Me and Dad are headed back up to New Melones (Mah lone ees, Deb) in search of the elusive Big-ass trout. It's supposed to cold, cloudy and breezy tomorrow, so hopefully we'll nail a couple.
And in answer to Jimbo's email: yes, a 16 inch trout is a little bitty one. A Big-ass trout has to be 24 inches and 5 pounds minimum. The canyon reservoirs around here are over 300 feet deep, so the only time of the year that you can catch BAT are in the winter after the lakes have turned - when the surface temperatures of the water are the same as the deep parts.
Wish Dad luck.