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Posted by: Lea_Marie_C_Paar on 08/02/2014 01:00 PM Updated by: Lea_Marie_C_Paar on 08/02/2014 01:04 PM
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The Fishing Report from New Melones is Here

Angels Camp, Ca...New Melones Lake is currently holding 636,575 acre-feet of water. The lake level dropped three feet this week and is currently at 885 ft. above sea level and 200 ft. from full. The water is stained in most areas of the lake, and fairly clear in others. There are mud lines forming near the shore throughout the day, especially on windy days and days with a lot of boating traffic. The average water temperature is 76-82 degrees. Tuttletown launch is closed. Glory Hole Point boat launch is open, and there are no plans to close it. There will be some transition periods between launches where launching will be limited to one or two lanes...












Greetings!



Apex


The kokanee have moved down to deeper in the water column.  They are schooling in the main lake in 60-90' over the old river channel.



When fishing in deep water, an angler must take into consideration the visibility of their presentation and how it might appear to the fish.  As the light penetrates the water it looses intensity the deeper it goes, and eventually becomes nonexistent.


Different colors will be more visible than others at various depths.  To keep it very simple, darker colors work best in dark water.  Black, purple, and blue are all good choices for deep water trolling.


Another important factor is sound, vibration and water displacement.  Bigger, bulky lures will displace water and cause a disturbance that attracts fish.  The side-to-side movement of an Apex is a very enticing action that will draw many strikes.


As the season progresses the kokanee become bigger.  They also become much more aggressive as they start to turn, and move upriver to spawn.  The larger size Apex will aggravate the larger kokanee.


Last, but definitely not least.  Be sure to apply plenty of scent or incorporate a Scent Chamber in your presentation.  Sight, sound, vibration, water displacement and scent are all factors that need to be considered on each outing.


Good luck- from all of us at Glory Hole Sports


Send photos of fish, the lake, wildlife and more togloryholesports@yahoo.com  














































Fishing Report

 


Water Conditions:  New Melones Lake is currently holding

636,575 acre-feet of water.  The lake level dropped three feet this week and is currently at 885 ft. above sea level and 200 ft. from full.  The water is stained in most areas of the lake, and fairly clear in others.  There are mud lines forming near the shore throughout the day, especially on windy days and days with a lot of boating traffic. The average water temperature is 76-82 degrees.

Tuttletown launch is closed. Glory Hole Point boat launch is open, and there are no plans to close it. There will be some transition periods between launches where launching will be limited to one or two lanes.


Trout:  Fair.  Night fishing anglers have been doing well.  They are catching limits of fat healthy trout under a submersible light.   Try anchoring the boat in 25-50' of water, and dropping the light 15-25' feet down.  Be patient, it may take awhile for the light to attract plankton, baitfish, and trout.  To catch them, try using live minnows, mini jigs, Power Bait, and crawlers. Trolling anglers are starting to catch a few more on each outing. The trout feed on 2-4" shad.  Try using baits that match the size, profile and color of the baitfish.  Rapala Shad Raps, Scatter Raps, Rattle traps, and Jointed Shad Raps are a very close match to the natural forage.  Another way to get a few more bites is to add scent to your lures.  Pro Cure gel in shad scent, or threadfin shad scent will do the trick.  Don't forget to bring some crawlers.  A single crawler threaded on the hook fished behind a single gold or silver blade is a great way to pick up a few fish.


 
Glory Hole Sports Big Fish of the Week goes to Brian Basacker of Sonora.  He caught a nice limit while night fishing at the spillway.  His largest fish weighed 1-pound, 13-ounces.  

 

Bank anglers try using a heavy sliding sinker to make long casts into deeper water and soak some night crawlers and Power Bait midday.  Also, try fishing some other local lakes and streams.  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. 


Kokanee: Fair.  The fish are in the main lake and holding near the deepest parts of the lake. The main river channel from the dam to the 49-bridge will have schools of kokanee throughout.  Anglers have reported catching most of their fish in the early to mid-morning. Once you locate a school of fish it is a good idea to stay in the area to catch your limit.  The average size is a chunky 11-13" with a few fish measuring 14-16".  A variety of colors are producing limits.  Darker colors do work best in deeper water.  Try using baits that have a large profile such as Rocky Mountain Super Squids, or Apex.  Larger blades will disperse more water which will help attract fish when there is little visibility. It is also a good idea to modify your dodgers by adding a little bend to them.  This modification will give the blade and bait more side-to-side swing. Add a Scent Chamber/chain swivel to ensure your setup will have plenty of scent.  Garlic, bloody tuna, anise, and kokanee special will work.  Don't forget to tip your presentations with dyed and scented shoepeg corn.


