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Posted by: Kim_Hamilton on 12/09/2014 11:58 AM Updated by: Kim_Hamilton on 12/09/2014 12:01 PM
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New Melones Fishing Report for December 8th~By Glory Hole Sports

Water Conditions: New Melones Lake is currently holding 521,302 acre-feet of water. The lake level came up almost two feet this last week. It is currently at 862 ft. above sea level and 214 ft. from full. The water clarity is clear in most of the lake with a few areas being a little stained. The water temperature continues to cool with the average being 57-61 degrees. Tuttletown launch is closed. Glory Hole Point boat launch is the road leading off the end of the point. It is a dirt launch without courtesy docks and 4wd is recommended....

Trout: Good. The trout have moved into shallow water and are cruising the shoreline and feeding near the surface. The great winter trout bite is right around the corner.

Bank anglers are starting to have a bit of success. One nice thing that has happened is the water is starting to rise every day. This makes the access to the water not as muddy as it has been. There are a lot of trees and bushes in the water. The key is to find small stretches of shoreline in between the trees that have more dirt and rock. The most productive setup has been floating an egg or ball of Power Bait off of the bottom. Try using a light hook and light line to ensure your bait is floating. Another good choice would be a crawler/mallow combo. For those who don't mind covering water, try fan casting a ¼ oz. Kastmaster. Trolling anglers are finding much success in many different areas of the lake. The trout are up and cruising the surface in shallow water and over deep water. Trolling spoons have been producing limits. Try a few different sizes and colors until the fish tell you which lure they are most interested in. Some anglers have also been having success with a single blade followed by a threaded crawler. Be sure to add shad scent to help attract more fish.

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: Done. The fish have entered spawn mode and will soon start dying off. We have heard very few reports of them in shallow water.

Bass: Good. The bass bite continues to be productive and most anglers are catching a bunch of 1 to 2-pound bass on each outing. A few anglers have found some big fish here and there but, not many. The best way to target these schooling fish is with a drop-shot rig. Find areas with bait and there will be plenty of fish gorging on them. Smaller baits have been working best. Try nose hooking a 4" shad patterned worm and fishing it just off of the bottom. It helps to have good electronics to locate the depth the fish are holding. But for those who don't, try letting your presentation hit the bottom and then pick it up and shake and reel in 5' increments. For bigger bites try using bigger bulkier baits. ½ to ¾ oz football jigs are a good choice for dragging the bottom. Also with the fish being keyed in on shad a small shad patterned swimbait fished at various depths would be a good choice. 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. Our Fall Catfish Contest is complete. We had a full field of 50 entries signed up. 1st Place of $250 goes to Elmo Baur who weighed in a 17.25-pound cat. 2nd Place of $150 goes to Steve Humphrey who landed a 16.55-pound cat and 3rd Place of $100 goes to Lynn Humphrey who brought a 13.33-pound cat to the scales. Congratulations to all the winners and thanks to all who participated. We look forward to doing it again next year. We have had some recent rain and hope for more in the forecast. Each year the bigger cats will move up during the rain and feed in areas that have fresh water coming into them. The fresh water will wash nutrients and insects into the lake. This will attract crawdads and small fish. The big cats will move up and feed on these smaller creatures. Try using frozen fish baits fished in shallow water. Shad, anchovy and sardine are all good choices. A good way to fish for catfish is without any added weight. Use enough bait to make a cast and let it sink to the bottom and lifelessly drift. This weight-less approach has been known to fool some of the biggest cats. Be sure to leave slack in the line so the fish does not feel any tension. Also try using nightcrawlers and chicken liver.

Guide Report from Guide Gary Burns

New Melones Lake this week was great for putting bows in the boat. We went out several times and limited every time both trolling and off the bank. We have been looking for areas that are around 15' deep with a good drop off then trolling from deep water into the 15' areas. Also look toward the back of coves with no trees, if you see shad or fish rolling in these areas you should troll through it or pull up on the bank and throw some bait out.

Trevor Gregg and Gary Gregg spent the day catching a bunch of trout and a couple catfish.

Trolling, there has not been one great lure that has been getting fish, try Needlefish in different colors Cop Car has been working well and Ex-cells. The shad are small so use the smaller spoons. Troll from the surface down to 12' around 2.6 MPH. The first place we always start trolling is the dam area it seems like the bigger bows are there.

See Ya On The Water
Gary Burns
Take it to the Limit Guide Service

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