baitfish are very small and downsizing to a 2” worm has been a good option.
    To locate schools of actively feeding fish try using a reaction type lure. Small crankbaits and swimbaits can be used with a cast and retrieve method to cover water. Once you have located an area that is holding fish, try switching to a small soft plastic fished on a dropshot to continue to catch them.

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    John Liechty (209)743-9932

Sunday, August 20th, 2017

  • Report: From Glory Hole Sports

    Glory Hole Sports customers Jay and Marty stopped in this afternoon to share their limits of rainbow trout, weighing from 3 to 4lb.14 oz. Trolling above the Parrots Ferry bridge down 40-80 ft. using kastmasters.

Monday, July 31st, 2017

  • Report: July 31, 2017
    Bill's fishing Report 5

    New Melones

    From Glory Hole Sports
    The Trout action still seems to be the big action on the lake. You can't go wrong, if the Kokanee fishing is slow the Trout have no problems biting the Kokanee set ups. People are weighing in big numbers of healthy fat Trout all aggressively taking the pink or purple hoochies behind a Rocky Mountain dodger the same setup used for Kokanee. Ernie Leveras did just that at 60 feet deep trolling at the 49 Bridge was able to boat 6 beautiful Trout in the morning. Our local guide Gary Burns said he is rigging his gear with Kokanee setups Apex in watermelon or silver and blue with or without a dodger topped off with with his garlic corn at 60 feet deep trolling at 1.5mph. And pulling in big numbers on the Trout.
    Fishing these post pawn Bass in the morning throwing Whopper Ploppers is the ticket and using drop-shot rigs also are producing big numbers of bucket mouths. Customers of the Glory Hole Sports reported catching and releasing 30 large mouth bass in just an afternoon outing.
    Glory Hole Sports customer hit the water on July 26 and weighed in 2 nice Largmouth Bass he caught floating minnows in 12 feet of water off the shoreline fishing wacky rig setup.

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

  • Water Temp: 79-84

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Summer is definitely here and on many days the temperature has been over 100-degrees. The water temperature is also very warm and is ranging from 79 to 84-degrees, with the water level dropping slightly each week. These are not considered to be great conditions to target bass, however the bite has been picking up.

    We have been hitting the water multiple times each week and even when the bite was slow we caught some really nice bass on each trip. The topwater bite has been slowly tapering, but it can be one of the best techniques to catch some of the giant bass during the summer months. Try using Whopper Ploppers and walk-the-dog style baits to coax fish to the surface.

    Mitchell Robbins landed a giant largemouth bass first thing in the morning on one of our guide trips. This beauty crushed a Whopper Plopper and weighed just shy of 8-pounds. If the surface bite seems slow try using some reaction baits. Small swimbaits, spinnerbaits, ripbaits and crankbaits will work best. There is an abundance of small bass, sunfish and shad and it is good to keep this in mind when selecting colors. I spent an evening fishing with Tony and his son Spence.

    We hit the water for an evening guide trip for Spence’s sixteenth birthday. He had a great time and caught some awesome California bass. I had him and his father fishing dropshots and crankbaits to find success. The flooded grass is breaking down, but is still preventing us from using any bottom bouncing baits. A long leader dropshot or a Texas rigged worm seem to be the most productive rigging methods.
    We have been catching a number of small fish on each outing along with some really nice bass.

    5-year old Devun Stewart is already an accomplished angler. He caught over a dozen bass on a spinning rod, many of which were unassisted. His dad Trevor Stewart caught fish on a fly and good friend Sam Davey picked up many nice fish on a dropshot rig.
    Some would say it is not a good time of year to fish, but for the dog days of summer, we are having a blast catching bass!

    Tips: Fish early in the morning and late in the evening and cover water. Look for shaded areas on the lake.

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    John Liechty (209)743-9932

Monday, June 12th, 2017

  • Water Temp: 68-73

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: With the bass finishing their annual spawn and the water levels continually rising, finding areas where the fish are located has been a bit difficult. However, the quality of fish has been great. On most of our bass fishing guide trips we are landing at least one fish over 4-pounds and backing that with a handful of 2-pound fish.

