9-15-14 Fishing Report
Water Conditions: New Melones Lake is currently holding
531,625 acre-feet of water. The lake level dropped less than two feet this week and is currently at 864 ft. above sea level and 214 ft. from full. The water is stained in most of the lake. There are mud lines forming near the shore throughout the day, especially on windy days. 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: Slow. There are very few anglers on the lake and very little boating traffic in general. Late summer/early fall is a great time to troll deep water and catch some hefty trout. Trolling anglers try using shad patterned spoons trolled in 60-90' of water. Excel, Needlefish and Speedy Shiners are good choices. Another trick that will trigger strikes is a tandem spoon rig. This is when you troll two spoons at a time separated by an 18-24" leader. The two baits will resemble a couple bait fish that have strayed from the school making them an easy target.
Glory Hole Sports Big Fish of the Week goes to David Hylton of Murphy's. He caught a 2-pound rainbow while fishing at night.