View Full Version : Amador's Rainbow Trouts food diet?

10-03-2008, 07:40 AM
I was just wondering if someone knew of the main diet of the trout at Amador. Is it Shad?
Eddie Tee

10-03-2008, 08:10 AM
Before or after they're planted?

10-03-2008, 11:33 AM
Sorry, after their planted.
Thanks :)

10-03-2008, 11:53 AM
Due to the fact that there fed a high protein diet made into a pellet they will tend to feed on smaller things, I think shad will be less active as it gets colder so the will key in natural food washed into the lake and what other insects and fry that hatch when there availible. Last year as the lake rose, the fish were right on the bank and foraging on the bugs,insects and other food sources. It was tough trolling unless you were close to the bank. Maybe after the fish has been in the lake for a while, shad will be a better option for them as the water warms in the spring.

10-03-2008, 03:48 PM
they are filled with pellets and once that's gone out of their systems, they eat the 2 and 3 inch grubs i troll behind the boat. ;) [smiley=rotfl2.gif] [smiley=rotfl2.gif]


10-03-2008, 03:49 PM
What Amador's trout feed on has baffled me for the longest. I have cleaned a bunch and have never seen a single shad in one. Nor have I seen anything that looked like the fish had been foraging on their own. Mostly their stomachs have been empty except for maybe power bait. My guess is that few if any survive long enough to figure out how to fend for themselves.

10-03-2008, 04:00 PM
they are filled with pellets and once that's gone out of their systems, they eat the 2 and 3 inch grubs i troll behind the boat. ;) [smiley=rotfl2.gif] [smiley=rotfl2.gif]


Yea that ;D.

No but yes they do eat the shad ( i have seen it first hand), second they are so aggressive they basically hit anything that smells or looks like it is edible ( have used French Fry's, cig butts, and even bubble gum to catch these fish)... So as long as you present it to them correctly, they will hit it. My question is are they line shy, because last year i saw an elderly gentleman use 10lb braid (same dia as 6 or 4lb), and then use 6lb braid with a 2" shock leader of floro. He was catching fish, so i don't know if they are line shy or not, but who knows, haven't done studies on that aspect yet. All i know is that the lake DOES follow a color pattern/ bait pattern, and once you have it down, you are golden. But it might change this year with the change of species, for all we know the fish might not even like the trolling grubs, so who knows... The best way to "understand" that lake is to simply just fish it, and the more you fish it, the more you get respect / befriend the "regulars", and they will usually help you out. Just some advise for ya ;),


10-03-2008, 05:08 PM
the more you fish it, the more you get respect ..................

And a lot thinner wallet................................LOL

stonesfan [smiley=rollingstones.gif]

10-03-2008, 11:26 PM
Took these hatchery tour photos 4/26/08 during last year's 2nd Annual Amador Sniffer Fest. *They had quit planting by then so what you see is what you'll be getting this season. *They looked big to me so they ought to be heifers by now!


If you want to "match the hatch" and tie a fly for Ama-bows this is what it ought to look like!


Toss some in the water and this is the result.

I paid my rent today and asked the gal at the desk about when to expect a plant and I got the same "two weeks" answer. *My personal opinion is that the water is much too warm right now as the air temp just two days ago was over 90. *We need cool weather and hopefully a LOT of rain to get it in shape for successful planting and easy access to the water.

I glanced down at the boat launch cove as I drove out and my best description is "skinny." *Was also told at the lodge that last weekend the water level reached the lowest point it had been last year. *It's LOW, but you can still launch. *There are at least two boats out on the lake tonight as I type this.

So far the rain we have got at the lake from this first system has been light, but on the Weather Underground radar the green builds a little higher up the hill so at least the watershed is getting some. *Like many storms last year the heavier cells seemed to be either north or south of Ione, which is the small black cross near the middle of the image.

10-03-2008, 11:39 PM
you should save like 200 of those pellets and use em this season...just use some bait wrap to keep them on the hook. lol.


10-04-2008, 10:04 AM
power bait makes a trout pellet - looks like dog food, that must be why!

10-04-2008, 12:09 PM
No kidding? I haven't seen that one yet.

As of 1 pm rain 24 hour total on my gauge is .26 inch.

10-04-2008, 04:21 PM

10-04-2008, 05:37 PM
That is a classic! [smiley=rotfl2.gif] [smiley=rotfl2.gif] [smiley=rotfl2.gif]


10-04-2008, 08:03 PM
now that's power bait i will try this year.


10-04-2008, 08:15 PM
That is a classic! *[smiley=rotfl2.gif] [smiley=rotfl2.gif] [smiley=rotfl2.gif]

Hey Don, these guys ain't joking. ;) Amador is a lake that everyone enjoys, it's kinda like, trying to figure out why these fish act totally different than any other trout in the whole world. Bob the owner, trains these trout, I've watched him with field glasses while he's feeding. Sometimes he wears camo and on a couple of occasions I've witnessed him wearing a suit. BUT, I don't think what he wears while he's eating has anything to do with what the fish feed on. ;D ;D ;D

10-05-2008, 05:08 AM
Yakmotor, thanks for the info amd nice pics.
EddieTee ;)

10-05-2008, 05:43 AM
Power Bait Hatchery Formula, has anyone looked on the back of
the package to see where this stuff is made......................IONE.
I'd like to know where I can get a 50 gallon drum of the stuff.....LOL

stonesfan [smiley=rollingstones.gif] :D

P.S. Hey Kneedeep, you sure that wasn't LEO in the Camo Suit..... [smiley=stirthepot.gif]