    The fishing report I have for Monday morning, is it was one of the best June days I've ever had bass fishing on New Melones. I did a half day trip on New Melones with a good friend of mine Rob Betsch. The night before I mentioned to him that getting a bunch of fish was not likely, but we would have a shot at a couple nice ones. We did and then some.
    He started the morning with a 4-pound spotted bass that smashed a topwater lure. I boated a 4-pound largemouth tossing reaction baits. He threw out two casts later and caught a 5.5-pound largemouth. And I closed the day with a 7-pound spawned out giant. Wow! We only had a dozen bites, but most were larger than average fish.

    On Tuesday I had the pleasure of guiding Jake Robinson and his daughter Shiloh for an evening trip. The lake was beautiful and we traveled to the main river arm. Shiloh out fished us both and wanted to keep fishing when it was time to leave.
    Friday morning I picked up Cash and Jaxon for some early morning bassin’. We started with some small swimbaits, topwater and ring-tailed worms. About twenty minutes into the morning, Cash had a quality spotted bass that absolutely crushed his Whopper Plopper 90. The next stop Jackson hauled in a nice largemouth that inhaled a sunfish patterned worm as he swam it back to the boat.

    When is the best time to go fishing? Any time you can!

    Tips: Keep an eye out for the next best thing to go under water. The fish will continue to pull up on freshly flooded structure as the water continues to rise.

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    John Liechty (209)743-9932

Sunday, June 4th, 2017

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    Water Temp: 73

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: New Melones bite has been ramping up this week, seems like we have been behind the other foothill lakes on the Kokanee bite, but not for two anglers on 06/03, hauling in 9 koks, 2-21/2 lb. range, and a few trout. This is what we have been waiting for and for now the Kokanee bite is on. Fish were caught between 35 ft. and as deep as 60 ft, 1.6 mph, using pink Apex lure with a pink dodger, tipped with kokanee corn.

    Bass fishing has been good on the lake with anglers averaging 3-4 lb spots and largemouth fishing senkos and top water baits. Last nights evening bite was good for a woman who landed a hog of a largemouth weighing just over 8 lbs. with a senko wacky rig fishing just off shore along a rocky cliff face.

    Trout fishing has been good, but you have to put your 6-8 hrs in to fill your limit. Gary Burns of Take to The Limit Guide Service reports catching really nice hard fighting bows, bring in a couple limits for his clients. Using the same setup your fishing koks with, hoochies/ dodgers are producing our limits Gary reports.

    Thanks, Gene Hildebrand
    Glory Hole Sports

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

  • Water Temp: 68-73

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: The bass fishing on New Melones has been a little hit and miss. Some days we are finding plenty of fish, along with some giants and other days we are working for each and every bite. Even on the tougher days we are averaging 15 to 20-fish. New Melones is a great fishery and it is not uncommon to catch 30 to 40-fish in a day.

    Changing techniques and adapting to the conditions has been a major key to our success. We were faced with another week of unstable weather, cold nights, a drizzle of rain and gusty winds. However, we made the proper adjustments and found some quality fish on each trip.
    The fish are at the tail end of their annual spawn and are in a post spawn stage. When the surface warms we have been finding topwater fish in the mornings and evenings. When it cools we went with a subsurface reaction presentation. Spinnerbaits, crankbaits and small swimbaits will put fish in the boat. The weather the next couple weeks looks like it will be fairly stable and the reaction bite will continue to produce.

    I had the pleasure of fishing with Rick Helmonds for a couple days. About an hour into the first day of our guide trip Rick stuck a giant 6.2-pound largemouth. We were targeting an area that would hold both spawn and post spawn fish. This beauty inhaled a swimbait in shallow water.

    Tips: Go fishing in the early morning and evenings to avoid the heat. Rovers and Ploppers are pulling fish to the surface for some exciting topwater action.

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    John Liechty (209)743-9932

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

  • Report: Fishing Report from Glory Hole Sports

    Water Conditions
    New Melones Lake is currently holding 1,053,748 acre-feet of water. The lake level came up nine feet this past week and will continue to rise with the recent and upcoming rainfall. It is currently at 950 ft. above sea level and 133 ft. from full. The water clarity is stained in most of the lake with some areas clearing faster than others. There is scattered debris floating on the surface throughout the lake. The water temperature dropped, with the average being 49-52 degrees.

    THE MIDDLE RAMP ON THE GLORY HOLE SIDE IS OPEN!

