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Fish Species at New Melones Lake

Among the most popular game fish at New Melones Lake are the Largemouth Bass and Smallmouth Bass. These fish require skill and technique to catch, and the challenge of hooking a large one is thought to be the ultimate thrill for the angler.

New Melones Lake has the habitats favored by bass and has been a “Glory Hole” for bass fisherman both in tournaments and recreational fishing.

interactive image:  black crappie; click for larger image
interactive image:  photo of bluegill; click for larger photo
interactive image:  photo of channel catfish; click for larger photo
Black Crappie
Bluegill
Channel catfish
interactive image:  photo of female kokanee; click for larger photo
interactive image:  photo of largemouth bass; click for larger photo
interactive image:  photo of male kokanee; click for larger photo
Female kokanee
Largemouth bass
Male kokanee
interactive image:  photo of rainbow trout; click for larger photo
interactive image:  photo of smallmouth bass; click for larger photo
Rainbow trout
Smallmouth bass

In addition to game fish, New Melones Lake has several types of “pan fish.” These varieties are smaller in size and have higher daily limits.

New Melones Lake is the site for a number of fishing tournaments throughout the summer. To obtain a special use permit for a fishing tournament, call: (209) 536-9094. The Bureau of Reclamation hosts the C.A.S.T. Festival (“Catch a Special Thrill”) for Kids every June and other fishing related special programs throughout the year. Fishing information and maps are available at the visitor center.

 

March 16, 2009