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12-23-2008, 11:58 PM
Are there any lakes that still stock Lightning trout? I haven't seen them in a couple of years.

12-24-2008, 12:08 AM
I think they are called thunder trout.
Yes, they stock them at Del Valle according to the fisheries biologist.

12-24-2008, 12:36 AM
There was some in Laf. Res. and they do fight like hell. Do not know if any are left in there.


12-24-2008, 07:22 AM
What the heck is a lightning (or thunder) trout?

12-24-2008, 07:26 AM
What the heck is a lightning (or thunder) trout?

They look like a trout that mated with a goldfish.

Captain Compassion
12-24-2008, 07:33 AM
What the heck is a lightning (or thunder) trout?

There are basically albino Rainbows. Popular in the pay to fish dunks down south.


12-24-2008, 07:41 AM
A picture snagged off the internet and I'll stand by my first description:


12-24-2008, 08:27 AM
Looks like a fish that came out of the lake near the nuclear plant on the Simpsons.

12-24-2008, 08:32 AM
I gotta get me one of those, they look like a bow swam through a orange processing plant.......Jetspray

12-24-2008, 08:38 AM
I like my trout naturally colored thank you. :-? ;D

12-24-2008, 09:22 AM
Not sure about that Orange bow.(too *much power bait???). I have caught "thunder" trout at Shadow Cliffs in Pleasanton. It fought like no other trout I have EVER caught! It look like a bow but the side were more yellowish rather than the traditional rainbow color. I was not exactly sure of it type, so I asked one of the rangers. He said t it was a Thunder trout. This was 9 or 10 years ago. I tried several more time to catch another to no avail. It was about 2lbs and fought like I had foul hooked a pit bull. *What a blast! I always wondered if they still plant them.

Thanks for the trip down memory lane!


12-24-2008, 09:27 AM
What does the meat look like? Any good to eat?

dinos marine
12-24-2008, 09:41 AM
i used to fish lafayette alot last couple of years. our goal to catch one of the lighting trout, but never caught one. i talked to a guy cleaning one at the fish station, (last year) and he said that they tasted pretty good, and it had pink meat. dont know about the taste.......... the fish usually taste muddy from that lake.
we have tried eating, trout, bass, cat fish, and blue gill from the lake and they all didnt taste good at all.
so i cant imagine the lightning trout tasting very good, unless it was a fresh planter

Captain Compassion
12-24-2008, 09:42 AM
They are called Palomino Trout or Golden Rainbows back east.



12-24-2008, 10:35 AM
Don't know if I'm doing this right... but Dan Bacher did a report on the Thunder Trout at Shadow Cliffs in 2001, here's the link.


Have a great day yall :)

12-24-2008, 01:00 PM
A picture snagged off the internet and I'll stand by my first description:

Hey SuperDave, do you mean, " of the Fish, or the Guy holding it." ;D

Stones [smiley=rollingstones.gif]Fan

12-24-2008, 01:44 PM
Yea I couldn't remember if they were Lightning or Thunder trout. I saw them in a supermarket once being sold as golden trout, but I think we all can tell the difference.

12-24-2008, 08:05 PM
Now I know what to put beside our pumpkin next year

12-25-2008, 11:03 AM
They get stocked them when I was a kid in WV. Everyone called them golden trout back there. PA stocked them too.

12-25-2008, 09:50 PM
When I was a kid, I caught a fish I remember as a big goldfish, in a lake in So. Cal. I think it was Lake Cachuma, but I can't be sure. I wonder if they were planted down in that area, or if I really did catch a big goldfish.
Hmmmm. Would of been '66-67.

Captain Compassion
12-25-2008, 10:04 PM
Steveo. These fish didn't appear until the late 80s or later. These fish are raised in private hatcheries and are mostly planted in private lakes in So Cal such as Irvine, Santa Ana River Lakes, Corona or Jess Ranch.


12-25-2008, 10:41 PM
Here is an article from '03:
http://rds.yahoo.com/_ylt=A0oGkmCZeFRJ38AASR1XNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTByYWZxb2M 3BHNlYwNzcgRwb3MDNQRjb2xvA3NrMQR2dGlkAw--/SIG=12ua5gnqs/EXP=1230359065/**http%3a//www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi%3ff=/c/a/2003/04/17/SP273673.DTL

01-09-2009, 10:23 PM
here is a couple i caught at shadow cliffs 2 years ago both weighing 1.5 lbs


01-10-2009, 12:49 AM
Kinda funny, sometimes I think they look awsome and other times they look down right creepy, lol.

01-10-2009, 11:20 AM
hey i live used to live in norcal and i never heard of any lakes with thunder trout, but i recently moved to socal and lakes such as Corona lake, Santa ana river lakes, Irvine lakes are still planting them regularly. So if you want to catch one i would suggest taking a vacation to Socal. :)

01-10-2009, 06:20 PM
I dont know if they still plant them but I caught a few in the mix last year from lafayette, I also saw them from time to time on other stringers