    Trout
    The forecast is calling for rain all week long, with a break for the weekend. With the water rising quickly the lake is changing from week to week. Areas that have been dry for years are now well under water. The flooded vegetation will break down and provide the lake with nutrients. Many anglers have found trout swimming near the shoreline in these nutrient rich waters. Bank anglers have been finding some luck fishing off of Glory Hole Point and near the 49-bridge. When fishing with bait it is very important that your presentation remains afloat. If your bait settles on the bottom it will sink below the thick vegetation and become nearly impossible for nearby fish to locate. A long leader with a light wire hook is recommended. Power Bait dough is very buoyant and will keep your bait off the bottom. When fishing a crawler it is best to use a worm blower to inflate it. Try casting lures near the shoreline and over shallow point and flats. Trolling anglers have been catching planted and holdover rainbow trout. Brightly painted lures are still a very productive option. Lures that create sound and vibration will attract fish when fish in stained water. A faster trolling speed from 2.8-3.8mph will allow the angler to cover water and will force the fish to respond quickly, resulting in a reaction bite.




    Glory Hole Sports Big Fish of the Week goes to Ted Campbell of Sonora. He caught a beautiful 3-pound, 6-ounce rainbow trout on Power Bait first thing in the morning near Mormon Creek.

    We do encourage catch and release of brown trout, as there does not seem to be a large population of them in the lake. Carefully measure, weigh and photograph trophy fish and send us pictures and information.

    Kokanee
    The kokanee generally will not start to bite until spring. April is a good month to start targeting the kokanee again.

    Bass
    Bass fishing has remained steady, even with the water temperatures being fairly cold. The spotted bass are feeding regularly and the largemouth bass are taking advantage of the flooded vegetation that is lining the lake. The lake level is rising each week and anglers will have to search for new locations and areas to fish. The fish can be found scattered throughout the lake, some shallow and some deep. Keep an open mind and fish various conditions until a pattern is detected. The grass that was down deep is starting to break up and float to the surface. This will make dragging the bottom a little easier. A heavy football jig can be used to target these deep fish. The grass near the shoreline can be frustrating to fish. Try using a lure that can be pulled through the grass without hanging up, or one that can be fish above it. A Texas rig is very weedless and the bullet weight will pull through grass without getting stuck. A Carolina is also a good choice. Small swimbaits can be fished just above the grass and down to deep water. Try rigging them on a weighted belly hook or an underspin to produce flash and vibration. 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
    The catfish bite during the winter months is generally pretty slow. There will be small critters that are trapped during these conditions and the catfish will often take advantage. Nightcrawlers are a good choice for bait during the cold winter months and into the spring. A little scent will also help the fish locate your bait.

    Crappie
    The crappie are starting to bite and the prime time to catch them is right around the corner. With the recent rising water level the crappie will start to move back into some of the coves and creek channels. They love flooded brush and vegetation. Try using small spinners or mini jigs to locate crappie. We will have live minnows in a week or so. They work extremely well for locating schools of fish.

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

  • Report: From Glory Hole
    We are very excited to report that the lake level has been drastically rising. The lake has come up thirty nine feet in the last two weeks.

    Along with the rising water has come a bit of debris and some colored water.

    The debris is scattered through the entire lake. Most areas are fairly clear and safely traveling across the lake has not been a problem. Take your time and keep your eyes peeled for floating wood. Above the Parrots Ferry Bridge the debris is socked in and you may not be able to go past that point.

    The water is colored in most of the lake. However, it is not chocolate milk (meaning there is still some visibility). The fishing has been good for both bass and trout anglers. A few adjustment will help you catch more fish under these conditions.

    Using bright colors will catch their attention.

    Trolling anglers should use brightly painted lures. This Rapala color is called Hot Steel and is a great choice for stained water.

    Speedy Shiners can be trolled at faster speeds. They have a very erratic swinging action and firetiger is a perfect color choice.

    Bank anglers should try using a chunk of nightcrawler in combination with a ball of glittered, scented, brightly colored Power Bait. A floating crawler fished alone will be tough for a fish to find. With the Power Bait your presentation becomes much more visible.

    While your bait soaks try casting an orange, green, gold or firetiger Kastmaster.

    We can only hope for more rain and water flowing into the lake. If so, the conditions will be like this for the next couple months. Keep these tricks in mind for the next time you hit the lake and you will successfully catch more fish.

    Thanks- from all of us at Glory Hole Sports









    Fishing Report

    Water Conditions
    New Melones Lake is currently holding 867,903 acre-feet of water. The lake level came up twenty three feet this past week and will continue to rise with the recent and upcoming rainfall. It is currently at 923 ft. above sea level and 160 ft. from full. The water clarity is stained in most of the lake with some areas clearing faster than others. There is scattered debris floating on the surface throughout the lake. The water temperature has cooled, with the average being 51-54 degrees.

