New Melones Lake and Reports

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Monday, May 6th, 2019

  • Water Temp: 72+

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: There was a high school TOC with 16 boats that went out of Glory Hole Sunday. All teams brought in nice limits over ten pounds. The best of the best chased bass that were chasing baitfish schools up the river. They used topwater and S-wavers to get their fish. Another team used jigs to target big largemouth they found on beds in Angels Creek. It took over 17 to crack the top five and 22.53 pounds to win it. So it is fair to say that New Melones Bass fishing is hot!!

    Tips: We got fish on Spooks, poppers, crank baits, drop shot worms, jigs, S-wavers, and senkos. So, throw what you like and have fun!!

Thursday, March 14th, 2019

  • Report: by RMANZO » Thu Mar 14, 2019 7:36 am

    Just finished a “2” day trip to Melones w/client Paul Arias.. Always awesome when a client becomes a friend..Tuesday we caught fish all day anywhere from 10-40 feet.. No swimbait fish but had a 5 pounder and best 5 went around 18 pounds.. today we decided to hit a different area of the lake, and the switch up payed off.. Paul got his first Wagtail fish and first Homicide Glide fish.. A nice one over 5 pounds and the other close to 5... I love the excitement I feel when I tell a client exactly where to cast and which swimbait to throw for that situation, and it pays off :D . Once again, we caught fish all day long, and although we didn’t get any giants, our best 5 went over 23 pounds.. one spot we hit was just loaded w/quality 4 pounder after 4 pounder.. Thank you Paul for your business, and look forward to fishing w/you again soon...
    For anybody out there that is wanting to go out and catch fish all day long, or is looking for their new personal best, “now is the time”!!! **SPECIAL** The next “3” people to book a trip w/me, will get a rate of $200 for a full day... What are you waiting for “BOOK IT”!!! On a side note, I am putting in another order for some wagtails and homicides this weekend.. let me know what you need

Thursday, February 14th, 2019

  • Water Temp: Water temp 51-53°

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: by RCook » Thu Feb 14, 2019 8:07 am

    Lake New Melones
    On the water at 7:00 am
    Off the water at 3:30 PM
    Water clarity 4-15'

    Air temp 28-45°

    Joe and Brandon made the drive up to New Melones to come fish with me for a day and we absolutely hammered em! We started off in a major creek arm working jigs, underpins and senkos VERY slow over some bigger rock piles. It didnt take long to get the day started, as we had a fish over 5 lbs in the boat within a few minutes. We boated quite a few fish on the am side of the day, with most of them being very healthy 3+ pounders.
    Mid-day we decided to run to the main lake and fish some deep island tops in hopes if catching a big spotted bass, and although we didnt find the big one, we did go catch a bunch of spots and had some fun!
    Around 1:00pm we went back to another creek arm and ran the same pattern, fishing bottom bouncing baits slow over big rock in 15-35' of water, and they were still chewin'. We ended the day with 40+ fish, with our best 5 going around 23 lbs with a 7-10 kicker. Most fish were caught on 1/2 oz football head jigs. 1/4 oz Fatty's worms underspin, and 5" senkos on a shakey head.
    Another great day on the water with some great company! Book your trip today guys! 559-691-7008. $250 gets you a FULL day of fishing for 1 or 2 people.

Tuesday, January 29th, 2019

  • Water Temp: 52-56

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: What a great start to 2019! We have been catching a lot of quality bass during the month January and recently the action seems to have really picked up. Last week I landed an 8-pound largemouth on a big swimbait and over the weekend we boat numerous fish from 3 to 5-pounds. The water temperature in some areas has begun to gradually warm and it is starting to feel like spring. A few fish are transitioning into shallow throughout the day, however many fish are still holding out deep. We have been covering a lot of water, fishing the main lake and major creek arms. The most consistent pattern has been jigs and shakeyheads fished down steeper banks. These areas can be fished from 5’ to 55’ feet with one cast. The next few months are some of my favorites and we are going to be catching some impressive largemouth and spotted bass. Join me on the water for an awesome fishing Xperience!

