New Melones Anglers Report
New Melones Reservoir - Angels Camp, CA
by Fish Reports Staff
With all the rain we have been hit with the water levels continue to rise quickly on New Melones, the current lake level is 1054.80 and 33.20 ft. from full. Current water temperature is approx.
55 degrees. The Tuttletown upper ramp is operational as well as the Glory Hole Point side of the lake which has the high ramp working. Angels Cove ramp is also in use. This weekend on New Melones, Friday March 8th, and Sat. March 9th, is the Future Pro Anglers Press Championship series.
With the water rising quickly also comes the floating bank debri, SO BE AWARE.
We like to promote catch and release on New Melones. If you do so, provide us a picture and bring it in for a copy or email it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can put it on the board or in the newsletter.
Anglers FYI: For anyone with a potential lake record please call us at the store and hopefully we can send someone to weigh, photograph and measure the catch at the lake. GHS is the unofficial recorder of lake records for New Melones, and we understand there is sometimes conflicting interest in the welfare of the catch, whether or not to release the potential record, sacrificing your place as a record holder for the lake.
We do promote catch and release. For potential lake records, record the statistics of the fish... length, girth, weight and photographed at the lake before releasing her. If indeed we can verify the information that is provided, such as a witness, comparing the scale used with ours, a photograph with the fish hanging from the scale and can see the scale weight, etc...then we can accept this as proof. If your catch has expired than indeed bring it in to GHS so we can record it here, and you can have it mounted!
Anglers report Angels Cove is still giving up some nice rainbows from shore near the inlet and across from the ramp in the cove. Ryan Hollister and his father were in Angels Cove landing two nice Rainbow Trout, but did not report weight or what they were using.
Despite cold rainy weather, bass anglers have been putting time on the lake the last couple weeks gearing up for their specific tournaments. Seems like the bass cannot fill up on finesse presentations with guys landing 20-30 a day. I can say that there's been lots of anglers loading up on the swim baits/glide baits and for the most part if your looking for the kicker in your bag, then this is what is most successful in attaining that 10-12-lb. bass.
Bill Heinle and Tyler Mayo were out night fishing in Angels Cove where they landed these catfish. Their largest 2 cats weighed in at 12.6 lbs. and 10.9 lbs. using cut baits.
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