Bass: Fair.  It's Official the New World Record spotted bass 10.48-pounds caught by Keith Bryan on February 22, 2014. The bass are in a summer pattern where they will move shallow at night and in the morning for a short period of time to feed.  Then they will head back to cool water for the hot hours of the day.  There is a short window off opportunity to catch some topwater fish, and this style of fishing will produce some of the larger fish.  Once the sun comes up it is best to switch to slower moving sub-surface baits.  Try dragging a Carolina Rig near deep water or, shaking a Texas Rig near some wood.  The shad have been schooled up and in deep water.  If you can locate the shad there should be some bass nearby.  Try using a jigging spoon to target fish that are feeding on deep water baitfish.  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: Good.  Most anglers that are targeting the cats are catching multiple fish on each outing.  Some big cats are showing up in shallow water. Melones catfish tend to be fish-eaters rather than bottom foragers, so use live minnows, frozen shad, mackerel, or anchovies for best success. In dark water and murky water it is a good idea to add extra scent to your bait.  Catfish hunt by sound/vibration and smell.  Try using a couple rods to offer the fish a variety of baits.  Also, large baits and large portions of bait will tempt the monster catfish.


 
Glory Hole Sports Big Fish of the Week goes to Harold Monks of Stockton.  He landed a 10-pound catfish on an Uncle Larry's Spinner while trolling near Rose Island.





Glory Hole Sports Employee Fishing Day on New Melones


On Wednesday July 23, Take it to the Limit Guide Service Guide Gary Burns and Xperience Fishing Guide Service Guide John Liechty took the crew out for a day of kokanee and bass fishing.



John met Ken and Diane at the boat launch, first thing in the morning in hopes for some topwater action.  Only one chunky spotted bass crashed the surface for a Whopper Plopper.  Throughout the morning they picked up a few fish here and there on soft plastics and spinnerbaits.



Gary met Carol and Josh at 8:00am at the Glory Hole Point boat launch.  They started of fishing the main lake over deep water in 80-95".  It didn't take long for them to start picking up some fat 12-14" koks.  They used Uncle Larry's Spinners, Angler's Market Kokanee Bites, and Glitter Bug's Hoochies trolled behind Rocky Mountain Sling Blades to catch their fish.  Gary has a trick he has been using to catch finicky fish.  When you are over the school of fish, try stopping your boat for 30-seconds and letting your blade and lure fall through the school. They will hit as it falls or when it starts to climb as you start trolling again. By 11:00am they had two limits in the boat.



At noon Carol and Josh joined John for some midday bassin'.  Knowing the bite would be tough during the midday heat they focus on deep water structure.  They only managed to get a few good bites, but one was a beautiful largemouth that Carol hooked on a Carolina Rig.  It goes to show "the best time to go fishing is, anytime you can".



The Glory Hole Sports crew enjoyed having a day off, spending time on the water, and getting a chance to fish with Gary and John.




Kokanee Power Tournament Results



Kokanee Power held a two day tournament on New Melones this past Saturday 19th and Sunday the 20th. They reported having a grand time even with the water being lower than normal and ramps being fewer.  Some anglers struggled to catch fish and others caught limits.  The fish are in great shape, though not huge.  There were numerous 14" plus fish brought to the scales, with the larger fish weighing 12-14 ounces.  Most fish were caught in 60-90' of water.


The main body was heavily targeted,  the spillway, Rose Island, the dam and the main channel all produced fish.  Another hot spot was the lower river arm, from just above Glory Hole Point up to just above Carson Creek.  Some of the largest fish of the weekend were quietly caught in this area.


The three hottest lures that anglers used were Radical glow tubes, Apex and mini hoochies from Glitter Bugs, Mag Tackle, Ric Trick and GVF lures.  Dodgers from Shasta Tackle, Vance's Tackle, Mag Tackle, Glitter Bugs, GVF and Kokanee Kid were all used successfully.


Scents ranged from Pro-Cure's bloody tuna to garlic to kokanee special to herring to anise to....you name it, it was used.  Some of the larger fish are starting to hold on/in structure already!  Others are still suspended over deep water.


The lake is low, but there's lots of water!












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Posted on: 2014-08-04 05:30:30   By: Anonymous
 
That is as very respectable Catfish off a spinner while trolling! Gratz!!

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