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Glory Hole Sports Welcomes New Owners and March Rains

Glory Hole Sports Welcomes New Owners and March Rains

It’s been a Miracle March, thanks to the forces of El Nino, and the rains have resulted in a steady rise in the county’s reservoirs. It’s great news, especially for the new owners of Glory Hole Sports, who have just taken over the long standing business and will be hosting their “re-grand opening” on April 23.

New Melones Lake by Sally Mae Photography

Spring 2016 at New Melones Lake by Sally Mae Photography

 

Gene Hildebrand and Dawn Masters, New Owners of Glory Hole Sports

Gene Hildebrand and Dawn Masters, New Owners of Glory Hole Sports

Glory Hole Sports sits at the entrance to the Glory Hole Recreation Area at New Melones Lake, and for 20 years it has been the go-to spot for up to date fishing info, as well as providing a deep selection of gear, tackle and bait. Oh, and the deli… the tri-tip sandwiches are well known. Along with the gas station and convenience store, it’s an important stop for any recreational boater or Melones fisher.

When Gene Hildebrand and his partner Dawn Masters first saw the business over two years ago, they report the store had a “special feel” about it. “I wanted a business that was tied to recreation but was more than just a convenience store,” says Gene.   The day he walked in and saw aisle after aisle of specialized fishing products, he knew this could be the place.

With the recent rains, Gene and Dawn have seen lots of enthusiasm for the spring boating and fishing season, business is brisk with people stopping in to greet the new owners and check in with the knowledgeable staff, all of whom have stayed on with the change.

Plans include ramping up the deli menu with smoked meats (tri-tip will definitely stay on the menu) and continuing to be a key resource for water conditions and fishing reports.  Come see them on April 23 for their re-grand opening party; they’ll have fishing guides and fly-tying specialists on hand, a raffle with some great wins, and plenty of barbecue.

Glory Hole Sports
2892 Highway 49, Angels Camp, CA
209-736-4333
www.gloryholesports.com

Rising waters at Glory Hole Recreation Area, New Melones

Rising waters at Glory Hole Recreation Area, New Melones

Lake Camanche

Lake Camanche

866-763-5121
South Shore: 11700 Wade Lane, Valley Springs
North Shore: 2000 Camanche Road, Ione
camancherecreation.com
facebook.com/LakeCamanche

Overnight accommodations feature lakeside camping, RV sites and  furnished cottage and motel units. Excellent Bass and Trout fishing provide year-round fishing access. Water sports available at Lake Camanche include water-skiing, personal watercraft, and wakeboarding. For full kayaking details, check out this 2015 article on CaliforniaPaddling.com.

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Lake Tulloch

Lake Tulloch

Lake TullochLake Tulloch
Copperopolis, CA
laketulloch.org

Lake Tulloch is a beautiful 1260-acre reservoir in Copperopolis situated on the Stanislaus River. Lake Tulloch is the perfect recreational lake, with glassy water provided by sheltering foothills and containing largemouth bass, crappie, bluefish and rainbow trout. With over 55 miles of scenic shoreline, it’s a great place to swim, boat, waterski, fish, camp and play!

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Photo provided by Jack Forkner.

New Melones Lake and Recreation

New Melones Lake and Recreation

209-536-9094
Whittle Road
Angels Camp, CA
Recreation.gov

12,500 acre-lake featuring two campsites in the Glory Hole section in Angels Camp: Big Oak Campground and Ironhorse Campground. Also, day-use, hiking, biking, boating, wildlife viewing. 305 campsites and 2 group camps reservable year round. Coin-op showers, no hook ups. Entrance gates open 4:00am to 11:00pm(Winter 9:00pm) Boat launch, day use, trails. Interpretive programs. Visitor Center and Museum.

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Glory Hole Hiking and Camping map

New Melones Lake and Recreation

12,500 acre-lake with camping, day-use, hiking, biking, boating, wildlife viewing. 305 campsites and 2 group camps reservable year round. Coin-op showers, no hook ups. Entrance gates open 4:00am to 11:00pm(Winter 9:00pm) Boat launch, day use, trails. Interpretive programs. Visitor Center and Museum.

The lake is framed by topography ranging from the rugged Stanislaus River Canyon cliffs to oak-studded golden Sierra foothills. Fishermen number New Melones Lake among their favorites for its excellent trout, bass, crappie and catfish action. Something’s always biting. Hundreds of wildlife species including deer, fox, coyote, beaver, otter, and raccoon can be seen along New Melones Lake’s shore. Up above, eagles, heron, hawks, cormorant and grebe are common sights. The lake also features a mountain bike trail with easy access and parking. Operating hours for lake access vary according to season.

New Melones Lake Marina features houseboat and small boat rentals, marine fuel, marina store, marine services, nearby boat launching and campground, and much more. Dogs are allowed on trails – bring vaccination records and be sure to pick up dog waste.

Related Link:  New Melones Visitors Center | Hike this: Poppy paradise | Biking, Hiking & Equestrian Maps  | New Melones Lake Marina

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New Melones Lake Marina

New Melones Lake Marina

209-785-3300
6503 Glory Hole Road
Angels Camp 95222
newmeloneslakemarina.com

Experience a day on one of California’s largest reservoirs! Spend time on a pontoon boat, jet-ski, kayak, or ski boat while enjoying the company of our fun and friendly staff!

Related Links:  New Melones Visitors Center | Hike this: Poppy paradise | Biking, Hiking & Equestrian Maps

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