Water Conditions: New Melones Lake is currently holding 1,961,734 acre-feet of water. The lake is rising fast. The water level rose 5 feet this week, and is now 1049 ft. above sea level and only 39 ft. from full capacity. Water really warmed up last week, and water temperature today was 59-63 degrees. Water is fairly clear, with some staining in areas. With the rising water, there is lots of grass and vegetation underwater. Watch for floating debris, unmarked island tops, and rattlesnakes that have been flooded from their holes- we have had reports of waterlogged snakes climbing into boats. The highest ramps are now in use, and the lower parking lot at Glory Hole is underwater.Bass: This weekend, there were largemouth on beds. Look for action near spawning areas (flats) 15-20 feet deep. California Bass Championships held a two-day bass championship tournament on Melones last Friday and Saturday. Teams from all over California came to compete. Many anglers found the bite tough on Friday, and improved on Saturday, with the weather became slightly overcast. The hot baits were small rainbow trout swimbaits such as S-Wavers and Toad Thrashers, as well as jigs, Senkos and 6″ worms. This weekend, there were largemouth on beds. Remember to practice catch and release, especially now, when bass are spawning. The Department of Fish and Game does not plant bass, so it is up to us to maintain our bass fishery.
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