    THE FOUR LANE CONCRETE RAMP ON GLORY HOLE POINT IS OPEN!



    Darren Jones of Angels Camp caught a 2-pound, 11-ounce rainbow trout while fishing a Kastmaster near the surface.

    Trout
    With the rising water the fish have scattered out some. There is also a bit of stain in the water which will reduce visibility. However, most anglers are still catching limits of planted and holdover trout. The fresh water flowing into the lake will provide the fish with nutrient rich, oxygenated water. Trolling anglers continue to find success fishing up near the surface. Top-lining has been the go-to method. With the water being stained, it is best to use a lure the will produce sound and vibration. Baits that have an erractic side-to-side wobble will attract nearby fish. Also, spinners create flash and vibration as well. Bright colors such as firetiger, orange and chartreuse will pop in stained water and the fish will be able to locate them. Add scent or use an Oregon Tackle Scent Chamber to create a scent trail. Bank anglers have been catching a few fish from the shoreline. The lake came up extremely fast and it may take a few days for the fish to move back into shallow water. Chartreuse and rainbow Power Bait with a chunk of crawler has been a productive presentation. Garlic scent is also a good choice when fishing is water that has low visibility. The fish will smell the bait and then hunt it down. Be sure to use a light wire hook to ensure your bait remains floating. There is quite a bit of flooded grass and vegetation lining the lake. Use a long leader and float your bait well above all the grass.



    Glory Hole Sports Big Fish of the Week goes to Dan Jones of Modesto. He caught three rainbow trout while soaking Power Bait off the end of Glory Hole Point. His biggest weighed 2-pounds, 12-ounces.

    We do encourage catch and release of brown trout, as there does not seem to be a large population of them in the lake. Carefully measure, weigh and photograph trophy fish and send us pictures and information.

    Kokanee
    The season has come to an end and the kokanee most likely are done spawning. April is a good month to start targeting the kokanee again.

    Bass
    The bass bite has remained fairly good. With the rising water levels, the fish have moved into new areas and spread out. Anglers have been reporting catching fish from 5' to 65' of water. Many areas will be void of fish and it is best to keep searching and experimenting with different depths and lure presentation. Keep in mind that the shoreline has an abundance of flooded vegetation due to the rapidly rising water levels. Try using a presentation that will easily come through grass. A Carolina rig or a Texas rig would be a choice. These rigging methods are very versatile and can be fished deep or shallow and in practically and type of cover. Lizards and Brush Hogs are both a good choice of soft plastic. The lake is a little stained so it is best to use a soft plastic that has colored flake in it. Also, be sure to add a bead to both these rigging methods. You can use the bead and the weight to create a ticking sound this will draw bass toward your bait. In cold and stained water scent will help the fish locate your bait. Some anglers have found fish using reaction baits near the shoreline and into deeper water. Try using small swimbaits fished on an underspin to cover water and catch fish that are more aggressive and willing to chase. 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
    The catfish bite during the winter months is generally pretty slow. Most of the cats will be caught by anglers targeting trout with either Power bait or nightcrawlers. During rising water conditions the catfish will move shallow and feed on any critters that have been caught off guard by the changing conditions. A large ball of crawlers will work well during the cold months and into the spring.

    Crappie
    The crappie are starting to bite and the prime time to catch them is right around the corner. With the recent rising water level the crappie will start to move back into some of the coves and creek channels. They love flooded brush and vegetation. Try using small spinners or mini jigs to locate crappie.

    Sonora Bass Anglers

    This last Saturday Sonora Bass held their first tournament of the 2017 season on New Melones. The anglers were forced to adapt to the rapidly rising water level. They club as a whole did a good job catching a bunch of fish with some quality ones in the mix.

    Congratulations to team Sheppard, taking home the win with a 18.01 lb. bag and big fish with a 9.24 lb. toad!

    Second place went to team Hemphill with 16.28 lbs.

    Rounding out the top three was team Broekema/Griswold with 14.76 lbs.

