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GOODWIN LAKE VACATION RENTAL WITH WILD RAINBOW TROUT FISHING! RAINBOWS TO 33 INCHES!!!
30 MINUTES WEST OF JAMESTOWN, CA.
COLD WATER YEAR ROUND AT GOODWIN! THE LAKE IS FULL!
What a fun time we had at the 2015 Pleasanton Fly Fishing Show Feb. 20-22, 2015 meeting new fly fishermen, former renters and friends galore.
The WINNER of our Booth Drawing for a 2-night free stay is Tom L. from Alamo, CA!!!
The WINNERS of the Show's Door Prize for a 2-night free stay are Dan and Jeannie W. from Brentwood, CA!!!
CONGRATULATIONS!!! We look forward to you fishing at Goodwin Lake.
3/08/14: 33 IN. RAINBOW CAUGHT BY STEVE RUDZINSKI IN THE LATE AFTERNOON!!!
SPACIOUS VACATION HOME ON GOODWIN LAKE WITH GORGEOUS VIEWS (below Lake Tulloch to the west).
GOODWIN LAKE HAS WATER YEAR ROUND as it is an irrigation retention reservoir in the beautiful Stanislaus River Gorge situated between Tulloch Dam and Goodwin Dam.
GOODWIN LAKE RAINBOW TROUT FISHING: Goodwin Lake is open for fishing 365 days a year. The LAKE IS FULL AND THE WATER IS COLD ALL YEAR. PRIVATE LAKE with Owner/Guest access only. CATCH & RELEASE using single barbless hooks. Owner Roy Gunter is an avid fly fisherman & available at no charge to Renters to teach/assist with fly fishing at Goodwin Lake, or down the rivers on the weekends.
20% DISCOUNT YEAR-ROUND FOR CLUB FISHOUTS!!!
HANDOUT: In addition, when you book a stay at Goodwin Lake Vacation Rental, we will email to you the handout entitled: How to Fish Goodwin Lake, which tells you what equipment & techniques are recommended, etc. to be successful at catching big rainbows during your stay.
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2014 - SOME OF THE FISH CAUGHT AT GOODWIN:
12/27: 24 in. Rainbow
11/01: Hooked 16, Landed 14, Largest 18 in. - Roy G.
05/17: 28 in. Rainbow
04/06: 24 in. Rainbow, 17 in. girth
03/08: 33 in. RAINBOW CAUGHT BY STEVE RUDZINSKI LATE AFTERNOON - A NEW GOODWIN RECORD!!!
03/01: 23 in. Rainbow caught by Roy G.
01/04: 22 in. Rainbow caught by Roy G. and Keith M.
01/03: 24 in. Rainbow caught by Bob M.
2013 - SOME OF THE FISH CAUGHT AT GOODWIN:
11/03: 25 in. caught by Owner Roy G.
10/19: 1 - 18 in., 2 - 20 in. and 1 - 22 in. caught by Keith M.
07/19-07/21: 23 in. (fishout group caught 50 fish 18 in. - 23 in.)
06/11: 23 in. rainbow caught off the dock by Steve R.
05/22: Hooked 15, landed 10 rainbows; 22 in. and under on black wooly bugger wrapped with green or red copper wire (8:30 am - 1:00 pm) Roy G.
05/12: 26 in. rainbow caught by Roy G. at base of waterfall where water comes into Goodwin from Tulloch (2 foot waves!)
04/27: 2-21 in., 1-20 in., others 19 in. & under (in 4 hrs. Roy G. hooked 21 rainbows & landed 13!!)
04/10: 23 in. & 22 in. rainbows
04/09: 24 in. rainbow
03/30: 24 in. rainbow caught by Charlie M.
03/17: 23 in. rainbow caught by Roy G.
02/26: 23 in. rainbow
02/02: Roy caught 5/landed 4 - 20 in., 19 in., 18 in. & 13 in. in 2.5 hrs.
01/04: Bob M. caught 13 & lost 6. Caught the biggest, 22 in., on a black seal bugger with red copper wire. Almost all of the rest were caught on an olive punk perch! 4 were in the 19-20 in. range & the rest were 14-18 in. (mostly 18 in.).
BEAUTIFUL FIRE PIT AREA NEXT TO THE LAKE FOR COOK-OUTS, S'MORES, AND CAMPFIRES!
