View Full Version : THUNDER TROUT are coming to SHADOW CLIFFS! w/pic

03-14-2009, 09:46 PM
sup sniffers! for those of you who have'nt had the oppertunity to catch one of these babies...your chance is coming. the thunder trout are coming to shadow cliffs in april/may only. great fighters and when you clean them...they have red/pink meat oh and did i mention....GREAT FIGHTERS! here is a pic of my last years catch one 3lber and one 2.6lber.
raider naytion....OUT!


03-15-2009, 12:05 AM
i wonder what a holdover one of those would look like? planter bows are ugly, id like to see a clean one.

03-15-2009, 08:02 AM
looking forward to them, there great fighters and they taste good.

If i'm not chancing crappie or haibuts, I'll be at showdow cliffs


03-15-2009, 01:42 PM
is this some sort of hybrid?

03-15-2009, 03:56 PM
is this some sort of hybrid?

Yes, if you do a search and go back a year you'll find a bunch of posts and links on this subject.
But in a nut shell.....

The "thunder trout," a new strain of rainbow developed by Phil Mackey of Mt. Lassen Fish Farm, has arrived at Shadow Cliffs Lake in Pleasanton. This popular reservoir is the exclusive northern California recipient of what the East Bay Regional Park District describes as a "tougher, meaner breed of fish."

03-15-2009, 09:41 PM
johnb thanks for enlighting folks on this great breed....next month it'll be fish on baby!!!

03-15-2009, 10:47 PM
i'll drive a few hrs to get the chance to catch one. thanks for the update. what have you found that works well for them? A p.m. would be okay. i'll be coming from sac. when the fish arrive. i hate to sound like a truck chaser, but i've eaten other trout raised by that hatchery... and yummm.


03-15-2009, 10:53 PM
They have them in lafayette too!!

03-16-2009, 08:53 AM
i've caught all of mine in the evening or noonish times....weird.
chart,rainbow or lemon lime power eggs do the trick.

03-16-2009, 10:11 AM
I'm not sure what kind of trout they were, but I've been catching some with red/pink meat at Hensley and Shaver. *I did reel in a couple from Pine Flat last year. *Could they have been the thunder?

03-16-2009, 09:33 PM
don't know...i thought the thunder trout were exclusive only to shadow cliffs?

04-19-2009, 03:48 PM
I had to register so that I can reply to this thread. *Today my daughter caught her first fish, a thunder trout! *I never heard of this type of trout until today. *What a beautiful fish, good fighter too. *Although I had purposely set the drag on the loose side (she was reeling like crazy!), the fish stripped out the line 2 or 3 time really good. *When I first caught a glance of it in the water, I new this was a special trout and got a little nervous. *But, I let her keep reeling and she finally brought it in. *Made both of our day. *;D

Have a picture to post, but could figure out how to insert it (Newbie!)


04-19-2009, 04:17 PM
Picture posting, easy step by step:


04-19-2009, 08:24 PM
wow congrats kmonster...I had caught my limit yesterday but non of them were thounder trout. My dad-in-law did catch 1 tho and it was a true fighter (about 2.5 pounder). once again congrats and welcome to the sniffer.

04-19-2009, 08:40 PM
Picture (I hope):


Thanks MM!

04-19-2009, 08:53 PM
great 1st post...how r u gonna beat that one? nice pic of her 1st fish.


04-19-2009, 09:12 PM
I caught few on the first planting 2 weeks ago. Bit on white, white, white pe with green pw. In comparison to regular mt lassen trout they fight better, taste weird, and for the length weigh more.

04-20-2009, 10:17 AM
Yes, I agree that the taste of the fish, although good, didn't quite live up to my expectation. White meat, I'd say just slightly better than the regular rainbow. A let down, after I BBQ'd it last night. But, still was a blast catching it.

04-20-2009, 03:55 PM
now thats a sweet pic...once again congrats!

04-20-2009, 08:20 PM
can you be productive trolling for these trout?

04-21-2009, 07:38 AM
my point of view...i've seen trollers catch trout out there.