    Tips: Xperience Fishing Guide Service
    John Liechty (209)743-9932

Friday, January 4th, 2019

  • Water Temp: 50-53

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Launched at 7AM out of Tuttletown. Second time to the lake so wasn't to sure where to start so i motored directly across the ramp and worked the shoreline headed south. Started out with a jerkbait and was surprised when i got bit on the first cast. Ended up with 6 spots on the jerkbait to 3 lb's. The bite slowed and nothing on a crankbait so i started throwing a ned rig. By the time i got to the dam i probably put another 15 fish in the boat. Ran across to the east side looking for similar structure and caught 3 fish on three cast at my first stop, again on the ned rig. A breeze came up so i pitch the jerkbait again for 2 more fish. Pretty much a steady pick the rest of the day on the ned. Most of my fish were 10-20 feet of water. Off the water at 5 pm.

    Tips: Megabass 110 is the jerkbait i was throwing, shad pattern. Threw every color of ned rig and they all caught.

Tuesday, December 11th, 2018

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    Water Temp: 56

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Bite was tough all day. I’ve been fishing this lake for 10+ years and haven’t seen it this tough during this time of year ever. I fished last month and it was extremely tough too. I tried big baits for 3 days in the rain and only yielded a big catfish. Finesse only yielded small spots. Lots of fishing pressure has definitely had an affect on these lakes. Saw over 30 bass boats on Sunday.

Friday, November 30th, 2018

  • Report: by steve black » Fri Nov 30, 2018 8:46 pm

    My opinion, New Melones, only because I've had better success in winter months fishing for large spotted bass. The R2S s-waver that you asked about in you previous post is the next best thing than the A-rig on that lake for me. The Spots don't seem to be effected by weather on Melones than on Pedro IMO. Maybe because of all the near by cover in that lake or more food chain for them. Either one can produce big limits if fished correctly, but I lean more to New Melones. Don't forget Glory Hole Sports, always a great excuse to stop in if you think you might have forgotten something. If you ever get the chance go look at their trophy wall of whats come out of that lake, very impressive. Great info from the staff their if you've never fished the lake. Good luck, try both lakes , you cant go wrong with either one. :D

Monday, November 12th, 2018

  • Water Temp: 60-64

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: The fishing on New Melones and most of the Motherlode lakes has been a little bit tough. But the weather has been absolutely gorgeous. The fish are in transition from summer to fall and the weather has been so nice they are stuck in limbo. This has spread out the baitfish and the bass. We have been successfully catching fish in shallow water and deep water from 5’ to 70’. The most difficult part has been they are there one day and gone the next, leaving us searching and starting with a clean slate each trip. Regardless of the tough bite we are still have a great time on the lake and finding plenty fish on each outing, we are just having to work a little harder to locate them. Using a variety of search baits and finesse presentations has been key. Along with using our fish finders to locate balls of bait. Umbrella rigs, underspins and rip-baits can be fished at various depths and used to cover water. Dropshots, jigs, Ned rigs and shakeyheads work best when slowing down to comb and area. With a little bit of cloud cover and rain we should start to see the epic fall bite we have all been waiting for.

    Tips: Xperience Fishing Guide Service
    John Liechty (209)743-9932

Sunday, November 4th, 2018

  • Water Temp: 63

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Fishing was still slow but the bites were bigger. My best 5 went 18 lbs. Most caught off a shaky head. Heard they're eating jigs but I never threw any. Evening time I caught a few on a jerkbait and missed one on a Pop-R.

Sunday, October 28th, 2018

  • Water Temp: 65

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Tough bite. Slower then it was a month ago. My fish came in 1'-15' of water. Boated around 10 and lost or missed a half dozen more. Most fish were about 12". I did get lucky and caught a largemouth right at 10 lbs. Caught all of my fish on a shaky head.
    Fish are scattered from shallow water out to 40+ deep. You will catch 2-3 real quick in an area and then it shuts down and then you have to find a new spot but when you hit the right spot you will catch another 2-3 in a row and then you have to find another area where they're biting. Lots of dead time in between. I presume a guy could work an area real slow and catch around the same amount of fish as running around but I don't have the patience for that.