NEARBY FAMILY/CHILD-FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES:
-Cave & Mine Adventures: TWIN ZIP LINES AT MOANING CAVERN PARK; Black Chasm Cavern Walking Tour; Mammoth Cave Expeditions, ages 8+; Middle Earth Expeditions, ages 16+; & Sutter Gold Mine Boss Buggy Shuttle journey deep underground, ages 4 & up; CaveAndMineAdventures.com; Knights Ferry Recreation Area - rafting & fishing w/float tubes.
Also check out the TUOLUMNE COUNTY VISITORS BUREAU online for more activities.
12/31/12 GOODWIN FISHING: By the time I got into the water, it was already 2 pm. The water did not look too promising as the prior storms had brought silt into the lake & clarity was down to 5 feet. But it was a beautiful sunny, 55 degree day, so I paddled east toward Tulloch Dam. There was hardly any current. The CDEC reported only about 300 CFS being released from Tulloch Lake. The water was between 51 & 53 degrees, getting colder as I progressed upstream. The dang weeds were everywhere in 8 feet of water or less. Restricted to deeper water, I had no hits until about 2:30 pm when, about 500 feet short of the Tulloch Dam orange floats, I landed a nice 19 in. rainbow in about 14 feet of water. I was fishing 3 flies about 3 feet apart attached to 9 feet of PineLine 8 wt. fluorocarbon leader & then a 50-foot Rio T-14 sinking line using a 6 wt. rod. The fly closest to the leader was a #10 punk perch tied by Tom Knoth & donated to me by Mitch Matsumoto; the second fly was a #10 black seal bugger wrapped with red copper wire; & the third fly was a #10 black seal bugger wrapped with green copper wire. The first trout hit the punk perch.
I then entered the area where the water enters Goodwin from Tulloch & tossed the flies 90 degrees across the moving water & stripped them in rapidly. Nothing. Then, at about 2:45 pm, I moved my float tube into the moving water & tossed downstream as I paddled & twitched the line; a hard hit & the black/green fly was broken off by an unseen Whopper! That was encouraging! Paddling up toward the floats, I reversed course & paddled downstream, bang! I landed a 19 in. hen. Over the next 1.5 hours, I landed one fish after another with the largest ones exhibiting spawning colors, & most trout hitting the black/red seal bugger. By 4:30 pm I was back at my dock, having hooked 14 fish & landed 11: 2-17 in., 2-19 in., 2-20 in., 3-21 in. & 1-22 in. - all rainbows; & 1-14 in. Kokanee. This surpassed my prior best day on Goodwin in January of 2011 when my friend & I landed 11 trout between 20 in. & 25 in. in the same area in 4 hrs. Roy Gunter
5/06/12 DRIFTING THE TUOLUMNE RIVER BELOW LA GRANGE: The weather was perfect--70-80 degrees, blue skies, light wind & cool water (54 degrees). The water level seemed a little high, about 700 CFS, but the River Valley was beautiful.
Fishing was easy. (Who would have thought, during a full moon too.) I think I caught over 30 rainbows/steelhead. My fishing partner also hooked a Striper about 7 lbs. The water was so clear I saw him hit the fly. He hit a sz 8 white Crystal Bugger. I should have taken pictures of the drift, but I was too busy catching fish. The river is full of fish right now. The upper river was all rainbows/steelhead some to 22 in. (at least on this trip). The half-way point had added the Stripers, Squawfish & Carp (big schools of them), but I could not catch any. The second half still held plenty of trout if you were getting deep enough. The fishing slowed down for the others, but picked up for me. I was using straight T-11 off my 6wt & was getting to the bottom of the fast runs which obviously paid off.
The white Crystal Bugger size 10 was a killer on the upper stretch, but did not do as well in the lower half. There it was olive Bunny Leeches or burnt orange or olive Seal Buggers.
With the river full of trout & a chance at a few Stripers, I think this float is well worth taking. Also, on a Sunday, nobody else was on the river. Tight Lines. Roy Gunter
1/15/12 FLOATING THE STANISLAUS RIVER: Harry P., Peter F. & Roy Gunter floated three miles down the Stanislaus River from Knights Ferry to Horseshoe Recreation Area. After, dinner, “revelry” & a nights stay at Goodwin, we entered the water at about 8 am. That morning it was cold enough for ice on our windshields. The flows were perfect at 500 - 600 CFS as we approached Russian Rapids 1/8th mile down river. A sign offered a portage around; but Peter, a first time river float tuber, “offered” to let me go first. I had been through this rapid several times before at lower flows. This time, it was one hell of a nice ride as the waves washed over the top of my Fatcat & around my waist. Then, Peter swept through amazed to be alive & how easy it was, although he probably got a little wetter in his low rider tube.
