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New lake-record rainbow landed at New Melones

By DAVE HURLEY/WON Staff Writer Published: Oct 12, 2017

ANGELS CAMP — The spotted bass bite at New Melones continues to improve as the water cools, but the big news of the week is the lake record rainbow trout landed by Ken Hopper of Sonora at 8 pounds, 4 ounces. Melones has been kicking out quality rainbows throughout the summer months, and the new lake record is susceptible to be broken before the end of the year due to the abundant feed in the lake.

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A NEW LAKE record rainbow trout was caught by Ken Hopper of Sonora on October 4. Ken was trolling outside Carson Cove around 10 am at 55 feet deep using a CrippLure in silver/scales. The big rainbow weighed in at 8 pounds, 4 ounces.

Hopper was trolling outside of Carson Cove on Oct. 4 when he hooked the record rainbow using a Shasta Tackle Cripplure in silver scales at a depth of 55 feet. The trout bite has been solid for rainbows in the 4- to 6-pound range for quite a while with guide Monte Smith of Gold Country Sport Fishing with his custom shad-patterned heavy spoons. The rainbows are coming closer to the surface with the cooling water temperatures, but for now, the action remains from 40 to 60 feet with shad-patterned heavy spoons working best as the rainbows are loading up on shad. Trout fishing remains solid for rainbows to 6 pounds for trollers working from 50 to 60 feet with shad-patterned spoons.


The spotted and largemouth bass are holding in deeper water around the larger grade of baitfish, and this pattern seems to be found on all lakes with the shorelines loaded with 6- to 10-inch bass working over smaller bait while the larger bait is out beyond 20 feet. Shad-patterned plastics on the drop-shot are working for numbers of primarily spots, but the swimbait bite for the larger spotted and largemouth bass should be picking up soon.


Glory Hole is holding their annual Catfish Derby from Nov. 1 to November 30. The month-long event is limited to 50 entrants with sign ups beginning on Oct. 1. The lake held at 84 percent.


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