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New Melones/Tulloch

Rating - Fair   

Tuesday, Oct 12 2021
The water level held at 35% and the combination of stable water levels and cooling water temperatures are contributing to an improved bass bite. Similar to the other northern California lakes, it is a matter of locating the shad schools, and when the bass are busting on the surface, there is a topwater bite with Whopper Ploppers, Poppers, or Spooks. When the fish are feeding on the bottom, spy baits, or spoons on a suspended presentation along with shad-patterned plastics on the drop-shot are effective. Holdover rainbow trout are taken on open water on shad-patterned spoons on lead core or on the downrigger at depths to 60 feet. Catfishing is good at night with chicken livers, cut baits with scent, or nightcrawlers from the banks. There are numerous unmarked hazards throughout the lake. Boaters have to be extremely cautious.




Tuesday, Oct 12 2021



Weather Report

New Melones/Tulloch Weather

Access Info

New Melones Lake is a reservoir on the Stanislaus River in the central Sierra Nevada foothills, within Calaveras County and Tuolumne County, California. The New Melones Dam and reservoir are a water collection and transfer unit of the Central Valley Project. New Melones Lake provides irrigation water, hydroelectric power, flood control, and wildlife habitat. Recreation uses include fishing, camping, and boating within the Glory Hole Recreation Area and Tuttletown Recreation Area.

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New Melones/Tulloch


Rating - Fair

The water level held at 35% and the combination of stable water levels and cooling water temperatures are contributing to an improved bass bite. Similar to the other northern California lakes, it is a matter of locating the shad schools, and when the bass are busting on the surface, there is a topwater bite with Whopper Ploppers, Poppers, or Spooks. When the fish are feeding on the bottom, spy baits, or spoons on a suspended presentation along with shad-patterned plastics on the drop-shot are effective. Holdover rainbow trout are taken on open water on shad-patterned spoons on lead core or on the downrigger at depths to 60 feet. Catfishing is good at night with chicken livers, cut baits with scent, or nightcrawlers from the banks. There are numerous unmarked hazards throughout the lake. Boaters have to be extremely cautious.


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