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

  • Report: From Glory Hole Sports
    Here are some pretty impressive stats for New Melones Reservoir during the last 5 days of storm activity. New Melones is the 4th largest lake in California by volume, holding 2.4 million acre ft. (326000 gallons of water = 1 acre ft.) Jan. 06, lake elevation was at 888.76. During the storm,there was a period where CDEC data indicated over 35000 cu. ft. per second was coming into the lake. At this point, current lake level is 910.46, a rise in elevation of 21.70 ft. This equates to an increase of 127361 acre ft., 41,519,686,000.0 gal. of water, around 62 % of Lake Pardee's capacity. This should be a great year for boating and recreational use of the lake looking forward.
    Glory Hole Point 4 lane boat launch is fully operational, Tuttletown concrete boat launch is in the water, and should be operational at any time.
    Happy Casting
    Glory Hole Sports

Monday, January 9th, 2017

  • Report: From Glory Hole Sports

    Wow!!! The lake came up sixteen feet this past week!!!

    This last storm was great and the lake level came up extremely fast. We will continue to see the lake rise. The weather forecast is calling for another dumping rain storm.

    The dirt launch and the two lane concrete ramp are completely under water. The four lane concrete ramp off of Glory Hole Point is open and they are scrambling to get the docks put in place.

    Water Conditions
    New Melones Lake is currently holding 726,891 acre-feet of water. The lake level came up sixteen feet this past week and will continue to rise with the recent and upcoming rainfall. It is currently at 900 ft. above sea level and 183 ft. from full. The water clarity is clear in most of the lake with a slight stain in some areas. There is some debris floating on the surface. The water temperature has cooled, with the average being 51-54 degrees.

    THE FOUR LANE CONCRETE RAMP ON GLORY HOLE POINT IS OPEN!!



    Trout
    The lake has turned over and the trout fishing has been really good. Most anglers are catching limits of both planted and holdover rainbow trout. The lake level has been quickly rising with fresh water flowing in all the major tributaries. The trout can be caught in many different areas of lake. Trolling anglers have been top-lining to find success. Try using billed trolling plugs to target different depths near the surface. A Floating Rapala will dive 3' to 7' and a Shad Rap will troll down 8' to 12' depending on line diameter, speed and the amount of line let out. It is best to let out 200' of line to ensure you clear the boat wake. Some anglers have been using spoons tipped will a crawler to catch limits. We have a few cloudy days in the forecast making gold and copper good color choices. It should be clear by the weekend and natural shad patterns will work well. Be sure to experiment with different presentations and colors when you are on the water. Bank anglers continue to haul in some really nice rainbows from the shoreline. Most anglers are catching both planted and holdover rainbow trout. Try using garlic Power Bait with a live crawler or an artificial crawler. The trout are swimming near the shoreline, so a long cast is not needed. Make a short pitch into shallow water and let your bait soak. With a second rod stamp you can use a casting lure to search for fish while your bait soaks.



    Glory Hole Sports Big Fish of the Week goes to Aiden and Aria Carr. They caught a 3-pound, 8-ounce holdover rainbow while soaking Power Bait off of Glory Hole Point.

    We do encourage catch and release of brown trout, as there does not seem to be a large population of them in the lake. Carefully measure, weigh and photograph trophy fish and send us pictures and information.

    Kokanee
    The season has come to an end and the kokanee most likely are done spawning. April is a good month to start targeting the kokanee again.

    Bass
    The bass bite has been good for the last couple of weeks. Most anglers are catching some healthy wintertime spotted bass with the occasional monster largemouth being caught. The lake is coming up extremely fast and changing daily. Some fish will hold deep and wait for conditions to stabilize, while others will move up immediately to investigate newly submerged structure. The fish that are holding on steep banks are less likely to be effected by quickly rising water. Try using a darthead worm fished down rocky bluffs and steep dirt banks. A darthead is a good choice because the fish will eat it on the fall in shallow water or pick it off the bottom in deep water. Natural crawdad colors work well and a bit of chartreuse will trigger strikes in stained water. Many of the shad can be found in the major creek channels. This fresh water flowing into the lake should bring the shad up to shallower water. Look for balls of bait on your fish finder and then try lowering a spoon or dropshot down. If the water has a little stain to it, the spoon is a great choice. Gold is a good color and the vibration of the spoon popping and fluttering will attract fish from a distance. Many fish will hold tight to the bottom and can be caught on jigs and shakeyheads. A jig can be fished slowly across the bottom to tempt those bass that are feeding on crawdads. Try using a light jig when fishing in shallow water and switching to a heavy jig in deep water. The shakeyhead is very weedless and is a great rig for fishing near wood. Try switching soft plastic baits throughout the day until you find the size and color they are looking for. 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
    Fishing for catfish during the winter months is usually pretty slow. Large fish can be caught at this time each year, but not many. It is best to use a ball of Power Bait or Float a crawler. This way you will have a chance to catch both trout and catfish. For specially targeting giant cats, try using a whole mackerel with a double hook rig. These fish tend to hibernate during the cold months and will only move to eat a substantial meal.

