I finally have some time off, but before I can get out fishing, I have a bunch of jobs that have been waiting for me around my house. Like a lot of people, the weather we had this year made it nearly impossible to do any work outside, or caused damage that needs to be repaired. I’ve got a little bit of work to do before I can get out fishing. To use a quote from one of my favorite movies, Radio, “son, you’ve got to get your priorities straight.” Currently I’m out camping with my family on the beach. Family time is something that comes first. Once I get home, I’ll start working on some of the jobs that need to be done, and after that I plan to get out fishing.
With the increase in temperature look for the bass to seek shade. Lots of small fish are being caught on reaction baits but the bigger bass are being caught by those throwing snag proof frogs and flipping brown jigs. This time of year it’s important to pay attention to the wind. Buzz baits and spinnerbaits can be extremely effective fished on the outside weed edges during windy conditions. With the bluegill spawn in full gear a large wake bait may be the ticket right now.
New Melones Lake:
Kokanee are being caught by a lot of anglers right now fishing near Rose Island, the dam, and near Glory Hole Point. The bass bite remains good for anglers throwing reaction baits Pop-R’s and Zara Spooks are providing nice bites during the low light hours of the day. During the day anglers are doing well in the backs of coves where there is wood present.
Kokanee are providing anglers trolling with steady action just as long as they are trolling at the correct depths and speeds. The depth fluctuates throughout the day as the schools of fish typically go deeper as the sun gets higher. Bass fishing is good right now for anglers fishing early in the day with top water baits and shaky head worms during the day. The bass like to school up during the summer around islands and main lake points.
Trout fishing is starting to slow down as the water temperatures have risen. Those that are catching trout right now are fishing as deep as 45 feet deep to catch them. Bass fishing has also started to get tougher for anglers as bass have moved deeper. Those having success are focusing on suspending fish over off shore rock piles.
There a lot of trout being caught by anglers fishing with bait right in the launch ramp cove. On the lake, anglers are catching kokanee while trolling between 40 and 50 feet deep early in the morning. Once the sun gets high the kokanee seem to be harder to find for most anglers. Bass fishing is good, there is a good top water bite in the morning. During the day anglers are having luck while fishing around the rocks with small jigs.
Trout are no longer being planted but there are still trout being caught by anglers trolling from the surface down to 20 feet deep with their favorite trout lures. Bass fishing continues to be very good for anglers fishing through the night with topwater baits or dragging large plastic worms from the bank down to 30 feet deep. For early morning or evening, bass anglers are using topwater walking baits like Zara Spooks. Bluegill are plentiful along the banks and can be caught easily while using redworms fished under a bobber.
Tip of the Week:
One of the biggest breakthroughs that I had while learning how to fish was learning how the different seasons influenced the fish that I was trying to catch. Before that, I would use the same baits and techniques all year long not understanding why I did better at certain times of the year. Whatever fish that you’re after, I highly advise that you look up that fishes’ seasonal patterns and make the necessary adjustments.