Lake New Melones Fishing Report
Consistent bite for smaller fish. Vertical-jigging spoons has been working well. Try ½ and ¾ oz. Hopkins and P-line spoons toward the backs of coves. Tie on a drop shot rig with 4-6 inch shad pattern worms to target suspended bass over humps and in creek channels. Yo-yo-retrieve a lipless crankbait such as a Rattletrap or a Lucky Craft LV500- cast into deep water, let your bait sink, and use an uphill retrieve. When we get a little weather or if the wind kicks up, throw a swimbait- with the Department of Fish and Game is planting rainbow weekly now, so bass will be looking for a fat trout to eat. Be sure to use scents on your baits, especially in colder water. Try shad or crawfish Bio Edge scents- they are all natural- made from the real thing, and are very effective. Remember to practice catch and release. The Department of Fish and Game does not plant bass, so it is up to us to maintain our bass fishery. If you do decide to keep bass, please keep smaller spotted bass and turn the big largemouth loose.
Report provided by Glory Hole Sports