Water Conditions: New Melones Lake is currently holding 1,978,950 acre-feet of water. The lake level dropped three feet again this week and is currently at 1047 ft. above sea level and 41 ft. from full. Levels will continue to drop, as room needs to be made to accommodate upcoming winter rains. Water temperature is really dropping now, and is currently 67-69 degrees. The lake will "turn over" when surface water cools to the same temp as the deeper water- around 53-54 degrees. This usually happens around Thanksgiving, and then the trout bite really turns on for bank-anglers and trollers alike.
Trout: Pretty good. Most anglers who are willing to put in the time are catching limits of 1-2 pound holdovers. Bite is best in the morning. Trollers have been doing well fishing over the main river channel, in the main lake and at the mouths of major creek arms, 35-50 feet deep. Varying your trolling speed and making figure-S patterns will often catch a hungry trout's attention.