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Posted by: Lea_Marie_C_Paar on 08/06/2014 12:54 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 08/06/2014 07:01 PM
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Summertime Froggin' - The Fishing Report from New Melones is Here

Angels Camp, Ca...New Melones Lake is currently holding 617,717 acre-feet of water. The lake level dropped four feet this week and is currently at 881 ft. above sea level and 204 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!



Summertime Froggin'


During the summer months the water temperature rises throughout the day.  This will make the fish become sluggish and will force them to heavily covered and sheltered places in the water.


 

Snag Proof frogs have been catching lunkers for years.


Fish will seek shaded areas where they can lay and feed when the opportunity comes along.  To fish these areas successfully you must have a lure that is completely weedless.


Casting past your target and slowly crawling your bait over it will produce some huge explosion.  Remember the fish don't want to exert too much energy so they will not travel a long distance to feed.  But, if they are lying beneath the cover a helpless meal comes right over the top of them, their instincts will tell them to take a swing at it.



Koppers makes an extremely realistic looking frog.


By far the most weedless topwater bait is a hollow-bodied frog.  Frogs comes in a variety of colors.  Usually when fishing thick cover the fish won't get a good look at the bait so color may not be that important.



Lunkerhunt frogs have rubber legs that make the frog look like it is swimming.


Black creates a solid silhouette, white can be mistaken for small fish and you can't go wrong with natural looking colors.


With a little practice you can twitch the rod a make the bait walk the dog.  This side-to-side action seems to trigger fish into striking.



The Lunkerhunt Pocket Frog is a great frog to throw on spinning gear.


Frogs work well on any body of water, but they excel when fishing in thick vegetation.  The Delta is a great place to try your luck in frog fishing or fish them on small farm ponds.


Braided line works best because it will cut through the vegetation and is very strong for its diameter.  Be patient and make multiple casts at your target.  Don't set the hook until you feel the weight of the fish on the end of the line.


Practices catch and release and send photos togloryholesports@yahoo.com


Thanks- from all of us at Glory Hole Sports














































Fishing Report

 


Water Conditions:  New Melones Lake is currently holding

617,717 acre-feet of water.  The lake level dropped four feet this week and is currently at 881 ft. above sea level and 204 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 catching some nice rainbows while fishing under a submersible light.  The spillway and the dam are good areas to target trout.  Also try anchoring near the mouths of major creek channels.  These intersections between the main lake and creeks are good places to find bait and trout feeding on shad.  Try dropping nightcrawlers, Power Bait or live minnows below the light.  If there is no sign of bait within a couple hours, pull anchor and relocate.  You might have to try fishing a few areas to find a school of feeding fish. Trolling anglers have been catching a few fish trolling from 40-60' over deep water.  Shad patterned spoons work well.  Try trolling Speedy Shiners from 2-3 mph.  Another setup that works well is a flasher/crawler combo.  Thread a crawler onto a straight shank hook and troll it behind a string of flashers.


 
Glory Hole Sports Big Fish of the Week goes to Dave Hylton and Brian Basacker.  They hauled in another two limits while night fishing under a submersible light.  

 

Bank anglers are catching very few fish.  It would be best to try your luck at other local lakes that are at a higher elevation.  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: Good. The fish have been a little harder to find, but most anglers are still catching limits. The fish have moved to deeper water.  Try trolling in 70-100' of water to find the schools of kokanee.  The fish are schooling on the main lake near the dam, the spillway and Rose Island.  With there being less light and visibility in deep water try using baits that disperse a large amount of water.  An Apex is a prime example of a lure that moves water. The size of the lure and the side-to-side action will help the fish locate it. Darker colors work best in deeper water and pink is always a good choice. Gold, copper and painted blades have been working well.  Try adding a slight bend to your blade to give it more action.  Don't forget to add scent to your presentation and tip your hooks 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.  First thing in the morning try using reaction type baits.  Flukes, spinnerbaits and square billed crankbaits have been working. Once the sun comes up try switching to slower moving baits.  Try dragging a Carolina Rig near deep water or, shaking a Texas Rig near some wood.  The shad have been schooled up and are 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 Joey Ray and John Turknett of Angels Camp.  They landed two catfish while fishing with crawlers near Glory Hole Point.  Their biggest weighed 6-pounds, 8-ounces.


Crappie: Slow.  We have had a handful of reports of anglers catching some chunky 2-pound slabs while fishing at night under a submersible light.  Try using live minnows and crappie jigs.  Anchor in the backs of coves where there is a large amount of exposed wood.

 






Diana Wilson, wife of sportswriter Ron Wilson and director for Nor-Cal Bass tournaments for years, passed away last night.  She was a big supporter of fishing, and a great, funny woman who everyone loved.  She will be missed.




Melanie
Glory Hole Sports
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Posted on: 2014-08-06 15:04:57   By: Anonymous
 
I liked seeing the acrobat midgets that were fishing last week. Please post their picture again, for all to see.

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