Friday, October 5th, 2018

  • Water Temp: 70-74

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: September turned out to be yet another excellent month of fishing on New Melones. The summer heat faded and then return throughout the month and the bite seemed to change along with it. Some fish began to transition into fall-like patterns, while others remained in their hot summer haunts. With the fish being spread out we covered a lot of water and fished both deep and shallow. From the main lake into creek channels and rocky bluffs to flat humps and points, you name it, we fished it. The lake has a tremendous amount of forage and the fish were spitting shad, bluegill, crappie, baby bass and crawdads. The topwater bite seemed to slow down as the month progressed. Reaction baits fish deep in the water column proved to be a go-to method. Deep diving crankbaits, rip-baits and underspins produced some quality bites. We also fished plenty of bottom bouncing presentations. The jig bite really picked up and a shakeyhead was hard to beat. Going into fall we can expect some larger fish to move shallow and begin to bulk up for the cold winter months to come. This next few months are my favorite time to fish. The weather will be gorgeous and the fish are generally eager to bite.

    Tips: Xperience Fishing Guide Service
    John Liechty (209)743-9932

Friday, September 14th, 2018

  • Water Temp: 71

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Right now the fishing is just so-so. The fish are scattered and roaming. You can find fish bunched up in certain areas but they're still not jumping on your bait but you can manage 2-3 fish before they quit biting or move on. Most of the fish are small. I did manage a 3# largemouth on a Pop-R. I should have gotten to the lake earlier and fished top water for the first 2-3 hours.
    I threw a lot of different baits but it seemed liked the fish liked the Ned rig with a 4" pumpkin senko the best. I caught around 20 fish but probably 15 of em were in the 12" class. Afternoon til around 6:00 was tough. Really had to work for the fish.

Sunday, August 19th, 2018

  • Water Temp: 80-84

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: The bass fishing on New Melones continues to be productive. With only a month or so of summer heat left, we can start to anticipate the fall bite, which is one of my favorite times of the year to fish. The thick smoke from all the fires has begun to blow through and it is much clearer than it was a couple weeks ago. Timing has been a very important factor. The fish will move into an area to feed and then move out once they are full. When they are actively feeding the fishing is great when they pull back the bite can get rather tough. The key is to keep moving from area to area to find aggressively feeding fish. First, I will try to coax them with a reaction bait, starting with topwater and moving down in the water column with crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Often times they are feeding but not willing to chase. This is when I will switch to a slower moving bait fished on the bottom. A dropshot has been good for quantity and a shakeyhead or Texas rig will attract larger bites. The evenings and mornings are best. Stick with shad and crawdad patterns and you will be sure to find some fish.

    Tips: Xperience Fishing Guide Service
    John Liechty (209)743-9932

Sunday, August 12th, 2018

  • Water Temp: Warm

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Spent the day on New Melones Reservoir with Ryan Cook and Moo Lee from MooMoo Outdoors fishing out of a bass boat. The bite was a little tougher than expected but we ended up finding 3 nice ones. Bites came on topwater, jigs, tubes, shakyhead and dropshot. Got on a consistent bite throwing green pumpkin finesse worms on a dropshot and shakyhead. We found fish from the bank to 30 feet. Points were the most consistent and a little bit of wind always helps. We ended up with a few mechanical issues and wrapped it up early around noon. The smoke wasn't too bad but it was hot!!!

    Tips: Report submitted by Motherlode Kayak Angler Kayak Bass Guide Service (209) 230-3159.

Wednesday, August 1st, 2018

  • Water Temp: 80-84

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: The dog days of summer are here. But, they should be called the hog days of summer as we are catching some big ol’ bass on New Melones Reservoir. The smoke continues to cover the State, but on most days, it has not been too bad down on the water. Usually there is enough wind and we find ourselves fishing under the thick smoke. The fish are cooperating and the bite continues to be really good. I have been guiding morning trips, evening trips and even all-nighter’s. Each morning we have been starting with topwater lures and swimbaits. Then as the sun comes up we will switch to reaction baits and finesse presentations. In the evening will we reverse this order. The nighttime bite can be exceptional and is a great way to avoid the summer heat. Lures and presentations that displace water and create sound and vibration will work best. The lake is extremely healthy and the water is dropping slowly in comparison to years past.

