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Water level at Melones dropping

Len Ackerman

For The Union Democrat 

At New Melones, the water level is still dropping and the surface temperatures are between 76 and 81 degrees. This keeps the trout down deeper in cooler water but there are signs that the trolling is picking up as persistent anglers are finding rainbows with ExCel lures, Needlefish, and Speedy Shiners. 

Night anglers are still doing well with submersible lights. Big Fish winner (trout division) last week was Bob Trambley of Twain Harte with a 2-pound, 5-ounce rainbow caught while night fishing. 

Big catfish winner was Matt Repko of Angel’s Camp with a 7-pound, 6-ounce cat caught near Tuttletown with an anchovy bait.

At Lake Don Pedro, local anglers Leo and Jane Koskela had a good day with Jane taking big fish honors with a 20 inch king salmon and an 18 inch rainbow, both caught rolling shad at 40 feet.  Strange how the wives usually out-fish the husbands.  Bob Post of Sugar Pine was also on Don Pedro that day and had a good day, boating five keeper rainbows and releasing a few.

On Tuesday, this writer made a run to Vieira’s Resort on the lower Sacramento River, along with a neighbor and was pleasantly surprised  to hook and boat two king salmon, the largest at 12 pounds.  The water temperature there is 70 degrees, and this usually causes migrating salmon to move quickly upriver, seeking cooler water.  It’s a matter of being there at the right time. Both fish hit a K-14 Kwikfish lure.  

In the Ebbett’s Pass area, the water levels in some lakes are dropping and launching may be a problem at Lake Alpine and Spicer. The North Fork Stanislaus and Beaver Creek are low, but in fly fishing conditions. 

For more information, send an email to  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .   

According to word from the Department of Fish and Wildlife, the general deer season in zone D-6 will open Sept. 21, but hunters should check with the Forest Service regarding road closures. 

For more information, contact the Summit Ranger station at 965-3434 and Mi-Wuk station at 586-3234.   

There will be a 5-stand shoot tomorrow at the Mother Lode Gun Club with signups at 9 a.m., and shooting at 10. Regular trap will also be available. 

On Sunday the “Money Shoot” as I detailed last week will take place at Angel’s Gun Club. The event is open to trap shooters of all ages. 

For more information, contact Danny Layne at 586-2383

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