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Heritage Trout Clinic Held


C.D.F.G. Fisheries Biologists held a Heritage Trout Clinic . John Burge attended the weekend event in the Modoc National Forest and contributed a write-up with photos.

 

Origins

Being immersed in the fishing world, I noticed over the years that most anglers have a relatively limited understanding of the diversity of California’s native trout. After trout fishing around the globe, I realized California provides some of the most unique and special trout fishing opportunities found anywhere. I set a goal to inform anglers about California’s trout assemblage and associated natural and aesthetic values; the Challenge became the vehicle for delivering this message..


Roger K. Bloom
Inland Fisheries Program Mgr
California DFW
 

So, What is the Heritage Trout Challenge?

California Heritage Trout Challenge Certificate By catching and photographing six different species or subspecies of California native trout from their historic drainages - you can receive a personalized certificate featuring the art of Joseph Tomelleri.

This certificate (pictured here) depicts six full-color images representing the trout you caught, along with their dates and locations.

What is a Heritage Trout?

According to the California Department of Fish & Game:

A California heritage trout is a native species or subspecies of trout that was originally found in California prior to human intervention. Heritage trout is a designation used by the Department of Fish and Game and the Fish and Game Commission for native trout that are found in specially designated "Heritage" waters within the historic drainages of their ancestors.

Native Trout Waters of California

Native Trout Waters of California California is home to 11 unique kinds of native trout, and you'll find descriptions for five of these trout in the pages of my new ebook - Native Trout Waters of California. In the case of subspecies such as Lahontan cutthroat, Eagle Lake trout and the Kern River rainbow their native habitat is restricted to the Sierra Nevada and detailed in my ebook.

Whether your goal is completing the California Heritage Trout Challenge, or just finding some of the Sierra Nevada's most scenic stretches of water to wet a line, Native Trout Waters of California will help you reach your goal.

An Adobe PDF document will be made available at the end of the purchase check-out. Select Return to the Ecological Angler to view your copy of Native Trout Waters of California.

Please allow enough time for the large PDF file to download. While downloading - do not navigate away from the location.

California Heritage Trout Challenge - Angler Honor Roll

Number Name of Angler Hometown Date Species Caught
1 Joe Tomelleri
2 Brett Matzke
5 Edward "Ned" Morris San Francisco, CA 2002 Steelhead

Lahontan Cutthroat

Little Kern Golden

Kern River Rainbow

Coastal Cutthroat

California Golden
10 Ryan Johnston Chico, CA
12 Carlo Bongio Coastal Cutthroat

Lahontan Cutthroat

Steelhead

Eagle Lake Rainbow

McCloud River Redband

California Golden
13 Dave B. 2005 Coastal Rainbow

Lahontan Cutthroat

Little Kern Golden

Goose Lake Redband

McCloud River Redband

Kern River Rainbow

California Golden

Paiute Cutthroat
14 Eric Herve Napa, CA 2005 Coastal Rainbow

Lahontan Cutthroat

Little Kern Golden

Kern River Rainbow

Coastal Cutthroat

California Golden
15 Kirk Hopkin Sebastopol, CA 2005 McCloud River Redband

Goose Lake Redband

Little Kern Golden

Kern River Rainbow

Warner Lakes Redband

California Golden
17 James Lowe Lahontan Cutthroat

Little Kern Golden

Goose Lake Redband

McCloud River Redband

Kern River Rainbow

California Golden
24 Michael Carl Half Moon Bay, CA 2006 Coastal Rainbow

Lahontan Cutthroat

Little Kern Golden

Kern River Rainbow

Eagle Lake Rainbow

McCloud River Redband
26 Norm Crisp Prairie Village, Kansas 2006 Coastal Cutthroat

Lahontan Cutthroat

Goose Lake Redband

Warner Lakes Redband

Eagle Lake Rainbow

McCloud River Redband
31 & 97 Phil Erickson Northern California 2006 Coastal Rainbow

