7-28-14 Fishing Report
Water Conditions: New Melones Lake is currently holding
636,575 acre-feet of water. The lake level dropped three feet this week and is currently at 885 ft. above sea level and 200 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 doing well. They are catching limits of fat healthy trout under a submersible light. Try anchoring the boat in 25-50' of water, and dropping the light 15-25' feet down. Be patient, it may take awhile for the light to attract plankton, baitfish, and trout. To catch them, try using live minnows, mini jigs, Power Bait, and crawlers. Trolling anglers are starting to catch a few more on each outing. The trout feed on 2-4" shad. Try using baits that match the size, profile and color of the baitfish. Rapala Shad Raps, Scatter Raps, Rattle traps, and Jointed Shad Raps are a very close match to the natural forage. Another way to get a few more bites is to add scent to your lures. Pro Cure gel in shad scent, or threadfin shad scent will do the trick. Don't forget to bring some crawlers. A single crawler threaded on the hook fished behind a single gold or silver blade is a great way to pick up a few fish.
Glory Hole Sports Big Fish of the Week goes to Brian Basacker of Sonora. He caught a nice limit while night fishing at the spillway. His largest fish weighed 1-pound, 13-ounces.