Fishing 1 mile further down river produced only a few rainbows 14 inches or less until the river became wider & the flow moderate 4 to 5 feet over weed beds. I knew immediately the rainbows would be here if anywhere & worked the water hard, back & forth with my go-to river fly, a black #6 pistol peet - for the uninitiated traditionalists, a seal bugger with a small metal propeller just behind the hook’s eye. Soon all 3 of us were tossing pistol peets cross current & stripping them in fast. Among my catches was a beautiful 20 in. rainbow. At the end of this productive 400-foot run, a 30 in. steelhead showed me his entire back as he rested at the top of a rapids. But he wanted nothing to do with Mr. Peet, so I introduced Harry to him as he showed his back again 20 ft. between us. For 30 minutes Harry tossed every fly he could think of at the steelhead, but he had left his #000 treble hooks at home, so he too finally had to abandon his efforts.
Halfway through the drift, in 10 mins. we spotted a great egret, a bald eagle & an osprey. Later, Harry landed a 19 in. rainbow on a gold #6 burks bullet head minnow.
Before we left the water at 4 pm, it had warmed to 60 degrees under a mostly sunny blue sky. We had been the only humans on the river that day. It was by far my best float ever on the Stanislaus out of 3 prior.
I’m looking forward to improved flows for floats on the Merced River around Snelling & on the Tuolumne River around La Grange. I love these Central Valley tail waters which are all within 45 min. from Goodwin.
Roy Gunter and his wife Daneen purchased the Goodwin Lake property, renovated the home, and started renting it as a vacation destination in 2011.
Public access to Goodwin Lake is through Goodwin Lake Vacation Rental, a fully furnished 2-bedroom home. The use of an aluminum boat with trolling motor, canoe, 7' pontoon kick boat and 2 kayaks are included with the rental.
Roy and/or Daneen Gunter purchased this house in 2010
-- Private Lake with cold water year-round
-- Spectacular Scenery
-- Beautiful Wild Rainbow Trout up to 33 inches
-- Abundant Wildlife in the Area
-- COLD WATER YEAR-ROUND
-- Fishing year-round
-- Private water fishery
-- Water 45 to 65 degrees year-round
-- Situated in the Stanislaus River Gorge
-- Beautiful views of the water and lava cliffs
-- 20% Discount year-round for Club fishouts
-- Catch and release wild rainbow trout - UP TO 33 INCHES
2/27-3/01/15 Santa Cruz Fly Fishermen Club Fishout
An enthusiastic group of 9 made the journey to Goodwin Lake. All but 3 members of the group had fished the lake before and these veterans generously shared their tips on flies and techniques. The preferred method was via float tube, either trolling or casting woolie buggers (or some variation) while working the drop-off corresponding to the original bed of the Stanislaus. All the fish caught were from 8-21 in. with a fair number in the upper range. Bill and Elaine operated as a tag team whose tubes were never far apart and they seemed to catch fish with great regularity. John ventured out in a resident kayak, initially just to tour the lake, but what he saw encouraged him to return the next day with a fly rod in hand to try his luck. George and Rich mostly worked the upstream end of the lake which they had almost entirely to themselves for much of the weekend, an amazing luxury given the quality of the fishery. Don and I spent most of our time toward the downstream end where Don had great success even during the cold, steady rain that came down all Sat. morning. Bob and Owner Roy, who no doubt have the most Goodwin experience between them, were able to take fish in both numbers and size.
My contribution was to demonstrate that, contrary to everything I had been told, it is quite possible to take Goodwin rainbows on dry flies. When a brief hatch of March Browns began mid-day on Fri., I was able to hook and land an 18 in. fish on a size 12 parachute-tie. I was able to repeat the experience when the same hatch occurred on Sat. after the rains ended.
The consensus among the veterans was that this late Feb. date was less productive than their previous visits, but everyone caught fish and many caught 5-10 fish per day. The Stanislaus canyon is spectacularly beautiful at this time of year with cattle grazing the green slopes beneath colorful outcroppings of volcanic rock. We saw a variety of bird life–noisy flocks of turkeys, honking Canada geese, kingfishers and merganzers competing for fish and formations of Sandhill cranes in flight.
Club fishouts to Goodwin Lake give members the unique opportunity to enjoy quality fishing in a magnificent setting where–as was true on this trip–they are likely to be the only rods on the water all weekend.
