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Bank anglers faring well at Melones

Trout fishing was fair this week at New Melones Reservoir, with bank anglers bringing in more fish than trollers. Both were catching fish mostly in the one- to three-pound range.

Bank anglers are having best luck in Angels Cove, but Glory Hole Point is a good place to try, too. With all the rain, nightcrawlers and marshmallows are the best bet, but rainbow Power Bait might also work.

Mike Kiernan of Columbia caught a limit of two-pound trout with marshmallows and crawlers in Angels Cove, plus a 3.1-pound catfish that won him Glory Hole Sports Big Fish of the Week Contest.

Jason Morrill also caught a trout limit, plus one cat, while fishing in Angels Cove. He had best luck with crawlers and marshmallows, too, and also reports good luck throwing a blue-silver Kastmaster. Mike Carver caught a limit of trout doing the same thing.

As for trollers, Richard Kowski caught a limit near the dam at 15 feet deep with a chrome spinner and a crawler, and Clint Markham trolled a minnow 30 feet deep near the dam to catch a two-pound German brown.

Bass remain in the creek arms, crappie are 30 to 40 feet deep, and catfish are occasionally biting.


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