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BigUnInDaBoat
01-11-2013, 05:30 PM
Had to wait until the sand trucks and plows made it safe enough to leave my house this morning, so at 8am I headed to New Melones for a fishing trip.

Fished near Glory Hole Point/cove. I caught fish on Kastmasters, Lil'Cleos, jigs (seps scented pearl),and inflated crawlers.

I could see fish patroling the shoreline, either looking for a mate or food. Some of the better fish I saw were pushing 5+ lbs and had lockjaw (very colored up) think they were in spawn mode.

I released a few smaller fish, and kept a 19.5 and 20"er. Has a drag screaming run on my bait pole, but missed it, and lost a few nice fish on lures.

Photo was taken at my house in Twain Harte, there is no snow at NM but it is COLD.

Hen was full of roe, so maybe I'll try it as bait. Meat still has very nice color.

Fish Well,

BUIDB

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Steve079
01-11-2013, 06:49 PM
Read your "other post", wondered if you lived near by. Been a little nasty up in TH the last couple days.

Nice fish, those are the ones we all have been looking for!

schatgun
01-11-2013, 07:08 PM
SOLID.....:action-smiley-035:

BigUnInDaBoat
01-11-2013, 07:31 PM
Read your "other post", wondered if you lived near by. Been a little nasty up in TH the last couple days.

Nice fish, those are the ones we all have been looking for!

Yep I'm a local boy. It was not as bad as last years 3 day dump we had. I live on N Tuolumne, plows put a 3' berm in front of my drive way, pinched a nerve in my back (for the first time) shoveling that white stuff...was a miserable 5-7 days after that, no power, and cold.

I will probably fish Melones more this weekend. At least once. My buddy was on his boat today, just got off the phone with him, he caught a 27" up near carson cove, waiting on a pic....

I thought I had a good day, haha.

CAL.NDN
01-11-2013, 07:41 PM
Nice fish. And your buddy got a toad. Its toad time.

LURKER916
01-11-2013, 07:51 PM
Purty.


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Marv
01-11-2013, 10:48 PM
Nice job, defiantly some nice holdovers.

mryosemite
01-12-2013, 01:10 AM
Good job! Im jealous!

GAMFISHIN
01-12-2013, 05:12 AM
Nice catch!

GNappers
01-13-2013, 11:00 PM
Just seeing the post on Melones of those pretty fish makes me want to go there. Snow threw me off for a second. Your post inspires me to get my liscence.

sollimes
01-14-2013, 10:01 AM
Nice looking fish!

CRABBY
01-14-2013, 01:13 PM
Yep I'm a local boy. It was not as bad as last years 3 day dump we had. I live on N Tuolumne, plows put a 3' berm in front of my drive way, pinched a nerve in my back (for the first time) shoveling that white stuff...was a miserable 5-7 days after that, no power, and cold.

I will probably fish Melones more this weekend. At least once. My buddy was on his boat today, just got off the phone with him, he caught a 27" up near carson cove, waiting on a pic....

I thought I had a good day, haha.Hey BigUN I used to live on Elm up by the school,an on Fir st.the alley behind the memorial hall,LOL..Small World....Don

BSatter
01-14-2013, 03:08 PM
Those are some very nice trout. It looks like you were ice fishing from that picture you took. I recently moved with in a hour from New Melones. I would love to hook into some trout like that! Thanks for the pictures.

Marv – How can you tell those fish are holdovers?

Thanks

Bill

BigUnInDaBoat
01-14-2013, 05:33 PM
Marv – How can you tell those fish are holdovers?

Thanks

Bill

Big perfect tails, size of the fish, and to a lesser extent the color of the fish (esp the flesh)

BigUnInDaBoat
01-14-2013, 05:34 PM
Hey BigUN I used to live on Elm up by the school,an on Fir st.the alley behind the memorial hall,LOL..Small World....Don

Haha yea it is. I'm above Black Oak.

RideNfish
01-15-2013, 08:06 AM
Those are some very nice trout. It looks like you were ice fishing from that picture you took. I recently moved with in a hour from New Melones. I would love to hook into some trout like that! Thanks for the pictures.

Marv – How can you tell those fish are holdovers?

Thanks

Bill

As stated already the tails will tell you a lot. Most planters are worn down from the pens. The other fins can tell you as well. Oh, and he wasn't ice fishing. That lake is in the foothills and doesn't freeze. He just took the pics once he got home which is a higher elevation.

