New Melones Lake and Reports

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New Melones Lake, Elevaton: 1,048.01 ft. Daily Statistics
Wednesday, Feb 21
Storage (ac. ft.) Ouflow (ft.3/sec) Inflow (ft.3/sec) Precip. (in.) Evaporation (ft.3/sec)
1,953,211 2,404 446 0.00 25
Thursday, Feb 22
Hi: 46 ° F
Lo: 20 ° F
Today
Rain/Snow Likely
Precip: 64%
Tonight
Rain/Snow Likely
Precip: 74%

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

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    Water Temp: 68-70

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Wacked em on just about any thing. Best was a 3 lb'r on topwater. I got distracted and when I looked back I couldn't find my lure... several twitches, still no lure??? Started reeling only to find a nice 3 lb'r on the end! LOL, never heard it hit!

    We had 20 by 9 in the morning and my son Jon even caught a real nice 18" rainbow on a roboworm. With the strong wind and a slight motor problem, we decided to get off the water by noon, finished with 2 dozen, mostly dinks but a blast if you have a kid with you, It's quantity with them...
    City: Somerset

    Tips: If you're older and fat like me, make sure you launch from the right ramp, the 1/2 mile climb back to get the truck/trailer nearly killed me...

    Cast tight to the bank and into the shadows and you'll get bit!!!

Monday, May 26th, 2008

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    Water Temp: 68

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Here it is several spots on different plastics biggest 3lbs. conditions were light rain. Somebody post what is up it's not like it's a best kept secret or something. Delta has way bigger fish (double digits) and consistently. Had to take a break and fish a lake.
    City: tracy

Monday, May 12th, 2008

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    Water Temp: 65

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: What a great day on the lake . Took a client out on FRiday and had one of them days that you never forget. We launched at Angles arm and didn't start the big motor. On the
    First cast my client had a 3lber on a topwater and I had a dink on a worm. The action was non stop all day long.We caught uncountable amounts of fish on mostly topwater ,what a blast. My client (Lynn) was so happy he gave me a $200 tip. That even covered the gas and everthing, lol. We did get a few fish sight fishing ,which he had never done. Book a trip and lets go get them. wwwmarkmcgowanguideservice.com
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    City: Livermore

    Tips: Put a bait in the water and they will eat it. Topwater, worms , senkos

Saturday, May 10th, 2008

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    Water Temp: 65-69

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Started about 7:30AM fished the first cove to the left of Tuttletown launch, caught 1smallie,2 large. Went up by the dam nothing, so we went all the way up into Morman's creek and fished it all the way out caught the cycle. All in all we caught a dozen. Left around 1:00pm.
    City: La Grange

    Tips: green weiney, Lizzards, 1001p

Monday, April 14th, 2008

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    Water Temp: 64-67

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Went out with a friend to do a little fun fishing and we had a great day. The lake was glass untill around 11:am and the top water bite was on. We put 25 to 30 fish in the boat. The wind picked up around 11 and we switched to jerk baits. I hooked a big female but she spit my Rapala. I'm fine with that at this time of year. Most fish were in the 1.5 to 3 lb range but there is a ton of fish in the shallows right now. We had a blast.....
    City: sonora

    Tips: South end is warming fast and the bite is on. Catch and release. The fish in there is all we get. No stocking of bass.

Saturday, March 29th, 2008

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    Water Temp: 56-60

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Fished 9 hours on Saturday, caught 8 fish. 5 were dink largemouths, 2 were healthy, 2 pound, very pregnant spots... finally at 7:00pm nailed a 7 pound 1 ounce largemouth in timber at the back of a cove. Sunday was a complete write-off; didn't get bit once in four hours! Fished from shore out to 35 feet deep with various plastics, both T-rigged and Carolina.
    City: San Jose

    Tips: Guess the cold front made the fishing tough. With a week of sun and warmer weather, this lake will be on!

Saturday, February 23rd, 2008

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    Water Temp: 50

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Fished a club tournament- went out blind with no practice. Caught 4 fish- 2 on a 6" swimbait and 2 on dartheads. All fish came past the second bridge on secondary points/coves. In fact, we caught all of our fish within 1/4 mile of each other. Best weight in the tourney was 14lbs. Out of 20 boats, only five limits. We took 6th with 6 lbs.
    City: Elk Grove

    Tips: Fish are in 25 plus feet...no bites shallow. All but one fish were on the bottom- not suspended. The swimbait bite is on...to bad I broke mine off. Hint- 6" fish trap type on a 1/2 oz head. Let sink all the way to the bottom in 30 feet then retrieve parallel to shore.

