New Melones Fishing Report

New Melones Fishing Report

12-11-2019
Glory Hole Sports Staff
(209) 736-4333

New Melones Reservoir's current lake level is 1050.35 and 37.65 ft. from full. Currently temps are 56-58d. Water clarity is excellent. Angels Cove launch ramp is closed, and the fish cleaning station remains closed at Angels Cove with water line breaks interfering with operations.

A word of caution when traveling from the rangers station towards Glory Hole Point. If your hauling any trailer over 10 ft. in height, be aware the Bureau of Reclamation has many oak trees that need to be trimmed to meet Federal Highway Administrations minimum vertical clearance on local roadways which is 14'. The trees overhang the road are creating hazardous driving conditions for you and your trailer/boat/rv having to often drive in the opposite lane of traffic to avoid these trees and prevent damage to your property.

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.

We do promote catch and release. For potential lake records, record the statistics of the fish... length, girth, weight and photographed at the lake before releasing her. If indeed we can verify the information that is provided, such as a witness, comparing the scale used with ours, a photograph with the fish hanging from the scale and can see the scale weight, etc...then we can accept this as proof. If your catch has expired than indeed bring it in to GHS so we can record it here, and you can have it mounted!
 
TROUT
Trout bite has been slow but the ones that have come into GHS are really nice holdovers, ranging 4.5-5.5 lbs.

KOKANEE
Done for the season.

BASS
Anglers are trying to figure out the bass bite on Melones the last few weeks with the bass not willing to give a consistent pattern. Glide baits are having mixed results with followers but still slow on the bite. Shad have been plentiful on the electronics, use a spoon, laser minnow above the shad to draw a strike. Again finesse presentations have the most consistent results when all else is slow.

CATFISH
No reports of Catfish
 
CRAPPIE
No reports of Crappie



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