View Full Version : Tulloch Rainbows

11-11-2007, 04:55 PM
Got a *late start today, don't like to fish in the rain, went to tulloch only 20 min. from home, fished lower lake for three rainbows 18-20" all prime and fat. Used shad on surface to about 15'. Don't expect limits at tulloch, I usually only get two or three some times nothing. About this time last year got one 8# + but they are few and far between.

Dan *

11-11-2007, 05:42 PM
Way to go Dan perhaps we can hook up sometime this week and compare notes. Im off tomorrow to try for stripers and will be trying to line up a couple of other trips for the same. Goose says I need to feel a bigger tug on the end of my line. Also there will be a call out for help possibly later this week to get the new pens in New Melones that the guys built this weekend. Ill let you know when, Kent.

11-11-2007, 07:23 PM
dan what ramp did you use and hows the water level...nice to see a report on tulloch...

11-11-2007, 07:52 PM
I was there today too. Ended up with one. Water level was down a little, but not like New Melones. Tough fishing though. Wind came up in the afternoon and chased me away...DF30

11-13-2007, 09:47 AM
Spent saturday fishing the lake as well, but found that the fish were willing to bite. Ended the day with 14 trout, nothing huge, but 6 or 7 of them in the 18" range. It seemed like the key was to be to be way up river. Some other guy fishing the area said he confirmed that there are German browns in that lake because he had just caught one. I also caught one in the green springs area, but it was slow there.

11-13-2007, 12:16 PM
side note,
is there any shore fishing at tulloch? i live in oakdale, and with the price of gas, the drive to melonies gets a bit much. although, woodward is closer, i'd like to have a few more options.

11-13-2007, 03:49 PM
I went to Tulloch a week ago with a friend and ended up with 19. *We fished from 7-5, this was B4 the time change and we could have stayed until 6:30 but my friend had to leave, so we missed the prime evening time too. *One 3+ pounder and all the others near 2lbs. *The fish were biting about 3 colors out and we were trolling really fast. *If you know how to fish this lake it can be great. *Water temp was 60-62 then, it is always cool because the water comes from the bottom of New Melones.

As for shore fishing, I would try at the south shore by the boat launch, I have never done it but it shouldn't be bad.


11-13-2007, 08:43 PM
I went back today and picked this up along with a stringer of nice rainbows. Got it on a nightcrawler at 15' OTW on a green and chrome Crystal Basin Dodger. I didn't know kokes were in Tulloch.

11-13-2007, 08:53 PM
There are a couple of turnouts right by the bridge, where you can park, and fish by the bridge. Water level stays pretty consistent, there, some agreement with all the homeowners Assoc. who have built massive homes with lake/ boat/personal dock access.

11-14-2007, 07:04 AM
Nice koke dogfish. What part of the lake were you fishing?
I've caught a couple kokes in there before but they are very rare, they must have escaped from melones.

11-14-2007, 07:43 AM
Great reports! Dogfish mentioned 15' OTW. What does OTW mean? We will be fishing the mother lode lakes soon. Yeah!

The Dobies

11-14-2007, 07:51 AM
Great reports! Dogfish mentioned 15' OTW. What does OTW mean? We will be fishing the mother lode lakes soon. Yeah!

The Dobies

OTW = On The Wire (Downrigger)

11-14-2007, 08:11 AM
Thanks Ron.


11-14-2007, 08:57 AM
Hey let us know about the help needed for the new pens this year at Melones. We would be glad to help again. Last year it was awesome to lend a hand & watch those babies grow big & fat. It's our "home" lake, so of course we want to help.
Froggie (& Tortuga)

11-14-2007, 10:24 PM
Feelin Southshore as lots of bank fishing and some deep water too. Ill be up there sat 11/24 and sun 11/25 yes over nighter for me and my float tube.want too get really early start for it fullmoon weekend and the times are in the morning. Im going for the browns at the dam. ;D :D 8-)

11-15-2007, 01:05 PM
Here is the fishing report from the Fresno Bee for this week. * I have cut and pasted the Tulloch report from the New Melones report.

The reports are published each Wednesday and cover several locations. *Available online at http://www.fresnobee.com/372/index.html

Thanks to Dave Hurley who gathers all this information. *Dave is also a frequent poster on this board.

Monte Smith of Gold Country Sport Fishing reported good trout action for fish ranging from 1.75 to 4 pounds at nearby Lake Tulloch rolling shad from the surface to 22 feet. Danny Layne of Fishn' Dan's Guide Service also has been targeting rainbows at Tulloch in the Green Spring Arm and from the Resort upriver with flasher/PowerBait combinations on the surface, Uncle Larry's Spinners or ExCel lure at depths from 10 to 15 feet. Kokanee done for the season. Bass fishing has been very difficult, but split-shotting 4-inch Roboworms in crawdad colors at depths from 25 to 35 feet has been the most consistent technique, with some larger fish taken on rainbow trout pattern swimbaits. Catfish to 13 pounds have been landed in muddy coves close to shore on crawlers, chicken livers or cut baits. The lake dropped 1,083 acre-feet and is at 59% capacity.

Call: (209) 736-4333, Monte Smith (209) 581-4734, Danny Layne-Fishn' Dan (209) 586 2383, Fishwranglers Bass Guide Service (209) 604-8222

11-15-2007, 02:03 PM
Koke's ain't quite done yet. I had one for dinner last night that I caught on Tuesday...DF30 * [smiley=chowtime.gif]

11-15-2007, 05:20 PM
Kokes have moved down stream deep water . I would troll the cliff across from southshore for the koke and browns.Dogder with powerrat combo. Give it a shot you never know. Good luck

11-15-2007, 07:38 PM
Got my koke about 200 yards from the south shore ramp at 15' OTW. Took a nightcrawler behind a green and chrome Crystal Basin Dodger. All the trout were from the surface, to about 7'. If your going to be trolling, you might want to try a koke lure like an Apex, or a Hoochi. You just never know...DF30