New Melones Lake Fishing
I haven’t fished New Melones for a couple of years. When I had the C-Dory, I enjoyed anchoring for the night in a cove, then dangling a night crawler over each side of the boat and waiting for a trout to come along and take a bite. I would fish under a light which would attract bait fish which would attract trout. Well, that’s how it’s supposed to work. And there was the trolling for trout and kokanee, too. I’d usually head home with a limit on the second day.
But this trip was not like past trips. I did the night crawler under the light thing for hours – and not one taker. I don’t know why there was no action. I trolled for several hours the first day before anchoring – and caught one kokanee of about 10 inches, and released it. The next morning I caught another kokanee of about 12 ” or so as soon as I started trolling, and that was it for the whole trip.
And there are the lake lice to consider. (Lake lice = water skiers,
jetskiers, etc.) New Melones is very popular with the speed crowd, and that does not help the fishing nor my quest for peace and quiet.