The Fish Sniffer - Mother Lode Roundup- New Melones
Mother Lode Roundup- New Melones

Written By: Dan Bacher, Garry Erck, January 27, 2014
Species: Bass Trout
Location: New Melones Reservoir,

Trout fishing at New Melones remained “very good” during another week of outstanding weather, reported Melanie Lewis of Glory Hole Sports.

“The fish have moved from the main lake into the coves and creek channels, and they are found in relatively shallow water,” she tipped. “Bank anglers are scoring off of Glory Hole Point and near the Tuttletown Launch Ramp with floating Power Bait, Gulp Power Eggs, or Power Bait in rainbow, chartreuse, salmon egg, or pink.”

Lewis recommended using garlic scents or adding garlic-scented oil to the Power Bait to entice more strikes. Fan-casting Kastmasters or Krocodiles from the banks has been effective as has been a fly under a bubble.

Trollers are fishing from the surface to 30 feet with firetiger, chartreuse, or fluorescent orange ExCels, Needlefish, or Speedy Shiners. Lewis recommend using sideplaners to get near the shoreline and letting out between 150 to 200 feet behind the boat.

Big fish honors go to Marty Morfey of Lodi, who landed 4.4-pound rainbow trout while trolling a Rebel near the dam.

Lewis gave bass fishing only a “fair” rating, but noted that but the quality of spotted bass has been excellent with the fish fat and healthy. She reported several spots in the 2 to 4-pound range.

“The fish are schooling in deep water from 40 to 70 feet in the morning before moving up in the afternoons,” she disclosed. “A slow presentation on light line continues to be necessary, and vertically jigging spoons, drop shotting shad-patterned plastics on light fluorocarbon line, or ¾-ounce football head jigs with a crawdad-colored twin tailed grub, Brush Hog, or Sweet Beaver trailer are the top techniques.

Catfish and crappie action remains tough. New Melones rose 6 inches to 949.34 feet in elevation and 43% of capacity. Tulloch Reservoir dropped 1.5 feet to 499.43 feet in elevation and 82% of capacity.


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