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Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, white catfish, black crappie, rainbow trout, bluegill and kokanee salmon at New Melones Lake in California.

New Melones Lake, CA

Bass, trout and crappie all thrive in the cool clear water of New Melones Lake, a 12,500 acre lake, located five miles east of Copperopolis. This recreation paradise also offers fishing for kokanee, bluegill and catfish. There are over one hundred miles of rocky and sandy shoreline for bass to prowl in search of prey.

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Nestled in the heart of the Sierra Nevada foothills, New Melones Lake in California is a paradise for fishing enthusiasts. The lake's expansive waters are home to a variety of fish species, making it a haven for anglers of all skill levels. Some of the popular fish species that can be found in New Melones Lake include largemouth and smallmouth bass, rainbow trout, kokanee salmon, catfish, crappie, and bluegill. With such a diverse fish population, there's always an opportunity to reel in a prized catch and create lasting fishing memories.

In addition to fishing, boating, and camping, New Melones Lake offers a host of other recreational activities for visitors. The lake's clear waters provide excellent swimming opportunities, offering a refreshing escape during the warm summer months. Hiking and biking trails wind their way through the surrounding hills, providing scenic vistas and opportunities for wildlife sightings. Birdwatchers will delight in the diverse bird species that call the area home, including osprey, bald eagles, and various waterfowl.

Overall, New Melones Lake in California is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts seeking fishing, boating, camping, and recreational opportunities. With its abundant fish species, expansive waters for boating, and well-equipped campgrounds, the lake provides an ideal setting for enjoying the natural beauty of the Sierra Nevada foothills. Whether you're casting a line, cruising on a boat, exploring hiking trails, or simply relaxing by the campfire, New Melones Lake offers a memorable and rejuvenating experience for all who visit.

Bank fishing is available at the Recreation Areas and campgrounds. The New Melones Lake Marina offers rental boats, snacks, bait, tackle, gas and services to assist boating enthusiasts on the water. Boating access is via Angels Creek Boat Launch, New Melones Lake Marina and Tuttletown Recreation Area.

Primary fish species residing in New Melones Lake

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Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Channel catfish White Catfish Black crappie Rainbow Trout Bluegill Kokanee Salmon

New Melones Lake Amenities

Marina: YES
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: NEARBY
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: NEARBY

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New Melones Lake is a boater's dream, offering a vast expanse of water to explore. Boaters can enjoy the lake's calm waters and take in the stunning scenery while engaging in a range of water activities. Whether it's leisurely cruising, water skiing, wakeboarding, or sailing, there's something for every boating enthusiast. The lake features multiple boat ramps, marinas, and ample parking, ensuring easy access for boats of all sizes. With its spacious waters and ideal boating conditions, New Melones Lake provides an unforgettable boating experience.

Fishing Boat Rentals

New Melones Lake Marina
Rentals: Fishing boats, kayaks and pontoons
209 785-3300


New Melones Lake Marina
6503 Glory Hole Rd
Angels Camp, CA 95222
209 785-3300

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Angels Creek Boat Launch
Located in the northwest corner of the lake, off Angels Creek Access Road, this is a four-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

New Melones Lake Marina Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northwest corner of the lake, off Glory Hole Road, this is a multi-lane, concrete ramp with docks and paved parking.

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Camping at New Melones Lake is a popular choice for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. The lake offers several campgrounds that cater to both tent and RV campers, providing a range of amenities to ensure a comfortable stay. Campers can enjoy picturesque lakeside campsites, complete with picnic tables, fire rings, and access to clean restrooms and showers. Surrounded by the natural beauty of the Sierra Nevada foothills, camping at New Melones Lake offers a serene and peaceful experience, with opportunities for hiking, birdwatching, and stargazing.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Glory Hole Recreation Area Campground - 209 536-9094

Ironhorse Campground RV Park - 209 536-9094

Tuttletown Recreation Area Campground - 209 536-9094

New Melones Lake Site Campground - 209 536-9094

Columbia RV Park - 209 533-2395

New Melones Lake CA Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

New Melones Lake
New Melones Lake Marina
6503 Glory Hole Rd
Angels Camp, CA 95222
209 785-3300


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New Melones Lake in Central California.

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