    Tips: Xperience Fishing Guide Service
    John Liechty (209)743-9932

Monday, May 21st, 2018

  • Water Temp: Water Temp was 69-72

    Report: by TravisH » Mon May 21, 2018 7:34 pmHey there guys, was out on New Melones this past weekend and had a great time smashing the spots.. We caught them on Shaky heads, dropshot, River2sea Rovers and absolutely wore them out with a rip bait on the mud lines..Water Temp was 69-72 an all the fish we found were out on the main lake points. My son an I fished for about 4.5 hours an landed 45 fish.Its definitely fishin great to take a kid fishin an have them have a blast....

Sunday, May 6th, 2018

  • Water Temp: 65 to 70 F

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Headed out to New Melones Lake today with Moo Lee from MooMoo Outdoors and Josh Parris. Josh is a well-known stick on the Motherlode Lakes and he decided to accept the challenge to swap out his Nitro for a Hobie and fish out of a kayak today on his home lake. The fish were shallow in about 15 feet of water. We found a ton of fish on beds and got a ton of bites! We focused our efforts in the Glory Hole Marina and Carson Creek areas.
    On the water: 7:00 AM
    Off the water: 3:00 PM
    Air Temp:
    High: 79
    Low: 47
    Water Temp: 65 to 70 F
    Wind: Weather report said NW at 5 mph (It was blowing at least 15 mph when we launched, it settled dow mid-day and then picked up again in the afternoon)
    Water Clarity: Clear (10 plus feet visibility)
    Sky: Partly cloudy
    Barometric Pressure: 30.0 inHg
    Fish Activity: High

    Tips: The shaky head and ned rig were the ticket today. Fishing them slow in the 10 to 20 foot range yielded the best results. Main lake pockets with sun at our back was the best bite.

    Report submitted by Motherlode Kayak Angler Kayak Bass Guide Service (209) 230-3159

Friday, April 27th, 2018

  • Water Temp: 63

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: My buddy Ryan Cook headed out to New Melones on 4/27 and shared what he found:
    On the water: 6:00 AM
    Water Temp: 63
    Wind: 6-17mph
    "Fished the lower end of the lake, the bite was good, but the bigger fish were few and far between. We threw Wacky Heads with 5 inch Senkos shallow while searching for bed fish. We located lots of small bucks and several big females, but the big females are not quite locked on the beds. After several hours of getting frustrated trying to catch the bed fish, we started slow-rolling underspins with a 3.75" swimbait trailer. We caught several more small fish and then found some good ones in about 15 feet of water on secondary points leading into spawning pockets. Our big fish of the day weighed in at just under 7 pounds with our second big fish pushing 5. Our best 5 fish limit went almost 20 pounds. We had a great day on the water."

    Tips: Do what Ryan does, the guy catches big fish!

    Report submitted by Motherlode Kayak Angler Kayak Bass Guide Service (209) 230-3159.

Monday, March 5th, 2018

  • Water Temp: 54-55

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Launched out of glory hole on 3/4/18, and made a run to the south end of the lake hitting the coves below table mountain. Coves were unproductive, as was somewhat expected considering the post frontal conditions. Fish were found holding on rocky points in the 15-25 foot range. drop shotting morning dawn robo worms led to fish all around the 1.5-2.5lb range. Also tried some deep cranking to no success. Made another run up the river and found many more fish stacked up on points. The quality of fish were also better upriver, and fish to around 3 pounds were caught. Began throwing a 4.2 inch keitech with a 3/8 oz underspin and started producing. Ended the day with around 20 fish to the boat, and a number of short strikes. All but two were spots. Couldn't get the big bite, but most fish were pretty good quality in the 2.5 pound range. Best 5 probably between 12-13lb.