FISHING WAS GENERALLY SLOW PROBABLY DUE TO DECREASED WATER COMING FROM THE LAKE. THE ACCOMODATIONS WERE EXCELLENT AS USUAL.THE 6 MEMBERS FROM THE SOLANO FLYFISHERS WERE AVERAGING 4 FISH FOR THE 1 1/2 DAYS WITH THE FISHING BETTER ALONG THE LOWER WEED BEDS. THE UPPER AREA WAS SLOW. BEST FLY WAS BLACK SEALBUUGERS WITH CALLABETIS NYMPHS WORKING ALSO.SOME ACTION ON FLOATING LINES IN THE BACK WATERS WHEN THE TROUT WERE ON A HATCH.OVER ALL, I THINK THE SLOW WATER MOVEMENT HURT THE BITE. WE WILL BE BACK.
We feel so welcomed at this vacation property that feels more like a home away from home. Inside, it is well appointed with any kitchen gadget you may require during your stay, while outside there are numerous places to sit and enjoy a sunrise or sunset. The Gunters have done an outstanding job providing guests with fishing information and are readily accessible should any questions or problems arise.
Each morning we awoke rested for a new day of fishing and kayaking. My husband and I like to fish from the boat with the trolling motor and caught 13 beautiful trout and lost one in our two and a half days of being on the water. These fish have exceptional color and fight like beasts. Make sure you bring your camera as the reflections on the water are otherworldly down in this ravine lake, so much so that sometimes you forget you are fishing and then...BAM, fish on!
We love that it is a catch and release lake, making sure the next fisherman or woman has access to the special trout at Goodwin Lake. Most of all, we just love coming here to get away from it all. Cell service is limited, though Wi-Fi works like a champ and the tv keeps you connected with what's going on in the world.
We'll keep coming back to take advantage of the dichotomy between relaxation and stimulation that this property affords. Having stayed at this property multiple times, we can share that there is no off time to visit Goodwin. Each season brings something new for you to experience. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit once again! Thank you Daneen and Roy for providing guests with such a wonderful trip, beginning to end! We'll be back soon with our extended family!
Another great weekend at Goodwin. Everthing you need for a getaway from the hustle in the big city. Quiet and private lake. You can hear the monster motors fom the jet skis and boats in the distant Lake Tulloch and look around, no one else is on "your" lake.
There is more than fishing, my favorite, in this beutiful canyon. The wildlife is everywhere, bird watching, deer, otter and more.
I hope there are many more trips to Lake Goodwin in my future
We had a great time; all three generations. Our grandson enjoyed jumping off the dock, going out on the boat to fish with Grandpa and kayaking! Plenty of room to spread out. We had the lake to ourselves all three days. We will be back soon!
The home is very nice, comfortable and orderly with a spectacular view of the lake and the hills. Master bedroom is large with an attached bath. The second bedroom with two twins served our need. Only complaint on the second bedroom was some loud snoring coming from one of our party members. I slept on the futon in the living room which was comfortable. Dining room had room for 6 at the table. We found the kitchen well equipped to cook our meals. Outside the deck had a table to sip morning coffee or to eat meal while enjoying the view of the lake and hills. Lakeside had a table, chairs and a dock where one of our party caught a nice big Rainbow.
Roy, the owner of the home was very gracious to come up to show us how to fish the lake. He was very helpful on how to set up for the lake and which flies to use. Roy took us on a tour around the lake in a boat showing us areas that we should fish. We could tell Roy loves to fish. The largest fish landed of the trip was over 20 inches. We look forward to return, possibly earlier in the year.
Fished 5/14 thru 5/17. Weather was good and fishing fairly slow. We average three to five fish a day. All fish were good size between 18 – 23 inches. Largest fish caught was 28 or 29 inches. The mornings seemed better than the evenings. We used different flies with about the same amount of success. There were no areas where the fish were stacked up. When a fish was caught, we would go back of the same spot with no further action. Our assessment was all fish were just random cruisers. Main flies used were Copper Johns and Hares ear, both on a size 12 standard hook. All in all we had a great time and as always enjoyed out surroundings.
The water flow was reduced from 4,000 to 1,000 on Friday and the fishing definitely dropped off for the final two days.
COLD WATER YEAR-ROUND AT GOODWIN LAKE.
WILD RAINBOW TROUT up to 33 in. are plentiful in Goodwin Lake-a private lake with Owner/Guest access only.
33 IN. RAINBOW TROUT CAUGHT 3/8/14 BY STEVE
30 in. Rainbow Trout caught 6/24/12 by Bill
CATCH AND RELEASE ONLY WITH BARBLESS HOOKS
YEAR-ROUND COLD WATER FISHING is fantastic at Goodwin using float tubes, pontoon boats or our aluminum boat w/trolling motor.
