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Mother Lode Roundup

Written By: Dan Bacher, May 26, 2014
Species: Bass Trout Kokanee
Location: New Melones Reservoir,

The kokanee bite continues to get better each week at New Melones. “The weather is gradually getting warmer, which usually makes the fishing really good,” reported Melanie Lewis of Glory Hole Sports.

“The main lake has been holding schools of kokanee,” said Lewis. “Rose Island, the dam and the spillway have all been producing limits. There are also fish being caught near the 49-bridge and Coyote Creek. Most of the fish are staring to look rather healthy measuring from 10-13”. They have been biting an assortment of lures including Uncle Larry’s Spinners, Glitter Bug’s Micro Hoochies and Simon Wobblers.”

Pink, orange and watermelon are all good color choices. Don’t forget to tip your presentations with scented corn, Berkley Nibbles, or Berkley Maggots.  

“Trout fishing is fair,” she said. “ A few trout are being caught by anglers who are targeting kokanee.  The fish are at many different depths and scattered about.”

Big trout honors go to Dick Stockton of Valley Springs, who caught a 4-pound, 2-ounce rainbow on a pink micro hoochie.    

Black bass are still biting and can be caught at many different depths. “Try fishing shallow in the mornings and evenings and moving out into deeper water throughout the day,” she advised. “A variety of soft plastics are working well such as Senkos, Brush Hogs, and lizards. Try fishing them on a Carolina Rig in deeper water.”

Catfish action is “very good,” said Lewis. The big cats are up in shallow water and feeding heavily.   

Big fish honors go to Floyd Crow of Tuolumne, who landed a nice 9-pound catfish while still fishing from a boat near Glory Hole Point.   

New Melones Lake is currently holding 860,083 acre-feet of water. The lake level dropped five feet this week and is currently at 922 ft. above sea level and 163 ft. from full.  

The average water temperature is 68-72 degrees and rising daily. The boat launch ramps on the Glory Hole side have been moved back out to the end of the point, which makes for a short walk.



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