    Tips: The fish were definitely staging on main lake points with rocks. A lot deeper than I was expecting, as they were much shallower a couple weeks prior when I had fished the lake last, but I credit this to the major cold front that has pushed through the area the past week. Any point leading to a major cove produced multiple fish. Keitechs, and dropshotting produced the numbers, but couldn't find the bigger bite. With the weather changing back to being warm for a while the spawn should begin in full affect. It is good to note that both largemouths were males and both were caught in shallow water so theyre moving up! Any day now the lake will break loose

Sunday, February 4th, 2018

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    Water Temp: 57

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: FISH REPORT January 31, 2018
    By: Gene Hildebrand
    New Melones Lake level is currently at 1050.75 and 37.25 ft. from full. Water level had dropped to the year low of 1050.00 before rising to current level. Water temperature is 56 d. clarity is good. We like to promote catch and release on New Melones. If you do so, provide us a picture and bring it in for a copy or email it to us at so we can put it on the board or in the newsletter.
    (January 2018 has showed that if 2017 was a great year for trout, then it should carry well on into this new year.) Posted that two weeks ago! Here we are at the end of January with a record Rainbow trout that has blasted the Melones Lake record by 4 lbs 6 oz. I've heard many a angler commenting that Melones holds some huge bows and this one proves all that chatter. Chris Peterson of Folsom was on the main lake Jan. 25th at 9:00 am bass fishing with one of our veterans, which had just brought in a 4+ lb bass. Chris saw some shad on the surface of the cove that they were in so motored over and came up with a plan to bring his presentation from the shore in towards the shad. Dragging the bladed chartreuse voo doo into the water and 3 ft. in line began peeling off his reel. After setting his hook Chris was thinking I've got a really nice bass on the end of my line, turning his pole into a circle hook. As he brought her in closer and seeing color he realized a nice size trout was on his line. After landing her, Chris thought he may have a record but wasn't sure so had his partner look up the records for the lake and told him 9 lb. 10oz. is the current record. So he says hey Chris, you just landed a New lake record!
    14lbs. 04oz, 27" length, with a 21" girth.
    Power bait is working excellent for shore fishermen, speedy shiners for trolling anglers, Tazmanian Devil can be cast/trolled.
    Anglers report bass fishing has been doing good with the finesse setup, Texas rig and dropshot using senkos cinnamon blk flake, pumpkin, robo worms in oxblood/red flake.
    The bass on New Melones are being caught in both deep and shallow water. It can take a little time to locate actively feeding fish. Once you do find a productive depth, catching fish has not been a problem. On an average day we will put 20 to 30-quality spotted bass and largemouth in the boat. On good days we are landing over 50-fish. Many techniques have been working and some better than others. Mostly using finesse tactics to get plenty of bites and tossing large baits in search of a big bite. The dropshot rig continues to work. Small shad or crawdad patterned soft plastics are a good choice. Also, bottom bouncing baits have been a key player. The flooded grass from last year's downpour has almost completely deteriorated and grinding baits on the rocks will trigger fish. Jigs, shakeyheads, dartheads and a good ol' Texas rig will do the trick.
    Stick with natural colors when fishing in clear water and you find success.
    No reports of Catfish caught
    Officially or not officially GHS has no recorded lake record for Crappie so to bring in the new year, we are hereby crediting Roger Stewart with owning the newly classified Crappie record for New Melones Lake. Roger of River Pines caught a 2 lb.6 oz. Crappie on January 1, 2018. Roger reported catching the sunfish on a Rapala in a Rainbow Trout pattern. Thanks for bring this nice Crappie in and sharing it with us Roger!
    Anglers FYI; for anyone with a potential lake record please call us at the store and hopefully we can send someone to weigh, photograph and measure the catch at the lake. GHS is the unofficial recorder of lake records for New Melones, and we understand there is sometimes conflicting interest in the welfare of the catch, whether or not to release the potential record, sacrificing your place as a record holder for the lake.