The waters of New Melones Lake are home to both bigmouth and smallmouth bass as well as brown and rainbow trout and kokanee salmon. Other fish found in the lake include crappie, catfish, and bluegill. People fishing from the shore have been known to land rainbows and browns up to seven pounds. With the lake open to boaters al night, many fishermen spend warm summer nights pulling their limit from the lake with Nightcrawlers or minnows.
As with many lakes, the creek channels and inlets make excellent fishing spots. The catfish are always hanging out there as are trout. From the bank anglers report good luck under the Highway 49 bridge and off the point at Glory Hole. Look for the brown trout hanging around steep drop offs, up at the heads of the arms, or near submerged logs.
Good catches have been made near the Angels Creek boat launch ramp. Crappies and bluegills are often hooked around Coyote Creek and in Bear Cove. Near the dam and also from Parrotts Ferry Bridge to Horseshoe bend are a popular ranges for trollers.
|*Unofficial records reported from earlier times|
|Brown Trout||13.1||2-11-10||Jim Harlan
|Black Bass||18.11||3-20-10||Kyle Gentry
|Back of a Cut|
|Spotted Bass||7.97||2-6-10||Kyle Rasmussen
|Near Glory Hole Ramp|
Bass Fishing: Plastic Worms (brown, chartreuse, green, shad pattern), Zara Spooks, Rico, Spoons of various sizes, Spinnerbaits, Crank Baits. frogs, Senkos
Trout and Salmon: Power Bait, Rapalas, Nightcrawlers, Sparklefish, Minnow imitation lures, Hummdingers
Crappie: Small Minnows
Catfish: Nightcrawlers, Mackerel, Mini-jigs, Chicken Livers, Crayfish, Minnows
Joefish Guide Service
Website: Joefish Guide Service
Joe has fished for over 30 years and the last ten as a professional guide. New Melones Lake is one of his specialties. He fishes from his fully equipped 22' Seahawk.
Sierra Guide Service
Website: Sierra Guide Service
Ed Burlarley studies the lakes in his area and knows where the fish are hiding and which lures to use. With 29 years of experience he knows the area lakes, including New Melones. He fishes from a fully outfitted 21-foot Jetcraft boat.
Website: Sierra Sportfishing
Bruce Hamby has 40 years of fishing experience. Fish from his fully-equipped 22-foot custom built Jet Boat.
Fish'n Dan's Guide Service
Website: Fish'n Dan's Guide Service
Veteran guide Danny Layne counts New Melones Reservoir as one of his favorite fishing grounds. A specialist in trolling for trout and Kokanee, Dan fishes from his 2004 Design Concepts 22' Pacific Angler.
Glory Hole Sports
Highway 49 at the entrance to Glory Hole Recreation Area, a couple of miles south of Angels Camp
Website: Glory Hole Sports
Complete line of fishing tackle for New Melones Lake. This is the place to stop for gear and up-to-date information.
High Sierra Rod Co.
1163 S. Main St., Angels Camp, CA
Big 5 Sporting Goods
1051 Sanguinetti Road, Sonora CA
Website: Big 5 Sporting Goods
18711 Tiffeni Dr., Twain Harte, CA
Ebbetts Pass Sporting Goods
925 Highway 4, Arnold, CA
Website: Ebbetts Pass Sporting Goods
Bait and tackle
Bass Pro Shops
1356 Bass Pro Drive, Manteca, CA
2201 E. Yosemite Ave., Manteca, CA
(800) 237-3511 or (209) 239-2248
Website: Fishermans Warehouse
Oakdale Bait and Tackle
1181 E. F St. Oakdale, CA
Escalon Bait and Tackle
2043 Jackson Ave., Suite 1, Escalon, CA
Complete line of fishing tackle and bait