    Crappie
    Very few anglers have been targeting the crappie. The winter months can be good and the crappie will move into creek arms.

Friday, January 6th, 2017

  • Report: Glory Hole Sports
    January 6 at 5:21pm ·
    Water levels at New Melones Lake have risen 2 ft. above the high water mark of last year, which was 886.90 on 6/14/16. With the impending storm coming we could certainly see the 895' mark. That will bring in the 4 lane ramp on Glory Hole Point and 4 lane Tuttletown ramp come in the water within a week!!

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

  • Report: From Glory Hole Sports

    Bass
    The winter bite is in full swing and most anglers are catching some really nice spotted bass and largemouth. The water temperature continues to cool, but is not extremely cold yet. The fish are relatively active and willing to bite. Many fish are going to be holding in 30′ to 50′ of water.
    Some fish will move shallow periodically to feed and can be caught near the shoreline. The shad and trout have moved into creek channels and pockets off of the main lake. The bass will follow the bait. A great deep water technique that will work during the cold winter months is a vertical jigging spoon. Try locating large balls of bait and fishing a spoon near the edges, under and above. Sometimes the bass will hold in large standing timber near the edges of creek channels. They will wait for the bait to push into them and use the tree to coral an ambush. Try using a weedless worm fish in and around standing timber. A Texas Rig with a shad patterned worm or a Senko is a good choice for catching fish in heavy cover. Small swimbaits fished at various depths will also coax these fish into biting. Many fish will scour the bottom and feed on crawdads and other bottom dwelling creatures. A football head jig will work great fished slowly across the bottom. Light jigs work great when the fish are biting on the fall. Use heavier jigs for bumping into structure and grinding the bottom. Some anglers are catching big largemouth on trout patterned swimbaits. 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.

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

  • Report: From Glory Hole Sports
    The lake came up nine feet this past week! The lake has been beautiful and the fish are biting.
    The weather forecast is calling for blue skies and nice weather for most of the week.
    The concrete ramp is open and many boats are launching with ease.
    The right side of the ramp is plenty wide and the concrete extends past the end of the dock
    The left side is a little narrow, but still wide enough to launch most boats. The dirt launch is also still available for use.

    Last year on December 19, 2015 the lake was at 801 ft in elevation. We are currently at 877 ft in elevation. The lake is in much better shape than this time last year. At this rate we can expect to have a concrete ramp and a dock in the water for the entire 2017 season.

    We still need the next few months to produce some serious rainfall, but we remain very optimistic.

    Stop by the store on your way to the lake and we can set you up with everything you would need to have a great day on the water.

    Thanks- from all of us at Glory Hole Sports

Saturday, December 17th, 2016

  • Report: Glory Hole Sports
    December 17, 2016 at 9:30am ·
    12/17/2016 This last storm has pushed water levels up in New Melones Lake.
    Lake elevation is now at 875.36, up 4.25 ft. from midnight Dec. 15.
    The volunteer ramp now in the water (lower right side on Glory Hole point) is a two lane ramp with courtesy dock. ( 860.00-900.00)
    We look forward to seeing the lower 4 lane ramp on Glory Hole Point going in the water at 899.00

Monday, November 21st, 2016

  • Report: From Glory Hole Sports

    Water Conditions
    New Melones Lake is currently holding 515,711 acre-feet of water. The lake level came up just a little this past week and should start to rise quickly with the recent and upcoming rainfall. It is currently at 861 ft. above sea level and 224 ft. from full. The water clarity is clear in most of the lake with a slight stain in some areas. The water temperature is cooling, with the average being 57-62 degrees.
    The concrete ramp is CLOSED and should re-open once the lake reaches 865 ft. There is also a courtesy dock on the dirt launch which will be in place until the concrete ramp is open again.

