View Full Version : Heading out to New Melones, any suggestions?

01-19-2012, 09:38 AM
So first thanks to everyone for previous posts and pictures. I just moved to CA in July and had to wait to get a resident fishing license. Now I am ready to go, got the dust off my gear and out of storage. Been out to New Melones once with my kids and got skunked, half in part to the kids, half in part to not knowing area and baits to use. I ended up at Glory Hole Point near the boat ramp, fishing yellow power eggs that floated. I had a hard time getting them to float high enough to get out of the weeds. My bait would float and I had about 3 foot lead so either the weeds are taller than 3 feet or my bait is sinking. Anyone got a suggestion for bait? Color? or location to fish on Melones? Not trying to steal your secret spot, just trying to learn some general things to try on a new location. It always stinks moving because it takes time to learn the area and lakes.


Team Mc Fishing
01-19-2012, 10:36 AM
My next trip up there will probably be Monday. But if you stop in at the Glory Hole Store, ask for John or Gary, they can show you what to use since that's where everyone stops in before or after they fish there. I spend plenty of time trolling there. But bait fishing the bank is popular in a couple of places. If you go in through the side by glory hole, turn right into Angels Cove and fish the areas before the launch ramp. If you go to the other side, you can fish near the tuttletown ramps. If you know how to use a water bobber and wooly bugger, thats one popular way up there. If you want to know anymore about the area just send me a message and I will send you some pics of how to rig some stuff for Melones.

Team Mc Fishing Pro Staff

01-19-2012, 01:08 PM
If I were taking my kids, I would fish at Tuttketown, and fish the point to the left of where you will park. Nice flat area for them to run around, play catch and burn off a little steam in between bites. It's just below the main ramp, and is actually the submerged parking lot for the mid level ramp. I've had great luck with the Red/Yellow PowerBait eggs, on a float rig like you describe, plus, they stay on and you can catch multiple fish with the same eggs. You can wipe a little fresh powerbait on them to "refresh" the scent.

If you read the posts by RideNFish, you will see he has had success with a Purple Wooly bugger behind a water bubble. Look for his posts, he has that set up pictured. Glory Hole sports has the buggers there, 1.99 each. Good Luck!

If you come up from 108, turn off in Jamestown on Rawhide road, left near the gas/minimart. When you hit 49 again, go left and Tuttletown, (Reynolds Ferry) is on your left, before the Stevenot Bridge that crosses New Melones.

If you come up on 4 thru Angels Camp, continue south on 49 past the Glory Hole turnoff. After you cross the 49 bridge, as you top the hill, the turn off in on your right. There is a sign, and a turnoff right after if you miss it.

01-19-2012, 01:56 PM
Steveo79 nailed it, i also have a couple posts you can check out all but my last trip have been at the area Stevo79 recomended. Powerbait/rainbow/garlic works well for me.

Your not in the grass, whats happening is when you reel in your bait drops down and follows the sinker and picks up grass/sludge. I use 12''- 36" leader 4lbs. Max, perferrably flourocarbon (berkley vanish is cheap and works well.

01-19-2012, 09:04 PM
Welcome to the Sniffer! Glad you found us.

I typed a very long expo for you and the system lost it! uuuuggggghhh!!!!!!!!!!!! So now for the short version.

Read these links from beginning to end and you will get a lot of info with even pics of the fishing spots

Copy and paste the links below. Not working in my post.

Fish Glory Hole or Tuttletown. Tuttle is closer to you the green arrow is the current level (http://maps.google.com/maps?q=37.980376,-120.516906&num=1&t=h&vpsrc=0&z=20) (click link) of the water and the general area you want to fish. Take Rawhide road out of Jamestown to shorten route.

01-19-2012, 09:36 PM
What RideNfish was trying to show you

Jan 6 with Pics (http://www.fishsniffer.com/trout-board/94565-melones-jan-6-yes-[pics-fish].html)

Dec 30 with pics (http://www.fishsniffer.com/trout-board/94398-melones-12-30-[pics-trout].html)

01-19-2012, 10:42 PM
Thanks for all the suggestions guys. I look forward to learning this lake over time as it seems there is some good fishing to be had there year round. I greatly appreciate how friendly and helpful everyone has been. There is no substitute for first hand knowledge.

01-20-2012, 04:14 PM
I went out on Jan 19, tried a few set ups, finally got a couple hits on a kastmaster running about 4' behind the water bobber. I did see some action near the top and for that matter a few times I saw the fish completely out of the water. Not sure weather wise if today was the best choice. Just wanted to let you know how it went.
I went to Glory Hole Pit and fished the bottom of the point casting to the west.
Tried - Chartreuses Garlic Marshmellow, Panther Martin spinner, and Power Eggs also.