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Kayaking New Melones Lake 
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New Melones Lake Kayak, Canoe, SUP & Kayak Fishing Information

 New Melones Lake is located in Calaveras County in Angels Camp. Outdoor lovers come from all over California to kayak  at New Melones Lake.. Paddling  enthusiasts who visit here will most likely have thelake to themselves, with the exception of an occasional jet and waterskiers whizzing by.  The Glokayaking New Melones Lakery Hole launch area is more suited for novice paddlers. There are several smaller sized arms to explore that also provide a scenic paddle.

 New Melones Lake is the fourth largest man-made lake in California, behind Oroville, Shasta, and Trinity. It is so huge, it was rather intimating at first glance.   Kayakers can  explore the abundance of inlets, and secluded  picturesque coves.

 The configuration of the lake, its sheer size and its many fingers and arms, insures that skiers and anglers can share the water without crowding one another, as happens on so many other bodies of water.

 New Melones Lake provides year-round fishing opportunities and is home to a healthy population of kokanee salmon, rainbow and brown trout, small and largemouth, spotted and red eye bass with numerous amounts of crappie, bluegill and catfish as well.

During the spring through fall your best action is fishing for bass and catfish, which can reach the 30 pound range. The kokanee salmon averaging 18 inches are thriving far beyond anyone’s expectations, along with big brown trout trailing not too far behind, but the lake’s clear water and abundance of brush cover throughout the shoreline can make tough fishing conditions here.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
High 56 59 62 68 70 87 94 94 89 78 63 56
Low 32 34 36 40 45 51 56 55 50 42 35 31

Open: New Melones Lake is open daily for boating year-round, twenty-four hours a day, with running lights at night. There is no posted daytime boat speed limit. At night the boat speed limit is 5 m.p.h.

kayak fishing New Melones Lake

Fees: There isn’t any day use, launch and pet fee, but there is a fee for camping.

The Best Places to Kayak in California Guide BookLake Facilities: The facilities consist of boating, fishing, swimming, windsurfing, sailing, jet and waterskiing, a marina, and three boat launches. New Melones Marina Ph: 209 785-3300.



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