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Melones rising as hefty snowpack starts to melt


The water level continues to rise at New Melones Reservoir as the hefty snowpack begins to melt.

Trout are being found in early mornings by anglers trolling lures near the surface, and then a little deeper as the sun rises.

Shore anglers are picking up a few rainbows with power baits near the Highway 49 bridge and Glory Hole Point.

Bass fishing is always there for those anglers. The bass seem to move toward the coves during warm days and then out to deeper water on colder days. There is an abundance of grass and vegetation near the shorelines.

The crappie bite has been good and those searching tree-lined areas are finding some with live minnows and crappie jigs.

It’s a bit early for kokanee, but they should be showing soon.

For more information on Melones, call Glory Hole Sports at (209) 736-4333.

In other foothill waters, New Hogan is beginning to give up some striped bass for trollers using shad minnows, according to guide Monte Smith.

At Lake Don Pedro, the king salmon and trout bite is showing signs of improving. The trout are at about 20 to 25 feet deep and the salmon deeper.

For more information, go to donpedrolake.com.

The water is starting to clear at Lake Amador with the cleanest area in the Jackson Creek arm. Some trophy-sized rainbows have been planted.

For more information, call (209) 274-4139.

The water level at Lake Camanche dropped to 72 percent and the area around the dam still has been best for trollers. For more information, call (209) 763-5166.

At Lake Pardee, trolling with spinners or plugs has been good up the river arm. Some anglers have picked up a few early kokanee. For more information call (209) 772-1472.

Information from the Summit Ranger Station indicates that the Beardsley Road may be open by this weekend.

However, a call should be made to the ranger station, (209) 965-3434, by Friday for confirmation, as they are not open on weekends yet. More snow is predicted above 5,000 feet.