Northern CA Freshwater

Angels Camp: New Melones kokanee still good, larger fish!

By DAVE HURLEY/WON Staff Writer Published: Jul 03, 2019

ANGELS CAMP — New Melones remains the Mother Lode lake for kokanee, and the landlocked salmon are getting larger and larger as a 20-inch kokanee is not out of the question by the end of the season. The lake’s water levels continue to rise, and boaters need to be aware of floating debris and logs in the main lake.

melonesporkerMELONES PORKER — There are some big trout coming out of Lake New Melones in the Motherlode right now, and Al Zurilgen trolled the lake for this 5.25-pound lunker.

Monte Smith of Gold Country Sport Fishing was on the lake several times this past week, and he said, “We picked up limits by 8:45 a.m., but the bite was a bit tougher on Thursday. We still ended up with 13 kokanee and 3 rainbow trout, losing another 9 fish. We also landed the largest kokanee we have seen in quite a while at 17.75 inches and 2 pounds, 5 ounces at 45 feet at 12:30 p.m. We were out in cloudy conditions on Friday for a dozen kokanee with another 8 lost opportunities. We are scoring at depths from 40 to 55 feet, and we landed a rainbow trout over 3 pounds in 40 feet of water at 12:30 p.m. on Apex lures. Uncle Larry’s spinners, pink micro-hoochies, and Apex lures behind Sling Blades have been our go-to setups.”

Joe Aksamit of Joe Fish Guide Service continues to score limits of kokanee along with a few bonus rainbows running Rocky Mountain Tackle’s pink or orange Plankton Squids or Father Murphy’s Lucky Lady Super Bug tipped with corn scented with Pro-Cure’s Bloody Tuna or Kokanee Special behind an RMT Moonshine Dodger or Father Murphy’s Watermelon Dodgers at depths from 40 to 65 feet away from the main flotilla.”

Mark Watzke continues to find great action on his private boat, and they put in 2 limits of kokanee and a bonus trout on Sunday, and they were back at the ramp by 10:30 a.m.

The lake held at 93 percent.

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