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Bass hard to find with New Melones near full capacity


Courtesy photo Jordan Ackerman holds a 4-pound rainbow he caught recently in the Mokelumne River.

Bass are scattered throughout New Melones Reservoir as the water continues to rise and the fish find new areas to feed.

It causes anglers to take more time to locate them. The surface temperature is up to 85 degrees and this will prompt fish to feed early mornings or late evenings, as well as at night.

Guide John Liechty has been successful in finding good bass fishing and can be reached at (209) 743-9932.

Rainbow trout are still turning up for anglers putting in the time.

Trolling from 50 to 60 feet deep in the main lake area, near the dam, spillway or Rose Island is still turning up some big rainbows.

Recently, local anglers, “Coach” Cas Munoz and Wayne Degennaro tried Melones and came up with two nice rainbows in the 20-inch class. They were trolling Apex lures at 50 feet.

The trout bite at Lake Don Pedro has been good for experienced anglers trolling spoon type lures or rolling shad at 40 to 50 feet.

Some trout 3 to 5 pounds have turned up. Speed boat traffic is heavy here, so it pays to get out very early.

At Lake Amador, no trout plants have been made since June but holdovers remain, and they are hovering at 15 to 20 feet in early morning and going deep thereafter.

Camanche Reservoir has also discontinued trout plants but holdovers are still active in deep water near the dam.

At Pardee Reservoir, trout plants will continue monthly until the end of summer. Some kokanee are still turning up in the south end of the lake.

At New Hogan Reservoir, most anglers target striped bass, which in early mornings will boil on the surface, chasing shad minnows.

Anglers will slowly move into such areas and cast various shad pattern lures. Trollers are also having success with frozen shad or anchovies near the dam and boat launch area. The daily limit on these landlocked stripers is 10.

Back in Tuolumne County, the Middle and South Forks Stanislaus have finally seen a slow down in runoff and this should improve fishing from Kennedy Meadows down to Strawberry.

Fly anglers will be getting into the act soon. A few of the large trophy-sized rainbows have been released in these areas.

At Pinecrest Lake, there are more happy campers who are finding bigger trout on tap. Bait anglers are anchoring near the inlet, using Power Baits or salmon eggs and trollers find success with flasher/worm combos and various lures such as Kastmasters, Needlefish, or Rapalas.

This year’s planting of larger trout has prompted more anglers to get out and hope to hook one of the big ones. More large trout are expected to be planted this week.This could also pick up the sale of fishing licenses which have been in decline over the years.

The following waters will be planted this week by the Moccasin Creek Hatchery: Union Reservoir; Middle, Clark’s, and South forks Stanislaus River; Middle, North, and South forks Tuolumne River; Lyons Canal; Power House Stream; Moccasin Creek; and Pinecrest Lake.