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michaelnel
10-31-2016, 04:14 PM
Fished solo on my boat for the first time today on New Melones. Gorgeous morning (got kinda snotty in the afternoon). Surprisingly, I caught a small Kokanee salmon trolling 110 feet deep, along with 4 spotted bass and in the early afternoon finally caught a 3lb 9oz Rainbow trout, again trolling at 110 feet.

https://photos.smugmug.com/Fishing/New-Melones-Reservoir/i-8cJTNR8/0/X2/20161031_104836-X2.jpg

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crabfishing
10-31-2016, 04:43 PM
Nice work on the solo mission. A kokanee, bass and a big fat trout (potluck fishing)

BigUnInDaBoat
10-31-2016, 08:55 PM
Good job Michael! Thats a nice 'lones trout for sure. Did you keep the koke?

michaelnel
11-01-2016, 02:21 AM
Good job Michael! Thats a nice 'lones trout for sure. Did you keep the koke?

No.

The Koke was only about 10" long, so I released him.

Steve079
11-01-2016, 06:49 AM
Didn't see near as much bait or marks as in past month or so. They must have moved somewhere....

michaelnel
11-01-2016, 10:39 AM
Didn't see near as much bait or marks as in past month or so. They must have moved somewhere....

The only place I saw a lot of bait (and big fish marks at 100-120 feet) was off of Rose Island in a steep sided canyon. That's also where I hooked my nice Rainbow.

lovefishing
11-01-2016, 11:28 AM
Nice solo trip

michaelnel
11-03-2016, 08:34 AM
Looking to me like the deep trolling action at New Melones has tapered off and maybe stopped. Last two times out there trolling the usual deep spots with the usual techniques yielded only one trout. Not marking much bait, and not many large fish marks like we were seeing. It appeared some of the other regulars out there were having the same lack of results.

I am thinking that the 4+ inches of rain we got in late October have caused the trout to leave those deep haunts and has them sniffing the runoff, both from small streams and in the main Stanislaus channel itself.

Problem is, according to the Fish Hawk probe the 55 degree water is still at 100 feet, and trying to troll that deep in the river channel upriver of the Glory Hole Marina and Highway 49 bridge areas is really an exercise in frustration... that area is full of land mines for deep trollers in the form of lots and lots of submerged tall trees. We took a look up in that area yesterday and it just looks like you'd lose lots of gear trying it, so we didn't.

The lake ought to turn over in the next couple weeks, and so maybe I will take the intervening time off, or go back and try Don Pedro again where they actually have enough water to be able to troll deep in the coves and creek / river arms.

BigUnInDaBoat
11-03-2016, 02:08 PM
FWIW I've caught trout in 2 feet of water in late spring/early summer at melones, they will go to the food even if the water is not a perfect 55*

fishwrong2
11-03-2016, 03:51 PM
I'd take that trout over a dozen 12" fresh out of the truck fish any day.

Part of the fun in fishing is finding them when they aren't where you left them.

I guarantee you had a nicer day there than I did in the office.

Thanks for the report.

michaelnel
11-03-2016, 05:00 PM
FWIW I've caught trout in 2 feet of water in late spring/early summer at melones, they will go to the food even if the water is not a perfect 55*

Yes, I actually do know that. I too have caught trout in skinny water not of optimum temp... not on Melones, but fly fishing on various other lakes. This is not late spring/early summer though.

We were not finding the food (shad schools) we were finding earlier, even 3 weeks ago. They've disappeared from the "normal" spots the deep trollers tend to frequent like the spillway, the dam, Rose Island, the river channel in the main lake.

Perhaps you can get out on Melones and show us how it's done. I have plenty to learn, and am eager to do so.

Steve079
11-03-2016, 05:12 PM
Maybe I will take the intervening time off, or go back and try Don Pedro again where they actually have enough water to be able to troll deep in the coves and creek / river arms.

I used to fish Pedro quite a bit, my favorite thing about this lake is picking up the occasional King.

http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z100/skhardwoods/Pedro%20Kings/IMG_3350.jpg

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BigUnInDaBoat
11-03-2016, 05:32 PM
Yes, I actually do know that. I too have caught trout in skinny water not of optimum temp... not on Melones, but fly fishing on various other lakes. This is not late spring/early summer though.

We were not finding the food (shad schools) we were finding earlier, even 3 weeks ago. They've disappeared from the "normal" spots the deep trollers tend to frequent like the spillway, the dam, Rose Island, the river channel in the main lake.

Perhaps you can get out on Melones and show us how it's done. I have plenty to learn, and am eager to do so.

In my experience this is the time of year the troll bite dies there and we start doing a lot of bank fishing. However with the extreme low water level I am not sure the lake is on track to "turn over" which is usually around thanksgiving.

This time of year I am all about trying to get out for those river salmon, going tomorrow, we'll see how the river treats me.