Early in the morning anglers are doing well while fishing for bass with top water lures. During the day anglers are either catching them with reaction baits like Rattle Traps or flipping heavy cover with sweet beavers. Bluegills are plentiful right now and can be caught just about anywhere while using red worms. I haven’t heard of any striped bass reports yet, during this time of year it’s always good to have a rod with a top water lure tied on just in case a school of striped bass appear.
New Melones Lake:
Trout fishing is slow right now on the lake. Night fishing under a submersible light continues to be the best approach for catching trout. Kokanee fishing is also slow right now as they are either spawning or preparing to spawn. Any day now fishing for trout can turn around though as the baitfish are starting to school up indicating that there is a change about to happen. Catfishing remains good for anglers fishing cut bait throughout the evening hours around all the lake’s recreational areas. Bass fishing is fair right now; there are a lot of bass following the schools of shad found all over the lake. Anglers are using shaky head worms or drop shot rigs through the schools of bait for small limits of fish.
Tip of the Week:
Late summer is an interesting time of the year; you’d be surprised at what works this time of year. As far as bait selection, don’t be afraid to try something new or something a little out of the ordinary. I’ve had some great times fishing this time of year while using nontraditional baits. While everyone seems to be tossing the same thing try something different, you may be surprised at what you catch.