Boat speed on Goodwin is 5 mph; however, Tulloch Lake South Shore Marina is only 5 mins. away (at the end of the road) for your jet ski/speedboat use, beach for swimming and a grocery store.
FISHING LICENSE: a CA Fishing License is required on Goodwin Lake. Fish and Game Dept. periodically patrols the lake.
WILDLIFE IS ABUNDANT AT GOODWIN LAKE:
Owners and Renters have seen the following animals: herons, swans, osprey catching fish and nesting, eagles, egrets, ducks, geese, turkeys, bobcats, foxes, deer swimming across the lake and otters playing in the water.
Sonora - 23 miles
Jamestown - 20 miles
San Francisco - 2-1/2 hrs.
Black Oak Casino - 32 miles
Chicken Ranch Casino - 18 miles
Yosemite National Park - 1.25 hrs.
Historic Town of Columbia - 26 miles
See FISHING INFO/FAMILY-FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES below.
We hope you visit soon! Roy and Daneen Gunter, Owners 4/20/15
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8/17/14-GOODWIN DAM RESERVOIR HISTORY AND FISHING REPORT
There are places where you can catch 20 in. trout in other parts of California, but when you add the fact that the trout are wild, well that is another story. Let me inform you on this water that I am are talking about.
It is hard to believe it is so close to Sonora and located in Tuolumne County. In 1912, two districts began construction of Goodwin Diversion Dam - named for Benjamin Goodwin, then President of the SSJID Board. The dam was constructed at a cost of $325,000 and was a double concrete arch dam, 80 feet in height above the riverbed and 500 feet long on the crest. Water was first delivered in 1913 when Goodwin Dam was completed. From this dam, each district constructed main canals extending to their respective lands. The dam and the canals are present today and form the tail water fishery on the lower Stanislaus.
This history lesson tells us that this particular water has been isolated since then. Fish have not been planted here and you can find wild rainbows that differ in colors from Crimson Red to Steelhead Silver. You can find some of these crimson reds down below Goodwin on occasion, but their numbers are small compared to the silver trout. Trout in Goodwin are truly native on the most part. I am sure some trout come down the line from Lake Tulloch above. Roy Gunter, owner of Goodwin Lake Vacation Rental, has caught a few Kokanee although not many in this water. The real prize is the large rainbows that lurk in the deep dark water. Every once in a while one will rise and give you a reminder of their massive size. The thing about this fishery is that there are many fish in this body of water that make the 20 in. mark.
I had the opportunity to fish with Roy this weekend. It is a beautiful setting and the weather down on the water is a real treat from the hot temperatures above the Reservoir. The water stays at a fairly steady temperature being it is coming out of the bottom of Tulloch Lake. The fish key in on small emergence patterns as well as baitfish which Roy and myself fished for the most part.
Roy really stresses using a heavy sink line such as a T-11 through 14. That is like an anchor for still water! I had the misfortune of breaking my 8-wt rod the very first cast which had the T-14 on it. The only line I had close to it was a 250-grain shooting head. Roy started ahead of me with a Black Seal Bugger and Brown Seal Bugger and immediately started hooking into fish. I had to redo my backup rod with 250 grain and knew I was going to be limited to shallower water.
So I threw my Black Seal Bugger into the shores hoping to ambush a feeding trout off the shelves. Well, it worked, but I must say Roy's rig worked better being he was down deeper. I figured the ratio to be about 1 fish to his 3. The fish were on the bite and we didn't even fish, but maybe 60 yards of productive waters by his house. This was not the first time fishing with Roy; he definitely has this place figured out. My biggest fish was a healthy 21 in. and several that went the 17 in. range that day.
On the way back towards his house I decided to fish with an indicator rig, something to do when you want to rest your arm after casting for hours. I tied on my tried and true Black Zebra Midge and a Copper John of my own making and landed 2 more on the way in-both taking the sz 14 Copper John. The end of a perfect fishing day! Good fishing!
Cary Westbrook, Pres., Mother Lode Fly Fishing Club
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Feb 17 2015 - Dec 31 2015
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
20% DISCOUNT YEAR-ROUND FOR CLUB FISHOUTS!
LOCATED 30 MINUTES WEST OF JAMESTOWN, CA
50% Deposit if Check-In date is more than 30 days away; balance due 30 days from Check-In Date
100% Due if Check-In date is within 30 days
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Contact Owner Daneen Gunter, 831-809-4155 or 831-484-2509, to book a visit & receive a Rental Agreement
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