    Bass
    Many bass anglers have been doing a little better as the fish transition to a fall-like pattern. The bass will feed heavily in preparation for the cold winter months to come. The shad are constantly on the move and the majority of bass are following them around the lake. There are areas that will be loaded with fish and then be vacant a few hours later. The key is to make multiple stops in search of actively feeding fish. The productive depth seems to be 35'-45'. Look for areas that the bass will push and ambush bait. Shad patterned worms fished on a darthead or shakeyhead will work well. Many fish are suspended and swimming a single tail grub in the middle water column will trigger strikes. Some fish will completely ignore the schools of shad and strictly target crawdads. Plus, fish are opportunistic feeders and will pick up a crawdad even if they are in the process of busting shad. This makes a football head jig a good choice. Use light jigs in shallow water and heavier jigs as you work out deep. Keeping contact with the bottom is very important when fishing a jig. ¾-ounce jigs in 45' of water will trigger bites from now until spring. Use natural colors and switch trailer until the fish tell you what they prefer. 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.

Monday, October 24th, 2016

  • Report: Fishing Report from Glory Hole Sports

    Water Conditions
    New Melones Lake is currently holding 520,678 acre-feet of water. The lake level dropped one foot this past week. It is currently at 862 ft. above sea level and 223 ft. from full. The water clarity is clear in most of the lake with a slight stain in some areas. The water temperature is slightly cooling, with the average being 63-68 degrees. The concrete ramp is CLOSED and is no longer in use. There is also a courtesy dock on the dirt launch which will be in place for the remainder of the summer and until the concrete ramp is open again.

    Trout
    The water temperature continues to cool and we are getting closer to the annual turnover of the lake. The rainfall in the forecast should help expedite the process. This will bring those 3 to 5-pound trout that have been holding in deep water up into shallow water. The trout will follow the shoreline and feed on the surface throughout the cold winter months. Trolling anglers are still catching them in deep water from 70' to 100'. Trolling at faster speeds has been working well. The next couple weeks we will be having cloudy/rainy days. Typically brightly painted lures will work best under these conditions. Try using baits that have fluorescent green and orange on them. Gold and copper are good choices for blades. We can expect them to start to move up and anglers will be able to use a leadcore line or a top-line to catch them. Bank anglers should start to soak Power Bait and toss Kastmansters to catch some of the first fish that move shallow. During rainstorms, fish will pull into areas that have fresh flowing water. Look for drainage ditches and creek channels that have flowing water. We do encourage catch and release of brown trout, as there does not seem to be a large population of them in the lake. Carefully measure, weigh and photograph trophy fish and send us pictures and information.

    Kokanee
    The season has come to an end and the kokanee will be spawning in the creek channels and upriver.

    Bass
    The bass bite was a little better this last week and anglers reported catching some nice spotted bass. The bass are in transition from summer to fall as the water temperature cools. The next couple weeks we can expect them to be in more of a fall-like pattern. Many fish are holding in deep water and feeding on schools of shad. The shad should start to move up in the water column as we approach the winter months. Try fishing with reaction baits and lures that can be used to cover water. Small crankbaits, ripbaits and swimbaits are all good choices. Shad patterns work well, but on cloudy/rainy days try incorporating a few bright colors. If the fish are not willing to chase a faster moving presentation, try slowing down and fishing a presentation that will remain in their strike zone for a longer period of time. A vertical presentation can be used to keep the bait in the strike zone. Jigging spoons and dropshot rigs are both good choices. Some fish will be holding tight to the bottom and can be caught on a variety of soft plastics. There is quite a bit of brush lining the lake making a weedless presentation a preferred setup. Try using a Texas Rig or slowly dragging a jig across the bottom. 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
    Glory Hole Sports Fall Catfish Contest will be going for the entire month of November. We are signing up contestants daily and will throughout November or until we reach 50-entrants. The fall is usually a great time of the year to catch large catfish. The catfish will feed heavily for the next couple months and bulk up for the colder winter months. They will act much like a bear and will hibernate during the winter, feeding much less. With the water temperatures dropping and the fresh rainfall running into the lake, the catfish will scour the shoreline. They will feed on small fish and crawdads that have moved up to feed on small insects that are washed into the lake. Try using frozen shad, mackerel and sardines to catch these fish eaters. Preserved crawdads are also a good choice. Catfish have very poor eyesight and will be drawn by scented baits. Dough baits can be fished alone or added to a frozen bait rig produce a more powerful scent. Night crawlers and chicken livers work well and can be soaked in Mike's Lunker Lotion or Power Bait Catfish Attractant.

