Water Conditions: New Melones Lake is currently holding 1,1,634,956 acre-feet of water. The water level rose another two feet this week and is now 1017 ft. above sea level and 71 ft. from full capacity. The lake has risen 35 feet since December 1st. Water temperature is about 52-54 degrees at the surface- warmer in the south side of the lake. Water is really clearing up- gin clear in the main lake with about 15-foot visibility. There is some staining in the creek arms. With the rising water, there is about 20 feet of grass line underwater- this will be very beneficial for the spring spawn.
It’s Picking up a bit for spotted bass. Bite is soft, so pay attention, or you will miss the fish. Target points upriver, or submerged islands and points in the main lake, 20-60 feet deep. Drop-shotting small crawdad colored worms as the most productive. Spotted bass will become more active, and move towards shallow water and get ready to spawn when the water warms up a couple more degrees- this will really improve the bass bite.
Report provided by Glory Hole Sports