Water Conditions: New Melones Lake is currently holding 2,323,472 acre-feet of water. The lake level dropped one foot this week and is currently at 1080 ft. above sea level and only 8 ft. from full. Water temperature is 79-82 degrees. Water is green-stained (lots of plankton- a good thing!) with strong mud lines near shore. Watch for floating debris and unmarked island tops.
Bass: Fair action. Water is very stained so noisy baits are your best bet, and adding a little chartreuse to your plastics is a good idea, too. Use a chartreuse dye pen to color the tail. Throw top-water lures in the morning and evening hours such as Pop-R’s Pencil Poppers, Zara Spooks and buzzbaits. Rattletraps, Spinnerbaits, jigs with rattles and Senkos will work better in the heat of the day. Fish the backs coves. Most fish are being caught in fairly shallow water. Remember to practice catch and release.