Cheers,

BSatter
01-15-2013, 10:28 AM
This is where I get confused. I moved to Groveland back in October and I have spent some time at the Moccasin fish hatchery. They plant trout that are very big up to 5# with full tails and color. Because there water is getting turned off, they are putting alot of big fish in Melones and Pedro that all have full tail.

I read that full tails are from eating good food. A couple weeks ago I asked them what they feed the fish because they are so nice and full tails. They said that trout chow was all these fish eat. nothing else.

I also read that Comanche trout are planters because they have no tail but have nice pink meat. I read that this is because the fish are feed kril with trout chow. Is this true.

I am going to be trying Melones and it would be nice to tell the difference because I only want the holdovers if I can tell the difference. The holdovers should be the best. Do holdovers even hang out together with planters?

Who really knows for sure. The moderators should know what they are talking about so we should hear from them. There is to many conflicts out there and we should be told from somebody who really knows. Sorry for all of the questions just want to know from somebody that knows. I have some pictures of these beautiful fish in the hatchery if I knew how to attach it. But why dont these fish have worn off tails?

Thanks, Billy

BigUnInDaBoat
01-15-2013, 01:18 PM
Most likely the larger fish you saw were a lot less crowded. The fish get rounded tails (and pec fins) from rubbing each other in the runs. Those larger fish are brood stock, but they don't spawn fish at Moccasin any longer. A family friend used to be the hatchery manager of Moccasin, they used to have HUGE browns, brookies and bows in one run, just for the public to see.

Some of those browns were pushing 15lbs. A few years back they dumped most of them into Tulloch and Pedro. I know for a fact the ones that were dumped into tulloch did not last long.

Planters are usually very silvery or muted in color, have a rounded tail, don't fight like a holdover will and are usually smaller. I've not seen them (aside from the kokanee power pen) plant trout in Melones larger then 18".

I really like Moccasin creek, just too crowded during the opening month.

BSatter
01-16-2013, 12:20 PM
Okay, just so I get it straight. No trout are planted in Melones bigger than 18” unless it is a kokanee power trout. and it is the planters that have the round tails because they are crowded. So if I catch a trout bigger than 18” it is a holdover or a pen trout but defanitely not a planter. I think the pen trout are browns and not rainbows though. I don’t care about those. I am just talking about stocked rainbows.

And Moccasin raises large trout only for people to go and see.

I also read that it could be spawning that the rainbows are so colorful.

Is trout from Moccasin the only trout that get planted in Melones beside the pen trout?

Thank you

Billy

Marv
01-16-2013, 12:44 PM
Okay, just so I get it straight. No trout are planted in Melones bigger than 18” unless it is a kokanee power trout. and it is the planters that have the round tails because they are crowded. So if I catch a trout bigger than 18” it is a holdover or a pen trout but defanitely not a planter. I think the pen trout are browns and not rainbows though. I don’t care about those. I am just talking about stocked rainbows.

And Moccasin raises large trout only for people to go and see.

I also read that it could be spawning that the rainbows are so colorful.

Is trout from Moccasin the only trout that get planted in Melones beside the pen trout?

Thank you

Billy

Not necessarily, It's different for every hatchery and strain of rainbow. A holdover can be 14". This description is for New Melones only. There are exception, but here's a rough guideline.

Stocked trout:

Caught mainly at or near planting site (Tuttletown & Glory Hole). 9"-18" silvery sides with a beautiful blueish/green back with white meat. Melones stocked trout usually have nice tails and full fins.

Holdover:

Caught in areas where stocked are found. Caught more in less traveled areas. 9"-giant. This time of year the male holdovers are a purplish/pink on the belly with blush red cheeks. They look nothing like the stockers.

The lake is stocked by DFG, but has been stocked by many others in the past.

BigUnInDaBoat
01-16-2013, 07:09 PM
So if I catch a trout bigger than 18” it is a holdover or a pen trout but defanitely not a planter.

I'd say 18" is pushing the very largest DFG planter you'll see they avg 13-16"

Steve079
01-16-2013, 10:02 PM
The moderators should know what they are talking about so we should hear from them.

Hey, no pressure guys! That was the funniest thing I've read all night.

These guys have put in their time solving this riddle. The forums here can provide some insight, but the rest is up to you. You have to put in your time and solve the equation in your own way.

CAL.NDN
01-17-2013, 04:32 AM
Lol. Yee mods help us please. I think i caught a trout one. Sorry couldn't help it. So we are waiting don marv doug Jeremy. :)