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TroutWagon
10-02-2008, 12:57 PM
Got out to the lake at 6:45am and was fishing by 7:05 am, started out at the bridge and worked my way past the dam and right as I make my turn, i get a take down and got the first of the day but it turns out to be a largemouth bass. Back he goes, The next 5 hours I got not one bump. I'm thinkin man I can see them but there not budging . Put on a silver apex with 4in RMT hyper plaid dodger and 20 mins later got a nice 15 in steelie. then 20 mins later another 15 in steelie. thinking of packing it up and I get the 3rd the fattest of the day a nice 16 in with beautiful black spots and green back. These fish fight hard and are great survivors, due to the fact there all wild and natural. ALL FISH ARE RELEASED UNLESS THERE HURT AND WILL NOT SURVIVE. I DON'T STRESS THIS ENOUGH BECAUSE OF THW LOW WATER IN THE CREEKS WHICH IN TURN DON'T LET THEM SPAWN ALL THE TIME. So the numbers of fish are not as plentiful as it once was. It's a great fishery and everyone should get out there and try for these elusive fish.
Here's some pics( I was alone so there not the best)
1st one
http://s283.photobucket.com/albums/kk302/troutwagon22/?action=view&current=DSCI0854.jpg

2nd

http://s283.photobucket.com/albums/kk302/troutwagon22/?action=view&current=DSCI0862.jpg

still the 2nd

http://s283.photobucket.com/albums/kk302/troutwagon22/?action=view&current=DSCI0864.jpg
3rd fish

http://s283.photobucket.com/albums/kk302/troutwagon22/?action=view&current=DSCI0873.jpg

here the set-up I was using

http://s283.photobucket.com/albums/kk302/troutwagon22/?action=view&current=DSCI0869.jpg

here's the bridge and spot I was fishing at, the point on the right . I was off that structure about 100-200ft. in deep water.

http://s283.photobucket.com/albums/kk302/troutwagon22/?action=view&current=DSCI0866.jpg


All fish were caught at 57 ft. otw and pro-cure scents were threadfin shad and trophy trout gels. speeds were 1.6-1.8 mph and the set backs were 40ft. and 100 ft, the shorter one got all the fish. silver ball trolls too. Going out next weekend after the rain, I'll post again

see you soon

TW


Here's an added picture of one I got two weeks ago

http://s283.photobucket.com/albums/kk302/troutwagon22/?action=view&current=DSCI0786.jpg
(the treble hook on the little crankbait got in the fishes eye :(so we had to keep it)

Mikespyke
10-02-2008, 01:35 PM
TW-

You were far better/luckier than most. *It has been an off year at Lake Sonoma. *My dad and uncle fish it a couple times a week, as well as get reports from their buddies - pretty hit and miss this year. *Great pics whether you were alone or not!!!

SHigSpeed
10-02-2008, 02:56 PM
Nice fish, but WTH are landlocked steelhead? Just Rainbows at that point no?

Thanks for sharing!

_SHig

TroutWagon
10-02-2008, 03:11 PM
They are trout, but a steelhead by nature. They were stranded behind the dry creek dam in the 70's. The steelhead would make there run up the dry creek and spawn up in the mountains of cloverdale and return back to sea. After they got stuck there they survived and now they live in the lake and spawn up the same creeks and use the lake as there ocean. That's why there tough to catch, good fighters and a really beautiful fish. So, that;s how they got the landlocked name.
That was told to me by a ranger quite a few years ago. C&R will help this fishery last for a long time.

TW

SneakAttack
10-02-2008, 04:34 PM
WoW!!! Gonna have to try that lake some day....

Thanks for the post!

fat_fish
10-02-2008, 09:34 PM
isn't a steelhead defined as a trout that returns from the ocean?

ff

FishbucketII
10-03-2008, 08:07 AM
Thank you TW ! :D

My B.I.L. and I will be out next weekend. Going to do a Lake Sonoma Weekend Fishing Extravanganza... starting Friday night ;) We are C&R also.

Been waiting for a report with the hot tip!. Got to get to Outdoor Pro from some Apexs.

We'll be in my White Spectrum, Holler when you pass by. :)

TroutBum01
10-03-2008, 08:10 AM
Technically fat fishs' definition is correct, but in this case these fish are genetically identical to the steelhead below the dam, so they are actully steelhead except they have a big lake instead of a big ocean.

I just recently moved up to Sebastopol and haven't really had the chance to fish any of the local spots yet. Im looking forward to hitting Lake Sonoma as well as the Russian in a few months for the larger cousins of Lake Sonomas landlocks. Thanks for the post and pics.

Troutbum01

TroutWagon
10-03-2008, 09:22 AM
I think everyone is right. They are just natural and they are not hatchery raised. Trout and steelhead are the same as stated, I think the strain of fish is wild and they were steelhead when they were trapped behind the dam, which really gives them more steelhead than regular ole trout. Either way there a trout.

Majakat
10-03-2008, 10:59 AM
I have an honest question- because i was questioned on this when fishing the other day when i released one that i brought up from about 58 feet-

you said" ALL FISH ARE RELEASED UNLESS THERE HURT AND WILL NOT SURVIVE. I DON'T STRESS THIS ENOUGH BECAUSE OF THW LOW WATER IN THE CREEKS WHICH IN TURN DON'T LET THEM SPAWN ALL THE TIME"

if you were fishing at 57 down - is there a huge risk of these fish not surviving? i was taught that closer to 100 feet is the magic number and most fish will survive if they are unhooked gently and their slime left alone, and they are active when you put them back in

buzzbait
10-03-2008, 11:04 AM
Nice work TW.

They look like big a$$ bows. :D

SneakAttack
10-03-2008, 11:13 AM
I don't care what y'all wanna call 'em. I call 'em preeety!

TroutWagon
10-03-2008, 11:36 AM
catherine

I really don't know the correct answer for that question. I know all the things you were saying are true. Keep the fish in the water, don't remove the slime, barbless hooks and revive the fish before it is released. As for the depth question, I am a kokanee fisherman and that question is often come up, we will catch fish at depths up 120ft and the fish are released and I do see a mortality rate as some of the fish don't make it. I think any time you hook a trout you have a chance to harm it, you only hope for the best if you do everything you can to make sure the fish is released unharmed. I don't see the bloating in these trout as much as I see in macks, king salmon and kokanee salmon pull up from a deep depth. I've yet to have a floater to this day there and I make sure that the fish can survive by taking my time to release it. As time goes the fish will be moving up the water collum as the chance of that will deminish so the depth factor will soon be out the picture.

Buzz & sneak,

Thanks guys, they are nice looking fish and it's nice to have an alternative to the rather common DFG truuk trout that pretty much dominates the bay area.