Saturday, February 9th, 2008

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    Water Temp: 29-53

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: tough bite, lots of angling pressure prior to the weekend with blue bird skies. after we pulled out we heard that salt/pepper was producing, with fish in the 30-35-40' range, but go slow slow slow. we caught 2 keepers, one on watermelon trick worm on shaky head on a 30' hump,and another way upstream against the white cliffs in 35' on a redish 4" worm drop shotting. one rat in 35' on a mm3 sculpin dropshoting. god I hate this time of year, bring on the frog bite, it just can't come soon enough
    City: Sonora

Sunday, January 20th, 2008

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    Water Temp: 51

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: tough bite but managed to find a pattern around noon caught 6 fish in the 1-2 lb found a creek full of timber and just rip them for about an hour and a half then the bite died out
    City: modesto

    Tips: 3/4 oz. hopkins smothie spoons

Monday, November 12th, 2007

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    Water Temp: 60

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Started fishing aroound 7:30 a.m. Went around hitting points. Found a few but couldn't get them to bite. Around 1 p.m. caught 3 spots split-shotting. Biggest going 14 inches. My partner caught one largemouth on a jig around 15 inches. Went home about 3 p.m.
    City: El Sobrante

    Tips: Look for calm areas with direct sunlight. Shady areas weren't producing at all or even showing fish. Good luck

Sunday, October 28th, 2007

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    Water Temp: 69

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Took my grand daughter out for some fun fishing and we had a blast. The top water bite was hot and heavy. We cought alot of small fish and a few good ones. The water glassed over about 11:am and stayed that way the rest of the day. Very few people on the lake and that was great.
    City: sonora

    Tips: Look for bait fish on or near deep drops. I chunked a 5" rapala in shad and one in gold and black.

Sunday, October 21st, 2007

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    Water Temp: 66

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Took a two day trip- total for two days was about 35 fish to 2 lbs. No reaction bite- everything came on 1/8 oz. dartheads with 6" pro worms (color 64SPF) and Senkos. I lost my $85 8" Triple Trout in the Mocassin area.
    City: Elk Grove

    Tips: The fish seem to be feeding on presentations above, not below. I don't know the lake so we didn't did not get to dropshot any offshore structure.

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007

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    Water Temp: 64-68

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: WOW! Started in Horseshoe with #16 Huddy 1st light this morning and scored 2 fish, bam bam, shaz-am! The 1st fish was 4.8 the second fish was 8.9. Points, points, points. Missed 2 more fish (thought I would leave somtin fur ya all). After the sun came out went to the main Lake fishing the submerged islands and never caught a fish on the Hud, but I did stick several pines and oaks. Hearing how tough it's been I tried and scored on the baby brush hog (water melon/ red flake) drop-shotting in 30' to 50' off the deep river bluffs on those islands. a few largys, but the bigger fish were the spots up to 2-1/2 pounbs. After pounding the main lake humps I traveled south of the Dam, still main lake/ski-cove entrance and spooned some more fish on a 3/4 oz hopkins. My best fish was a 3.5 largy. This lake is on FIRE!!
    City: San Jose

    Tips: After the sun comes up, watch that graph for bait!

Sunday, September 2nd, 2007

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    Water Temp: 77-80.6

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Well it was only my second time to melones and didnt do to bad with all of the traffic. Started fishing at 7am no topwater bite. Fished the damn nothing. Then i decided to make a run up the lake to find steep rocky point and it paid off. cought about 25 fish in 200 yards of shorline. no size really but a couple 3 puonders. They were not to deep i would say maybe 10-15 ft. Baby brush hogs in green pumpkin seed were doin it for us. left at about 2 pm. to many jackasses on the water.
    City: Turlock

    Tips: Fish main points slow if you feel any tension set the hook its probably a fish.

Wednesday, August 8th, 2007

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    Water Temp: warm

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: This was my third trip this year up to Melones. Again,lots of fish early. My two biggest fish came offthe lunker punker top water.They were 4.5 lbs and 5lbs. Lots of followers. Off the water by noon. Too hot for me.
    City: Farmington

Tuesday, July 24th, 2007

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    Water Temp: warm

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Fished for three days. Caught fish in a wide variety of sizes. (Yes, small ones too) It does not take much to get me excited. This was the second time I have fished here during the summer months. Nightcrawlers were doing there thing. We caught a ton of bluegill, over half were longer than 6". Also got several legal size bass and catfish. Yup, there was also a 4# LM that got away. Awsome trip.
    City: San Francisco

    Tips: Bring sun screen, lots of water and hat. If you are using worms... KEEP THEM COOL and LIVELY!!

Saturday, June 30th, 2007

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    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Started out early using a Lunker Punker Trout spook. I at least 10 blowups and landed 7 Bass along the points. The largest was 7.9 and the rest were in the 3-4 pound range. One of my best topwater day so far. Ended the day tossing jigs.
    City: Paradise

    Tips: Throw bigger topwaters first light around points and hold on.

Sunday, May 27th, 2007

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    Water Temp: 72-74

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Hit the lake on Sunday with the crowds. On the water around 10, waited 30mins for my turn to launch. We swam and fooled around until a wind came up at around 1pm...fished the mudlines (thank you wakeboarders) for fast action. 30 fish in about an hour and a half, mostly Aarons magic robos and flukes
    City: Benicia

    Tips: The fish were suspending in 12 to 25ft under the mudlines. Look for banks that the wind blows into.

Friday, May 18th, 2007

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    Water Temp: 70-73

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Great weather

Monday, April 30th, 2007

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    Water Temp: 68-72

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Fished from sunrise till about 4:pm and had a blast. Put 63 fish in the boat. Alot of small spots and Red eyes. Mostly top water and crank baits but a weightless Arrons Magic 4" pink got the big ones (4,4.5,6.3, and a 7). A friend hit an 8 plus in the ski area. What a day!!!
    City: Sonora