    Crappie
    The crappie bite has slowed, but a few anglers have reported catching some nice 2-pound slab. They will be holding in tall standing timber near deep water and feeding on schools of shad that swim past. Live minnows and mini jigs fish under a slip-float will work. Try fishing near the mouth of any of the major creek channels. As the water temperatures cool the crappie will school up and start to feed heavily on the shad that are migrating into creek channels. Follow the bait and the crappie will be nearby.

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

  • Report: From Glory Hole Sports

    Water Conditions
    New Melones Lake is currently holding 527,076 acre-feet of water. The lake level dropped one foot this past week and it appears more water is being held and less is being released. It is currently at 863 ft. above sea level and 222 ft. from full. The water clarity is clear in most of the lake with a slight stain in some areas. The water temperature is slightly cooling, with the average being 67-73 degrees. The concrete ramp is CLOSED and longer in use. There is also a courtesy dock on the dirt launch which will be in place for the remainder of the summer and until the concrete ramp is open again.

    Joe Caccamo of Arnold caught two really nice rainbow trout while trolling a tandem spoon rig in deep water.

    Trout
    We had a good week of trout fishing and saw some of those big New Melones rainbows. Many anglers are catching some 2 to 5-pound rainbows while fishing in deep water on the main lake. We are very excited to be seeing fish of this size and can expect the bite to improve. As the water temperatures cool the fish will become more active and move up closer to the surface. Trolling anglers are not catching a bunch of fish, but the ones they are hooking into are very impressive. Try trolling from 70' to 90' over the deepest portions of the lake. The fish are feeding heavily on shad, so most anglers are fishing with shad patterned spoons, plugs and swimbaits. There is very little visibility in deep water and darker colors will work best. Black, blue and purple are all good choices. Also, try adding scent to your presentation or tying a scent chamber inline. Bank anglers should start to anticipate the fall/winter bite and the lake turnover. The temperatures are dropping and the fish will be moving toward the surface and shoreline. The lake will generally be turned by the first couple weeks of November. Try fan casting a large Kastmaster in search of the first big fish to move up.

    Glory Hole Sports Big Fish of the Week goes to Matt Rice of Modesto. He caught two chunky rainbows with his biggest weighing 4-pounds, 14-ounces. He reported catching his fish on a Pro Troll Trout Killer in 95' of water.

    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.

    Bob James of Murphys spent a couple days chasing these large trout. He brought in some big ones weighing up to 3-pounds, 8-ounces.

    Rod Smith and Reel Habit of Sonora caught three nice trout. They used an Apex fished in 90' of water to find success. Their biggest weighed just shy of 3-pounds.

    Bob Scruggs spent a couple days on the Take it to the Limit Guide Service boat and caught some beautiful rainbows. His biggest weighed 3-pounds, 13-ounces.

    Kokanee
    The season has come to an end and the kokanee will be spawning in the creek channels and upriver.

    Bass
    The recent cooling trend in the weather should help the bite and make the bass a bit more active. There is an abundance of shad and the bass are gorging on them. Use your electronics to locate these large populations of shad and the bass will be nearby. Many of the shad are small and the bass will key in on their size. Try using small soft plastics that are similar in size and color to the shad. Many fish are suspended and feed in the middle of the water column. These fish can be targeted with small swimbaits and deep diving rip baits. A dropshot rig is also a must have for fall fishing. Try using a light weight and be ready to detect a bite as the bait drops. Some fish will stay down closer to the bottom and feed on crawdads and other bottom dwelling creatures. Even the bass that are feeding on shad will come down to feed on the bottom when they get a chance. Try using a light football head jig in shallow water and switching to a heavier one when fishing deep. California Reservoir Lures makes a selection of jigs that will catch big fish in the Motherlode. 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
    We are very excited to be bringing back the Glory Hole Sports Fall Catfish Contest which will be going for the entire month of November. Sign-ups start October 1st. Stop by to register and secure a spot. We are seeing some big catfish being caught and we hope to see some giants come to the scales during the month of November. Now is a good time to go out and scout out some of those catfish holes. Many of the biggest catfish will be caught on frozen fish. Shad, mackerel and anchovies are all good choices for bait. Use miracle thread to keep your bait secured to the hook. Catfish have very poor eyesight and will feed by smell. Add scent to your bait or use scent catfish bait. Each year many large cats are caught a ball of crawlers. Be sure to grab a box of crawlers before each outing and try using them in combination with other stink baits and dough baits.

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.