Lahontan Cutthroat (lake & stream)

Little Kern Golden

Goose Lake Redband

McCloud River Redband

Kern River Rainbow

California Golden

Little Kern River Golden

Eagle Lake Rainbow

Warner Lakes Redband

Coastal Cutthroat
50 Duane Brandt
51 Norm Crisp
53 Richard Wildermuth Fort Washington, PA 2008 Coastal Rainbow

Lahontan Cutthroat

Little Kern Golden

Goose Lake Redband

McCloud River Redband

Kern River Rainbow

California Golden

Little Kern River Golden

Eagle Lake Rainbow

Warner Lakes Redband
55 Wally LeBaron Santa Rosa, CA 2008 Coastal Rainbow

Lahontan Cutthroat

Coastal Cutthroat

Goose Lake Redband

McCloud River Redband

Eagle Lake Rainbow
57 Edward "Ned" Morris San Francisco, CA 2008 Coastal Rainbow

Paiute Cutthroat

Goose Lake Redband

McCloud River Redband


Eagle Lake Rainbow

Warner Lakes Redband
65 Scott Lyons Pollock Pines, CA 2008 Lahontan Cutthroat

Coastal Rainbow

Goose Lake Redband

McCloud River Redband

Warner Lakes Redband

California Golden
72 Bill Reid Pollock Pines, CA 2008 Lahontan Cutthroat

Little Kern Golden

Goose Lake Redband

McCloud River Redband

Kern River Rainbow

Coastal Rainbow
73 Louise Iverson Folsom, CA 2008 Warner Lakes Redband

Little Kern Golden

Goose Lake Redband

McCloud River Redband

Kern River Rainbow

Coastal Rainbow
77 Stan Iverson Folsom, CA 2008 Lahontan Cutthroat

Little Kern Golden

Goose Lake Redband

McCloud River Redband

Kern River Rainbow

Coastal Rainbow
85 Steve Berg Sacramento, CA 2008 Lahontan Cutthroat

Little Kern Golden

California Golden

Paiute Cutthroat

Kern River Rainbow

Eagle Lake Rainbow
86 Thomas Gomes Angels Camp, CA 2008 Lahontan Cutthroat

Little Kern Golden

California Golden

McCloud River Redband

Kern River Rainbow

Coastal Rainbow
100 Gavin O'Leary Fresno, CA 2008
129 John Burge Sacramento, CA 2009 Lahontan Cutthroat

Little Kern Golden

California Golden

McCloud River Redband

Kern River Rainbow

Coastal Rainbow
140 Mark Skawinski Eureka, CA 2009 Eagle Lake Rainbow

Little Kern Golden

Goose Lake Redband

McCloud River Redband

Kern River Rainbow

Warner Lake Redband
178 Bill Hammons Carson City, Nevada 2011 Lahontan Cutthroat

Goose Lake Redband

California Golden

McCloud River Redband

Warner Lake Redband

Eagle Lake Rainbow
211 Matthew Hernandez Fresno, California 2012 Lahontan Cutthroat

Goose Lake Redband

Little Kern Golden

McCloud River Redband

Warner Lake Redband

Coastal Rainbow
212 Evan Eropkin Fresno, California 2012 Lahontan Cutthroat

Kern River Rainbow

Little Kern Golden

McCloud River Redband

Warner Lake Redband

California Golden Trout
265 Brian Boomer Coalinga, California 2014 California Goldlen Trout

Kern River Rainbow

Little Kern Golden

McCloud River Redband

Goose Lake Redband

Warner Lakes Redband
278 Kurt Peterson Aronld, California 2014 Lahontan Cutthroat

Kern River Rainbow

Little Kern Golden

Coastal Rainbow

Eagle Lake Rainbow

California Golden Trout

Photo of California Golden Trout by P. Michael Carl © The Ecological Angler