New Melones Lake and Reports

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Friday, September 13th, 2019

  • Water Temp: 78

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Fished four of five days around this date. Fishing was slow but I did manage to catch 1-2 okay fish in the 2-4 pound range each day. Farther up the river, there seemed to be a morning topwater bite at dawn that lasted only 20-30 minutes. After that, deep was the ticket with underspin swimbaits working in 20-30 feet of water but again, pretty slow bite. Also snagged a 2.5 pounder under a rock with a wacky worm. And dredged a few out in the late morning near shore using a deep diving crankbait (orange).

    Tips: Fish the points, as I had zero luck in the pockets

Thursday, September 12th, 2019

  • Water Temp: 76.4

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: A quick trip, fished from 5 pm to 9:30 pm. Fishing was slow overall. I caught about 7 small fish 12" and smaller on jigs, worms, and spinnerbaits from the bank out to 20' depths. Maybe the fishing will pick up when cooler weather arrives.

Thursday, August 29th, 2019

  • Water Temp: 79.5-80.5

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Launched out of Glory Hole around 4:30 pm. Since only my 2nd time to this lake, I scouted a few miles of shoreline, saw some amazing structure, and noted some fish were busting shad in one cove. After I finished scouting, I returned to the topwater action cove and found they were small fish, so switched to other baits. Fishing was very slow until dusk, I picked up a dink on a crankbait, then I got a 2.5 pound LM on a 6" worm (I think was an old Magic Worms summer moss color). That was it for daytime. After dark, I motored over to a rocky point inside a cove and found the action good (though size only about 1-2 pounds) black/blue jigs and the 5" fat ribbed Power Worm in dark grape. Around 9:30 pm, I was working my way along the bank out of the cove to the main body and found waves and wind. So, I called it a night and headed back across the whitecaps to the ramp, caught a lot of spray on the way back. I think I would have found some heavier fish if I had been able to stay out later.

    Tips: Main and secondary rocky points were the best.

Saturday, August 3rd, 2019

  • Water Temp: 80

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Launched at Glory Hole ramp at 7:20 ran up the river and started fishing main points. The fish where at 20 ft plus for me using zoom worms. Ended the day about 1:30 it was getting to hot for me and the bite also was slowed way down after 12. Ended the day with about 11lbs. I had a 3lb spot and a 3.75 large mouth, 16 total fish a mix of large mouth and spots. I haven't fished New Malones in many years can't wait for the spring.

    Tips: This was my 3rd trip in 4 weeks. Same pattern working for me. The fish seem to like the 6" zoom worm, fish it down to 20 to 30 ft fish it slow, a little shaking helps and move the boat slow. Most fish I don't feel, when I go to move the worm they are just there.

Tuesday, July 16th, 2019

  • Water Temp: 78-79 degrees

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Wow, what a beautiful lake! This was my first time on the lake. Fished the full moon July 16th from 7:30 pm - 1:30 am. Because of a strong west/northwest wind right before sunset (whitecaps), I headed directly into the wind and fished the sheltered areas along the 1 mile of shoreline due west of the Glory Hole ramp. I also fished a main lake peninsula about a mile north of Glory Hole for about an hour. It didn't matter where I fished, steep or sloping banks, I always got the same results: over 30 bites, many very aggressive, but with only about 8 fish landed, all 9-13 inches - all tail biters! No quality. Fish were caught on spinnerbaits, black/blue jigs, and 5" thick ribbed power worms with a couple of blowups on a spook. Areas with large rocks on shore seemed a bit better. The grub trailer I used on jigs and spinnerbaits was a #177 5" Yamamoto grub. I think these small fish were after the grub tail. When I switched to a different grub color on the jig, no bites. The only worms which got bit were dark grape power worms. Senkos were not producing, I might have gotten one bite on a senko. There were enough insects out that I didn't bother turning on my black light (which attracts bugs at night). I hope to return here again with better (larger) results!

    Tips: Spook: twitch 3-4 times then stop, that's when the fish hit.
    Spinnerbaits: Cast parallel to bank over submerged rocks, let helicopter down once in a while. I was lazy and didn't use a stinger hook, this would have added about 8 more dinks to my fish count. At night, I use the Strike King Midnight Special black/blue with rattles, a very good night time spinnerbait with #177 5" Yamamoto grub trailer. During the day I used a Terminator silver willow-leaf with same grub. Both worked.
    Worms: Dead stick it once in a while. I used brass and glass but I doubt it mattered this trip.
    Jigs: Mostly black with big gap hook and rattles with 5" #177 grub and Smelly Jelly crawfish.

Saturday, June 22nd, 2019

  • Report: by Wrknap » Sat Jun 22, 2019 6:09 am

    We had a great trip to New Melonies this past week. We fished three days and every day was fantastic, 50+ fish days and we were off the water by 1pm. I found the better areas were above the 49 bridge. Early mornings were beautiful but slow, the bite didn’t really get going until the sun hit the water. SpiderJigs with twin tails seemed to work best although we caught fish on just about whatever we threw. My brother-in-law even caught a big cat on a spinner bait, crazy!
    Looking forward to the next trip!

Friday, June 14th, 2019

  • Report: by Andrew5414 » Fri Jun 14, 2019 8:09 pm

    Bite has been great, top water has been solid and kitechs In sexy shad on a underspin has been working really well win suns up and bite shuts down sometime us have to throw the ol stinks but it will produce numbers and every once in a while quality. Top water and underspin have been pretty solid fish. I have been fishing 49 bridge and up

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